Golf chal­lenge is teed up

Friends take on Long­est Day char­ity event for MacMil­lan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

FOUR golfers are hop­ing to raise money for a lead­ing can­cer char­ity by play­ing 72 holes in 14 hours.

Paul Free­man, Liam Cross, Kevin Wood­ley and Tim Tal­bot, all cur­rent and for­mer Chal­font St Giles vil­lagers, are tak­ing part the Long­est Day Golf Club Chal­lenge, which takes place this year on Sun­day June 21.

A na­tional event in sup­port of MacMil­lan Can­cer Sup­port the chal­lenge will be at Oak­land Park Golf Club, Three­house­holds.

Mr Free­man, who used to live in the vil­lage, said: “Me and three lo­cal vil­lage guys de­cided that we wanted to do some­thing for char­ity and we came across this event that Macmil­lan do.

“It’s kind of just build­ing into some­thing that we’re now a bit proud of.”

“Ba­si­cally the day started as one of those things. I’ve al­ways wanted to do some sort of event for rais­ing money and can­cer is one of those things ev­ery­one knows about and at the time my aun­tie was suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

“This was sug­gested and I play a bit of golf. It’s good fun, a bit of a chal­lenge and wor­thy of a good cause.”

He added: “Kevin ap­proached the golf club where he’s a mem­ber and just said, we’re think­ing about do­ing this, would you be OK to sup­port us?

“They were kind enough to turn around and say, we would be happy to sup­port you, give you the rounds for free and help you raise as much money as you can. It’s re­ally gen­er­ous of them.”

But Mr Free­man ad­mit­ted they are “four very dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” and said: “That’s the fun of it. We’re all just friends so we’re just go­ing to do it even if it means not talk­ing to each other for the next few weeks.

“We’ve all put in so much ef­fort. It’s some­thing that we just wanted to push through to­gether as a team.”

He added: “It’s one of those chal­lenges when you first say to some­body they think it’s a bit of a laugh but when you say to golfers they say you’re bonkers.”

TEAM SPIRIT: Left is Kevin Wood­ley, with his daugh­ter Amelia-Rose, in the mid­dle front, Liam Cross, right, Tim Tal­bot and at the back, Paul Free­man

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