Karen’s epic effort to help guide dogs
WHEN Thorpe Wood ladies skipper Karen Blacklock announced she would be attempting to play six rounds of golf in one day, her friends thought she had to be joking.
Six rounds in a week would be a good effort for most of us, but six times around one of the longest courses in the area in less than 15 hours would be enough to give the most redoubtable player pause for thought.
But accompanied by just a marker and her faithful Border Collie, Max, incredibly Blacklock managed to complete her epic effort to raise more than £400 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
To put that into context the 19-handicapper played a grand total of 109 holes, took 617 shots, 228 putts, hit 11 bunkers, amassed 169 stableford points and covered over 35,000 yards.
To you and me that’s well over 20 miles, but for super fit yoga fanatic Blacklock it was just a stroll in the park.
She said: “I really wanted to do something on my own to raise charity funds and I thought this would be perfect but it was a pretty big effort. We used a buggy for the first round when I was helped by Thorpe Wood professional, Suzanne Dickens, but after that it was all on foot.
“But we coped okay and it was well worth it at the end of the day.
“A lot of people I spoke to thought it would be tough to complete but I was determined to stick with the plan and amazingly I had my second best ever score round Thorpe Wood of 90 on my fifth round of the day!
“And I even managed to get an extra hole in after competing six rounds which must be some kind of record but it was worth it to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
Blacklock was accompanied for scoring purposes by Suzanne Dickens, Maggie Davey, Carole Taylor, Marwyn Watson, Clare Robertson, Trish Crighton and of course Max.
BEST FRIENDS: Karen Blacklock and Max.