Nine chal­lenges... 3,228 holes played... Tens of thou­sands raised...

We salute these marathon golfers who have raised a ton for char­ity this sum­mer

Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE -


Six years af­ter play­ing 90 holes in one day, ac­coun­tant Sandy Fyfe went three bet­ter at seven dif­fer­ent courses on Ar­ran. Fyfe, who made up a four­ball with Dave Kerr, Bill Kennedy and Graeme Cullen, got a ferry just to at­tempt the chal­lenge, and even warmed up by play­ing 12 holes at Shisk­ine the day be­fore. The quar­tet were back on the course again 24 hours later, but not be­fore com­plet­ing 18 holes at Whit­ing Bay, Lam­lash and Brod­ick, and then nine holes at Cor­rie, Lochranza and Machrie Bay. They fin­ished their 93rd hole at 10.30pm – 18 hours and 28 min­utes af­ter hit­ting their first shots – and raised around £9,000 for Home Link Fam­ily Sup­port and Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.


A four­ball, made up of for­mer Ul­ster and Ire­land rugby stars Stephen Fer­ris (pic­tured) and An­drew Park and busi­ness­men Gary Ir­win and Ash­ley Moore, hired a pri­vate helicopter to com­plete their 72-hole chal­lenge, play­ing across four Royal courses and fly­ing 225 miles. Start­ing at 4.30am at Royal Cur­ragh, the group played 18 holes be­fore mov­ing to Royal Dublin and then Royal Belfast. They fin­ished at Royal Portrush just be­fore sun­set, rais­ing nearly £5,000 for Air Am­bu­lance North­ern Ire­land and Chil­dren in Cross­fire.


Mark Taskas is a club cap­tain’s night­mare. In 2014, he chal­lenged the cap­tain of Sandown & Shanklin to a one-day, char­ity match played across ev­ery hole – 90 of them – on the Isle of Wight. He’s re­peated the rit­ual ev­ery year since, in­clud­ing in June when he formed a three­man team (pic­tured) with Andy Bux­ton and David Old­ham and beat a cap­tain’s team, made up of Andy War­ren, Ger­ard Mur­ray and Brian Price. Last­ing16 hours and 20 min­utes, the match saw both teams play eight courses, walk over 67,000 steps each and drive 50 miles. They also con­sumed 76 litres of wa­ter. Taskas, who’s helped to raise in ex­cess of £12,000 for var­i­ous char­i­ties, told TG: “I’m run­ning out of peo­ple to play! Next year, I’m go­ing to chal­lenge the ladies and hope­fully take on eight teams of three in a re­lay event.”


Four teenagers from Cran­leigh Golf & Coun­try Club used an in­set day at school to play a stag­ger­ing 326 holes be­tween them and raise more than £2,000 for the Jig­saw Trust char­ity. Ju­nior cap­tain Leo Wil­son and Oliver Lam­boll com­pleted six, 18-hole rounds, and then added a bonus hole to take their tally to 109 each. They were joined by James Carlisle, who played 72 holes, and Alex Cheese­man, who de­fied in­jury to add 36 holes to the 14-hour marathon ef­fort.





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