5th Dec, 2016

Enthusiastic golfers complete mammoth 72 hole challenge in one day

Shaun Reynolds 4th Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

ONE ROUND of golf proved to not be enough for a group of eight enthusiastic borough golfers last week as they completed 72 holes in one day.

Solihull resident Simon Timmins was joined by Lee Bould, Mark Brady, Steve Dent, Scot Dunsmore, Matt Ellis, Richard Gamlin and Neal Gooding for the herculean day which saw the group collectively raise more than £6,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Starting at 4.30am, the group teed off Copt Heath Golf Club before making the journey to Ladbrook Park Golf Club for their second round.

Poor weather conditions meant Simon and the remaining seven players had to complete the final two rounds at Copt Heath.

Despite the torrential rain, Simon said the day was full of good spirits – and knowing they had raised thousands of pounds for charity made it all worthwhile.

He added: “There were a few sore limbs are but overall everyone was in good shape and relished the challenge.

“We covered 23 miles in total, which is around 51,000 steps, and almost completed the first round without any problems.

“However it rained persistently for five hours so we had to change our initial plan from a logistics point of view so we completed the last two holes at Copt Heath.

“We struggled with the weather as many greens were flooded and playing was certainly tricky.”

The group managed to raise an impressive £6,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a sum that will be added to the expected £230,000,000 raised each year by the charity.

Simon is continuing to fundraise and is hoping his team can eclipse £7,000 by the end of the month.

He said: “I’m delighted with the funds we’ve managed to raise, we all turned up bang on time in a great mood and we was all up for the challenge.

“We had great support from members of the golf club, around 40 people turned out to watch us play the final hole – it was a great feeling and even better to know we’ve raised funds for charity.

“We did keep scores but there were no stand out hole in ones unfortunately.”

It seems the support from friends, family and Silhillians has been enough to spark talks of the groups next fundraising mission.

Simon said: “None of us had completed 72 holes before, I previously completed three rounds but four was unknown territory.

“A few of the lads did discuss 99 holes in one day after – I’m not sure if the sun had got to them but I think we’ll definitely complete a challenge like this again in the future.”

To support Simon’s marathon golfing effort, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Top-Slice-Hack-Knife-Duck-Thin-Fat-Chunk where all donations are welcome.