Golf marathon raises hundreds for charity

Nearing the end of four back to back rounds of golf at Sharpley Golf Course in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.'Left to right; Gordon Tindle, Stephen Ashmore, Ian Barnes and Chris Rogers.

Nearing the end of four back to back rounds of golf at Sharpley Golf Course in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.'Left to right; Gordon Tindle, Stephen Ashmore, Ian Barnes and Chris Rogers.

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GOLFING buddies hit the fairway for a marathon charity challenge.

Friends Gordon Tindle, Stephen Ashmore, Ian Barnes and Chris Rogers were at Sharpley Golf Course, in Seaton, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The quartet hit four back-to-back rounds together over a day and will now pass on hundreds of pounds to the worthy cause.

Gordon, 32, of Silksworth, rounded up his friends to play in the Longest Day Challenge, organised by Macmillan, and after registering their scores, the lads could now see themselves holing a trip to Portugal.

Last year, nationally, the sporting effort raised £560,000 to help people affected by cancer across the UK.

Speaking after they finished their rounds, which took 15 hours in total to complete, Gordon said: “We are all aching a bit and have blisters all over our feet, but it’s been worth it.

“The last round was a bit hard, and everybody was knackered, but we’ve managed to get through it.

“I think we’ve raised about £600, which is great considering we were only aiming to raise about £400 when we started this off.” The group have now sent off their scores for the fourball challenge to Macmillan bosses, and will be entered into a prize draw where they could win the holiday abroad to play on a top continental course.

“There are a lot of people affected by cancer who we all know, and Macmillan nurses are great at looking after them,” added Gordon.

“We have to thank the people at Sharpley as well, because they put money boxes out for people to donate, let us play through people and also bought us all beers when we finished our last round, which was great hospitality. The owner even came out and took some photos which he is going to put up in the clubhouse. Even if we don’t win the trip to Portugal, we are planning to do this again next year.”

The Longest Day Challenge finishes this month.