Mammoth golf challenge in aid of cancer charity

Planning a four golf courses in one day challenge are, left to right; Paul O'Brien, Kevin Worthy, Mark Smith and Michael Smith, who are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support
Planning a four golf courses in one day challenge are, left to right; Paul O'Brien, Kevin Worthy, Mark Smith and Michael Smith, who are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support
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FOUR friends are hoping to score a hole in one.

Paul O’Brien from Fulwell has teamed up with fellow golf fans Kevin Worthy, Mark Smith and Michael Smith to play a mammoth 18 hours of the sport.

They will start playing at 4.30am and won’t finish until around 10pm as part of the Longest Day Golf Challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

They’ve arranged to play at four of the region’s golf courses - Ramside, Sharpley near Seaton, Wearside Golf Club and the George Washington course - as part of the challenge.

Dad-of-two Paul, 38, said: “I play golf at the American Golf driving range in Fulwell for practice and my wife had picked up a leaflet about the challenge and I thought I would give it a go.

“My father Chris died 20 years ago from cancer when he was 44 and I have never forgotten how Macmillan helped my family. I rang the golf courses and they were really helpful and said we could use the courses for free and have a couple of buggies.”

He added: “It takes around four hours to complete a round of golf so we’re hoping we won’t get held up in traffic in between courses.”

The friends are planning to complete their feat on June 29.

They’ve been helped by American Golf who have provided golf tops, Taylor James Consultant and Wearside Plumbing Supplies who have also donated to their cause and D&P Trophies in Washington.