Longest Day Golf Challenge

On Sunday 21st June, 8 slightly unhinged golfers gathered on the 1st tee of Williamwood Golf Club to get the latest GavinLivesLife fundraiser underway. The idea was hatched on the evening of the race night back in January and quickly snowballed from there. Within no time we had commitment from 8 golfers ready to test their physical endurance across 4 rounds, 72 holes and 20-odd miles of walking. Between January and June, golfers came and golfers went, before the final line-up was complete: Paul Condron, Bob Bruce, Graeme Reid, Fergal O’Neill, Brett Ennals, Kirk Willoughby, Alan McFadden and Matt Bentley.

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We gathered at 4:45am on Sunday morning and got things underway at 5am. The first two rounds were completed in just 2 hours 15 minutes each, which left everyone scratching their heads at being halfway through the challenge by shortly after 9:30am. There was even talk of us having to add a 5th round to the day if we could keep this pace up.

Throughout the day we kept in touch with Gavin back at Lanigan HQ by text message, sending him regular photo updates from around the course and getting his views on the subject of Bob’s handicap declarations. Gavin has always been a supporter of efficient play on the golf course and hearing that we were getting round so quickly met with approval!

We went straight into round three, but soon found the pace much more leisurely as we started to catch up with the Sunday morning golfers – round 3 was completed in 4 hours before we stopped for a well earned lunch in the clubhouse.

Round 4 got underway at 3:30pm and despite some heavy rain showers and some even heavier legs, the teams walked off the 18th green (or 72nd green!) shortly after 7:30pm and headed to the bar for a well-earned pint and a comfy chair.

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The fundraising total is sitting just over £6,500 and there’s already talk of doing it all again next year. Big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, to Williamwood Golf Club for giving us access to the course, to everyone who donated to the fundraising effort, and to the golfers who put up with a few aches and pains to do their bit for GavinLivesLife. Golf has long been a passion of Gav’s and I know he was delighted to see an event like this on the schedule, but for the golfers, Gav’s regular text message contributions to the chat around the course on Sunday really helped drive us on to the 72nd hole.

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