St Ives Golf Club quartet’s 72-hole charity slog

JAMES Reeson, Craig Thornbur, Josh John and David Pope all played 72 holes in a day at St Ives Golf Club in Needingworth.

The quartet of golfers set about the task to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and walked the course four times, ending up with sore feet and in a group hug.

“Because of the rain, we did not get out off the first tee till 4.15am,” said Pope. “We had decided to play off the white competition tees to give James a chance to break his course record of 67.

“After we completed our first 36 holes, we were able to eat and get out of our soaked shoes and socks. After a shower and change – and a top up of food and drink at 1pm, we were off again for round three. Luckily, the weather was brightening up by then and we were joined by our support group, who followed us round in buggies. At one point a small crowd was following us.”

“On the last 36 holes, James got into his stride, and his final round was his best of the day: a 2 under par 70. He came pretty close to a hole in one on the 12th.”

The party completed their quest at 9pm with all four of them struggling to walk down the final few fairways.

“There was a big group hug on the final green and our 17-hour day was over,” added Pope. “We scored 316 points raised approximately �600.”

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