15 June 2012
Mark Twain famously quipped that 'Golf is a good walk spoilt', but make that walk more than 16 miles and add in 72 holes of golf in a single day, then the walk becomes a big challenge.
Twelve golfers from Ashford and Tenterden are taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support's Longest Day Golf Challenge to raise funds for the charity at Tenterden Golf Club on Sunday, 17 June.
Marcus Lawrence, who is co-ordinating the day says: 'After losing several relatives, friends and colleagues to cancer, and seeing others still fighting it, we wanted to do our bit to help Macmillan. Just £25 would help fund an hour of support from a Macmillan nurse.'
The three teams of four will tee off in the early hours of Sunday and 16 hours later they will play the final 18th hole.
The golf club are supporting the event by holding an evening barbeque to cheer the players on in their final push to the end.
The three teams are: 'Old ExStacians' Andrew Crawford, Chris Vernon, Gavin Hope and Marcus Lawrence. 'The Bandits' Dan Woodcock, Graham Woodcock, Matthew Blake and Mark Rutland. 'Grip It and Rip It' Adam Roffey, Joe Spicer, Luke Harden and Joe Spicer. Each team has a justgiving.com website page for sponsorship donations. Money can also be given by texting the team name and donation amount to 70070.