Andrew Goldney, team captain of 2013 winning team The Flashing Blades, explains how two brothers, together with two lifelong friends, took on the toughest challenge in golf for Macmillan.
‘The main highlight for me was getting the four of us together – me, my brother Darren and our good friends Chris and Mark. It was just like old times – the relentless banter and disparaging golf comments; knowing we were doing a great thing for charity and playing a game we love.
‘Doing a great thing for charity and playing a game we love’
‘We did the challenge at Kirtlington Golf Club and they were brilliant – they let us put up posters, did collections at the bar and helped facilitate four rounds in less than 14 hours.
‘On the day of the challenge itself, if I could give one piece of advice it would be that we went off a little too early– there were two lost balls on the opening tee because it was just too dark, despite the luminous balls.’
‘For me personally I really wanted to give something back. Both my Mum and Dad have had cancer and Heather, our Macmillan nurse, was our lifeline. The thing I remember most was her tremendous compassion.
‘But the whole thing took a horrible twist as Dad was diagnosed with cancer again – three years after he had first had it. We were now in the middle of another cancer fight – back with Heather and the same incredible compassion.’
Flying off to the final
‘Playing golf seemed like a great way to try and give something back. We were never really aware there was a final in Portugal so we were astounded when we got the call (we even thought it was a wind up at first). It was a great occasion – all the teams were a pleasure to spend time with and we all played in the right spirit.
‘My tip would be “Dare to dream” – we started with a modest goal and raised so much more than we could have imagined and won the final. We met some great people, toasted past and current loved ones and gave something back.’
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