It’s a long running golfing joke that the 19th hole (the clubhouse bar), is the best one on the course. But what if you had to play 72 holes first, instead of just 18?
Well, in a 13-hour test of golfing endurance, the general manager of Malvern View Holiday Park, Jon Hodgson, took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Challenge and was able to exceed his £10,000 target, raising just over £11,000 for the charity (at the time of writing).
Played from sunrise to sunset, back in July, this golfing feat consisted of 72 holes (four full rounds of golf), 21 miles of walking and 13 hours of swinging, chipping and putting, all in aid of raising money to support Macmillan’s important work.
Park Leisure, owner of Malvern View, on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, donated £5,000 towards Jon’s £10,000 target. Other local companies that sponsored some of the holes include the Hereford branch of Marsh Commercial and Ramtech Electronics.
Jon tackled the challenge alongside his twin brother Nick and close friends, Ally Campbell and Andy Cressey. Afterwards, he enthused: ‘Over 21 miles, 250 shots and 13 hours, we made it.
‘We’ve got blisters, sore hips and aching joints, but it’s worth it knowing that we’ve raised more than £11,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.’