A golf course manager said playing the sport for over 13 hours non-stop in scorching heat was the toughest challenge he had ever faced.
Joe Paris, General Manager of Rickmansworth Golf Course, completed four rounds of golf in 13.5 hours on June 9 as part of “the longest day in golf”.
He and his friends Aaron Parfitt and Michael Buck rose to the challenge on one of the hottest days of the year and Mr. Paris continued to play after losing one of his most important clubs.
Mr Paris said: “I have done the London Marathon before, which was difficult, but doing 13 hours of golf is by far the most difficult challenge I have ever faced.
“It was a lot harder than I thought.
“It was one of the hottest days of the year and it didn’t help that on the 18th hole of the second round that my driver’s head flew off, so I finished the last two laps without driver.”
Joe took up the challenge of raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, also hosting a day of golf for over 100 players on the course on June 26, with prizes donated by Abu Dhabi Golf Club, The Grove, Royal Wimbledon and St Andrews. .
He has already raised almost £ 4,200 – almost double his original goal of £ 2,500 – and now plans to run the London Marathon again in September.
He said: “Unfortunately, I think everyone has had a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer at some point.
“Some of my family were touched by this, so I wanted to give something back, but not just for my family, but also to support anyone who has suffered or been affected by cancer.”
Rickmansworth Golf Course is managed by the Everyone Active Recreation Center operator in partnership with the Three Rivers District Council.
John Sewell, Contracts Manager at Everyone Active, said: “As a company we are passionate about supporting charities, so we are extremely proud of Joe who has demonstrated a real team spirit and raised an incredible amount of money for Macmillan.
“Macmillan is Everyone Active’s chosen charity partner this year, so it’s great to see a team member go above and beyond for such a great cause.
“We would like to thank everyone who participated and everyone who made a donation. ”
To sponsor Joe for his next Marathon challenge, click here.