Gus gets set to go ten rounds on golf course for cancer charity

Planning a marathon 180 holes of golf, Gus Arbon. EMN-150506-113330001
Planning a marathon 180 holes of golf, Gus Arbon. EMN-150506-113330001

A keen amateur golfer is embarking on his third marathon effort to raise money for cancer research.

Gus Arbon, from Greylees near Sleaford, is planing his third bi-annual charity golf challenge at Sleaford Golf Club on Friday June 19, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Gus has raised nearly £7,500 over his previous fundraising days where he first completed 100 holes of golf around the Sleaford course in a day and then did 150 holes.

He said: “I am hoping to raise another £2,500 this time, doing 10 rounds - 180 holes in a day.”

He says his biggest barrier will be completing the course within daylight hours, having to push it to the limits, starting at dawn at 4.30am and finishing possibly under floodlights on the final 18th hole.

Gus said: “This will probably be the last time I do it as a cannot hope to fit any more in, upping the ante each time.”

He will have a friend caddying for him as well as friends and family joining him on his journey, adding: “The last few hours tend to see quite a few people walking round and supporting me.”

Gus, a 43-year-old self-employed construction project manager, said he was driven to raise money on the death of his father: “My dad had cancer and my friend had cancer and they both died within a year of each other in the nineties and I have been doing charity work ever since.

The 11-handicapper said: “I had a few aches and pains after my previous challenges so have been going to the gym to get fit and walking a lot as I will cover about 50 miles.

“Hopefully it will be a fine day. I will be up against it with the daylight so I will have to keep up a certain rate and not get stuck in the rough. I am confident I will get round but I’ve bought some luminous balls in case.”

The club is running a sweepstake to guess the number of shots Gus will make. His son is a keen golfer too, living so close to the club.

People can donate via his Justgiving web page at: www.justgiving.com/Gusarbon