Tee-time target is over £500 for golfing quartet

Jim Congreve (right) and Matt Jackson practice at Sleaford Golf Club EMN-151106-092840001
Jim Congreve (right) and Matt Jackson practice at Sleaford Golf Club EMN-151106-092840001

Four keen golfers, including two from the Sleaford area, are putting charity first as they plan to spend an entire day on the fairways all for a good cause.

There will be little time for refreshments at the 19th when Jim Congreve, brother-in-law Anton Robinson and friends Matt Jackson and Ben Love set off to complete four rounds of golf at Greetham Valley Golf Club on Sunday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, starting at 4.30am and hoping to finish at around 10.30pm. Jim and Matt, who live at Horbling, also play at Sleaford Golf Club.

The quartet, along with many other teams across the country, will be taking part in Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge, which last year raised £740,000 for the charity.

The aim is to complete 72 holes of golf in a single day, and the reward for the best performing teams in terms of both scores and fundraising could be a trip to the prestigious Boavista Golf Resort in Western Algarve, Portugal, where the competition finals will be held.

Back up support on the day will be provided by Jim’s wife Lou and to soothe the golfers’ aches and pains after their epic golf day, Claire Garrill at Revive Beauty in Sleaford is donating full body massages the day after the challenge to help them recover.

The golfers are already well on target to beat their original goal of raising £500 and are hoping to boost that with even more sponsorship.

To prepare for the demands of the all-day golf challenge, which will involve playing around 1500 shots and walking 100 miles between them, all four are upping their exercise in the build up to the day. To sponsor them, go to their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/gotwoodgolfchallenge/ or text JAMB72 with the amount to 70070.