FOUR junior members of Olton Golf Club have raised over £1,200 for charity in a marathon golfing challenge.
The Longest Day Golf Challenge, held on Thursday June 21, saw the young members play 71 holes in over 14 hours to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Joel Palser, aged 16, currently studying at Solihull Sixth Form College, Rob Tovey, aged 18, Ben Wiggins, aged 17, studying a golfing course at Solihull College’s Blossomfield Campus, and organiser Liam Phipps, also 17 studying golfing at the college, tee’d off at 6.30am at Olton Golf Club.
Playing in teams of two for the first three rounds, the foursome played together for the final round, which ended just before 10pm.
“It was certainly interesting but very tiring,” said Joel, who was introduced to golf at the age of ten by his dad.
“When you a play in competition, you play 18 holes so to play 71 is four times what we’re used to.
“It was a challenge even to finish on the same day, we were speed-walking round the course.”
Within the team, Rob, who is hoping to become a golf teaching professional, came first followed by Joel with Ben and Liam coming tied in third.