Gruelling golf challenge

By Jamie Lowe

A group Deniliquin golfers are testing their skills, strength and stamina by participating in the Cancer Council’s ‘The Longest Day’ endurance golf challenge.

The challenge is to successfully complete four full rounds of golf on a single day, while raising vital funds for cancer research and prevention.

This will see Jack Tonta, Ross Taylor, Angus McKinnon and Vince Kelly walk about 30km over what is predicted to be a gruelling 15 hour day of golf.

For Tonta it will be his second time participating in the event, having completed the same task with mates Mick Barnett and Matt MacDonald last year.

There will be one difference for this year’s golfers however, with all four deciding to complete the day without the use of a golf cart.

‘‘Last year we did the four games with golf carts, but it didn’t feel like much of a challenge,’’ Tonta said.

‘‘The whole purpose of the event is to test yourself for a good cause, so we made the decision to walk the whole 72 holes.

‘‘We’ll probably start at about 5.30am and hopefully finish just before dark.

‘‘So far there are the four of us, but we’re happy to have more golfers jump on board.’’

On Sunday, December 22, at the Deniliquin Golf Club the quartet will start their 72 holes of stroke.

While there’s no prize for the winner, Taylor said there will be some friendly competition out on the course.

‘‘I’m sure we’ll all want to win, but it’s about the fundraising,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a Club Champion (Vince Kelly) who we’ll be playing with so having the best score might prove challenging.

‘‘I’d be tipping that the last round will be the worst scoring by all of us though.

‘‘I decided to join the cause because cancer is pretty close to my heart.

‘‘There are a lot of personal reasons for me to raise funds, which is the case for most people.’’

The four golfers hope to get a large crowd down to cheer them on, with the golfers hoping to raise plenty of funds from their performances on the day.

‘‘We’re aiming to raise $3000,’’ Tonta said.

‘‘We also hope to get some people to donate $1 for every birdie, eagle or par made, holes played, or just a donation of any amount.

‘‘I’ve had a few mates say they’ll donate $100 per hole-in-one I get. They’re pretty confident that they won’t have to pay up for that.

‘‘We want to get as many people down for at least our last round of golf,’’ Taylor added.

‘‘We’re planning to have a barbecue for those who support us on the day from about 4pm onwards.

‘‘It’d also be nice to have some help for our final 18 holes, as I’m sure we’ll need all the encouragement we can get by then.’’

The quartet have currently raised $701, but will need more support to reach their goal. To donate to their cause click here