On Monday 20th of June, the four golf courses in Paphos saw two teams of Professionals and Amateurs put their bodies and minds on the line for the Macmillan Cancer Support by completing the charity’s marathon golfing challenge under extremely warm temperatures.
The Longest Day Golf Challenge saw 8 superheroes completing for the first time in Cyprus walking 72 holes in just a single day to raise money for charity.
The 1st Team consisted of Danny Heard (Golf Professional at Aphrodite Hills), Scott Beaven (Golf Professional at Aphrodite Hills), Adam Collinson (Golf Professional at Elea), and Derek Smith (course superintendent at Secret Valley).
The 2nd Team consisted of Gary Clive, Andy Malpas, Gaz Carr and Chinny Richards (all from RAF Akrotiri).
The day started very early at Minthis Hills were the teams teed off at 5:30am before the sunrise and completing the first round in just 2.5 hours! The format for the day was the best two stableford scores to count per hole.
Rounds 2 & 3 were played at Elea and Secret Valley Golf Clubs respectively with both rounds also being completed in under 3 hours. A special mention must go to Derek Smith who managed 42 stableford points at Secret Valley on his own! Pretty special considering it was the 3rd round of the day!
The guys made their way along to Aphrodite Hills and teed off at 16.30, buggies were laid on for them to drive from 2 to 3 and down the 7th hole. Whatever possessed them when they finished the 2nd we do not know but they WALKED round to 3rd and then down the 7th for good measure. When questioned they said that they had done so much, why spoil it with 4 wheels for a few minutes!
Understandably the standard of golf late in the day wasn’t sparkling but they soldiered on despite obvious pain and walked up towards the 18th green literally at 8.00pm to numerous supporters and well wishers.
After nearly 15 hours of golf it was all over and the final total raised was calculated. At an estimate we guess it to be €8,500. But there are still people donating.
The funds will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michaels Hospice in Paphos.
Both teams would like to thank all those who have supported them in this challenge and especially to everyone that gave money to this amazing charity!
Danny’s Team overall on the four courses made 45 birdies, 1 eagle and 144 Pars!!
‘The past 12 months had been unkind to many of us in the golf industry in Cyprus from this horrible disease. I’m certainly not clever enough to research a cure but I wanted to do what I could.
What seemed like a brilliant idea in January became a bit more complicated in the June temperatures but all the pain we went through is worth it knowing we raised such a large sum of money.
I’m available next year for advice but I’m certainly not doing it again!’ said Danny Heard.
‘It was one of the hardest and longest days of my life. I couldn't have done it without my team mates or the guys and girls that supported us throughout the day on the drinks and food buggy.
I'm so happy that our team could raise so much money, with help from the wonderful people we know, for a great cause. The people with cancer that we are trying to help have it 100 times worse everyday. I'm so glad we could do something to help their cause even if it was only playing golf.
Thank you to everyone that donated’, said Scott Beaven.
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of the people will ever face in their lives. The year 2016 wasn’t the best one for our Members, Staff, Friends and Family as some of them have been diagnosed with cancer and some have lost the battle.
The people at Macmillan, the nurses, the therapists are supporting the people affected by cancer. Not only the nurses but also the volunteers, the expects, the supporters and the fundraisers are the ones who make it possible for the Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s an excellent charity that worth’s every single penny and more. It is one of the largest British charities and provides support and health care to thousands of people who are struggling with this disease either this has been medical, practical, financial even emotional support.