John first announced the idea of playing 200 holes in a day back in June.
The difficulty of the challenge magnified when the date was chosen. Not only did John have to complete 22 laps of Poulton (plus 2) he had the day light restrictions of playing at the end of August. The longest day had long since passed in June.
In the days leading up to the event the general opinion around the club was a pessimistic one. Many believed 200 holes was too many, and the rest thought even if it were possible there was not enough daylight.
For it to work each 9 holes needed to be completed in 40 minutes, if that were possible it would leave zero time for any breaks.
Johns alarm was set for 4am and was limbering up ready to go from 5am.
5.50am Go! John had a secret weapon for the day, Jaime Towers, she had volunteered to run alongside him for moral support. Whenever he looked to be slowing she gave him a metaphoric kick up the bum! Jaime’s support was instrumental in getting John to complete 126 holes (7 x 18) in just under 7 hours.
This quick pace at the start permitted John to ease up on the pace slowing to a fast walk.
Blisters, strains, aches and soreness was to be expected for such a distance, John finally limped off the 200th hole at 7pm after holing a 10 footer for birdie! Check out Johns Facebook page and watch the scenes on the final hole!
I would imagine that bottle of Magners tasted great!
John wanted to thank everyone who helped on the day, there was a great team of ball spotters and marshals throughout the day, and at the end the amount of people walking around the last 9 holes was fantastic.
The sponsorship money pledged so far is close to £5,000, a great start to the fund raising efforts.
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