Golfers go tee-total for charity

Iain Wilson and Phill Ginger.
Iain Wilson and Phill Ginger.
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A PAIR of avid Northumberland golfers are taking on a ‘tee-total’ challenge as they play every golf hole in the county for charity.

Iain Wilson and Phill Ginger, members of Alnwick Castle Golf Club, will play 585 holes on 32 courses over ten days in May to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The duo will set off from Bellingham in the west of the county on Thursday, May 10 before playing the length and breadth of the county, finishing at their home club on Saturday, May 19.

Three of the clubs – Slaley Hall, Close House and Longhirst Hall – have two separate courses to take on, Matfen Hall has 27 holes while some of the others are nine-hole courses.

Iain said: “It was Phill’s idea and he broached the subject when we both had alcohol on board.

“He asked if I fancied playing some golf and raising some money for charity, but the closer it gets to the challenge, the more apprehensive I am.

“I think we will be fed up of golf after the first day!”

But the challenge will offer the two a tour of the county that will include playing at three courses that they haven’t played at before.

“We are playing everything from the nine-holers with an honesty box in the clubhouse for visitors to the major courses which hold top events, like Slaley Hall,” said Iain.

And if that wasn’t enough, Iain will celebrate his 62nd birthday midway through the challenge – he can look forward to rounds at Burgham Park, Linden Hall and Rothbury to commemorate the day.

As well as raising sponsorship, around 20 of the clubs have kindly donated fourballs (allowing four people to play a round), which are going to be auctioned off to raise more funds.

For more information on the challenge and how to sponsor the pair, visit www.northumberlandgolfchallenge.co.uk

The duo’s itinerary is as follows:

Day One: Bellingham - Haltwhistle - Hexham - Tynedale

Day Two: Allendale - Slaley Hall x 2

Day Three: Stocksfield - Close House x 2

Day Four: Prudhoe - Matfen Hall - Ponteland

Day Five: Arcot Hall - Bedlingtonshire - Blyth

Day Six: Newbiggin - Longhirst Hall x 2 - Morpeth

Day Seven: Burgham Park - Linden Hall - Rothbury

Day Eight: Magdalene Fields - Goswick - Wooler - Belford

Day Nine: Bamburgh - Seahouses - Dunstanburgh - Alnmouth Village

Day Ten: Alnmouth (Foxton) - Warkworth - Percy Wood - Alnwick Castle