Golfer set for dawn till dusk charity bid

John Hunter
John Hunter

Daventry golfer John Hunter has pledged to play the same course 10 times in a single day to raise money for charity.

Early on Saturday morning he will set off on his marathon game of golf at the nine-hole Daventry and District Golf Club. Nearly 15 hours later he hopes to have played 90 holes.

John, a keen golfer who plays off a handicap of seven, said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“I shall be teeing off at 5.30am and should have played all 90 holes by shortly after 8pm. I estimate each loop around the course will take me around an hour and a half to finish.

“During the day I will be playing with friends, fellow club members, sponsors and my son Adam who will play the last 18 holes with me.”

John, from The Grange, Daventry, has been a member of Daventry and District for several years and is the club’s former men’s captain.

He will be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gives grants to children with life-threatening conditions, and the Alzheimer’s Society, the respective nominated charities of current club captains Neil and Carol Clifford.

“Neil and Carol are personal friends of mine and were very supportive when I was club captain, so I wanted to do something for them in return,” said John, a programme manager at Cummins, where he has worked for 35 years.

“My target is to raise over £1,500, which I should reach thanks to all the people who are sponsoring me.”

He added: “On Saturday I will have to pace myself and I’m certainly hoping I don’t have to spend too much time looking for the ball in the rough.

“I think the playing style I will adopt can best be described as hit the ball, find it and then hit it again!

“But joking apart I am quite a serious golfer. I will be playing competitively and keeping a scorecard throughout the day.”