Golfers show determination for CHAS

PENICUIK: Glencorse Golf Club. Four golfers in 24-hour golf marathon. It started at 7pm on Sunday.''LtoR Billy McMillan, John McNiven, David Ross & Jimmy Martin

PENICUIK: Glencorse Golf Club. Four golfers in 24-hour golf marathon. It started at 7pm on Sunday.''LtoR Billy McMillan, John McNiven, David Ross & Jimmy Martin

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FOur golfers played through the pain barrier to raise money for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

John McNiven, David Ross, Jimmy Martin and Billy MacMillan raised £4000 for the charity by playing golf for 24 hours at Glencorse Golf Club.

The four golfers were inspired to raise money for CHAS as the daughter of one of their friends receives respite care at Rachel House.

Despite raising more money than they thought they would, John admiited: “This was one of the most idiotic things I have ever done.”

Well-wishers were out in force as the golfers teed off at 7pm on the Sunday evening. The golf continued as night fell and they switched to night-time golf balls supplied by ico.soul.

“It started getting dark around 10.30pm and got a bit cold also,” explained John.

“The playing in the dark bit started off a bit of a laugh, but after, say, about 15 minutes, we quickly realised that this was going to be the next six and a half hours in the dark with no sleep.”

Spirits began to flag around daybreak when the golfers realised they still had not reached the halfway point on their marathon challenge.

“That was the worst bit right there. It was then that we realised that we maybe had bitten off more than we could chew,” added John.

The following day, the quartet battled on but the injuries began to set in.

Billy’s knee was giving him pain and he was struggling to walk and John started to lag behind as his feet began to blister.

The golfers refueled with lunch and set off on the final shift.

They were joined by friends who spurred them on for the last few holes.