Five members of Birstall Golf Club completed this year’s “100 Hole Challenge”, completing the marathon challenge around their home course in just over seventeen hours.

Led by club captain Richard Smith, the quintet set out at 4am and finished at 9pm. The other players were club professional John Williamson, male members Dave Seward and Simon Wells and Claire Stephens, who became the first lady member to complete the challenge.

The marathon effort was staged in aid of Birstall BAGS, a charity dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families.

“It was a tremendous day”, said Richard. “I didn’t realise how hard work 17 hours of golf would be, but it is in aid of a great charity and I am really pleased with how everyone pulled together. We expect to have raised a considerable sum for the charity”.

Club professional John Williamson said the 100 holes was almost double what he had ever played in a day before: “I probably did 54 holes (three rounds) in a day when I was a kid, but this was the first time I have ever done a marathon like this”. He did have the satisfaction of the most spectacular hole of the day – an eagle at the par four 9th hole.

Claire Stephens was also pleased with the achievement of completing the challenge: “I have done 36 holes in a day before and remember feeling tired after that, so I am happy I stuck it out and completed the whole event”.