The Longest Golf Day - raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support
Every year UK golfers are challenged to take part in the Longest Golf Day, where they have to get a team of four together and play 72-holes of their golf course in one day during June or July, to help raise money for the work conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support, which not only involves sponsoring nurses and hospices, but also providing phone services that offer emotional support.
Macmillan, now in their 100th year, is the UK's leading cancer care charity, and is a source of support, helping with the things that people affected by cancer want and need.
With cancer affecting 1 in every 3 people, such support improves the quality of life for those affected and makes a real difference to people. Such work would not be possible without the amazing support Macmillan is shown at their fundraising events.
"I have been given many things and opportunities in my professional golf career. One way I have been able to give back is by participating in charitable golf outings, many of which have been associated with different cancer organizations. Cancer has no discrimination or boundaries of gender, race, wealth or country, it effects us all in someway or another. That is why it is so important we all get together and raise money for this worthy cause. And why not have a good time doing it playing golf."
Janice Moodie, LPGA Tour professional
The Longest Golf Day puts the 'fun' into 'fundraising', where people get to enjoy a great day of golf, raise money for an excellent cause and have the chance to win prizes.
Each fourball takes a note of their scores as they work round their course and submit these, along with their total fundraising amount, and there are prizes on offer to the best teams. Last year the best four teams were whisked off to the Boavista course in Portugal for two days to play-off in the final, and there are similar prizes for the top teams this year.
The Macmillan team in the West of Scotland are receiving support from KaneGolf.com, a golf club manufacturer based in Hillington, who have provided a putter as a prize for one winner, and will also produce a customised Big Easy driver for another winner.
Golfers do not need to play 72-holes at one course if other arrangements can be made, and the event is currently receiving support from numerous clubs and organisations. At Hilton Park Golf Course in Milngavie, General Manager and Golf Professional Gordon Simpson has pledged his support to the event, allowing fourballs access to the course to play as many of the 72-holes they wish, and Haggs Castle Golf Course in Glasgow are allowing fourballs taking part in the challenge to play 18-holes at their course for free. Similarly, the 9-hole Lochranza Golf Course on the Isle of Arran is allowing golfers free access to their course, and the nearby Lochranza Hotel is offering discounted rates to registered participants.
"As a former Scottish Amateur Champion and British Amateur runner up I would like to offer support to the people taking part in the Longest Golf Day in raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. I am sure everyone involved will have a great time while contributing to a worthy cause."
John Gallagher, EuroPro Tour professional
Legendary musician and self-confessed golf addict Alice Cooper is also showing his support, providing a signed copy of his book 'Golf Monster' to give away to one lucky winner. The book is autobiographical, but the rocker also discusses how he fell in love with the game to drive away his demons, and he gives his own 12-step guide to developing your game.
"Playing golf is like being a rocker on stage. You have the choice of retreating into your shell and gazing at your shoes, or becoming a power performer in front of your crowd. I much prefer the latter."
Alice Cooper, quote from back cover of 'Alice Cooper, Golf Monster' UK Edition
With a range of other possible prizes to be won, with discussions being held with big name manufacturers within the golf industry, this is an exciting year to be getting involved with the Longest Golf Day.