Golf Club Captain's golfing endurance charity challenge

The 2012 Captain of Charnwood Forest Golf Club, Steve Ackling, is taking on a golfing endurance challenge which involves recreating a remarkable historical feat which dates back to 1913. This charity challenge is to complete 150 holes of golf in under 14 hours!

As an Ambassador for a local charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Steve has undertaken many personal fundraising challenges since retirement, including a number of UK half-marathons. Upon becoming Captain, Steve wanted to do something special for charity which involved his passion for golf and also celebrated the fantastic history of Charnwood Forest GC, Leicestershire’s oldest golf club. A feat completed 99 years ago became the inspiration for this challenge.

Steve Ackling
In 1913 a member of Charnwood Forest GC, Harry Flude, accepted a wager that he couldn’t complete 150 holes of the golf course in under 14 hours. Teeing off at 6.30am on 1st June 1913, Harry set about his challenge with dogged determination and by 7.38pm he’d completed the 150 holes in just 13 hours and 8 minutes. Remarkably, his speed did not impact his scoring with 51 pars and 9 birdies/eagles recorded with an average of gross 46 for each round of 9 holes.

Steve’s challenge is to repeat Harry Flude’s feat with the aim, rather than to win a wager, to raise over £1,500 for the Captains’ Charities which are Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and Teenage Cancer Trust. On 1st June 2012, Steve will tee off at 5am and attempt to complete 150 holes at Charnwood Forest Golf Club in under 14 hours. Training is going well for the challenge and his family and friends, who all think he is ‘mad’, are rallying to offer support as caddies and ball-spotters.

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