Hole new ball game for Welwyn golfer

A PRO golfer will face his most difficult round – or eight of them – when he attempts to complete a golfing marathon for charity.

Richard May, from Welwyn, hopes to play two rounds on four different Hertfordshire courses in just one day.

And there will be no buggy on hand to help cover the distance, as he plans to walk every step of the way – some 28 miles.

The 43-year-old successfully negotiated a similar challenge last year as he completed five rounds, each on separate courses, but this year’s event, next Friday, June 18, will prove even more difficult.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times last June, Richard had promised something “bigger and better with more holes” and he certainly hasn’t disappointed.

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The WGC Golf Club pro will tee off the first of two rounds at Harpenden Common Golf Club at 3.45am, followed by a further two at Harpenden Golf Club and Wheathampstead’s Mid Herts Golf Club.

Richard’s trial will culminate at his home course, in Mannicotts, with yet another two rounds, where he hopes to make the final putt some time between 9pm and 9.30pm.

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The fundraiser is in aid of the club captain’s two chosen charities, Isabel Hospice and the Chris Ryan Trust.

Both causes have strong links to WGC with the hospice, based in Bridge Road East, providing care for those with life-limiting illnesses in the surrounding area, while the Chris Ryan Trust is in support of a junior golfer at the club who was paralysed after a car accident in November 2008.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times asked Richard how he planned to do eight rounds before dark, to which the golfer replied, “with difficulty”.

He added: “Last time I did four rounds on my own and then was joined by Richard Roberts [club captain], Chris Cootes [lady’s captain], and Peter Woodrow [men’s vice captain], but this time I’m just doing it by myself.

“It’s going to be tough but we’re doing it for the right causes.”

To sponsor Richard, cheques can be sent in the post to WGC Golf Club, Mannicotts, High Oaks Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7BP.

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