Where it all began.... to where it is now...
Although I was briefly a member of the great Castlerock Golf Club on the beautiful Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland, my real golf journey began just across the river at the world class Portstewart Golf Club!
This was the location of my first Hole-In-One on the 18th on the Old or Town Course.
I was a member at PGC from the age of 16 - 28, playing regularly with James and Sylvia Shaw and Margaret Hare, before moving away from Northern Ireland. I played golf on and off in England where I settled for 13 years, mainly around the Cambridge area, including courses The Gog Magog, Girton, Heydon Grange, to name a few. A very memorable course for me was Weybridge, where I made my second Hole-In-One! A cracking 8 iron shot from an elevated green, down a hill for 140m, bounced once a few metres from the pin and the second time the ball landed in clacked majestically into the hole :-) Well it sounded majestic to me!
In 2013 my wife, Ruth, and I made the big move Down Under and settled in beautiful Melbourne, and we both restarted our golf journey on a weekly basis at Sandringham Golf Club, and this is where we made many wonderful golfing friends!
Sandringham Golf Course is a great wee public course, with very friendly members and a well run club. We both thoroughly enjoyed playing there!
In 2017, we returned to European shores for an extended holiday, including returning to the green green grass of home in Northern Ireland. I couldn't not take Ruth to play at my previous, much-loved, golf course at Portstewart. A few photos are in my gallery page.
Then a few things happened around the same time in late 2018. It was decided Sandringham GC was going to be made into a Golf Academy and modifications of the course began. Also, around that time, unfortunately, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer... and this sort of news really gives you a wakeup call. No longer the healthy, invincible person I thought I was - I started focussing on important things in my life, and golf being one of them, Ruth and I decided to treat ourselves to joining the magnificent Woodland Golf Club!
We both have been overwhelmed by the friendly welcome we have received in our first year of membership. We have made many new golfing friends and are thoroughly enjoying playing and socialising there! It really is a challenging and great golf course.
So, a year on from diagnosis, I wanted to give something back to helping scientists, doctors, researchers and many more to get rid of this terrible disease, preventing others from getting it, to giving those suffering it some hope of cure... This is why I have decided to undertake the Longest Day Challenge and raise funds for this very worthy cause.
Thank you to the teams from Woodlands undertaking the challenge at Woodlands Golf Club on 20th December. Daivd Pidgeon, Ted Roberts, Kevin Murphy, joining me on team Just FORE! Men. And, Mike Smith, Richard Herman, Shaun Menner, and Alistair Barkhouse on team The Woodland BCCs!
Thanks also to everyone of our supporters who have been so generous in donations, enthusiasm for us and overall support.
And, of course, thank you to Woodlands Golf Club for allowing us to undertake this challenge on this wonderful course!
Good luck to all taking the challenge!
I’m taking on Cancer Council’s The Longest Day...
... the ultimate golfing challenge to complete four rounds of golf in one day. That’s 72 holes!
I’ll be testing my skill, strength and stamina to raise funds for Cancer Council.
Because Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 and I want to help change this.
Please sponsor me today, to make every hole count!
Thank you for your generous donation. Together, let’s tee off for a cancer free future.
Thank you to my Sponsors
John & Robyn Horgan
Alan & Lara
Ian And Judy Thomas
Mattman & Family