Drayton & Taverham

Pair’s marathon golfing challenge

Just Regional
Jun 21, 2024 2 mins read

Two young golfers are teeing off on a 100-holes-in-a-day challenge to help a men’s cancer charity raise money and awareness.

Harry Ling and Jacob Di-Lella, both 22, will tackle the marathon session at Mundesley Golf Club on Saturday, June 22, as part of Prostate Cancer UK’s Big Golf Race.

They will start at 4.30am and finish some time before darkness falls on the coastal course, where Harry is a member.

To complete the 100 target they must go around the nine-hole course 11 times, and then do an extra hole – a walk of more than 30 miles.

Harry and Jacob – who plays at the Wensum Valley Golf Club, Taverham – have been friends since school, and hatched the idea to enter the event after playing 36 holes together last summer.

“That was fun, but we were riding in a buggy,” said Harry. “We saw the prostate cancer event on social media and decided it would be a great challenge for a good cause.

“Lots of men are scared about talking about prostate cancer, so if we can persuade 20 people to get tested, and raise some money, that would be brilliant.”

The pair realise that stamina will be key. Harry, who has a handicap of 5.7, already has a high level of fitness through his day job of being an RNLI lifeguard covering Mundesley and Sea Palling beaches.

Jacob, from Horsham St Faith, plays off 22 and is an upholsterer at the family firm of GB Restorations.

He is going on daily walks with his friend and rugby coach Jamie Hooker to build his stamina.

Since it began in 2020, the Big Golf Challenge has raised more than £3.4m to help fund research to find better tests that could save thousands of lives.

There are options to do a half-marathon involving 36 holes, a marathon of 72 holes, or the 100-hole ultra-marathon.

Harry and Jacob aim to have a prostate check before the event to highlight the importance of men, of any age, getting themselves checked out.

 

To support their effort visit their JustGiving page at bit.ly/44MZBag

 

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