Posted: 26 March 2013
by Alex Perry
The gauntlet has once again been thrown down to golfers to conquer the UK’s toughest charity golfing challenge – celebrating the longest day of the year by playing from sun up to sun down.
On June 21 the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Four Course Classic event – backed by Sam Torrance and Darren Clarke, as well as England cricket hero and golf-obsessive Michael Vaughan – will see teams of four players from across the UK take on four courses, playing 72 holes in the 16 hours of daylight.
Aside from raising money for an excellent cause - more than £60,000 in 2012 - the highest fundraising team will be whisked away on a seven-night stay at the 5* Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Cyprus, courtesy of Thomson Holidays, with its own 18-hole golf course. A host of other prizes are also up for grabs for top fundraising and scoring teams – including golf breaks, equipment and one-off merchandise.
“Playing 72 holes between sun up and sun down is an epic challenge for any golfer – and one that everyone should try once,” says Ryder Cup winning captain Torrance. “Knowing that every penny you raise will make a difference to thousands of families living with muscle-wasting conditions is a great incentive to get you through.”
“What a great way to put your love of any game to the test – playing from 5am to 10pm,” adds Vaughan, skipper of the England side which won The Ashes in 2005 after nearly two decades of hurt. “It’s certainly not going to be easy, but the satisfaction has to be worth the blisters. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is a great charity, and this is the perfect way for golf-lovers to support it.”
All proceeds from the event will help the charity fund its work developing treatments for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions and supporting the 70,000 people in the UK who are affected.
Andy and I took it on last year and we had a brilliant day and we would recommend it to anyone. Click here to read about our experience.
How to get involved
Head to the Four Course Classic Website to sign up and select your chosen courses - with more than 400 to choose from! Alternatively, you can call 020 7803 4824.
Standard registration fee is £25 per player, which includes a comprehensive fundraising and preparation pack, the four complimentary tee times and a Four Course Classic polo shirt for each player. Teams are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £250 per player.
Taking part? Let us know by tweeting us on @Golfmagic