John hopes to play a hole lot of golf

John Greenwood
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THE idea for golfing marathons in the name of charity is catching on with the golf professionals’ fraternity on the Fylde coast.

Following the endeavours of St Annes Old Links professional Daniel Webster and club captain Stuart Wells, Poulton Golf Club professional John Greenwood is also planning to do his bit in 2012.

And he will not just be displaying his golf skills – but his running prowess as well.

As with the Old Links endeavours, the money raised will go to the Poulton captain’s charity for next year.

Greenwood’s effort will have an offbeat touch.

He said: “The idea is to play as many holes as possible on or around the longest day when there is approximately 17 hours of daylight.

“A lot of pros I know have done similar things that are along the lines of playing four or five rounds in a day – quite a feat in itself.

“However, I want to better that. I like running and golf, so combining the two could be cool!

“I want to attempt to play 180 holes in a day – 10 rounds of 18!

“That will be without the use of a buggy or caddy, just a golf trolley. This means that each round of 18 has to be completed in one hour and 40 minutes for 17 hours!

“I have been thinking and planning during the recent weeks if this could be done – I think with a lot of training and planning it is just possible.

“I even think it could be some sort of record – Guinness World Records are looking into it.”