POULTON Golf Club professional John Greenwood successfully completed a marathon challenge of playing 180 holes in a day.
And he has the blisters and a pulled hamstring to prove it.
The charity venture, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, took place on the longest day of the year.
It started at 4.30am and came to an end at 9.18pm.
The solo effort took him 34 miles in 755 shots, an average of 75.5 per 18 holes.
The money is still being counted, but it is expected to be around the £1,200 mark.
Greenwood (pictured) admitted that it had been hard going and at one point he had reached the golfing equivalent of hitting the wall in the running marathon.
He said: “I am only now taking back full possession of my own body.
“My feet were full full of blisters and I pulled my hamstring after the third round.
“The fifth and sixth rounds were the worst – I wasn’t playing well and so I felt low, as well as tired.
“But then in the seventh round, I felt better because I was round in 67, which is my best in some time and that gave me a boost.”
Greenwood was given support by members at the club and club captain John Barber, whose charity this year is the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Mayor of Wyre Council Don Lawrenson and his wife Vera, the Mayoress, were also on hand to lend the support, while there was also a visit from a BBC TV crew.
What was needed after such a long shift was a good sleep and Greenwood thought he was getting that until his young daughter came into the bedroom and interrupted his deep slumber.
n IT’S the highlight of the year at Knott End Golf Club on Saturday when the 36-hole Wyreside Trophy takes place, one of the longest-established open competitions on the Fylde coast.
The course was closed on Friday because of the horrendous wet weather, but it is described as being in ‘good nick’ and ‘very green’ by club secretary Louise Freeman.
The Wyreside was won last year by Luke Walker, son of the professional Paul.
Another member of the golfing Walker clan, Luke’s younger brother Curtis is among the entries on Saturday.
Pat winner Nick Marsh is also in the field.