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All around the courses in a good cause

West Berks golfers tee off marathon challenge in aid of Air Ambulance

Malcolm Howe



All around the courses in a good cause

The start of the challenge as the West Berks trio get ready to tee off at Newbury and Crookham

A team of three golfers from West Berks completed a 72-hole, four-course challenge on Thursday when they played the Newbury and Crookham, Donnington Grove, Donnington Valley and West Berks courses to raise more than £1,800 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Jason Kendal, who plays off a handicap of six, Stuart Harrison (seven) and 11-handicapper Jane Brackenbury set off from the first tee at Newbury and Crookham at 5am and completed the marathon at the 18th green at West Berks at 8.20pm.
As well as the primary objective of completing the 72 holes, the team sustained high quality golf throughout the day, scoring a total of 19 birdies with an average team stableford score for each hole of 5.64. That was in excess of the target of five points set by non-playing captain, manager and team support officer, West Berks captain Tim Francis, to add a bonus of £275 to the funds raised.
Tim Francis said: “It was a great effort. We are very proud of their determination and the standard they maintained. During the event they had no physical assistance and either carried their clubs or pushed trolleys. They walked 32 kilometres, climbed and descended 255 metres and burned off 5,400 calories. They kept hydrated with an estimated 20 bottles of liquid refreshment and after all the sensible food had been consumed, jelly babies and flapjacks saw them through to the end.
“We are indebted to all four clubs for making us so welcome and allowing us the courtesy of the courses and to the generosity of all our sponsors.”
Kate Martin of Thames Valley Air Ambulance said: “This is a massive achievement by Jason, Jane and Stuart and thank you to all the kind sponsors of this event.
“West Berks Golf Club should be very proud! We rely entirely on donations from the communities we serve and without events like this we wouldn’t be able to save lives.”

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