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10 rounds of golf in one day for Teenage Cancer Trust

For most golfers, the 19th hole in the clubhouse is calling for them after completing just one round, whilst the keenest players might reserve the longest day of the year to take on four rounds.

But Paul Mayoh, the club professional at Hainsworth Park Golf Club in Brandesburton, has aced them all after successfully completing 10 rounds of golf in a day to raise an estimated £5,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Paul, accompanied by his caddy Curtis Bartlett, the club’s pro shop manager, started his Dusk to Dawn Challenge at 4:24am on 19th June and finished 17 hours later, with around 50 members of the club cheering him on.

Completing his 10 rounds in 738 shots, with 26 birdies along the way, Paul’s average time per 18 holes was one hour and 31 minutes, during which he walked around 40 miles.

Having always felt taking on 180 holes in one day was achievable, it wasn’t until Paul had a conversation with current Hainsworth Park captain Roger Ward that he decided to take it on.

When Roger explained to Paul that he would be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust during his year as captain, it struck a chord with the club pro and set the wheels in motion for an effort that has captivated the imagination of the Hainsworth Park members.

“The idea has been in my head for years,” Paul told the Wolds Weekly, now fully recovered.

“During late 2022, this year’s captain, Roger, was having a lesson and we had a discussion about what his charity was going to be.

“He said it was the Teenage Cancer Trust and as soon as I heard that, I decided to tell him what my idea was.

“Most people have a connection with cancer, and I do too. I have a son who is 12 and if he or one of his friends was in the position, as a youngster, still at school, and diagnosed with cancer, you would need all the help you could get from charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“It ticked a box for me and I told Roger what I was intending to do. The planning started last autumn and as it got closer, we started finalising dates and timings.

“It created a talking point with the members who couldn’t quite fathom how I was going to do it.

“Some of them said they were happy to sponsor me but weren’t convinced that I would complete all 10 rounds. However, they were happy to increase their sponsorship if I did.

“People were saying that it would take me 20 hours but I knew I wouldn’t need two hours to complete every round.”

With everything in place, Paul started his first round as the sun rose and made a flying start to be five-under-par after six holes.

The first round was in the bag after one hour and 17 minutes – with a score of 64 – and by the fourth round, he was beginning to lap some of the members who started their rounds at 7:30am.

Despite warm temperatures and tiredness, Paul maintained a high standard of play into the afternoon and evening, with rounds six and seven producing scores of 73 and 74.

As the evening drew on and the challenge moved towards its conclusion, more and more members were on the course to watch Paul, and there were around 50 people lining the 18th green to watch him sink his final putt of a marathon day.

He said the support from his fellow golfers spurred him on during those difficult final rounds.

“I’d never done anything similar, because I’m usually working and, at this time of year, I’ll normally be playing tournament golf,” said Paul.

“This year, I managed to set aside a few weeks where there was nothing for me to play in.
“We completed several practice rounds to gauge how long we thought it might take and one of those took us one hour and 17 minutes.

“But even then, some of the members were a little bit sceptical and expected me to be using a buggy.

“However, I walked it all, from shot one to shot 738. The first round started at 4:24am and we got around seven-under-par.

“That was a quick one and we’d finished the first four rounds by 10am. That put us on schedule and the members on the course were great at getting out of our way.

“Once we had done seven rounds, we had two hours per round for the final three, so we could slow the pace down slightly, which was good as my feet were getting sore and I started to get the odd blister.

“But, as the day went on, people kept popping out and watching us, with some of them walking with me and chatting.

“Later in the afternoon and into the evening, people continued to come down to the course and there was 30 people at the start of the final round.

“By the time, we had finished, 50 people were on the 18th green to see the final shot at 9:24pm.

“It was hard work at the end but the motivation of having people there cheering me on kept me going and I managed to birdie the 177th hole of the day.”

The members also showed their support financially, dipping their hands in their pockets to donate around £5,000 at the time of going to press.

Despite thanking everyone for getting behind him both on and off the course, Paul said he doesn’t have any plans to make the Dusk to Dawn Challenge an annual event!

“The members have been great, as have the owners of the course and Roger, the captain, who played a major role,” he said.

“Curtis, the pro shop manager, was with me throughout the day and oversaw the caddying side, making sure I knew how many yards to the hole and that my clubs were ready.

“Different team members, all with different roles, brought it all together.

“Currently, the fundraising total stands at just over £5,000 and the money is still coming in.

“We didn’t set a target but it was something that got people’s interest and they embraced it and are still talking about it.

“I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. Fifteen or 16 years ago, I did the London Marathon and I’ve never done another.

“You want to do things like this while you still can and this felt like the right time for my body and mind.

“I’ll pass the baton onto someone younger now.”

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