Swinging for a good cause

2018-12-11 06:01
From left are Ken Walker, Werner Theart, Brent Lyall (holding Miley the mascot named by Morgan, the young girl who inspired them to take on this challenge), Rob Larsen and Carl Potgieter.

From left are Ken Walker, Werner Theart, Brent Lyall (holding Miley the mascot named by Morgan, the young girl who inspired them to take on this challenge), Rob Larsen and Carl Potgieter.

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Fifteen rounds of golf in five days sounds like madness even to the most avid golfer, but this is what a dedicated team of golfers are doing as from today (Tuesday) until Saturday.

Carl Potgieter is the mastermind behind this idea, all in aid of Choc (Childhood Cancer Foundation), and their aim is to raise R500 000 over the five days.

The team consists of four Western Province Nomads: Carl Potgieter, Werner Theart (both Bellville Golf Club), Brent Lyall, Rob Larsen (both Westlake Golf Club) and team manager Ken Walker (Rondebosch Golf Club).

The players are playing as a single four-ball and are allowed to take a golf cart for one round per day and must walk the other two. They are playing 54 holes per day with a mammoth 270 holes over the five days.

Their schedule is as follows:

Tuesday: Atlantic Beach (cart), Parow, Milnerton.

Wednesday: Durbanville, Kuils River, Bellville (cart).

Thursday: Strand, Somerset West, Erinvale (cart).

Friday: King David Mowbray, Rondebosch (cart), Royal Cape.

Saturday: Clovelly, Steenberg (cart), Westlake.

When asked how it feels to do something so positive and make a contribution towards children with cancer, Carl Potgieter said: “Very proud! We are humbled to see how courageous these kids who are fighting for their lives are. We are glad we can make a small contribution. This is going to be very tough, but we are up for the challenge and will give our very best. Day one will be fine and day five pure adrenalin. Day three might be grumpy day with sore hands and feet and a lack of sleep. To be on the golf course from 05:00 to 19:30 for five days in a row is going to test you mentally and physically.”

The golfers have also joined forces with The Cows. The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference by raising funds for Choc.

Anyone who would like to make a financial contribution to this cause can do so at www.givengain.com/ap/15on15in5.

Fifteen rounds of golf in five days sounds like madness even to the most avid golfer, but this is what a dedicated team of golfers are doing as from today (Tuesday) until Saturday.

Carl Potgieter is the mastermind behind this idea, all in aid of Choc (Childhood Cancer Foundation), and their aim is to raise R500 000 over the five days.

The team consists of four Western Province Nomads: Carl Potgieter, Werner Theart (both Bellville Golf Club), Brent Lyall, Rob Larsen (both Westlake Golf Club) and team manager Ken Walker (Rondebosch Golf Club).

The players are playing as a single four-ball and are allowed to take a golf cart for one round per day and must walk the other two. They are playing 54 holes per day with a mammoth 270 holes over the five days.

Their schedule is as follows:

Tuesday: Atlantic Beach (cart), Parow, Milnerton.

Wednesday: Durbanville, Kuils River, Bellville (cart).

Thursday: Strand, Somerset West, Erinvale (cart).

Friday: King David Mowbray, Rondebosch (cart), Royal Cape.

Saturday: Clovelly, Steenberg (cart), Westlake.

When asked how it feels to do something so positive and make a contribution towards children with cancer, Carl Potgieter said: “Very proud! We are humbled to see how courageous these kids who are fighting for their lives are. We are glad we can make a small contribution­.

“This is going to be very tough but we are up for the challenge and will give our very best. Day one will be fine and day five pure adrenalin.

“Day three might be grumpy day with sore hands and feet and a lack of sleep. To be on the golf course from 05:00 to 19:30 for five days in a row is going to test you mentally and physically.”

The golfers have also joined forces with The Cows. The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference by raising funds for Choc.

Anyone who would like to make a financial contribution to this cause can do so at www.­givengain.com/ap/15on15in5.

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