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Montgomerie urges golfers to tee off for charity

Golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, OBE, is encouraging enthusiasts of the sport nationwide to put their handicaps to the test for charity this summer, by taking on Macmillan Cancer Relief's Longest Day Challenge (13 June-13 July) 1 .

The top cancer care charity's sponsored golf marathon provides the perfect excuse for participants to indulge in their favourite game, while also raising money for a great cause. The challenge is to play four rounds of golf in just one day, on or around the longest day of the year, 21 June.

Participants can hit the green either individually or as part of a team with friends or colleagues, and can play at any golf course of their choice. For those entering a team of three or four golfers, there is also a chance to win a trip to the prestigious St Andrews Bay Golf Resort and Spa, to compete for the Longest Day Challenge Trophy 2 .

Colin Montgomerie said: "The Longest Day Challenge is the perfect excuse to have the ultimate golfing day while raising money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. It's no easy task, finishing four rounds of golf in just one day, but if you're into golf, why not take on the challenge!"

To help ensure the day is a success, here are just a few of Colin's top tips:

•  Plan ahead - step up your walking rate in the weeks leading up to the Challenge

•  Conserve your energy - see if you can find a volunteer/s to caddy for you!

•  Start your challenge at first light, have a good breakfast around 7:30am , have a light lunch before your third round and high tea before your final round

•  If possible, arrange a massage before you start your third round

•  Time is of the essence. Forget normal etiquette - first player at his/her ball plays and first player on the tee drives

This year for the first time there will also be a Junior Longest Day Challenge, open to golfers aged between 13 to 17 years. Participants are required instead to play two rounds of golf in one day and for those entering in teams of three or four, there is the chance to compete for the Junior Longest Day Challenge Trophy at The De Vere Belfry 3 .

Macmillan hopes the two nationwide events will raise more than £250,000 to help provide the expert care and emotional support that makes a real difference to people living with cancer.

Those who think they have the determination and stamina to take part, should call 020 7840 4615, email golf@macmillan.org.uk or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/golf for more information.

 

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