100 Holes of Golf in a Day
When Peppard resident, Arthur Davis (15), signed up to join Gillotts School World Challenge expedition to the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, he discovered his first challenge was to raise the £3,500 expedition fee. Being a keen golfer, young and enthusiastic, he decided to raise sponsorship by playing 100 holes of golf in one day. He set a date in late June at Henley Golf Club, and started raising money, sponsorship per hole, sweepstake on number of shots, lucky dip on number of birdies and paying to join him for a round, donating 25% of the money to Sue Ryder.
He teed off at 04.00 in the darkness with his dad, Matthew, trying to spot the ball. He set off on his second round at 06.30 with Peter Bland, landlord of The Maltsters. It became a hot June day, Rounds 3, 4 & 5 were hard work; everyone else on the course co-operated by calling him through, and donating to the cause. At 19.20, accompanied by club pro, Mark Howell and his dad, and cheered on by a crowd of members, Arthur set off on the final 10 holes.
Coming to the 18th for the sixth time, and still feeling good he played second for an extra time, so completing 101 holes of golf in the gloom at 21.30. Vital statistics: 467 shots, just 7 over his handicap, 16 birdies and about 25 miles. He raised over £2000.