Foursome effort

By Liam Nash

Four local men will take on golf’s most gruelling endurance challenge on December 15, attempting to complete 72 holes in one day as a part of Cancer Council’s The Longest Day initiative.

The Slominators - Ryan Medcraft, Tim Nolan, Steve Burns and Ryan McDiarmid - will take to the links of Cobram-Barooga golf course where they will spend an estimated 14 hours driving, chipping and putting across four rounds of golf from dusk til dawn.

Having set a target of raising $10 000 from the event, the group has already reached the first hurdle, surpassing the $1000 mark last week, and encouraged locals to reach into their pockets and help support their drive.

“We are hoping anyone who has been affected by cancer or knows anyone who has, to get involved and donate,” Medcraft said.

With a predicted tee off time of about 5 am, the day will be far from a stroll in the park.

“The plan will be to go hard early and get as many holes out of the way as possible,” he said.

“Currently we are trying to get match fit, we are going to play 36 holes over the next couple of weekends to see where we are at.”

In attempt to engage the community, Medcraft said the group will be live streaming their progress on their Facebook page, while some welcomed support from their loved ones will help the foursome push through to the finish at the end of the day.

“The idea will be to get our families down to walk the last nine holes with us to push us through to the finish,” he said.

“We would also like to give a big recognition to the club for giving us their full support, giving us use of the course and equipment and providing a team shirt and lunch on the day.

“It is the first year we have done it, we are going to start small with the four of us this time and hopefully build on it in the coming years.”

● To catch all the foursome’s action, visit their Facebook page at The Slominators, while donations can be made to the cause at