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England and Wales (North) Region

My goodness, Greenwood aims to break Guinness record

21 May 18

John Greenwood

It's a tall order but John Greenwood is hoping to rise to the challenge of beating the Guinness world record for playing the most rounds of golf in 12 hours.

“I clocked up 200 holes in a day last year to raise funds for my club but had a caddie and other people to find the ball. That influenced me to go a stage further,” explained the Poulton-le-Fylde professional.

“I plan to carry my own bag but I’m also experimenting by using just a six iron and driving, chipping and putting with that.

“The challenge is to play as many holes I can in 12 hours over a course of no less than 6,000 yards. The record of 221 has stood for 13 years.”

But 40-year-old Greenwood won’t be taking on the marathon on June 14 at his home club because it is not long enough.

“I’m attempting it at Fleetwood because my course is nine holes and the challenge has to be over 18. I’m hoping to play each round in 58 minutes without a caddie or trolley.

“I’ll have witnesses of a least three people throughout the day and, as on the last occasion, the money raised will go to my club.”

He added: “I don’t have a background in athletics but I started training in February to get myself fit. Otherwise I would not be able to take up the challenge.”

 

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