THREE golfers completed a gruelling 72-holes in one day at Caversham Heath Golf Club last Friday.
Dave Williams, Gareth Goodall, Chris Green and Ben Seal completed the four full rounds as part of the Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge, walking more than 20 miles, carrying their own clubs — no caddies or buggies.
The foursome started their marathon at 4.30am when there was just about enough light to see to tee off, and walked into the clubhouse, tired and weary at 7.30pm that evening.
They completed the marathon in 15 hours - including a 20 minute break after the first two rounds, and a 15 minute break before setting out on the last round.
The first round was completed amid the sprinklers and greenkeepers out preparing the course in three hours flat.
The pace did slip a little as the day wore on and as the course got tougher, particularly when the wind got up for the final two rounds, with the greens, initially soft at 4.30am, playing hard and fast by the end of the marathon.
The second round only took 15 minutes more, the third took three hours 30 minutes and the final round was completed in three hours 40 minutes.
Elsewhere Stephen Beresford won Division 1 of the Midweek Medal with net 71. Runner-up was Hollis Boisson on countback from David Stankard, both with net 72.
Division 2 winner was Colin Parkes with net 68. Second was Simon Dicketts with net 73 and third was Damien Cleary with net 78.
Twos were recorded by Hollis Boisson, Stephen Gelsthorpe, Lynne Rumbold and Mon Shah, all on the eighth hole.
Caversham Heath Seniors have had a successful start to their 2014 matches, having played six, won four and lost two - they are unbeaten in their three home matches.
Last week they lost 4.5-1.5 against Donnington Grove on a particularly demanding course, but Tony Cole had an outstanding game, leading to an easy win.
Charlie Brown recorded a two on the par three eighth hole on his way to winning the junior medal. Brown finished with a net 71. Runner-up was Barney Wytchard on countback from Thomas Parker, both with net 72.