‘I was so tired after playing golf for 13hrs I fell asleep eating a takeaway’

August 16 2016

ANYONE fancy a game of golf lasting 13 hours? Thought not but that’s exactly what one Fishponds resident did to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

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ANYONE fancy a game of golf lasting 13 hours? Thought not but that’s exactly what one Fishponds resident did to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

Andy Neil, 46, played four rounds of the sport back to back as part of Macmillan’s annual The Longest Day of Golf.

He was joined by pals Chris Prewett of Kingswood and Stuart Weston, who lives in Bath.

By the end of the stint, which took place at Saltford Golf Club, the trio had played 72 holes of golf, walked 22 miles and took more than 380 shots.

“We tee’d off at 4.45am and didn’t finish until 5.45pm,” said Andy.

“By the end of the day we’d walked about 48,000 steps. We all felt it the following day but none of us would admit it on the day!

“We celebrated after by having a couple of pints at the golf club. My wife Katie treated me to a Chinese takeaway but I fell asleep half way through it.”

Andy said he had organised the day in recognition of the unfailing support Macmillan gave to his mother and sister after they were both diagnosed with cancer.

He said: “My mother fought cancer for the second time last year and, touch wood, has got through it. My sister had breast cancer about three years ago and two years ago got the all clear. A secondary cancer has now developed which is untreatable. She’s still going strong and fighting it and is on medication which is stopping the cancer growing.

“They both live in Nottingham so I was unable to spent as much time with them as I would have liked but the Macmillan nurses spent some quality time with them. Because of that the cause is really close to my heart. 

“Macmillan do all the background work for people suffering with cancer. They are the ones that help people take their minds off what they are going through. They help them when they have chemotherapy and take them out to buy headscarves and have fittings for wigs.

“Macmillan nurses have done so much for my mother and sister who told me they possibly couldn’t have gone through what they went through without them.”

The three men have raised a remarkable £1,800 through online donations and various collections.

They have been supported by Saltford Golf Club, where Andy is a member. The club waived their green fees, which would have cost £480, and placed a collection bucket on the bar in the clubhouse.

Clive and Cleo Tooze, the landlord and landlady of the Spotted Cow in Lodge Causeway, have also helped out, raising more than £200 after a holding a collection amongst their regulars.

“Both the club and Clive and Cleo have been a massive help. They’ve been so supportive of the cause,” said Andy.

If you would like to boost Andy’s total, you have until September 1 to donate by visiting his fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andy-Neil1