Doncaster golf ace Aidan’s tee-mendous effort for charity

Aidan Willis on a previous golf challenge.
Aidan Willis on a previous golf challenge.

A determined Doncaster golfer teed off for an energy-sapping charity challenge - by playing more than 250 holes of golf in one day.

Aidan Willis, aged 19, pictured, struck his first shot at Hickleton Golf Club just after sunrise at 3.30am on Monday - and completed the marathon just before 10pm, after spending more than 18 hours pounding up and down the greens and fairways.

It was the third time he has taken on a golf epic – and in this year’s attempt he beat his personal best as he notched up 14 rounds of golf, plus three extra holes, to beat previous years when he played 10 and 12 rounds in one day.

Proud mum Sue said: “He flew round the course - it was the third time he has done something like this.

“He wanted to beat his own record and although it was hard work he got round - he was even running between holes at one stage!”

Aidan, of Mayfield Road, Sprotbrough, who has been a member of Hickleton Golf Club since he was six, played on his own in order to raise funds for Cancer Research.

A family friend died from the disease several years ago which spurred him into action.

“He has always loved playing golf,” said Sue.

“He wanted to do his bit to help and enjoy himself at the same time.”

In previous years, he has undertaken the challenge alongside friends, helping to raise hundreds of pounds in the process with both Help for Heroes and Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital benefiting from his exploits.

Each round included a full 18 holes of golf - around a five mile walk - meaning by the end of his challenge he had completed 82 miles and 252 holes - the equivalent of walking to Sheffield and back twice.

Sue added: “He flagged a bit during the middle of the day, but he got a second wind and kept going. He was so busy and dedicated to playing golf and getting round that he couldn’t even take phone calls during the day!

“And he wasn’t allowed to use a buggy - he had to walk the whole course.

“As soon as he completed one round, he started again on the next.

“We are very proud of him. He was determined to do it and beat his own record,” said Sue.

Donations to Aidan’s fund can be left at the club.