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Posted by: Darren Ramowski on Wed 11 Jul 2012
British Army Captain, Golfshaker (who's gone from 28 to 14.4 this year) and now Endurance Golfer, Stuart Ball has set a new unofficial world record of 432 golf holes played on foot in five days, to raise money for children who have lost parents in the forces.
Captain Ball walked over 150 miles in five days playing 24 rounds of golf - the equivalen of six Open Championships - and hit his trusty TaylorMade Burner 2.0 6-iron over 1,000 times. He beat his original target – 360 holes – by a full 72 holes.
The Enduro Golf 360 Challenge marathon climaxed at 21:15 at Hampton Court Palace GC on Friday 6th July, where Capt. Ball, an officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, ignored pain from blisters and an injured left knee to play the final round accompanied by high-ranking Army officers and other friends and supporters.
Crown Golf backed the venture by offering its golf facilities free of charge, dozens of Crown Golf staff to help organise the event and by supplying golf equipment and refreshments for Capt. Ball and his support team throughout the week. The five golf courses played were – Cams Hall Estate GC, South Winchester GC and Sherfield Oaks GC, all in Hampshire; Blue Mountain GC in Berkshire; and Hampton Court Palace GC, in Surrey.
"We get a large number of calls from worthwhile causes who are looking for sponsorship and support, but unfortunately it’s impossible to help all of them,” said Crown Golf Director of Operations, Rob Climas. “However, when Stuart called and told the compelling story of Scotty's Little Soldiers, we immediately wanted to get involved. His determination throughout the week has inspired countless golfers and staff at Crown Golf clubs. We hope that this galvanises people to donate to the charities he has chosen.”
Also in attendance were a team from Scotty’s Little Soldiers (www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk) led by Army Widow Nikki Scott, whose husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009, leaving two young children.
“It’s fantastic to have achieved what we think is a world record,” said Ball, aged 32 from Odiham. “But it means nothing unless people donate to Scotty’s Little Soldiers and also to Help For Heroes. Scotty’s in particular needs to raise awareness, so please donate what you can at www.bmycharity.com/Stuball79.
“I have two young children myself, so Scotty’s Little Solders is very close to my heart. They are doing amazing work to help families who have lost loved ones on the front line. My own wife Debra, who has been incredibly supportive throughout, feels the same as I do about Scotty’s, and the love of your family is what keeps a soldier going – whether on the front line, or doing something like I have just done.”
Nikki Scott, from Scotty’s Little Soldiers, said: “What Stuart has done is amazing, and we were proud to be there to support him as he played his last round. We hope that this event will galvanise people to visit Stuart’s charity page, or www.scottyslittlesolders.co.uk, and donate. Every single penny helps us to look after the families of the fallen.”
Major General Andrew Gregory Late RA, President of the Army Golf Association, played 18 holes at dawn with Captain Ball on the final day. He said: “In playing 432 holes of golf in only 5 days – over 86 holes a day – Stuart’s physical achievement is incredible in itself. But more important are both the monies he has raised for two extremely important and inspirational charities and also the greater awareness he has brought to the wonderful activities being undertaken particularly by ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’. Those are really fine legacies for his blisters and aching joints. Very many congratulations, Stuart; you have much to be proud of.”
Once his blisters have recovered, Capt Ball will start to plan an even bigger fundraising golfing marathon to take place in 2013. “I’m so proud to support Scotty’s, and I hope that golfers will be inspired by my efforts. Next year, I’ll be doing something bigger, better and even tougher!”
Facts and Figures from The Enduro Golf 360 Challenge
- Capt Ball played 24 18-hole rounds of golf on foot during the week
- His average score was 89.63 – best was 76, worst was 102
- He hit the ball a total of 2,151 times, mostly using his 6 and 8 irons
- He walked approximately 153 miles during the week
- His handicap has been adjusted from 26 to 14.4 after the marathon week
- He used TaylorMade golf equipment: Burner 2.0 Irons, R11 10.5o Driver, Burner Superfast 2.0 Woods, and the Rossa TP Kia Ma Putter
- The record attempt started at Cams Hall Estate GC at 04:50 on Monday 2nd July 2012
- It finished at 21:15 at Hampton Court Palace GC on Friday 6th July 2012
- During the week he was joined by several colleagues from the armed forces including the Chairman of the Royal Logistics Corps Golf Society, Lt Colonel Mike Robertshawe; Warrant Officer Stew Boyce from RAF Odiham; and Corporal Ryan Willets, a Chinook Engineer from RAF Odiham
- On the final day, Capt Ball was joined at 04:30 by Major General Andrew Gregory Late RA, President of the Army Golf Association; and at 18:30 by Lt Colonel (Retd) Martyn Allen, Secretary of the Army Golf Association, and by Major General Ian Copeland Late RLC, Director Defence Supply Chain
- The week's schedule was:
For more information and to donate to either of the charities visit:
Scotty’s Little Soldiers - http://www.bmycharity.com/Stuball79
Help For Heroes - http://www.bmycharity.com/StuartBall
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