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Young golfers aim to play 1,000 holes to raise money for MUG

Young golfers aim to play 1,000 holes to raise money for MUG

Wednesday 20 July 2016

YOUNG golfers will attempt to play 1,000 holes on one day in an effort to raise £3,000 for Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG).

The Guernsey Golf Development Squad members and their mentors, along with a member of staff from the squad's sponsors ABN AMRO, will attempt the feat on Monday 1 August at La Grande Mare and St Pierre Park courses.

'It's a big ask, especially for some of the younger players, but I think they can do it. We're looking for them to play 62.5 holes each and are hoping that each player will raise around £200,' said Phil Sykes, one of the Guernsey Golf School's directors and PGA golf professional.

'It's fantastic that we have the support of our sponsors, ABN AMRO, who will be fielding a player for part of the day. It should be a great, fun day for the youngsters, whilst raising money for a wonderful cause at the same time. It's a great opportunity for them to give something back to the community.'

Players will tee off at 6.30am and the day will end with a barbecue at 6pm.

Trevor Kelham, MUG chairman and council member, said the squad's commitment to supporting the charity was admirable.

'These young golfers are once again going the extra mile to help MUG. We are proud to be associated with this initiative and with ABN AMRO who support the development squad. We wish them luck and thank the golfers, organisers and sponsors for their generosity,' he said.

Graham Thoume, managing director at ABN AMRO Private Banking, added: 'We are really proud of these youngsters who have not only improved as golfers in the four years that we have been involved with the squad, but have also become great ambassadors for the island. Their community spirit is heartwarming and I wish them the best of luck on the day.'

The aim of the Guernsey Golf Development Squad initiative is to develop the talent of the island's most promising young golfers of all ages and from all golf clubs.

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They receive free training and coaching from Phil Sykes and Matt Groves, professionals at Guernsey Golf School, and fitness training from Ashley Carter, a professional gym coach at La Grande Mare Gym.

They also work with MUG, involving themselves in a number of charitable events over the year ahead, and help at selected golf events, introducing new players into the game.

This year, promising local golfers who benefitted through the Guernsey Golf Development Squad, are giving back to the sport through a mentoring initiative.

Megan Graham, Hamish Glass and Trystan Perkins will help younger squad players during the charity day.