Team gets into the swing in Northampton golf challenge

Sam and Matt Bates, Dan Dooley and Oli Dyer
Sam and Matt Bates, Dan Dooley and Oli Dyer

Two brothers have raised more than £1,200 for charity in memory of their dad by completing a marathon day on the golf course.

Sam and Matt Bates, who were joined by friends Dan Dooley and Oli Dyer, took on the Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge at Northampton Golf Course in Harlestone on Tuesday last week.

In order to complete the challenge the foursome had to take on four rounds of golf in just one day - completing it as near to the longest day as possible on June 21 to provide plenty of daylight.

Sam and Matt, who grew up in West Haddon and now both live in Northampton, said: “We are doing this in memory of our father Mike who we very sadly lost earlier this year.

“Before and during his illness Dad always enjoyed helping the community in any way he could.

“He did lots of fundraising and up until last year volunteered for the council for a few days a week to try and help people back into work through job matching and volunteering opportunities.

“He was a much loved and genuinely kind man so it seemed fitting to take on the challenge and raise some money for a worthwhile cause.”

Matt, Sam, Oli and Dan teed off at around 4.45am on Tuesday for the first round and didn’t stop until all four round were complete by around 8.30pm. Throughout the challenge the quartet each got through 72 holes, took about 400 swings, walked for 20 miles and burned about 6,000 calories.

The group has so far raised more than £1,200 with more money still coming in.

Sam added: “The guys and I would like to say a massive thank you to Barry Randall and all staff at Northampton Golf Club for letting us use their facilities, the course was playing beautifully and it was in fantastic shape, we’ll certainly be returning.

“Also a massive thank you to everyone that has sponsored us so far. The charity is one close to our hearts and doesn’t get any government funding so all money raised is much needed.”

The Bates family have now raised more than £2,000 to be split between Macmillan and Cancer Research UK.