HOW IT ALL STARTED
After leaving the forces in the early 70’s I took up Motor Cycle Grass Track Racing with reasonable success which led me to race all over the UK, however the cost of competing at this level and with limited sponsorship I decided to retire and spent a few years competing in Moto-X with my brother until the body said enough whereby I then went Trials Riding which I should have done years earlier as I loved this sport.
In 1999 we moved from the Midlands to Devon and it was then I was introduced to the great game of golf, five years after joining my first club (Dinnaton Golf Club) I was invited to be the Captain a position I held for two years, during this time I selected my charity to be a local Donkey Sanctuary.
Eventually I moved to another local club (Wrangaton Golf Club, which I have now rejoined) for three years and during this time I arranged a charity golf day whereby we played three separate 18 hole golf courses in one day raising money for the Donkey Sanctuary.
5 years ago I moved again to Boringdon Park Golf Club and met a lot of current and ex-servicemen and that led me to decide to raise money for Help for Heroes by once again playing three courses in one day, at the first event only two other players joined me but in 2016 we played at Ashbury Golf Complex where they have 5 different 18 hole courses so we played three different ones in one day there, to my surprise I had over 20 players sign up within a week and a large amount was raised.
I had decided this would be the last one I would organise as retirement is just round the corner, one evening talking to the wife I happened to mention what I would do all day when she told me `I don’t want you under my feet all day’ so that was when I decided to set myself a personal challenge to play every 18 hole golf club on mainland England and in the process to raise money for Help for Heroes and the RNLI and so the England Golf Challenge came about, I expect this to take around 8yrs to complete once I retire and at present there are over 1400 clubs for me to visit.
It would be nice if any individual/business would care to donate or help me with this challenge, and so the challenge begins.