MARATHON EFFORT: Golfers raise awareness for brain injury charity

Apollo Bay golfers, from left, Tim McClelland, Brian Humphries, Alex Baird and Darren Gill completed 100 holes in a day to raise about $4000 for acquired brain injury services at Karingal.

Apollo Bay golfers, from left, Tim McClelland, Brian Humphries, Alex Baird and Darren Gill completed 100 holes in a day to raise about $4000 for acquired brain injury services at Karingal.

PLAYING 100 holes of golf in one day has helped a group of Apollo Bay golfers raise about $4000 for people with acquired brain injuries.

The quartet was among 43 golfers taking part in Karingal’s 100 Hole Hike – a marathon effort that involves almost six rounds of golf and about 60 kilometres of running at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.

Apollo Bay’s Brian Humphries, Darren Gill, Tim McClelland and Alex Baird teed off at 6am and finished around 7.30pm, while Gill came in half an hour later after completing an extra 17 holes.

“It was a long day, surprisingly it went quicker than we thought,” Humphries said.

“Alex and I played together and we probably enjoyed the first 85 holes, the last 15 were a bit tough,” he said.

“Every 36 holes we had to change shirts and socks, especially in the morning because it was a bit wet – we ended up doing between 55 and 60 Ks.”

Colac golfers David and Vicky Thomas were also among the 43 golfers who took part in the marathon event, which raised $80,000.

The Apollo Bay golfers raised $2500 from two fundraising events at the Apollo Bay Golf Course, while each golfer also raised money individually.

Humphries said the day was a rewarding experience, and the golfers were already planning to return next year.

“We’re keen to fire up again, we probably would have liked to have had a bit more time to fundraise,” he said.

“As a group we raised about $4000, and we’d like to get to $10,000 and spend the next 12 months fundraising.

“It’s for a great cause, there were people at the event who had acquired brain injuries.

“It’s really interesting how one-punch victims aren’t covered by insurances like people in car accidents, so organisations like Karingal are critical.”

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