Longest day for Colac golfers

Former professional golfer Nick Welsh, pictured centre, will team up with his younger brother Julian, left, and workmate Blake Selth to play 72 holes at the Colac Golf Club course next month to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria.

Cramming 72 holes into a short period of time is not unusual for former Colac golf professional Nick Welsh.

But Welsh will enter new territory when he aims to play four rounds in one day for a special cause next month.

The 38-year-old is teaming up with his brother Julian and work colleague Blake Selth for Cancer Council Victoria initiative The Longest Day on December 16.

Money raised from the endurance event will go towards skin cancer research.

More than 2000 Australians die from skin cancers every year, with studies revealing that 17 people in the Colac Otway Shire are diagnosed with melanoma each year on average, with eight ultimately losing their lives.

Welsh, one of Colac’ most decorated golfers who held professional status for 10 years, said he wanted to put something positive back into the game by taking part in The Longest Day event.

“We’re trying to do a bit of fundraising, we’ve got about $800 already,” he said.

“It looked like something that should be good fun and good for the community as well, so hopefully we can raise some funds for a pretty big cause.”

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