Local architectural design practice PF+A, in association with Home Start Guernsey, is calling all golfers to take part in a charity “Drive to St Andrews” challenge.
The charity golf drive will be held on Sunday 24August and is challenging teams of golfers to hit a combined distance of 1,000km (621 miles) – the equivalent distance from Guernsey to the famous home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland.
The event is the brain child of John Hibbs, director of strategy at PF+A, and will be held at the driving range of the Royal Guernsey Golf Club.
“Drive to St Andrews” will start at 6am and finish at 8pm on the August Bank Holiday Sunday and PF+A would like to encourage as many regular golfers as possible, whatever their ability to form a team.
There should be a minimum of four people per team (with unlimited maximum numbers) who will take it in turns throughout the day to complete the distance. Mr Hibbs is hoping to sign up at least 12 teams and each will be allocated their own driving bay and range golf balls.
To accommodate all standards of golfers, the challenge will focus on the number of balls hit rather than how far each ball travels. The first team to hit their quota of exactly 3,589 balls over 100 yards per drive will be the winner of the inaugural “Drive to St Andrews” challenge.
‘I based the estimated number of balls required to cover the 1,000 km on PGA golfer Louis Oosthuizen, the winner of the last Open held at St Andrews. His average drive is 304 yards. To drive from Guernsey to St. Andrews, the golfer would have to hit 3,589 balls. So this challenge is certainly not for the faint-hearted,’ said Mr Hibbs.
The challenge will culminate in a presentation to the winning team and handing over a cheque to PF+A’s chosen charity Home Start Guernsey.
Prizes will also be awarded for second and third positions as well as to the team who has managed to raise the most amount of sponsorship.
Jurat Margaret Spaargaren, chair of Home-Start Guernsey, hopes this new event will be popular and that it will raise vital funds for the charity, also increasing awareness of the support Home Start provides to so many young families on the island.
‘Many people have heard of Home-Start but are unsure of exactly what we do. As long as the family has at least one child under five years old we are able to provide some support no matter what the problem is. Our aim is to match the right volunteer to each family who will visit their home and offer support whatever the situation.
‘Our thanks go to PF+A and the Royal Guernsey Golf Club – this event sounds like a real challenge but a lot of fun, good luck to all who take part,’ said Jurat Spaargaren.
When Roy Bushby, Royal Guernsey Golf Club Manager was approached by Mr Hibbs he was pleased to support the event.
“I’m hoping that with the backing of both our Club Captain Mike Goddard and Lady Captain Liz Darling, we will be able to raise as many golfers as possible to help make this day a great success. It is not going to be an easy challenge, which is why it should be even more appealing to players. We will be serving breakfast and other refreshments throughout the day and urge as many people to sign up a team. The more the merrier.”
Entry is £25 per person, or more information about the event, to register a team and to download sponsorship forms log on to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Drivetostandrews or contact John Hibbs via firstname.lastname@example.org.