Golfer Sam smashes fundraising challenge

TEENAGE golfer Samuel Cann has smashed his 100-hole golf challenge, raising more than double his target for charity.

Teeing off at Ripon City Golf Club 4am, he completed the challenge at 9.30pm and has now raised more than £1,200 for Prostate Cancer UK, with the number still rising.

The RGS sixth form student, who has just completed his A-levels, said: "It was a great day, and I had an amazing amount for support from all the members who turned up to cheer me on.

"It was physically demanding - nearly 18 hours out in the blazing sun, and no amount of sun cream seemed to help - by the last round, I was struggling to swing and couldn’t really feel my arms any more, but I was just so in the rhythm that I was almost acting on autopilot and muscle memory. But, I’m glad I did it, and can’t describe how good the feeling was when I returned to the clubhouse to see the total I had raised."

He added: "I had good company over the course of the day, playing one round with the club professional, two rounds with the club captain and nine holes with the manager. I also finished the last five holes with some good friends who reluctantly left the bar to come and play, still with beers in hand!"