Wentworth marathon men aiming for a dozen

MARATHON MEN: Wentworth professional Todd Brakenridge and Costa Mavros will aim to play 12 full rounds this year, rather than eight.
MARATHON MEN: Wentworth professional Todd Brakenridge and Costa Mavros will aim to play 12 full rounds this year, rather than eight.

Wentworth Golf Club professional Todd Brakenridge and single-figure marker Costa Mavros have put themselves through hell twice now – 15 hours, over 35 kilometres and 108 consecutive holes worth of hell.

They’ve come out battered, bruised, blistered and just broken in general really.

So why on earth would they commit to doing more than that in 2017?

Raising money for Team Wentworth’s Relay For Life fundraising – which kicks off on Sunday – is the primary reason, but they want to break their own record as well.

In the past they’ve had former pro Todd Iffland in tow, but this year on January 25 it will just be Brakenridge and Mavros and they’ll be gunning to complete 12 full rounds – 216 holes – with no breaks.

They will be doing it in a cart though, Brakenridge said even he and Mavros weren’t game enough to try and walk the almost 55km that would equate to.

Not this year anyway.

“That might be next year’s, who knows,” Brakenridge said.

“Obviously after the last few years doing 108 walking the question became how many could you do in a cart, so we’re trying to answer that question as much as anything.

“We’re setting a time limit as well, 5.30am to 8.30pm, so if we’re on the 16th come 8.30 we’ll pull up then. We’re aiming for about 12 rounds, but we’ll see how we go.

“People have said it’ll be easier on our bodies and they’re right, it will be, but getting in and out of the cart and playing for 13 hours straight, I think we’ll still be pretty sore.

“Cozzie’s 10 or so years older than me but you can bet he’ll pull up a lot better than I will anyway.”

Brakenridge said they haven’t put a figure on how much they’d like to raise out of the marathon – this is the third time they’ve done it.

“No, not really, no exact figure. It sounds like the easy answer, but realistically anything we can raise will help the cause and what we do is nothing compared to what Jill Bale and Team Wentworth does,” he said.

“The marathon is the second of the three main fundraisers so we’ll just try and kick them off well.”

Wentworth’s fundraising efforts kick off on Sunday with a Charity Golf Day, before a trivia night and Australia Day, par-three competition.

Contact Wentworth pro shop for more information.