Longest Day: playing 72 holes of golf in one day for charity

TEE OFF: Fiona Markwick, Mark Fliedner and Bree Kelly at the tee of the first hole at Wentworth. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1208jklonggolf2
TEE OFF: Fiona Markwick, Mark Fliedner and Bree Kelly at the tee of the first hole at Wentworth. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1208jklonggolf2

How much golf is too much golf?

When it comes to charity, the limit does not exist. 

Even with 72 holes of golf stretching out in front of him, Wentworth Golf Club’s Mark Fliedner is up to the challenge.

Mr Fliedner will take part in the Cancer Council’s Longest Day of Golf marathon on December 18 to raise funds for the cancer council.

While the official event will take place around the state on the 18th, people wanting to participate to raise money can hold their own event any time during December. 

Mr Fliedner has played long days of golf before and knows how challenging it is. 

“It should be good ... there’s a big reward at the end of the day for a charity,” he said.

“It’s brutal, not just on the mechanics of the body but things like your shoes and you get blisters on your feet and your body’s aching and it is quite strenuous.

“You’re sore for like a week after it.

“But doing it for charity and raising awareness and that makes it all worth it.”

He said the Cancer Council had a strong partnership with Wentworth Golf Club for the past few years.

“We’ve had a good partnership with the Cancer Council over the past few years and it’s made us more aware of sun care as well,” Mr Fliedner said.

“Obviously on the day you need to wear your sunnies and bucket hats and 50+ sunscreen.” 

For those looking to get involved need to form a team of at least two, choose a day and contact a club to book four tee-off times, then head to www.longestday.org.au to register and start fundraising to gain sponsors.