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Golfers swing for cancer fundraiser

Posted at 8:26am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

From left, James Mordaunt, Anthony Koers and Dylan Lewis.
From left, James Mordaunt, Anthony Koers and Dylan Lewis.

Warkworth golfers Dylan Lewis, 12, and James Mordaunt, 11, played an incredible 72 holes in one sitting last month for what they described as “endurance golf”.

The boys exceeded their goal of raising $1000 for the Cancer Society, as part of its Longest Day fundraising event. Previously the boys had only played 54 and 36 holes in a single day respectively, so it was a big step up.

It took them from 7am to 3pm to complete the 18-hole course at Warkworth Golf four times.

“It was a painful experience, but really fun,” Mordaunt said.

“They were good fast rounds, but it takes a lot out of you,” Lewis added.

Lewis also persuaded his physical education teacher Anthony Koers into fundraising with them.

Koers stepped up to the challenge by attempting to complete as many rounds as possible in one day, from dusk until dawn.

Koers' goal was to play at least 100 holes and finish under par. He was on the green from 5.30am until 9.30pm, completing a whopping 200 holes over 11 rounds of golf. He finished 33 under par.

By the end of the day, his supporters were carrying his bag, allowing him to run between holes.

Some of his sponsors were paying him a dollar per hole while others were paying per birdie. He managed to raise more than $2000.

The extra practice also paid off for Koers – he struck his lowest score for a round yet with 62 strokes, achieving 10 under par on the 18-hole course.

Koers is the reigning club champion.

“I would have been playing anyway, although not as much as this. I thought I might as well make a day of it and make some money for a good cause,” he said.

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