Nine-year-old to tackle golf marathon for charity

Jensen Cancer Research Uk

Nine-year-old Jensen Basketter only picked up a golf club little over a year ago - but that hasn't stopped him pledging to play four rounds of golf over two days in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Jensen, who discovered his love for the game via junior lessons at Great Western Golf, will play his four rounds at Renfrew Golf Club, where he is now a member, from September 27 to 28.

“I originally thought that the challenge would be too much for Jensen but he has such a competitive and determined nature that he was adamant he wanted to do it,” Fiona Basketter, Jensen’s mum, told

• Scots club sees junior membership rocket

• English star our of US Open after COVID test

“I have explained to him about cancer, how bad it is, and on the back of that he wants to do something to help people who are suffering. As a family we haven’t directly been hit by cancer but we have a lot of people close to us who have been.

“We are sitting at about £600 raised at the minute and we have been overwhelmed with the response. We have even had Carly Booth and Tommy Fleetwood donate signed items to be auctioned off towards the cause.”

Jensen has enjoyed a spate of feats during his short time in the game, becoming the youngest competitor to complete a full round in a regional qualifier for the Junior European Open as well as completing rounds at prestigious courses such as Turnberry, Carnoustie, and Dundonald Links.

He will be joined on his fundraising quest by some friends who will lend him some much-needed support during what promise to be two challenging days.

“Jensen has a kind and caring nature but believes he has come a long way with his golf to have the confidence and determination to take on this challenge,” explained dad, John Basketter.

• Rory cautions against 'goofy' course set-up

• US Open 2020: Round 1 tee times

“He’s been very clear in the fact he wants to go out there and play some of his best golf, targeting birdies and pars. I’ve mentioned it will be a tough task playing four rounds in two days but he’s so keen and nothing is going to stop him getting out there as he wants to be part of something which is going to help Cancer Research UK.”

Jensen’s fundraiser is part of a wider movement from Cancer Research UK called the ‘Great Golf Challenge’ encouraging golfers to complete 72 holes in two days for charity. At the time of writing, more than £170,000 has been raised nationwide.

If you would like to help Jensen reach his target, you can donate here.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
golf coaching
play button
Introducing... the top 5 drivers of 2020!
play button
REAL GAME CHANGERS – Titleist TSi metalwoods review
play button
Is this a cheaper and better ball??? – Vice Golf balls review
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

UH-OH! Bryson DeChambeau hits his biggest drive so far
£25m cash injection for popular Scottish course
Iconic UK course threatened by coastal erosion
WATCH - Frustrated Rory McIlroy snaps club at Zozo Championship
The day the Earth stood still: How Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to limit your hands in the golf swing
play button
Open up your left foot to get through the ball
play button
Get more width in your backswing
play button
Extend the arms after impact
See all videos right arrow