Uni golfers to go extra 874 miles in charity challenge

St Andrews

A group of young golfers are about to go the extra mile for charity… well, 874 miles in fact.

Next Saturday (February 3), the golf team at the University of St Andrews will attempt to drive the length of the UK – 874 miles – in just 12 hours.

To break that down into golf talk, it’s A LOT of yards. To be precise, the total yardage is 1,538,240. It can’t be possible, can it? Well, the team believes so – and this is how they’re going to do it.

With the help of the team’s partners at St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre, which has three bays loaded with a Trackman and Skytrack system, there will be two members in each bay for an hour, rotating after every drive.

The team have worked out they’ll need to hit 6,153 drives of a length of 250 yards or more to reach the target within 12 hours, which is no mean feat, meaning they’ll have to hit three drives per minute.

After an hour, another two team members come in and the rotation continues. It’s certainly a big ask, but team member Charlie Slater told bunkered.co.uk that the charitable aspect of the challenge – where they are hoping to raise £5,000 – will keep them going.

“As a student body we felt it would be a great opportunity to give up some of our time in organising a challenging and stimulating event for two worthwhile causes,” he explained.

“One in eight men will get Prostate Cancer and many of our members have friends and relatives that have been affected by this terrible illness. Being able to raise money to help research cures, improve diagnosis and boost their support network is something that we all feel passionate about.

“Our second charity, Scottish Disabled Golf and Curling, look to help those with disabilities break into golf and provide support, lessons and opportunities to assist.

“We are all exceptionally keen golfers and it's a brilliant chance to be able to raise money to provide more support for people of all ages and abilities to get into the sport and not be restricted by their disabilities.

“Our vice-captain and some other members have personal connections to disabled golf and so can see what incredible work these charities do.”

To keep track of the team’s progress on the day, follow @Saints_Golf on Twitter. To donate to the team’s efforts, click here.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

"There's no way it could have happened" - Padraig Harrington has no regrets over Ryder Cup postponement
“Total joke!” – Coach Harmon slates Winged Foot set-up
Justin Thomas hits the front on low-scoring day at US Open
The eye-watering prize money up for grabs at the US Open
US Open 2020: Round 2 tee times

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
Tighten your dispersion
Watch
play button
Stand taller at address says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Load up the right side for more power
Watch
play button
Good fundamentals are key to a good golf swing
Watch
See all videos right arrow