Golfers quick to tee up ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenges

Golfers all across England have already started to show their support for this weekend’s ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge.

In honour of what would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday, The Captain Tom Foundation asked the country to dream up an activity around the number 100 and raise funds for a charity of their choice.

And golfers have not been slow to show their initiative and respond positively to the rallying call.

On Wednesday, Nathan Franklin-Stokes from Lilley Brook Golf Club in Cheltenham,  Gloucestershire soldiered on in the rain to play 100 holes in a day.

Starting out at 5.40 am, Nathan was certainly up with the birdies for that one!

Nathan (pictured below) completed his challenge in just under 13 hours and averaged eight minutes a hole.

Thanks to his efforts, Nathan is well on his way to hitting his target of raising £2000 for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Snowlands Journeys charity.

In Shropshire, Curtis Langley and Ben Hampson will follow suit and play 100 holes of golf tomorrow (Friday) and raise funds for the Movement Centre – a charity dedicated to supporting children and their families living with movement disabilities.

Like so many charities, the Movement Centre has suffered a dip in funds due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

But showing the spirit of Captain Tom – the nation’s inspiration during the 2020 lockdowns when he raised £38 million for NHS charities – Curtis and Ben are doing their bit to kickstart fundraising activities again.

They hope to have a ton of fun by playing 100 holes at Mile End Golf Club in Oswestry.

Curtis explained: “I’ve been down at the range practising, so we’ll see how it goes! Ben is a good golfer playing off three so I’m sure he’ll be fine.

“We’re aiming to tee off at 4.30am – it might still be dark! Hopefully, the weather is kind to us.

“I’ve played 72 holes in one day, but this is a step up.

“Our fundraising efforts have suffered during the pandemic like so many others and we just felt this was a great way to honour Captain Tom and also raise money and awareness for the Movement Centre.

“I must thank Mile End Golf Club for all their assistance – they’ve been so helpful.”

On Wednesday, one of England Golf’s Young Ambassadors – Warren Clark – got the ball rolling and showed his skills with a challenge broadcast on Facebook Live.

Warren – from Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate and also a member of the GB Special Olympics squad – attempted 100 keepy-uppies with his favourite 58-degree wedge.

With no sign of nerves, Warren achieved it at the first time of asking! Well done, sir!

Between 30 April-3 May, the whole country has been challenged to come up with ‘100 anythings’ to raise money for worthy causes.

Good luck to all golfers and golf clubs taking part this weekend to ensure the spirit of fun and compassion shown by Captain Tom lives on despite his passing in February.

Remember to tag England Golf into posts on social media and use the #CaptainTom100 to share news of your challenge.

It’s not too late for you to join in.

For more details on how you can get involved, please visit the Captain Tom 100 website.