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Dawn-To-Dusk Golf Marathon For Charity

There are days when even the keenest of golfers starting with a double bogey might mutter to himself, “Only 17 holes to go.” For Graeme Dawson, Gary Davidson, Ally Love and Angus Watson it will be a matter of “Only 188 to go,” after they have played the first at Kingsbarns at 3.15 a.m. on 20th June. On what is a day away from the longest day of the year, the four are out to set records by playing all 11 of the courses in and around St Andrews between dawn and dusk to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, HCPT: The Pilgrimage Trust and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership. Kingsbarns apart, the courses involved are the legendary Old Course, The Torrance, The Kittocks at the Fairmont St Andrews Resort, the Old Course Hotel’s Duke’s course, the New, the Jubilee, the Castle, the Eden, the Strathtyrum and Balgrove. In terms of distance, it adds up to 50 miles of golf and is an enhanced version of the 10-course challenge in which three of the above players participated as they raised £5,000 for charity in 2007. The Old Course is third on the agenda, with the Links Trust having given permission for the party to tee off at 6.20 in front of the daily procession. The format, from start to finish, is four-ball golf and the expectation is that the players will drop to a halt on the New Course at 11.30 p.m. Dawson’s special charity is the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership. Born with a left arm which stops just below the elbow, the 34-year-old Dawson could have played in the various one-arm championships in the UK and beyond. Instead, he has stuck with regular tournaments and has enough in the way of results to prove that he is a good golfer by any standards. Having started the game at 12, Dawson played to scratch during university days in St Andrews when he won the 2000 Scottish Universities’ championship, captained the St Andrews’ first team and played for both the Scottish and British Universities. Outside university golf, he has been the champion at his home club, Old Ranfurly Castle. Though the newspapers will often relay exciting news about the latest in bionic arms and hands, Dawson says he would not want one in any circumstances. “There’s nothing that I can’t do with one arm,” he explains, before noting that he can even tie his tie in the morning for his job in PR and marketing at the Fairmont Hotel. “It may take me longer than the average person but I’m better equipped than someone, say, who has been used to working with two arms and loses one in an accident.”


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