Luke Willett has successfully completed a rare and gruelling challenge which saw him cycle 830 miles around the UK in all weathers with his clubs on his back to play all 14 Open Championship course.
What started as a daydream is now a reality for the London-based PGA Professional who complete the #TheGreatBritishOpenChallenge in just 10 days.
The physically and mentally exhausting journey saw Willett at times playing 36 holes in a day and cycling hundreds of miles along busy roads in darkness and light.
Any course that has staged The Open was on his list and it all started just after dawn at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus on October 18 and finished in dramatic style at Royal St George’s in Kent.
Bunker Mentality provided all the high quality clothing Willett needed for all conditions, while among those providing accommodation, Prince’s Golf Club generously gave Luke and his family a room for the night and dinner at the end of the journey to help him recuperate.
After holing the final putt he was greeted by cheers and applause by club members but most touchingly by his wife Sabrina and his three young daughters. Luke’s father Steve was also present and he had accompanied Luke on much of the trip to ensure his safety and keep morale high.
“I have been so, so tired at times, but it does show how much the human body can do,” said Willett, a PGA Professional at Hampstead Golf Club.
“This is a dream come true. Playing these wonderful Open courses has been a joy, as has meeting so many fantastic people wherever I’ve travelled. I believe your environment is your best teacher.
“I hope reading about this adventure will interest people of all ages while igniting the imaginations of young people with a sense of the possible. I’m delighted that I am able to raise valuable funds for the Golf Foundation; we all want more young golfers in Britain and all the money I collect will go towards getting them playing the sport.”
All funds raised will go directly to helping more young people from all backgrounds to Start, Learn and Stay in the sport. The Golf Foundation reaches 500,000 boys and girls each year, creating a player pathway from school sport to the golf club environment and regular coaching with PGA professionals. The charity wants to encourage young people to keep playing and keep developing the skills for life that the game teaches them.
Vanessa Bell, Head of Fundraising for the Golf Foundation, added: “We hope Luke’s adventure can now inspire golf-lovers up and down the UK to put something back into the game by supporting our charity.
“We need funds to change the lives of young people through golf. We will be hugely grateful for any donations large or small in the days ahead; donating the equivalent of the price of a golf ball would be a brilliant gesture in itself.”
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