Jacobi Whyte (Picture courtesy of Susan Renée)
On the 20th and 21st June 2018 seven golfers played six rounds in 24 hours, racking up a total of 108 holes… all without any sleep!
As part of the fund-raising efforts for Jacobis Wish, the Solstice of Swing golf challenge started at 11pm on Inverallochy Golf Course, using light up golf balls to play the first round in the dark!
Then it was on to round two at Fraserburgh, where increasing levels of daylight made play a little easier, but a strengthening wind meant it was still tough going.
To make up two fourballs, a guest golfer joined the group at each course and for the third round I was delighted to join them for 18 holes at Rosehearty. Teeing off at just before 6am, yes… that’s right, the lads had already completed two rounds by 5.30am!
The wind was now gusting at close to 50mph and conditions were brutal out there. Playing six rounds in a day is hard enough but the wind made this challenge hit another level of difficulty.
A big thanks to the Rosehearty Captain, Drew Whyte and to Leona at the Masons Arms who together, provided much needed coffee and bacon rolls half way round at 7.15am.
After Rosehearty the team set off for the fourth round at Turiff followed by a round at Royal Tarlair. As I write this I am back in the comfort of my home but as I look out the window I can only imagine how challenging the game on the cliff top at Tarlair is going to be!
The final stage was another 18 holes at Inverallochy before the mission was complete.
To give you a little background as to what this is all for, here is a is an excerpt taken from www.jacobiswish.com and is written by Jacobi’s parents, Nathan and Faye Whyte.
September 9th 2017 was the day our world changed forever. Our beautiful son Jacobi, who was only 4, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
For those of you who do not know about this condition, DMD is a severe muscle wasting disease caused by the lack of a protein called dystrophin. Over time, the muscles in a boy affected by DMD, will gradually degenerate, resulting in the loss of ability to walk and the need for a wheelchair from ages of 8 to 13. This cruel disease also reduces life expectancy and at present, there is no cure.
In the aftermath of Jacobi’s diagnosis we felt lost, alone and without hope. As a family we have now gained in strength and feel a strong need to be proactive. We want to make a difference to Jacobi’s life and to all other little boys affected by DMD and for this reason we made the decision to start fundraising.
Our mission is to raise money to fund research and clinical trials in order to find a cure for this cruel disease. Over the last few years, significant advances have been made and we along with other parents feel that there is hope on the horizon.
The Jacobi’s Wish Trust has been formed to join with Duchenne UK’s mission to ‘End Duchenne in Ten.’ We aim to keep you informed about Jacobi and the fundraising events we have planned throughout the year.
Nathan and Faye Whyte
A big thanks to Under Armour for providing the shirts – we think they looked great!
Congratulations to the seven players who played all six rounds: Nathan Whyte, Ross Cardno, John Cardno, Liam Farquhar, Ryan Summers, Neil Heron and Rob Heron.
Also, to the guest appearances from; Philip Cardno, Jimmy Ritchie, Matty West and Alex Watt (who played 2 rounds!)
“In 24 hours we played 108 holes of golf over six courses, covering over 30 miles in brutal conditions and we all have the pains and strains to prove it. However, when you do it with friends and have a laugh it’s easy. The hard part is in the organisation of such an event and that’s why fundraising has two ‘i’s’; they stand for inspiration and innovation. The Whyte family and friends have been fine examples of their push to help raise money for this great cause Duchenne UK by not just organising this golf event but many others. Everyone of us that took part in the Solstice of Swing feel awesome that our participation could help make a difference to end Duchenne in Ten!”
If you would like to donate, all contributions no matter how big or small are gratefully received, please go to www.jacobiswish.com
The next fund-raising event is taking place at Dunes Golf Centre on Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August….
NEAREST THE PIN COMPETITION
Win a brand new Ping G400 Driver worth £329.00
It’s On the 13th hole at Carnoustie (venue for this years Open Championship) using the Golf Studio at Dunes. It’s a 117 yards from the front tees with the overall nearest winning the driver!
It’s just £1 a go with 100% of the takings going to Jacobis Wish thanks to sponsorship from Dunes Golf Centre and Ping Golf Europe.
Open to men, women and juniors. Turn up anytime between 4pm and 8pm on Friday 10th August or 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th August.