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Pro completes epic challenge

Kirkhill pro finishes nine rounds in one day to raise money for local hospice

KIRKHILL GOLF CLUB pro Duncan Williamson recently completed nine rounds of golf in one day at the club to raise funds for the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice in Carlton Place and Kirkhill Golf Academy.

Attempting a feat that many would shirk if it happened in their sleep, Williamson set off from the first tee at 2:30am and finished off the daunting challenge in near darkness having carried his clubs for the entire day, holed all putts and averaged a score of one-over par for the nine rounds.

The weather was not particularly kind to him over the course of the day either as he treaded the hilly course, playing against an average of a 20 mile-per-hour wind coming from all directions.

Williamson, who has been a pro at the club for almost 20 years and was voted South Lanarkshire Coach of the Year in 2012, is currently in the process of setting up a junior golf academy at Kirkhill that will include a six-hole junior course in the vast practice area the club possesses, and has drawn interest from Paul Lawrie Golf with discussions ongoing regarding possible links.

Two years ago, Williamson completed a similar challenge of eight rounds in a day for the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice in Carlton Place, but this year he managed to go one better, stating simply: “You never know who will need the services of the charity.”

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