Marathon men ... Jason Casserly lines up a tee shot as Craig Woods looks on during their world record golf round yesterday.
Marathon men ... Jason Casserly lines up a tee shot as Craig Woods looks on during their world record golf round yesterday. Grafton Daily Examiner

189 holes in 12 hours makes history

FOR golfers who had just played 189 holes in just 12 hours, Jason Casserly and Craig Woods looked remarkably fresh.

Walking off the final green at Grafton Golf Club at 5.30pm yesterday, the pair looked a little sunburned and were a little sweaty but unmistakably happy with their achievement in setting a new Guinness world record.

Jason and Craig set out to establish a never-before-recorded total of holes played by two people in a 12-hour period, but raising money for the oncology unit at Grafton Base Hospital was the far-more-important goal.

“It was all about getting people out here to the club, recognising our sponsors and raising as much money as we could,” Jason said.

“We made it through 189 holes - that's 10-and-a-half rounds - which is more than we expected to complete. We played the last nine holes in 27 minutes.”

Craig added: “The hardest thing was trying to be accurate with our shots.

“Normally you'd take time to line up shots but we just ran up to the ball and hit it. We were trying to play fast but without completely messing things up.

“We hit some of the worst shots we've ever played but we also played some of the best shots we've ever played. We never had one score over 100.”

The pair started in near darkness at 5.30am yesterday, which slowed them through their early holes and caused them to lose plenty of balls. Both players were complaining of sore backs last night but were quick to agree they would be happy to try another 12-hour marathon in future and maybe improve their world record.

The final tally of money raised had not been calculated yesterday, although Jason and Craig had a target of about $5000.



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