Bishop's Stortford quartet take on 72-hole golfing challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support
Four golfers raised more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by spending 15 hours playing 72 holes at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club.
The team of Steve Edwards, Will Baxter, Ross Nash and Scott Warman played four rounds of the Dunmow Road club’s 18-hole course on Friday, June 21 – the equivalent of a 21.75-mile (35km) walk – as part of the charity’s annual ‘Longest Day Golf Challenge’.
The experience was especially taxing for one of the fourball. Steve, 48, was diagnosed three years ago with stage 3 bowel cancer which then progressed to stage 4.
To battle the illness, the married father of three has endured two operations and 20 doses of chemotherapy.
He has been given the good news that he is in the clear, but he needs to go for check-ups every six months. While the aggressive treatment to kill the cancer cells worked, he can still suffer from fatigue.
“We started at half past four in the morning and finished about quarter to eight in the evening. It was a long day, a very long day,” said Steve.
He initially thought he might need a golf buggy to get around the course, but he was able to walk the entire route with his teammates.
His recovery time was also quicker than he expected. “Most of us played again on Sunday. I was just tired, but it was okay,” he said.
Steve, who owns Stort Blinds at the Peek Business Centre at Woodside, off Dunmow Road, has been playing golf with Will, Scott and Ross for the past couple of years after they became friends at the golf club.
Around eight weeks ago, Will decided he wanted to do a fundraiser for Macmillan in memory of his mother, Rita Baxter, and as the cause was close to Steve’s heart, he decided to join in.
Steve, who last week moved onto the new Stortford Fields development with wife Nicola and sons Liam, 20, Lennon, 13, and Max, 11, was told at the time of his cancer diagnosis that he had six to nine months to live. Macmillan supported not only him but his wife too in their hour of need.
“After being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, the Macmillan guys helped me deal with the condition mentally and brought me out of a hole,” he said.
Ross and Scott joined the team to support their friends. On the big day of the challenge, the team morale was high and everyone completed the task with smiles on their faces.
“We just carried each other. It was laughs and giggles all the way,” said Steve.
The team hope to reach a revised target of £2,500 for Macmillan – their current total has topped £2.1k. Visit longestdaygolf.macmillan.org.uk/Team/thebishops4 to give your support.