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David Steele plans new charity golf marathon for June

David Steele.
David Steele. / ANDALUCÍA GOLF
  • The former European Tour player will complete 324 holes during daylight hours to raise money for two charities

Former professional golfer and European Tour player David Steele will play 324 holes (18 rounds) during daylight hours on Monday 7 June to raise money for the Spanish cancer association and Centro Contigo, a charity in La Línea that supports disadvantaged children.

David, who moved to Spain in 1983, is a veteran of golf marathons. In 1993, he completed 315 holes during daylight hours to raise money to buy an ambulance for the village of Guadiaro, Cadiz, and ten years later he nearly broke the world record for most holes played in 24 hours, raising 100,000 euros for charity in the process.

But now 64, David has decided that this year's marathon will be his "swansong and final golf challenge".

He will shoot through it at the nine-hole course El Higueral, Benahavís, and his local club of San Roque has planned other fundraisers in connection to the event.

On Saturday 5th it will host a Q&A with ex-Ryder Cup players Manuel Piñero and Eddie Polland and a members' and guests' tournament will take place there the day after.

To top it all off, a charity team scramble will be held at San Roque on the 12th followed by an evening cocktail party, auction and raffle.

"We've had some very nice donations," said David. "Most of the courses in Andalucía have donated green fees, Tony Jacklin has donated two lovely prints that he's done and a number of Ryder Cup players have signed my Golf Marathon posters, so we'll be auctioning those as well."

There are also five prizes available for guessing how many shots David will play during his marathon, and some people are sponsoring him by hole.

He considers the timing of his fundraiser to be paramount, especially for the 88 children in the orphanage in La Línea.

"Under the present Covid circumstances it is very difficult for them," he said. "They are in their own little bubble. It was quite an eye-opener to go and visit them, and obviously they are desperate for money."

As in 2003, the year of his second golf marathon, David will also be raising money for the Spanish cancer association, since he believes that "cancer hurts everybody at some stage of life." In fact, his own father died from the disease, and San Roque Golf Club is holding the June fundraisers in tribute to former member Mekki Abdullah, another victim of cancer.

In total, David and San Roque hope to raise 50,000 euros. David, who has been preparing for his marathon by going on 10km runs most mornings, is optimistic that they can achieve this.

"I have a GoFundMe page, and my target was 5,000 euros on that, but this morning it went over," he said happily. "The next target is 10,000 euros."

For more information or to donate, visit David's social media pages.