Former European Tour golfer David Steele raised an astounding 150,000 euros for two local charities at his third and final golf marathon on 7 June at El Higueral, Benahavís, with more money expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
David, a veteran of golf marathons and resident in Spain since 1983, was aiming to complete 324 holes (18 rounds) in daylight hours and raise a total of 50,000 euros through his fundraising events, which also included a Q&A with ex-Ryder Cup players Manuel Piñero and Eddie Polland, charity golf tournaments at San Roque Golf Club and a cocktail party with an auction and raffle.
However, the reality surpassed all expectations as David completed 396 holes (22 rounds) over 14 hours, 37 minutes and 55 seconds, with an average score of 73.23. In his ninth round he even shot his age, 65 (-7).
"I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for your amazing support which undoubtedly spurred me on in my final marathon attempt and for helping me to raise so much money," David wrote to his donors in an email.
The feat of raising three times his goal owes much to the generous donation of 50,000 euros from a lady on Saturday 12 June, the night of the cocktail party, as well as to the bid of the same amount for the auction prize of a golfing holiday that includes a clinic with Padraig Harrington, this year's Ryder Cup captain.
The money will be split between AECC Marbella (the Spanish Association Against Cancer), and Centro Contigo in La Línea, a charity for disadvantaged children and their families.