Glenn in the swing to aid charity

GLENN Turner, a 48-year-old golf professional from Lancashire, has been travelling in his camper truck since last April trying to play as many 18-hole courses as possible in the course of a year for charity.

GLENN Turner, a 48-year-old golf professional from Lancashire, has been travelling in his camper truck since last April trying to play as many 18-hole courses as possible in the course of a year for charity.

No one has undertaken a venture like this before so his final total will constitute a world record.

At first he was aiming for 500 but this was reduced after a travel company which had made arrangements for him in Spain went out of business.

He played at Colchester last Friday and at Stoke-by-Nayland on Saturday and Sunday. This week he was at Fynn Valley and Purdis Heath making his tally so far 293 courses.

He played in the pouring rain round the Constable course at Stoke- by-Nayland with Tom Everett and round the Gainsborough course, off the back tees used by the PGA Europro Tour, with club secretary Mike Verhelst.

“I managed level par including three birdies on the Gainsborough course and really enjoyed those back tees,” said Turner.

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The fairways were wet and slippery at Fynn Valley where Turner played with owner and secretary Tony Tyrrell and Andy Hollocks who has done charity fundraising by marathon rounds of golf in the past.

Born in New Zealand, teetotaller Turner was brought up in London but always supported Blackburn Rovers Football Club where he has a season-ticket.

“I use a three-quarter swing to try to play controlled golf. You need to be dedicated and disciplined because keeping in good health is all important.”

Turner has played some of the top courses in England, Scotland and Ireland.

His first round last April was at Cardross with Scottish Walker Cup legend Charlie Green who still plays off scratch at the age of 73.

He has already been to The Belfry, Woburn, Royal St David's, Druids Glen and Royal North Devon. He has Royal St George's and Princes still to come.

“Someone in America played 10,500 holes (586 rounds) in a year but they were all on the same course which is different,” said Turner.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the children's charities which Turner supports should text golf 64446 which will cost £1.

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