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Student completes golfing marathon

JOHN MANNING

Published 04/09/2012 | 18:16

A PORTMARNOCK student has completed a golfing marathon by playing five courses on the Donabate peninsula in one day. Conor Bradshaw is a 15-year-old student at Portmarnock Community School and a talented golfer. Next February, he will join a number of transition year students from the school on their now annual trip to Lesotho to help the charity Action Ireland Trust. In order to do that, each student has to raise cash for the charity and Conor came up with the fundraising idea of playing all five golf courses on the Donabate Peninsula in one day and asked people to sponsor him to take on the challenge. On the appointed day, the young Portmarnock student started bright and early at 6am on the first course of five at Beaverstown Golf Club and managed to complete the course in 78 strokes. Then it was on to The Island Golf Club where he completed the 18 holes in 81 strokes before heading off to Corballis and the best score of the day of 72 strokes. After a short break, Conor played Balcarrick Golf Club in 77 strokes and finally, he played Donabate Golf Club, the club of which he is a proud member, and he got around that familiar course in 73 strokes. Conor's dad Paul caddied for the first four golf courses and played alongside Conor on their home course. The Captain of Donabate Golf Club, Michael Galvin, walked the last few holes with Conor with a number of supporters who were there to cheer him on as he narrowly missed a birdie put on the 18th to complete an exhausting day.

Conor has raised in the region of €2,000 for Action Ireland Trust for his efforts. The trust is an organisation helping the poor of Lesotho in Africa where people are suffering with high levels of HIV Aids and TB.

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