Islanders Attempt World Record 18 January 2005
A group of local Manx men, headed by travel agency owner, Brian Kelly are
attempting to set a Guinness World Record by playing golf on six courses, on six
continents in six days.
The team tee off in Cairo at 06.45 on January 26 then travel to Singapore,
Sydney, Santiago and Miami, playing some of the world's finest courses. The
final stop is the Isle of Man on January 31 to complete 18 holes on the island's
spectacular Castletown Golf Links.
It is a challenge that has never been attempted before and involves more than
30,000 miles of air travel as well as 108 of the toughest holes in the world.
Tourism Minister David Cretney commented:
"It is great to see an island resident or a Manx man doing something so
positive to increase worldwide awareness of our island. We are thrilled that Mr
Kelly is trying for this record and wish him every success. It is an extremely
challenging record that will certainly help promote the Isle of Man.
"The government has given its full support to Mr
Kelly and the rest of his team during the Global Golf Challenge, which will help
raise funds for the island's Commonwealth Games team who will compete in
Melbourne in March 2006."
To be officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, each course must be
at least 6,000 yards in length, a full 18 holes and registered with the PGA.
However, with no course in Antarctica, the Global Golf Challenge is confined to
six continents; Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia.
In six days there is only one overnight hotel stay, the rest of the players'
sleep will be snatched during flights. Crossing the international dateline
means that the players will play in Australia and Chile on the same day although
they are a 15-hour journey apart!
The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Fund is attempting to raise £250,000
over the next 12 months to help finance Isle of Man athletes' preparation for
the Melbourne Games.
06.45 Tee off at Mirage City Golf Course, Cairo, Egypt
13.20 Fly to Singapore
7.15 Arrive Singapore
09.30 Tee off at Serapong Golf Course
20.30 Fly to Sydney, Australia
06.35 Arrive Sydney
10.00 Tee off at New South Wales Golf Course
Overnight in Sydney
10.45 Fly to Santiago, Chile
12.20 Arrive Santiago
14.45 Tee off at Club De Golf Brisas De Chicureo
22.35 Fly to Miami, USA
05.05 Arrive Miami, USA
11.00 Tee off at The Doral Blue Monster Golf Club
17.10 Fly to London Heathrow
06.20 Arrive London Heathrow
08.00 Fly to IOM
09.00 Arrive IOM
10.30 Tee off at Castletown Golf
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