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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.

The Itinerary

January 26
06.45 Tee off at Mirage City Golf Course, Cairo, Egypt
13.20 Fly to Singapore

January 27
7.15 Arrive Singapore
09.30 Tee off at Serapong Golf Course
20.30 Fly to Sydney, Australia

January 28
06.35 Arrive Sydney
10.00 Tee off at New South Wales Golf Course
Overnight in Sydney

January 29
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

January 30
05.05 Arrive Miami, USA
11.00 Tee off at The Doral Blue Monster Golf Club
17.10 Fly to London Heathrow

January 31
06.20 Arrive London Heathrow
08.00 Fly to IOM
09.00 Arrive IOM
10.30 Tee off at Castletown Golf Club

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