And those who know Mick well, know that this crazy idea will be realized.
After COVID-19 put an end to OMRM SEQ’s usual fundraising efforts, board member and big supporter Mick McLoughlin was inspired to fill the coffers by pushing himself – and from 21 to 27 November of this year, that’s exactly what it will do.
After nearly 12 months of training and preparation, he will clinch the world record for playing the most holes of golf in seven days (assisted cart).
Today at Golf Central, Mick marked the official countdown to his challenge.
He was backed by big AFL and Brisbane Lions Daniel Merrett, NRL and Broncos legend Sam Thiaday and Australian Netball star Beryl Friday who all had a hit with Mick.
“I further investigated the record and found out that it was beaten by Idaho golfer Geno Bonnalie, who holds the current record of 2,000 holes. I then decided it was my idea, I’m going to aim for the world record and fundraise along the way. ” – Mick McLoughlin.
Mick started training in earnest in December of last year and is now hitting 1,000 balls a day at Golf Central which has made him an ambassador and supports his quest. He has a coach in Quinten to hone his skills, he trains to strengthen his core and shoulders and has a personal trainer. Mick is 58 years old and has never shied away from a challenge.
“The world title is one challenge, raising $ 250,000 for OMRM SEQ is the other. They go hand in hand, and I call on the businesses and individuals in Queensland who can to dig deep and join with us. Fans can donate as little or as much, or they can bid to come on the course during the challenge, buy a ball and more, ”said McLoughlin.
“I was attending an OMRM SEQ board meeting at the end of 2020 and listening to how COVID-19 was making operations and fundraising difficult. Our regular fundraising events were not an option, and the biggest event of the year – the annual ball – was canceled. So, I forced myself to think outside the box and decided to challenge myself as an individual and make the association the beneficiary. I just needed the idea, ”he added of how the concept was born.
“Then a little later I was in Tenterfield in November 2020 and saw memorabilia on the wall of a golfer from that area, who set a world record of 1800 holes of golf in seven days (cart attended), and I thought, this is it, this is me.
“I further investigated the record and found it was beaten by Idaho golfer Geno Bonnalie, who holds the current record of 2,000 holes. I decided then and there it is my idea, I will aim for the world record and raise funds along the way.
“I called current record holder Geno Bonnalie and he said, ‘although I don’t want to lose my world record title, if I have to, then I want to lose it against you by collecting fund for Ronald McDonald House ‘, which made me even more determined.
Geno, who caddies on the PGA Tour for recent winner Joel Dahmen, set the record at Lewiston Country Club in Idaho from June 27 through July 3, 2011. He averaged 71,802 per lap on a par 72 course with one lap. low for the week of 64 including 9 birdies and eagles. In a message to Mick for the launch of the challenge, he stated that if Mick wins the title, he will be back to challenge again!
Mick therefore applied for the record and his challenge was accepted: he must play 2001 holes of golf in seven days, which equates to 286 holes or 16 rounds per day (with other conditions to be observed).
This isn’t Mick’s first foray into fundraising; it was 40 years ago in Ireland when he took part in his first charity bike ride. The charity bug hit him hard as he now aims to play golf for 16 to 18 hours a day to set the world record and raise $ 250,000.
Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland CEO Dr John Gilmour said Mick’s world record challenge was an incredible fundraising opportunity for the charity that supports thousands of children and their families every year.
“The funds raised through this event will help us provide essential accommodation and support services to families traveling to Brisbane to receive life-saving treatment for their critically ill or injured children. Our role is to keep families together and close to the care their child needs, ”said Dr. Gilmour.
“Mick is a tremendous supporter of OMRM SEQ and has been a member of the charity’s board of directors for several years. His commitment to this event and his fundraising goal is a testament to his character and love for our charity. We know that our families, staff and volunteers will cheer Mick on as he approaches his world record challenge and we wish him all the best. “
For more information or to support Mick’s World Record Challenge, visit www.micksgolfchallenge.org.au
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