A MARATHON golfing challenge has seen a county man raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Scott Aris, 21, of Arrow Crescent, Musselburgh, completed the challenge at Glen Golf Club in North Berwick earlier this month.

He played 72 holes of golf over two days, averaging 36 holes a day.

Scott, who raised £250, told the Courier: “It went really well, exactly how I planned it.

“I was really chuffed I was able to do it.

“I also had some friends and family go around with me; some played and others walked around with us.

“Some of them haven’t played at the Glen before so it was nice to see their reactions to the course and the views.”

The challenge wasn’t an easy one to complete – 20 miles per hour winds the whole weekend made conditions that little bit trickier.

Playing four rounds of golf over two days took a physical toll on Scott, who became incredibly tired the longer it went on.

On his reasons behind the challenge, Scott said: “A few years ago, my grandad suffered from prostate cancer, he passed away six or seven years ago. He survived the cancer but it just affected him that much. So completing it in my grandad’s memory is one of the main reasons.

“Not enough blokes want to talk about prostate cancer – they need to know it’s alright to do so. I also wanted to raise awareness for it as well.

“Golf is quite a bloke-orientated sport; guys go out every weekend and play golf and they may be suffering at home and don’t chat about it.

“When you’re out playing, have a chat. That’s what I want to encourage people to do.”

To keep up morale, Scott would hold mini competitions, one on the second hole of the course to see who could get the ball as close to the hole as possible. Only one person managed to get the ball on the green over his four rounds.

To raise more money for his chosen charity, Scott held a competition where he got people to guess the number of tees in a picture, with the winner keeping all of the tees. This raised about an extra £60 and it was one of his workmates who won the challenge.

This is not the last time Scott will be taking on this challenge, as plans are already under way for next year, with hopes it becomes an annual event.

People can still donate online at justgiving.com/fundraising/72holegolfchallange