CRICKET legend Ian Botham is back on the tee in the West Country.
Sir Ian’s ‘Beefy’s Charity Foundation Golf’ visits on Wednesday as the former Somerset and England cricketer attempts 18 holes of golf, each hole at one of 18 courses as it zigzags across the country.
As with the challenge two years ago, Beefy’s calling in at the Mendip Spring Golf Club in North Somerset before flying off to play the Glamorganshire Golf Club and then on to Gloucestershire to touch down at the Minchinhampton Golf Club.
Last time Botham was joined on the challenge by fellow cricket legend Shane Warne but on this year’s 14-hour golf marathon he will be playing alongside PGA Tour Golf professional Andrew “Beef” Johnston.
After a successful amateur career, representing England boys and the Great Britain and Ireland team, the 29-year-old turned professional in 2009 and won a BMW M4 with a hole in one at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
All proceeds raised went to Beefy’s Charity Foundation which funds projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges facing young people.
On its website, Botham says: “These are serious issues, but we like to raise money by having a lot of fun.”
The charities and projects the Foundation support are Switchback; Brain Tumour Research and Support; Batten Disease Family Association; Cardiac Risk in the Young; Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research); and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The pair will tee off at 6am on the par four first at Rockliffe Hall, County Durham before heading over to Marriott Worsley, Lancashire, to play their second which will be the par three, 11th hole.
They then head off to the Lindrick Golf Club; Worksop Golf Club; Breadsall Priory; The Leicestershire; Ombersley Golf Club; The Belfry; Staverton Park; Orsett Golf Club; Lamberhurst Golf Club, Mannings Heath and Boundary Lakes, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.
The pair are then due to arrive to play the par three 18th at Mendip Spring at 4.25 m, another par three 18th at The Glamorganshire Golf Club at 5.10pm and then the par three third at Minchinhampton Golf Club at 6pm.
They complete the day, hopefully still with some daylight, with two 18th holes with the par four at Sunningdale and finally the par three at Johnston’s home course of North Middlesex Golf Club at around 7.45pm.
Details of the event are at www.beefysfoundation.org