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Sir Steve tees up golf record bid
Sir Steve Redgrave playing golf
Sir Steve is a keen golfer
Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave is launching a drive to sign up hundreds of golfers for a world record attempt in aid of a Scottish charity.

The five-times champion oarsman has thrown his weight behind a bid to break the record for the most rounds of golf completed on a course in a 24-hour period.

To be successful, 606 golfers will have to get round the Torrance course at St Andrews Bay in Fife on Sunday, 8 June.

Money raised from the 50-a-head entry fee will go towards the 10m cost of Scotland's second hospice for terminally ill children, to be built at Balloch, on Loch Lomond.

I was wondering where my next world record was going to come from
Sir Steve Redgrave

Sir Steve, who will also be playing in the event, set up a trust in 2001 dedicated to raising and distributing more than 5m in five years to improve children's lives in the UK.

He was at the course on Tuesday to kick-start the bid and encourage golfers to form foursomes and sign up for the world record attempt.

"I was wondering where my next world record was going to come from," he joked.

"The day is going to be really fun, trying to get all these people round is going to be pretty hectic but more to the point we're going to raise a lot of money."

American record-holders

Event organiser Paul Coffey said: "We're very thankful that Sir Steve has agreed to put his name to this event.

"The planning can now continue in the knowledge that someone of his stature is helping to raise the profile of the event, and in doing so, helping us to maximise our contribution to the new hospice at Loch Lomond."

The record for most rounds completed in a single day currently stands at 605 and was set at the Rhodes Ranch Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on 21 June 1998.

Screen grab of worldrecordgolf.com
Details of how to register are online

The Scottish attempt will tee off at 0330 on 8 June. The last four-ball is set to go at 1930, with a quartet teeing off every six minutes between those times.

Mr Coffey went on: "It's vitally important that people play quickly.

"We would rather they scored 30 over their handicap and went round in the three hours allocated to them, rather than go round in two-over and take four hours."

Although "only" 606 participants are needed to break the record, organisers are aiming to get 650 round the par 72, 7,037-yard course to make the feat more difficult to overtake.

Approval granted

The second hospice is needed because of pressure on the original facility, Rachel House, at Kinross, run by the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (Chas).

Full planning permission was granted by the Scottish Parliament in February and the hospice is scheduled to open in the summer of 2004.

The go-ahead followed an outcry in December when an official recommended permission be refused because the site lies within the new Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Film star Ewan McGregor, whose family home is in Perth, is a keen supporter of Rachel House and the proposed new hospice.

Christian Marais, of Guinness World Records, said: "We are keeping a very close eye on the preparations for the attempt on the 'most golfers on a single course in 24 hours' record.

"We are looking forward to adjudicating at the event in June, on what promises to be both an exciting and record-breaking day, with lots of money raised for charity."




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Go-ahead for children's hospice
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