Golfer’s longest hole

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Arrow­towner David Wright has run 2500km to raise money for young New Zealand golfers.

That’s the distance the retired golf pro has logged in 15 months of training for the London Marathon this Sunday – he left for London with wife Kim last week.

Wright – an expat Brit who’s taught golf at top courses in the United States, Asia and Australia – is running to fundraise for the Steve Williams Foundation, a charity set up by Tiger Woods’s Kiwi caddy to encourage youngsters into golf.

The first-time runner, in his late 60s, was initially coaxed into doing the event by Brian Webber, his former golf student and one of the marathon’s organisers.

Wright then met Steve Williams at Millbrook last year and decided to use his run to help boost the sport he loves.
“I thought if I was going to revisit my breakfast outside of Buckingham Palace, someone should benefit from all this so I’ll try and raise some money for charity,” he says.

Readers can help Wright with his cause by emailing a pledge to golfpro@queenstown.co.nz.

Also running the London marathon for a cause is former Queenstowner, 35-year-old Toni Hutton, whose mum is long-time local Sharyn Stalker.

London-based Hutton, who intends moving back to New Zealand late this year, is raising $5630 for Heart UK, which supports families affected by inherited high cholesterol – Sunday’s London Marathon occurs 25 years to the day since her dad died of a heart attack at only 34.

Her donations website is www.justgiving.com/tonihutton.