Up for the challenge: Local Longest Day Golf Challenge team members, from left, Micah Dickinson, James Anstiss, Josh Bailey and Mitch Martin


Local golfers are being challenged to play 72 holes on one day to raise vital funds for the Cancer Society.

A test of stamina and skill, The Longest Day Golf Challenge invites either solo golfers or teams — preferably two to four players — to play four rounds either next month or during January to take advantage of the year’s longest days.

The Cancer Society raised $50,000 from its inaugural challenge, and is running it again as many of its fundraising events — such as a ‘Rocky Horror’-themed Queenstown ball —
have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

One of the top fundraising teams last time was led by Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort head pro Micah Dickinson.

They played four local courses and this time are aiming to play 100 holes, including The Farm nine-holer at Arrowtown’s The Hills and Millbrook’s new nine.

Golfers can enter via, and are advised to check course availability when planning their challenge.

Cancer Society regional marketing & fundraising manager Jonet Warhurst says funds raised ‘‘will make a real difference to people living with cancer’’.

The society provides advice and support for cancer patients along with education and
awareness program mes and life-saving cancer research.