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Keen golfer Logan Middlemass plans to play 72 holes in one day for his second time early next year, to raise money for the Cancer Society in memory of his late father.

The Cancer Society’s Longest Day Golf Challenge invites golfers to complete four rounds of golf one day to raise funds for the society.

Cancer Society marketing and fundraising manager Jonet Warhurst said the longest day of the year would be on December 21, but participants could play any day in December or January that suited them.

The society raised $50,000 from the first Longest Day Golf Challenge and the money made a real difference to people living with cancer, she said.

“It’s a great way to support people with cancer, and whatever your level of skill, it’s a brilliant day out with your mates.”

Mr Middlemass took part in that first challenge run during December 2020 and January 2021, and raised about $3000, he said.

He and his brother learnt to play the sport as youngsters when his father, Neil, was a part-time greenkeeper in Lumsden, and it continued when his father became the superintendent greenkeeper of Cromwell Golf Course.

Neil Middlemass was diagnosed with bowel cancer two or three years ago, and died 18 months later.

“The Cancer Society gave support to my mother mostly during that time as my brother and I lived away,” Logan Middlemass said.

He took from 5.30am until about 6pm to complete the challenge on December 29, with a little help from a friend when he had a minor mishap.

“I walked for 46 holes then got stung by a bee so my cousin came and drove me the rest of the day.”

This year, he plans to conquer 72 holes in one day again, but this time at the Methven Golf Club, as he now lives in Ashburton.