Ten year-old plays a hundred for charity

A ten year-old golfer from New Mills has battled through torrential rain and fatigue to raise more than £2,000 for charity by playing 108 holes in one day.

Archie Qualtrough, of Mousley Bottom, played for 16 hours over three golf courses, hitting the ball 25 miles in total and taking 499 shots - finishing 52 under par despite the rain and the rapid pace of play.

His rightly proud dad, Stuart, said: “I am just immensely proud.

“I felt so sorry for him - the rain clouds just seemed to follow him around all day but there was never any sense that he was close to giving up.

“His stamina and endurance was incredible - supported by his family, including his ever-present little sister he just marched on like a junior Robocop.”

The youngster was fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young in memory of Charlie Craig, a High Peak teen cycling champion who died in his sleep and Young Minds, in memory of New Mills’ Ben Stollery, an 18 year-old rugby player who took his own life.

Stuart said a highlight of the day was when Ben’s father, Rob, shook Archie’s hand and gave him a big hug while playing at New Mills Golf Club.

He was also supporting two golfing charities, the Golf Foundation and the Finlay Cooper Fund. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/100-Golf-Holes-In-A-Day.