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23 May 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
   
   

St Mellion stages 24-hr Hole In One record quest

  • Davida’s Day 2016 aims to create new record for aces
  • Six golfers to play 130-yard Par Three hole continuously for 24 hours

ST MELLION, CORNWALL, UK – How many holes in one can we score, in 24 hours?

That’s the question which six golfers from St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall are setting out to answer in the second annual ‘Davida’s Day’ golf event, as they aim both to raise money for the CLIC Sargent charity, and to set a new record.

Spectators will be welcome at the marathon mid-summer challenge, to be staged at St Mellion from 1pm on Thursday 23rd June.

It takes place a year after the same six golfers played the resort’s world-famous Nicklaus Signature Course continuously for 24 hours, raising £12,000 in the process.

First to tee off this year will be the event’s organiser, St Mellion PGA Pro Darren Gass. He was the husband of 35-year old Davida Gass, who passed away in November 2014 after battling pancreas and liver cancer. The event is named in her honour. The couple had a son, Foster, who is now 8 years old.

“Everyone at St Mellion was fantastically supportive last year, and this year’s event should be a real talking-point. After all, how many times do you get to witness a hole in one?” said Darren Gass. “I hope that this new idea inspires people to get involved once again, and of course we’re all trying to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent, which was so close to my wife’s heart”.

A 130-yard golf hole, where the marathon will take place, will be laid out like an archery target. As the light fades the hole will be floodlit, allowing the six golfers to play right through the night.

Other golfers at St Mellion, including members, their guests and other supporters, are invited to challenge the resort’s golf professionals in a Shoot Out to run continuously throughout the event.

There will be a charity BBQ and Bar running alongside the hole, with a charity auction staged early on the Thursday evening.

“Last year the support we received was incredible” said David Moon, Golf Manager at St Mellion and one of five PGA professionals playing in the marathon. “It’s not often you find yourself eating tea and bacon rolls at three in the morning on the golf course. The climax to last year’s event was extremely moving, with young Foster holing the final putt as his Dad tended the pin.

“This year we’re expecting to get quite dizzy, playing the same hole over and over again, but the six of us are determined to score plenty of holes in one along the way! We hope that people will once again enter into the spirit of things, and will help us raise money for a cause which is very personal to all of us.”

As well as Darren Gass and David Moon, three other PGA professional golfers from St Mellion – Ben Waters, Jason Avery and Ross Whitelock – will also play in the marathon.

The sixth golfer will be Davida’s father, ex-Aston Villa football legend Allan Evans.

Darren, Allan and their friends are raising money for CLIC Sargent, the charity for children with cancer. Five years before Davida was herself diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2013, the Gass family was rocked when their 3-month old baby was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour. Over the years which followed, both the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital and CLIC Sargent provided superb care and support for the parents, as Foster went through prolonged and gruelling treatment.

Although he was initially given just a 20% chance to live, Foster battled through and is now a healthy and energetic young boy. The Gass family and friends subsequently threw themselves into supporting CLIC Sargent, but on 21st November 2014 Davida Gass lost her own fight with the disease.

A donations page has been set up at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Davida-Gass.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Darren Gass with his son, Foster, at the end of last year's event in memory of Davida Gass.

 
     
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PHOTO CAPTION: The six St Mellion Davida's Day 2016 Marathon golfers. From Left Ben Waters, David Moon, Darren Gass, Allan Evans, Jason Avery and Ross Whitelock.

 
     
   
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St Mellion is a unique blend of contemporary style, exceptional facilities, true golfing heritage and wonderful Cornish hospitality. This modern Resort is on a scale which allows it to offer an exceptional range of high quality sporting, relaxation and dining facilities, delivered to a consistently high standard, with a comfortable, friendly and unfussy approach, offering exceptional value. A combination rarely found in the UK. The 450 acre estate boasts a fully air conditioned 80-bedroom, AA 4 star hotel; 30 fairway cottages; and The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, a UK top 100 course of European Tour repute. Alongside it is The Kernow Resort Course, also with a European Tour pedigree. Health and fitness facilities include lane, leisure and children's swimming pools; Elemis Day Spa; Sauna, Steam & Jacuzzi experiences; Tennis Courts; Cardio-Vascular and Resistance Suites; Dance Studios; plus a Crèche and Children's Club. All-day dining is offered in the Bewdern Brasserie & Bar, with the Nicklaus Bar specifically catering for golfers. There is also the award-winning An Boesti, offering the finest Cornish fayre in elegant surroundings. St Mellion also offers exceptional business and event facilities, with fully air-conditioned conferencing and banqueting rooms for over 500. St Mellion is a venue for the Cornish Tourism Awards, South West Business Awards, Cornish Business Awards and many more. Only a short drive from Plymouth, yet in the heart of the lush Cornish Countryside, St Mellion is easily accessible and offers easy access to Devon, Cornwall, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor with their quaint villages and stunning scenery; to the vibrant maritime city of Plymouth; and of course to the spectacular South West coastlines. The famous North Coast surfing beaches along with the culinary delights of Padstow and Rock are also just a short drive away, not to mention the world-famous Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan visitor attractions. A warm and friendly atmosphere permeates throughout St Mellion International Resort. Perhaps this is down to its vibrant golf and leisure membership, or indeed its strong Cornish roots, but no matter the reason you will be assured of a wonderful welcome and a memorable visit.