Playing an 18 hole round of golf on any December day in Hedland is no mean feat, but playing 72 holes on a day that reached 43.8C is something else. That’s exactly what Pete Bartho, Gary Brookes, Kurt van Oossanen and Stuart Wise did at Port Hedland Golf Club on December 3. Brookes put it best when he walked off the green and said: “Well, that was bloody hard yakka.” Although the four were exhausted and “sick of the flies” that swarmed their red faces, van Oossanen said they would easily do it all again next year. The cause behind the stellar effort was the Cancer Council, and with cancer being something that’s touched all members of the team at some stage of their lives Bartho said it was all worth it. The team have so far raised more than $7000 and they will continue to collect donations throughout December. It was the second time Bartho and Brookes completed the challenge aptly named the Longest Day, however last year they were met with perfect conditions in comparison to this year. “Last year it was 33C and overcast, but we knew from the beginning of this week and the string of 40-something degree days we’ve had this was going to be a whole new challenge,” Bartho said. Brookes said they were proud to have already doubled their fundraising efforts this year. Tee off was 5.25am and the team finished the 72 holes just after 4pm, only stopping for a short lunch break at clubhouse in the middle of the day. Net scores were calculated over a few cold beers in the clubhouse with Bartho finishing with 286, van Oossanen with 299, Brookes with 301 and Wise finishing the day with a score of 322. Mr Bartho said it wasn’t too late to donate and encouraged anyone who wanted to get behind the cause to do so at longestday.org.au - search for Port Hedland Golf Club.