Golfer Brian Cha's chances of Guinness record come down to a tee

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 January, 2013, 3:55am

Critics of golf say that it's a good walk spoiled. For Brian Cha, walking will be the least of his worries.

Next month Cha will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by hitting 8,000 balls in 12 hours into a target area 100 yards away.

The "8K12" challenge will tee off on February 18 at the Whitehead Club Golf Driving Range at Ma On Shan. An adjudicator from the Guinness World Records headquarters will be on hand to witness the attempt.

Cha, 39, has been playing golf for 18 years and plays off a 15 handicap. He estimates he will need to hit a ball every four seconds and each one must land in the target area to count.

"I'm a fitness trainer and enjoy playing golf, so I thought about how I could combine the two. I found out about this and decided to go for it," he says.

Cha, who also works as a nutritionist, has been training three times a week for five to seven hours at a time since September.

But he knows there's no guarantee of success. One of the biggest challenges will be the wear and tear on his hands, which are already suffering after all the practice.

"After some training sessions my hands are red raw, especially my right hand. It takes most of the pressure and my middle three fingers are inflamed all the time," Cha says. "This is even after I tape my hand throughly and wear two gloves on it. I also have to ice it for an hour every day."

He confesses the regime has been a real grind and much harder than anticipated.

"I've run marathons but nothing is as tough as this," Ma says. "It's not just the physical element - as you go on you get tired and your concentration lapses, so it'll be a big challenge mentally as well as physically, but I'll give it my best shot."

The record is held by British golfer Steve Purdy, who smacked 7,917 golf balls in half a day within a target area to raise money for the treatment of cystic fibrosis on in August 2010.

All funds generated from Cha's attempt will be donated to the Redford Charitable Foundation and Hong Kong Rehabilitation Power.