Cancer Survivor’s ‘Greek Golfing Odyssey’

Nick Edmund (right) with Miguel Ángel Jiménez and José María Olazábal after completing his Greek Odyssey walk for Global Golf4 Cancer.

Messinia, Greece: Nick Edmund, four-time head and neck cancer survivor and founder of Global Golf4 Cancer (GG4C) has completed his ‘Greek Golfing Odyssey’ and carried his clubs from storied Ancient Olympia to the Costa Navarino resort in the southwest Peloponnese of Greece.

With the Taygetus mountain range and Ionian Sea providing a captivating backdrop for much of his ‘golf-walk’, Edmund’s 120-kilometre journey took him from the 776 BC birthplace of the Olympics, via the ‘four Ks’ – Krestena, Kakovatos, Kalo Vero and Kyparissia – to Filiatra and Marathapoli, and finally on to Costa Navarino and Navarino Hills, venue of the world’s first International Olympic Academy Golf Course.

On reaching his destination, Edmund played the fourth hole with two-time Masters champion and Ryder Cup legend José María Olazábal, designer of Costa Navarino, his countryman and fellow Ryder Cup star Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Matthias Nemes, Managing Director of Olazabal Design.

The foursome then symbolically raised the Global Golf4 Cancer ‘4-Flag’ in honour of cancer fighters worldwide, and the flag flew on the fourth green for the duration of the ensuing Olazábal & Friends Charity Pro-Am tournament.

Explaining the special significance of walking from Ancient Olympia to Costa Navarino’s Olympic Course, Edmund said: “Since Global Golf4 Cancer’s mission is to encourage the golf community to ‘pick up the baton’ and support cancer fighters and cancer fighting organisations in whatever way possible, I cannot imagine a more inspiring or appropriate place to help convey this than Ancient Olympia and its adjacent landscape.

“Just as Olympians have the opportunity to ‘carry a torch,’ so golfers can ‘fly the flag’ for a cause. I may be a little biased, but I am not sure if there is a more important cause than the battle against cancer.”

Peter Walton, CEO of IAGTO, a founding partner of Global Golf4 Cancer, said: “IAGTO has supported GG4C since its inception, and we believe in the enormous impact the global golfing community can make to help bring cures closer for a disease that affects one in four of us.

“I have lost count of the vast distances Nick has covered, both ‘golf-walking’ and travelling throughout the world these past six years to help spread that message, and this ‘Greek Odyssey’ is yet another milestone.

“The support of José María Olazábal, Olazabal Design, Miguel Jimenez, and Costa Navarino is greatly appreciated.”

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