‘Heartbreaking’: 7-Year-Old’s Special Tribute to Deceased Father Brings Tears to Golf Fans’ Eyes

Golf has the power to bring people together. Charity golf events are the best example of meaningful causes. From the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which raises millions for local charities, to the BMW Charity Pro-Am, which supports numerous non-profit organizations, these events showcase the golf community’s commitment to giving back. We typically see adults rallying for a cause, but every now and then, a story emerges that redefines the limits of dedication and love.




Such is the heartwarming and inspiring story of 7-year-old George Hughes, who melted golf enthusiasts’ hearts. As reported by Sky Sports News on their X handle, in a remarkable display, the young golfer completed a golfing marathon within 24 hours. He played nine holes in five different countries. His final game was at the Hawarden Golf Club in Wales on June 21, where he shot three incredible birdies. This incredible feat was in memory of his father, Dave Hughes, who tragically passed away following an unsuccessful heart transplant in 2018 when George was just 18 months old.




His mission was to raise money for The Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association, which helped George’s father and mother by offering accommodation, travel expenses, emotional support, and more. George’s grandfather, Tony Sedgwick, shared, “When Dave passed away, the family wanted to give something back to the FHLTA, and so the fundraising began, with various golf events, with George taking part in all of them.” FHLTA supports patients and families from all over Great Britain who await a transplant, alleviating many stresses and worries.


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7-year-old George Hughes completes a golfing marathon, which saw him play 9 holes in 5 different countries within 24 hours to raise money for The Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association, in memory of his father who sadly passed away after an unsuccessful heart transplant.

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 21, 2024

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George has now touched the £90,000 fundraising mark. His challenge began in southern Ireland, where he teed off at the Ballymascanlon Hotel, followed by Cloverhill Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The young fella then took a ferry from Belfast to Scotland to play at Wigtownshire before making the 5-hour journey to Chester, England. The final game was in Wales, where more family members were present to cheer him on.




This extraordinary event reminds us of the power of the human spirit, regardless of age. His journey across borders and navigating different golf courses highlights his dedication and love for golf. Many enthusiasts came forward to support the efforts that the young boy has put in, with condolences and appreciation.

How did the golf community react to George Hughes’ remarkable accomplishment

The story of the 7-year-old resonated deeply with the community. One X user expressed sentiments for the young boy’s father’s passing, “That’s heartbreaking“. Another user added the same, “So sad about the loss of his father. Very brave George Hughes ❤️.” Another person applauded George’s efforts with, “Well done George – I have a congenital heart condition, so this speaks to me ❤️,” highlighting how George’s story provides hope and inspiration to those facing similar challenges.

The admiration for young George’s dedication to fundraising was evident in another comment: “7-year-old George Hughes having a heart of gold to raise money for the Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant in memory of his father.” This sentiment was echoed by a user who wrote, “What an incredible young boy. George’s dedication and compassion for such a vital cause is truly inspiring. His father would be so proud,” emphasizing the pride George’s father would have felt.


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