Thirty competitors race against time in the British Open Speedgolf Championship. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
Competitors race against time in British Open Speedgolf Championship
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)
Thirty international competitors raced against time in the battle for the Speedgolf Championship title on Sunday (August 16). The competition, at Dale Hill Golf Club in East Sussex, saw contenders aged between 17 and 57 running their fastest across the field with occasional stops to accurately play their shots. Australian Competitor Virginia Deigan said Speedgolf was “a very dynamic kind of sport”. The skill lies in balancing your running pace, whilst managing your ability to quickly and accurately hit the ball to get the lowest score possible. A Speedgolf score combines the total shots taken plus the time to complete the course, for example shooting a round of 90 on a golf course in 59 minutes and 30 seconds would combine to an overall Speedgolf score of 149:30. Competitors start off individually with a six minute intervals between each other. The winners on Sunday were Rob Hogan and Emma Morgan, receiving the best male and best female Speedgolfer titles respectively. Hogan admitted that the sport was a good source of exercise as it can be physically demanding. Speedgolf has been established for some time in the U.S. but is now finding global popularity with other nations hosting championships and leagues, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Iceland, Sweden and Ireland.