Get­ting a kick out of foot­golf

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

FOOT­GOLF is one of the fastest grow­ing sports in the coun­try as well as the USA and Europe and Styal Golf Club were proud hosts of Stage 3 of the North of Eng­land Re­gional Tour.

It was staged on the ex­cel­lent Par Three course which has helped de­velop Foot­Golf in the re­gion in the past two years.

There are ten stages in the Tour and the over­all win­ner will rep­re­sent the UK in the Jansen Cup which is a Ry­der Cup style event against the USA in Palm Springs in Jan­uary 2017.

The next five places in the or­der of merit will be in­vited to play in the Jansen Cup Shootout to win the fi­nal place in the UK team.

There are good qual­ity prizes to be won at each qual­i­fy­ing event and the top play­ers out of the 36 who com­peted at Styal were Jay Parkin­son on -11, Marc Cow­ell -9 and Mike Downey and lo­cal star Paul Boul­ton, both -6.

Matt Riches, from the UK Foot­Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Foot­golf is grow­ing rapidly in the re­gion and is open to all age groups and as well as Styal the other venues in the area are at Bur­nage Par Three, Old­ham GC, Chea­dle Brunt­wood Park, Old­ham GC, Prest­wich GC, White­field GC, Adling­ton DR, Haigh Hall GC, Knights Grange GC and Ch­ester.

“Full de­tails of what is in­volved with Foot­golf and how to get into play­ing can be found on the web­site www.uk­foot­golf. com and for any­one in­ter­ested it can pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive, skil­ful and dis­ci­plined sport com­bin­ing the best of golf and foot­ball at some ter­rific venues.

”Suc­cess at the sport can also lead to play­ing in re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.”

Styal se­niors played their first medal of the sea­son and Michael Han­non led in with 73, one less than Richard Arm­stead, Der­mot Clancy and Bob Skilling.

It was also close in a Wed­nes­day Stable­ford with Har­ri­son Peck win­ning a cpo on 33 points from Tom Bloor, one more than Peter Cord­well and David Mur­ray.

Styal ladies were also in Stable­ford ac­tion with Su­san­nah Mid­dle­ton lead­ing in with 33 points from Nancy Chorl­ton 32 and Claire Whit­ney 31.

●● Group of Foot­golf com­peti­tors at Styal Golf Club

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