Speedgolfers descend on Rome
ROME, N.Y. » More than 40 professional and amateur Speedgolf competitors from seven countries and 18 US States will travel to the Rome Country Club on Saturday to participate in the second annual United States SpeedGolf Championships.
Every second counts in Speedgolf, an emerging biathlon sport that challenges participants to play their best golf as fast as possible. Speedgolf scores are calculated by combining a player’s golf strokes and elapsed time. For example, a score of 80 in 60 minutes results in a Speedgolf Score of 140. In competition, the player with the lowest Speedgolf Score wins.
In a forward looking move, Speedgolf USA will govern tour- nament play by the 2019 Rules Of Golf, with minor exceptions. Competitors are required to carry all their equipment from start to finish – usually between four and six clubs in a lightweight bag. Out of bounds, hazards, and lost balls are treated the same, each resulting in a one stroke penalty.
The U. S. Championship for this unique sporting event will be hosted at Rome Country Club - site of the 2016-17 New York Speedgolf Open. Known as ‘the Little Beast’ to Speedgolfers, this short but demanding course layout requires an equal amount of endurance and golf skill.
Seven of the top 10 in the men’s SpeedGolf Power Rankings, and three of the top 10 in the women’s rankings will be on hand to vie for the title of Speedgolf National Champion.
The world-class field includes hometown favorites No. 2 worldranked Wes Cupp and defending US women’s champion Lauren Cupp. Also in the field are the reigning 2016 Speedgolf World Champion Jamie Young; and former college golf teammate of Tiger-Woods, 2014 Speedgolf World Champion Eri Crum.
Spectators are encouraged to attend. The Melt food truck and Broaster’s Coffee of Rome will be on site and fans can keep track of competitors by watching the Utica Road Runners Race Clock.
Schedule Of Events:
Amateur Division Tee Times - 9:00 a.m.
Open Division Tee Times - 12:00 p.m.
Open Championship Finals - 3:00 p.m.
In this file photo, two-time speedgolf world champion Rob Hogan, left, is interviewed by Reese Waters following Hogan’s round at the NewYork Speedgolf Open at Rome Country Club on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.