Speed­golfers de­scend on Rome

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Sports - From Staff Re­ports sports@onei­dadis­patch.com

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.

FILE PHOTO - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

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.

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