Footgolf Kicks Off With Success at Stonham Barns GC

Over 30 people try out new game in Suffolk

THERE is a new sport that is rapidly growing in popularity and Stonham Barns Golf Centre quickly got itself in on the action as it hosted the first ever Footgolf tournament in Suffolk. The tournament was organised by PGA professionals Tony Dobson and Joe Cardy, who were both really impressed by the feedback from all of the players who really enjoyed their first experience of the family friendly game.

Played the same as a normal round of golf, Footgolf involves the player kicking a football around the course and into a hole that is 21-inches in diameter. It is a game which has become increasingly popular in recent months and can be played and enjoyed by everyone no matter what their age or ability at football.

The event at Stonham Barns Golf Centre attracted over 30 players, including some golfers and football players, with the men's winner David Howard finishing with an impressive score of 31, two-over-par, for the shortened nine-hole course. The ladies winner was Lauren Applebaun, who played while on holiday from the USA, with a score of 40 and the junior prize went to Curtis Miller who had arrived for a round of golf with his father but decided to play Footgolf instead.

Representatives from a number of local football teams, including Bildeston Rangers, AFC Hoxne, Felixstowe and Walton and Occold Football Clubs were all in attendance, as one of the highlights of the day came from second place finisher Stuart Brooks, who holed out from 50 yards for a two on the ninth hole.

Based on the success and response from the day, Stonham Barns is looking to host Footgolf events  again in the near future. If you would like to enter or are looking for more information, you can call Tony Dobson or Joe Cardy on 01449 711545 or visit www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk

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