Think you like golf? Robert Anderson likes it more...
SWEDISH amateur golfer Robert ‘Robban’ Anderson has been named the world’s ‘most active’ golfer after racking up 1,000 rounds in the space of just 1,184 days.
The 56-year-old from Malmo’s feat came to light after he used Golf GameBook, the free smartphone app, to log his antics.
After registering with the app in May 2011, Robert quickly became an avid user, hitting 74,098 shots – including five eagles, 1,102 birdies and 8,296 pars – in little over three years.
Incredibly, the four-handicapper managed to find time for all this golf whilst still holding down a full-time job.
“Most of my rounds are after work,” said Robert, who plays most of his golf at his local courses, Vellinge and Rönnebäck. “My hours are flexible so, every Wednesday, I take the morning off and play in a weekly competition at Vellinge. I suppose I could have been promoted a little higher in the company, if I preferred work to the golf course, but this is the way I like it!”
All the time spent on the golf course has also been good for Robert’s game. He has posted a gross 70 as his best round so far this season, and is on target to beat his record for the number of rounds played in a calendar year.
“If the weather stays good in Sweden I will certainly set a new record,” he added.
Jere Jaakkola, marketing and communications manager at Golf GameBook, said: “For a while, looking at Robert’s stats on Golf GameBook, I thought it was someone just trialling the app with false data or one of our technical team using an alias to test the software but, when I finally tracked Robert down, I quickly realised I’d met a true golf fanatic.
“Robert should be an inspiration to us all. His love of the game is quite incredible and, because he is using the Golf GameBook app to live-score all his rounds, he has an encyclopaedic record of how he is performing. You could say he is our perfect customer.”
Robert adds: “I love golf mostly because you are always playing against yourself. Even if you are playing a match, you are still playing against your own records. In saying that, I never play on my own, I have made so many friends at the club that I can always find someone to play with.”
To recognise Robert’s acheivements, Golf GameBook is currently running a ‘Beat Robban’ competition in Sweden, which offers golfers two potential prize routes: going head-to-head against him over a ten-round average, or beating ‘Robban’ on the volume of golf played over a two-week period.