Lizzie Taylor, from London, is the new British Ladies Speedgolf champion, after beating defending champion Emma Morgan in her first ever Speedgolf tournament.
Lizzie took the title after shooting an 8-over-par 80 in 59 mins 57 seconds, over the 5217-yards (PAR 72) course at Piltdown Golf Club, giving her a Speedgolf Score of 139:57.
The British Speedgolf Open Championship starts with an appropriate running start with some 40 competitors set off individually at 6 minute intervals to conquer the challenging course in East Sussex. Competitors travelled from all over the UK from as far as Scotland, Devon and Yorkshire but there was also a strong US contingent who flew in for the event, not least with the current World Ranked Number One Speedgolfer from Rome (New York State) competing; Wesley Cupp.
Aside from the obvious speed element, there is little difference to the rules for golf. However, Speedgolfers use up to 7 clubs carried by hand or bag and are allowed to putt with the flag stick in. Buggies are strictly prohibited in play. Conditions on the day were a little chilly with overcast skies so were good for speedgolf. The course was in splendid condition, but proved harder than in previous tournaments due to the main hazard, the heather, so keeping the ball on the fairway was much more critical! Uniquely and another first for the sport, Piltdown has no sand bunkers to avoid, but the heather surrounding many of the greens was equally challenging.
England Golf support British Speedgolf through their Golf Express initiative which encourages busy people to play more often by promoting shorter and quicker formats of the game.
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