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Speedgolf championships tee off in the UK

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 01:18

The British Open Championships took place in the south of England, measuring running speeds as well as golfing ability. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Golf is usually thought of as a fairly sedate sport - but not the way these people play it. This is Speedgolf - where players have to run between holes and sink their putt as quickly as possible. The British Open Championships took place in East Sussex, in the south of England, and some players think it's even better than traditional golf. Soundbite, Participant, Tom Pinnegar, saying (English): "I think it's really fun, you know. One of the problems people find with golf is that it takes up too much time, so this way you can tee off at 9 o'clock and you've got the rest of the day, so I think it's the way forward." While the weather was good on the day, the rough was rather thicker than usual - which caused some problems among players. Soundbite, Women's Winner, Emma Morgan, saying (English): "Golf not so good but really only on the greens I hit the ball well off the tee, nice and straight but it was the greens, but it was still just enough to scrape a win." Despite the issues, Emma Morgan won in the ladies' category and Irishman Rob Hogan took home the trophy for the Expert Division, with a time of just 36 minutes and 59 seconds. The World Speedgolf championships will take place in Illinois in October.

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Speedgolf championships tee off in the UK

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 01:18