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Sunday
Oct272013

Video: Speedgolf World Championships At Bandon

According to Thomas Boyd reporting and recording on site for The Oregonian, Rob Hogan bested a field of 54 others to win the 2013 event with a score of 236.55.

The score is a combination of total strokes added to the total minutes and seconds it takes the player to complete the round. Hogan had rounds of 77-79 that were played in 39 minutes, 31 seconds and 41 minutes, 29 seconds.

Now that's wild!

Oh but it gets better, as Boyd files a video report on 2007 World Championship winner (1500 and 5000 meters) Bernard Lagat competing in his first golf tournament.

While he finished last, he still puts on a great show. Shoot, Golf Channel could put this on and it would outdraw a 2013-14 PGA Tour event. (Not a huge hurdle, I'll grant you that.)

The video from The Oregonian:

 

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Reader Comments (18)

It's a thrill just to watch him stride over the manicured terrain.
10.27.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Breaking 80 in 40 minutes is getting it done, someone once shot 65 in under 45 minutes. I see a future for this sport, there is a trend toward obstacle racing, cyclocross, tough mudder, etc. This is just a different version of obstacle race. Very cool, would definitely watch on TV.
That is some serious speed and skill to break 80 at a pace that would put me in an ambulance after the 4th green. Much respect!


I wish all courses would have a speed golf day at their club...with prizes for best round, fastest round, and most Gatorade consumed.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Looks like some members of my old AZ golf group, trying to stay on pace with the beverage cart.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
This is proof positive that players everywhere should forget the notion that they'll play better if they take more time.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterrgw
rgw:

No it isn't. You don't know what they would have shot if they had played in 4 hours.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
cz, it would be easy for a course to promote events like this, do it early and let normal play follow.

My question is what are the intervals that players tee off? What happens if a player needs to go through someone that he has made up the interval?
RES: try it sometime . . . or just make sure your group is behind mine.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterrgw
rgw,

Try running at breakneck speed for 18 holes? I can guarantee you I won't score as well as I would walking at a normal pace. The argument for faster play using speed golf as evidence is reductio ad absurdum.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, "This is the stupidest f*^*ing thing I've ever seen on a golf course."
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
If the other players leave their pins in like in the video then the winner didnt break 80 under the rules of golf. Gotta fix that broken window.
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
I'd love to try it! How about leveling the playing a bit for the older guys by deducting your age as a handicap?
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Norrie
"Diminishing Returns"
10.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
Bernard Lagat, very classy, and very cool of him to try something new

Bandon looks fabulous on the video, and it is fabulous, LOL

No need to be judgmental about Speedgolf, it's over so quickly, does your club offer Speedgolf on Sunday mornings?

As you are running in Speedgolf, you are thinking that this what it must have been like for the Neanderthals hunting a beast with spears, only that after the 18th you know the beer and burger are waiting for you.
10.29.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmiledoc
@No Longer: I am doing it...sort of. Tomorow is a holliday here and I got 7 of my avid single digit juniors spending most of the day at my course. The format for is two man best ball Medal play + best Net score...but if your group doesn't finish 18holes in <3hrs 21min then the scorecard gets ripped up.


@Amen: Speed Golf rules state that there is not penalty for leaving the pin in...local rules and conditions of competition trump the good ole book.
10.29.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Thanks for the clarification. Was curious about that. Still not playing "golf" then are they? And agreeing to waive the rules is DQ!
10.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
amen to that Amen

FYI, this is Speedgolf, LOL
10.29.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmiledoc
I participated in this event and can tell you that you definately leave a few shots on the course in the short game area. I shot 78 in 54 min and 76 in 55 min and has 7 three putts on the first day and 3 on the second day so yes I probably would have improved in that area. It was my first speedgolf event and can tell you that Iwill NEVER go back. You cant beat finishing in under an hour on the runners high. Just made the greatest sport even better. Get out there and try it!

DD
11.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDDenyer

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