Playing through: 2013 Speedgolf World Championship

Group in front too slow? Maybe you should play behind these guys.

Image courtesy of Bandon Dunes Facebook page.

The 2013 Speedgolf World Championships were held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the weekend. The event consists of two rounds with competitors aiming to get around the course as quickly as possible and in as few strokes as possible.

The scoring system simply adds the number of strokes to the time it takes to play the round. This year the 50-man field included two world-class athletes, New Zealand’s Nick Willis and America’s Kenyan-born Bernard Lagat.

Willis won the silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 2008 Olympics and Legat has won 12 medal’s at both the Olympics and World Championships in the 1500, 3000 and 5000 metre events.

Legat is the focus of the video piece from The Oregonian but the eventual winner was Rob Hogan who won the $15,000 prize with rounds of 77 and 79 in times of 39.31 and 41.24 minutes respectively!

I think it’s worth re-posting this video that emerged last year from Chris Smith who holds the world record for a single round (a score of 65 in 44:06). All 70 shots of his round at Bandon Dunes was recorded in this video. It makes for fascinating viewing with a funky sound track.

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