Footgolf marches on

FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation size five football with large cups positioned just off the golf greens. The fast growing sport is gathering momentum worldwide. In 2012 just eight countries – Argentina, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands and the USA – contested the first World Cup, but more recently some 641 competitors from 29 countries took part in the Hungarian stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour.

FootGolf Portugal staged its first Open Tournament in Cascais last year and next January will see Argentina stage the second FootGolf World Cup at the prestigious Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires.

Here in the Algarve over 100 people, young and old, have competed in the monthly FootGolf Challenge at the Colina Verde Golf and Sports Resort, Maragota, since its inception a year ago.

Last week it was a new competitor, Ruben Ferreira, who was the overall individual winner with a score of 45 – just three over par for the 12-hole course.

The winning team of Jonathan Syed, Philip Shaw, Mike Wreford and Charlie Clements carded a total of 198, some nine shots ahead of the runners-up John Bishop, Wolfgang Eudenbach, Jane Knight and Martin Redrup. Jane Knight was Lady Champion with a round of 58.

The last event of the year will be on Wednesday, November 25. To register your interest email: [email protected]

Photo: Winning team, from left: Philip Shaw, Mike Wreford, organiser Chris Wright, Jonathan Syed and Charlie Clements