East Devon hosts major Footgolf meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:50 11 October 2017

Gareth Davis (right) watches his ball into the hole while Neil Keen prepares to do similar.

Gareth Davis (right) watches his ball into the hole while Neil Keen prepares to do similar.

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Footgolf on the Exe hosted the inaugural World Amateur FootGolf Association (WAFGA) meeting.

Labelled ‘The Devon FootGolf Classic’, this 36-hole event was provided as a competitive taster tournament for (primarily) South West-based players looking to play regular competitions, but who were put off by the long travel times to and high cost of tournaments currently provided in the UK.

The competition started with an 18-hole pairs comp, followed by a short break for refreshments and then a final 18-hole singles comp.

Devon-based Adam Keith paired with Toby Robinson (Cornwall) managed to edge the win by three shots from Devon players Neil Keen and Stuart Pears, who hit great form as they edged the pairing of Devon’s Dan James and Richie Morton (Coventry). The ladies’ event was won by the Cornish duo Angelee Robinson and Beth Willshaw and Somerset’s Over-45 pairing of Peter Salisbury and Alan Clydesdale proving to be the ones to beat in their section.

The individual score from the pairs was added to the singles round to create a 36-hole final score for each player and everyone pushed hard to get a podium spot with only two shots separating the top seven singles scores after the final 18 holes.

In the ladies’ bracket, it was Beth Willshaw who edged pairs partner Angelee Robinson for the win, and Alan Clydesdale proved too strong for his pairs partner Peter Salisbury to take the win in the Over-45 category.

The Open bracket could not have been much closer with just nine shots between the top seven players after 36 holes!

Biggest swing score of the day went to Kye Yabsley of Bodywise Gym, with a remarkable 11 shot swing over the two rounds. Adam Keith managed to hold on to take first place from a resurgent Stuart Pears, whilst Dan James and Toby Robinson needed a shoot out to separate them, with James holding his nerve to birdie the playoff hole to secure third place.

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