Big national FootGolf tournament at Leen Valley course

GOLF WITH A DIFFERENCE --  the new sport of FootGolf is gracing the greens of Hucknall.
GOLF WITH A DIFFERENCE -- the new sport of FootGolf is gracing the greens of Hucknall.
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Hucknall hosts the first-ever national rankings tournament in Nottinghamshire this weekend for the growing craze of FootGolf (pictured).

The new sport, which combines golf with football, has taken off around the world.

The idea is that players simply replace their golf ball with a size-five football, which they kick into a larger hole instead of using a golf club.

As featured in the Dispatch, the Leen Valley Golf Centre, off Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, held a special FootGolf taster session earlier this summer.

Now the course is staging a UK Footgolf Association (UKFGA) tournament on Sunday, kicking off at 1 pm.

It is one of several courses throughout the UK that are holding monthly rankings events to allow participants to gain points and establish who are the best players in the country. These points will then help players obtain entry into future tourneys.

Next month, the currentl leaders of the national rankings will win an all-expenses-paid trip to New York to represent the UK in the US FootGolf Open of 2014.

Says Matt Riches, business development manager of UKFGA: “FootGolf is already played in 22 countries around the world. The first tournaments were played in 2009, and the sport was introduced to the UK in 2012.

“It is proving to ba a very addictive sport, combining power and precision.”

Most of the rules coincide with those of golf. Bunkers, trees and water still have to be avoided.

Registration for Sunday’s event is from 12.30 pm.

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