Bridlington to host first UK Footgolf Championships
Bridlington is to host the first ever UK Footgolf Open Championships this summer.
The first prize money Footgolf tournament will be held on June 22, and 23.
The two-day tournament will be a first for the sport and also the largest competition ever held.
International players from across Europe will descend on the east coast to compete against the best home grown talent, aiming to be crowned UK Open Champion.
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The sport is already played in various countries across the globe with the first tournaments being held in the Netherlands in 2009.
Competitions started in the UK in 2012 but have quickly grown, making England and the UK one of the biggest Footgolf playing nations.
Bridlington Links Golf Course will be hosting the event which will have a prize fund of £2,500, with a cash prize of £1,000 going to the overall winner.
Similar to golf, the intent is to introduce a football into a hole with the foot, in the least number of strokes possible.
UK Footgolf president and event organiser Mike O'Connor said: "We were planning to have an international competition at one of the UK courses in 2013, so when East Yorkshire Events contacted us about holding a major competition in the East Riding I jumped at the chance.
"I think it's great for local business and tourism to hold an event like this here, bringing people from across the country and around the world to Bridlington, who otherwise would probably never visit.
"Our opening tournament attracted players from all over the UK and even a team from Hungary. The UK Open Championship in June raises the bar even further and we have already sold tickets to players from Holland, Belgium and Hungary, with inquiries from as far away as Italy, USA and Argentina.
Players of all abilities are invited to take part in the competition and all participants will get to play the course on both days.
The lowest combined individual score will take home the £1000 first prize with the top ten players sharing other cash and assorted prizes.
Kieran Lawry, from East Yorkshire Events, said: "We are delighted that, after a lot of negotiating with UK Footgolf, we are bringing yet another world class event to Bridlington."
Details on how to enter the competition, where you can play FootGolf, and how to get involved in the sport are all available at www.footgolfengland.co.uk