Chris Benians successfully defends his British Speedgolf Champion title
Chris Benians successfully defended his title as British Speedgolf Champion at Piltdown Golf Club in East Sussex. Held over 18 holes, he shot 80 and completed his round in 43 minutes. For those unfamiliar with Speedgolf, competitors add their gross score to the time it takes to play a full round of 18 holes. It’s a relatively new sport in the UK, but territories across the globe are evolving as interest in the sport gains momentum.
Reflecting on his win, Chris commented: “It was a bit of a struggle on the greens at Piltdown, as double-cutting meant they were running extremely fast. Not ideal for putting one-handed (Speedgolfers typically carry their clubs with one hand while putting, to save valuable seconds), with my heart jumping out of my chest. However I was delighted to get round in under 44 minutes, which proved good enough.”
A former European Tour player, Chris is now channelling his efforts into his full-time coaching role at Richmond Park Golf Course. While he is proud of retaining his title of British Champion, his eyes are now set on becoming the new World Champion. Despite recent surgery for a double-hernia, Chris is now ramping up his intensive training to compete at this month’s ISGA World Cup & Speedgolf World Championship held in New York. Chris continues: “I am really looking forward to the World Championships at Turning Stone Resort and I feel like I have a great chance this year.”
You can follow Chris’ progress and results on Twitter: @speedgolfchris