New York Speedgolf Open will tee off at Rome CC

Published Aug 16, 2016 at 4:00pm

The Rome Country Club will be hosting the inaugural New York Speedgolf Open on Aug. 29.

The first tee time is set for 8:30 a.m., with the next golfers teeing off in five-minute intervals. The New York Speed Golf Open is an official stop on the Speedgolf International Tour.

Players of any skill can compete in the event, and can choose to play nine holes or the entire 18-hole course.

In the 18-hole professional division, golfers will play the entire 6,400- yard par 72 Rome Country Club course from the white tees. For those golfers playing nine, they will be playing the front nine with the men teeing off from the gold tees and the women teeing off from the red. Scoring will be scored as regular golf is scored with the time of completion of the course added onto the score.

The Rome CC’s Wes Cupp began getting into the event in 2014 in Richmond, Va. when he played his first Speedgolf event. “I loved instantly how it turned a great game into a great sport,” Cupp said.

In October 2014, Cupp played in the World Championships in Bandon Dunes, Ore., where he finished 10th in the professional field.

This past season, Cupp played in the World Championship again at the Glen Club in Chicago. This season, he has ambitions to finish within the top five.

Cupp’s wife Lauren also plays as she earned herself a second place finish in the past two World Championships in the Women’s Amateur division.

Professional Speedgolfers from all across the country including golfers from Houston, Texas, Golden, Colorado, Raleigh, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Indiana, Springfield, Missouri, and Lebanon, New Jersey.

“We have about a dozen pros from across the country entered already,” Cupp said. “We would love to add some amateur players from the local area who will play in their own division. Exposing as many people to the game either by watching the pros tackle to course or by trying it themselves is our goal. It really is like nothing else you have ever seen.”

This will be the first Speedgolf event held in the Northeast. The closest events have been held in Virginia and Chicago. “It is much more popular on the West Coast, as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom,” Cupp said. “This event at our club is something I needed to do to continue to promote the sport.”

For more information about the Rome Country Club event, call 404-1524 or email romecountryclub@hotmail.com.