BRIDLINGTON Links will make history when it hosts the world’s biggest ever FootGolf competition.
Players from all over the globe will head to Yorkshire for the UK FootGolf Open Championships in June, which will also be the first event to offer a cash prize.
£2,500 will be up for grabs at the two-day tournament, whihc will cement Bridlington’s place as the UK’s capital of FootGolf.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens hosted Britian’s first international FootGolf competition last autumn, as the up-and-coming sport begins to gain popularity.
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 its 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, that 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 enquiries from as far away as Italy, USA and Argentina.
“The Bridlington Links course has stunning views looking out to sea and Bridlington Bay that are difficult to beat.
“It was an obvious first choice venue to host the event and we are delighted The Bridlington Links have chosen to support the competition.
“The 18-hole FootGolf course will cover ,2000 yards and finish playing over a water feature in front of the clubhouse, which is just the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude.”
The UK FootGolf Association has joined forces with the council’s East Yorkshire Events team to bring the competition to the Links on June 22 and 23.
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 £1,000 first prize with the top 10 players sharing other cash and assorted prizes. In the event of a draw there will be a closest to the pin play off to decide the competition.
Kieran Lawry from Easy 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 - ‘The Resort for Sport’.
“With FootGolf growing so quickly I am confident that the region could be recognised as a national and international centre for the sport over the next few years.
“As this is a completely new event itcould easily be won by anyone so we are urging people to get involved.
“Taking part in this exciting new sport is pretty simple and anyone can enter the competition whether they play football, golf or any other sport.”
Competition entry is £25 per player which covers playing on both days and also includes free entry into the Official UK FootGolf Open reception party at the Links Clubhouse on the Saturday evening.
Spectators will be welcomed to the event and view points will be set around the course.
The sport of FootGolf has been growing in popularity in the UK since the opening tournament in September 2012 and the UK FootGolf Association now has courses in Manchester and Bridlington holding regular national tournaments.
Courses are also opening soon in Hull, Lincoln, Huddersfield and London in the coming months, with more planned for later in 2013 and early 2014.
Similar to golf, the intent is to introduce a football into a hole with the foot, in the least amount of strokes possible.