International visitors took the honours at the first UK Open Footgolf Championship at Bridlington Links. The title went to Simon Wetzel of the Netherlands, who narrowly beat Hungarian Gabor Gelencser and Christian Otero from Argentina.
Despite suffering a deluge of torrential rain on the final day’s play the inaugural championship, supported by East Yorkshire Events, has been hailed by organisers and players as an enormous success, firmly establishing East Yorkshire as one of the world’s leading locations for the growing sport.
Over 100 competitors from across the globe competed at the Bridlington Links for the sport’s first cash prize fund, with the title eventually going to Wetzel.
Despite a great number of entrants from all across the UK, it was the overseas players who faired better in the testing conditions.
UK Footgolf Association president Michael O’Connor said: “I could not have hoped for a better turnout for the first ever UK Open and am delighted that Bridlington played host to champions from all over the world.
“It highlights the appeal of the sport that players travelled from four separate continents just to take part.
“The tournament was very competitive and the standard of play extremely high despite the atrocious weather, but as always in our sport the camaraderie, humour and good nature were very much on show.
“The feedback from the players has been brilliant and I know that everyone who took part had a fantastic time. I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the sponsors that supported the event, the effort and contributions from Bridlington Rotary Club, Bridlington Lions Club, and the many family and friends who added to the success of the weekend.”
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 one of the biggest Footgolf-playing nations.