Welcome back to The Pace Of Change Golf Podcast. Over the last couple of years we have seen a vast increase in the amount of Speedgolf content available on social media and the web.
When we started the POC that wasn't the case, so we focused on 21st century innovation in the game of golf and sought to interview the game changers in and around the industry.
Now that Speedgolf has gained significant traction, we're excited for the opportunity to shift our focus primarily to the emerging sport of Speedgolf, something we are not only passionate about covering, but also actively growing.
Today we're talking with Jamie Young, the reigning 2016 Speedgolf World Champion. On April 22nd, 7 of the top 15 world ranked players, along with a handful of courageous amateurs took on Cascata Golf Course outside of Las Vegas in the inaugural Vegas Extreme Speedgolf Challenge presented by Audi Henderson.
The course played 6,200 yards from the tees, but covered nearly 7 miles in length on foot. That translates to an additional 5,000 yards of running between holes. In addition, we played at an elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level, and endured a triple digit elevation gain - almost 1,200 feet of UP from the 1st tee to the 18th green.
Needless to say it was the most grueling Speedgolf event to date, yet every single competitor finished their round!
World Ranked #1, Mack McLain took home his 3rd consecutive tournament win with an impressive run of 65 minutes, and 87 strokes.
But the real story revolves around the play of Jamie Young, who shot an mind-blowing 1 over par 73 in 84 minutes. By comparison, the next closest golf score was 81, and behind that were three 87's.
Jamie's round will go down as one of the best Speedgolf appearances in the modern history (circa 2012) of our sport. Enjoy!
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