Eurpean Urban Golf Cup 2015 (EUGC)
Following the huge success of the Community Golf Mini Tournament and UK Cross Golf Open and on the Friday, the Community Golf Events Team went on to host the European Urban Golf Cup 2015 on Saturday 16 May.
After months of planning and preparation, it was truly fantastic to see 111 players from ten European nations descend on the Olympic Park to take part in the biggest and best EUGC yet, London 2015.
Teams of three took on a 14-hole course that stretched across the Olympic Park – covering a square mile of London – from the Lee Valley VeloPark in the north to the former Athletes’ Village (now renamed East Village) to the iconic Olympic Stadium in the south.
Formats from betterball, scramble, greensomes, individual through to skills challenges were all designed to test each players and team’s accuracy and flair!
The top two winning teams from the UK Cross Golf Open were sadly unable to play on the Saturday – they hadn’t expected to come top so had booked their tickets home! As runners up, the Shoreditch Golf Club and Rich’s Community Golf team stepped in and joined the Golf Foundation and InvestCheck to represent Team UK in this epic European event.
Our formidable group of players that comprised Team UK were:
- Daisy Brierley, Stuart Payne and Andy Wright from the Golf Foundation
- Steve Beckett, Mark Cleary, Mike Cleary from InvestCheck
- Nigel Feakes, Will Hickey and Will Kavanagh from Shoreditch Golf Club
- Canice Screene, Christal Sirdine and Richard Shaw from Community Golf
The English weather surprised everyone with the whole day spent under the bluest skies London had seen in a long time. Our European cousins not only brought their own style and sense of fun to the occasion, they also packed some sun too! The Community Golf umbrellas made an appearance, but only as sunshades.
Photo credit: URBANGOLF.nl
The EUGC kicked off with a shotgun start allowing all players to begin in unison. The fiercely fought competition lasted all day with competitive banter exchanged at every opportunity. Each group of players contained three countries to ignite new friendships as well as fighting talk!
Photo credit: URBANGOLF.nl
In the end, France were crowned the worthy winners, just pipping the UK to the title of 2015 Champions. The German team had to be content with third place instead of the third star they had hoped to snaffle for their shirts.
The full and final results were:
- France: 189
- UK: 203
- Germany: 217
- Switzerland: 219
- Czech Republic: 221
- Netherlands: 237
- Belgium: 261
- Ireland: 268
- Luxembourg: 270
- Hungary: 274
A special mention has to go to the top individual player, Guillaume Le Mével from France, who had a Rory-sized -7 lead on his competitors with 21 points! Incroyable! (The average individual score for a player was 42.)
As well as the EUGC page on Facebook, some of the teams competing have their own albums that capture the day perfectly. Check out:
EUGC 2016 will be held in the Netherlands next year and the Community Golf team can’t wait to see the rest of the EUGC family again!
The After Party at EastTwenty Bar and Kitchen was a perfect opportunity for everyone to relax and unwind over a beer or three, after a highly successful two days of cross golf.
For photos from the whole day including the highly enjoyable, if slightly messy after party, visit the Community Golf facebook photo album.
The Community Golf team would like to thank everyone who was involved in making these events happen. From our hardworking team of volunteers to our partners, sponsors and players, the behind the scenes contributors most of whom worked above and beyond the call of duty, just for the love of the game and to support Community Golf’s aims.
With the help of some great weather, we were given the ideal opportunity to introduce cross golf to a wider community, bring people together and share in our love of the great sport in all its forms.
If you’d like to find out more about how you and/or your organisation can take part in future Community Golf activities and events, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.