UK Cross Golf Open 2015

Community Golf, in association with the Shoreditch Golf Club, staged the very first UK Cross Golf Open on Friday 15 May 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

With the backing of the Mayor of London and Sport England, players competed to win the Jeremy Feakes’ Memorial Trophy, title of UK Cross Golf Champions 2015 and a place in the UK Team at the European Urban Golf Cup (EUGC), held the following day (Saturday 16 May).

Hundreds of people turned out to watch, take part and experience Cross Golf in this most iconic of sporting venues. All day, golfing activities and challenges were staged across the Park and around Timber Lodge Café – Community Golf’s Hub for the two days – with everyone from PGA professionals to complete beginners trying their hand at both our unique course and taster activities.

 

The UK Cross Golf Open winners were #StopDropAndMakeA12Foota – taking the trophy with a team score of -8. From left to right, this  formidable team were James Killen, Alex Haynes and Russell Haynes.

Second place went to Gareth Sheridan, Tim Howard and Scott Pudney of YFPOFS, who play at Camberley Heath Golf Club in Surrey when they’re not swinging their clubs around the streets of London…

In joint third were Andy Wright (Regional Development Officer), Daisy Brierley (East London Golf Activator) and Brendon Pyle (Chief Executive Officer) from The Golf Foundation and Mike Cleary, Steve Beckett and Mark Cleary of Investcheck.

Investcheck kindly sponsored our events and Mark Cleary plays on the Europro Tour. The Golf Foundation team are responsible for rolling out Street Golf across the UK.

 

BBC’s Mike Bushell came down to film the UK Cross Golf and Community Golf Mini Tournament as well as try his hand at Cross Golf – I think we may have a new recruit!

Watch Mike’s report from BBC Breakfast News on Saturday 23 May:

Community Golf would like to say a huge, sincere thank you to everyone involved in these events. From our hardworking team of volunteers to our partners, sponsors and behind the scenes contributors – we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks too – to our supporters, spectators and players – these events introduced cross golf to a wider community, brought people together and shared our passion for this great game!

Photo credits: Dan Mullan and John Trigg.

“I’d encourage anyone of any age to get out and support the brilliant work of Community Golf with your cash and/or time. Future generations of happy golfers will surely thank you for it.”

Russell Haynes

Winner of UK Cross Golf Open 2015