The British Speedgolf Committee brings together a broad range of age and experience that will help us evolve and deliver our vision for Speedgolf in Great Britain. In the coming weeks, we will publish more on that and how others may step up to play an active role in making Speedgolf accessible to a much wider community, something that we all want to nurture and develop for the sport we love.
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Bio for Pam Painter
Co-Founder of British Speedgolf and MD. Pam has been at the forefront of British Speedgolf since its inception and successfully introduced a number of groundbreaking innovations ensuring the sports continued evolvement. These include introducing the running start and indeed finish, synonymous with The British Speedgolf Open now used at many other National and International Speedgolf Events. She was also the first to introduce a specific Women’s category at a national Speedgolf event and introduce a dedicated Speedgolf Pairs Championship. Pam represents British Speedgolf as one of the founding members of the International Speedgolf Alliance (ISGA) aimed at bringing the International Speedgolf community together and help the growth of Speedgolf globally. An advocate of golf, but an industry outsider has allowed Pam to question some of the conventional aspects of golf, firmly positioning Speedgolf as a complimentary format that introduces a fitness element, is fast and also importantly a lot of fun.
Bio for Chris Benians
Reigning British Speedgolf champion, Chris retained his Championship title from his win in 2017. Chris is a former European Tour player and PGA Pro. He came third in this year’s World Speedgolf Championships and had the lowest 18 hole Speedgolf round in this year’s US Speedgolf Open; shooting an impressive 3 under PAR in just over 49 minutes. Chris has a forensic approach to Speedgolf and since his first World Championship foray in 2016, he has worked hard on his fitness to bring down his time to match his golf accuracy. His approach, which demonstrates the performance benefits of finding a rhythm and flow when playing Speedgolf, has established a consistency few around the globe can match. Chris brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the committee from his tournament experience to working in golf at the frontline teaching and coaching those with a broad range of ages and golf abilities.
Bio for Luke Willet
Luke aka ‘The Iron Golfer’ starting playing Speedgolf mid way through arguably golf’s most stamina sapping series of golfing adventures. After climbing the UK’s highest mountain’s, cycling the width of our country, swimming England’s deepest glacial lake, and then running 60 miles along the River Thames with golf clubs, (to name a few) Luke found himself asking what next? At this time members from Hampstead Golf Club, London started asking when Luke would give speedgolf a go. In Lukes words “It was the first time I heard of the format and after a little research I knew the format was for me, the runners high, mixed with the pleasures of golf”. Luke is a uniquely dedicated and experienced golf professional inspiring and teaching people to become their best selves.