Our Committee

 

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.

Click on the photos below for our Committee Bios

 Pam Painter

Pam Painter

Chris Benians

Chris Benians

Mariette Hilborne

Mariette Hilborne

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 3rd 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 Mariette Hilborne

Mariette brings an athletics background to the committee as a former French National team Pole vaulter. Mariette stumbled across Speedgolf and loves it with a passion and enthusiasm that is truly inspirational. Having only played golf for 2 ½ years she has worked hard on her golf game which is now paying dividends. Mariette came 4th in the women’s event at the Speedgolf World Championships producing a personal best under the pressure of tournament conditions.  Mariette was awarded ‘Speedgolf Player of the Year’ in 2018, the first of its kind to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to help grow the sport.  Mariette has already done great work inspiring other women to try the sport. She is a busy career women and a  mum of two, who has a hectic international business schedule, living proof that you can still find the time to play golf when you Speedgolf.
 George Boxall

George Boxall

Steve Jeffs

Steve Jeffs

 

 

If you are passionate about taking a leading role in helping British Speedgolf we have more support roles to fill. We have a great variety of talent within our ranks so don’t be shy to approach us

Bio for George Boxall

George Boxall exemplifies the camaraderie and spirit of Speedgolf. George is in his late twenties and has been playing Speedgolf since 2015. He is a low handicap golfer who has helped take Speedgolf to another level. George has earned a Top 3 placing in the last four British Open Speedgolf Championships, only being beaten by PGA Pros. In 2018, he attained his 1st championship title in the Inaugural British Speedgolf Pairs Championship with PGA Partner Tom Roberts. George also came 2nd in last year’s US Open, achieving the lowest score in the 18 hole round and this year produced the fastest round in the same event.  George, despite his young years, embodies the spirit and camaraderie of Speedgolf, always keen to share his knowledge and encourage others to give Speedgolf a go, whatever their ability and is simply a thoroughly nice bloke as anyone who has met him will testify. Outside of Speedgolf, George enjoys some competitive amateur golf and he has also attained recognition as a Guinness World Record holder for a golf endurance challenge with friend and PGA Pro Jay Kelly.

Bio for Steve Jeffs

A Speedgolf pioneer since the very first test event back in 2014, Steve took a leap of faith and entered to compete in the Inaugural British Speedgolf Championships and was completely hooked.  As an enthusiastic amateur golfer and PE Teacher, Steve was intrigued with this sport combining golf with running. He soon discovered that Speedgolf was a great vehicle for fitness, as well as weight loss and to his surprise he also found that contrary to expectations, Speedgolf actually improved his golf game, enabling him to reduce his handicap for golf! Steve always likes a challenge and travelled to Chicago in 2016 to compete in the World Speedgolf Championships. This inspired him to set himself a massive personal goal of setting a Guinness World Record for the fastest hole of golf.  He succeeded in 2017 by completing a 500-yard par-five hole in just 1 min 50.6 sec. As well as setting a bar for others to challenge, Steve successfully demonstrated the possibilities of a ‘hole in run’ and firmly put Speedgolf in the spotlight.