Scotland’s FootGolf tour kicks off with local Angus tournament

Scotland’s official FootGolf Tour kicked off this weekend with the Angus Open.

It was the first event in a packed calendar which sees players battling it out at 17 different courses across three different countries.

FootGolf sees players kicking a size 5 football around courses with specially adapted holes, trying to complete the holes in the least number of shots.

Brechin Golf Club hosted an alternate shot pairs tournament on Saturday with a 36-hole singles competition on Sunday.

Players receive ranking points based on their performance at each event, and the Scotland squad for international matches is chosen from the rankings.

FootGolfers from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Fife all locked horns in the matches.

Last month Scotland narrowly lost out to Ireland at the Four Nations FootGolf event, with England and Wales, in Kilkenny.

FootGolf sees players kicking a size 5 football round golf courses with specially adapted holes, trying to complete the round in the least number of shots.

FootGolf Association of Scotland President Neil Shave, 33, said: “We are excited to start our National Tour season off at Brechin Golf Club.

“This is our second year visiting the course and it has quickly become one of the favorites for many of Scotland’s top ranked FootGolfers.

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“Players will be coming from all over country with the aim of seeing themselves at the top of the National Rankings come the end of the day on Sunday.

“We are expecting it to be a huge season for the sport in Scotland as we continue to grow.

Matthew Morgan was World No 6 in FootGolf before Covid hit.
Matthew Morgan was World No 6 in FootGolf before Covid hit.

“There is plenty to play for including all important qualification spots for the National team.”

Scotland Captain Joe McCourt, 34, added: “I’m delighted the first National Tour event is finally here.

“This year will be the biggest ever for footgolf in Scotland as we visit 17 courses over the next seven months.

“Brechin Golf Club is a spectacular place to start and I’m excited to be going back after the success of last year’s event.”

Neil, of Doune, Perthshire, will be among the favorites for the event, having won the Angus Open last year, as will 2021 National Champion Matthew Morgan, 29, of Cupar, Fife.

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