Sodeyama placed 2nd in Japan Speed Golf Championships
The 5-time WDGC player Tetsuro Sodeyama won a 2nd place at the 2nd Japan Speed Golf Championships! He participated in the event on September 21, 2014. His 18-hole score was 82 in the time of 0:57:25 for the final score of 139:25. The champion scored 79 in the time of 0:51:09 for the final score of 130:09 and will represent Japan at the 2014 Speed Golf World Championships in Oregon, USA. If Tetsuro had won the championships, he would have won a free ticket to the 2014 WSGC. Tetsuro is content with his 2nd place prize and will learn from this experience. Congratulations, Tetsuro!
What is Speed Golf? The new sport is also known as Extreme Golf, Fast Golf, and Hit and Run Golf. The sport involves playing a round of golf in the lowest possible sum strokes and time (in minutes). Time starts when the ball is hit first time at the first hole and ends when the ball hits the hole at the last hole — depending on tournament format, a 9-hole or an 18-hole tournament.
Speed Golf Rules Rules and etiquette are generally the same for speed golf and regular golf with minor exceptions.
- In the interest of time, a golfer is allowed to putt with the flagstick left in the hole.
- Unless otherwise told by a tournament committee, speed golfers are expected to rake bunkers, fix ball marks and conform to normal golf course dress code, although most speed golfers will wear running shoes instead of golf shoes.
- In the case of a lost ball or one that is hit out of bounds, players are permitted to play it like a lateral hazard because it was thought to be too severe of a penalty to have to also be penalized the additional time to run back to where the original shot was played.
- Aside from the normal 14-club maximum, there is no rule about how many clubs a player is allowed to bring. However, players typically carry 4–7 clubs.
Note: Yumi Sodeyama, Tetsuro’s wife, noted that there were scorers at each hole to help record each player’s score – they were entered into the computer. Normally, players keep scores themselves; but not in the tournament. Players start off one at a time interval (a few minutes part).