Sysonby Acres bids for FootGolf league after successful national finals

Tee off time at the national club league finals EMN-171019-130729002
Tee off time at the national club league finals EMN-171019-130729002
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Sysonby Acres is looking to launch its own FootGolf Winter League after the Melton course successfully hosted the finals of the inaugural National FootGolf Club League.

More than 150 players took to the fairways of the Melton venue representing 16 clubs from all around the UK, all vying to be crowned the first-ever National Club League champions.

Sean Warrington lines up a shot for runners-up Gatwick EMN-171019-130740002

Sean Warrington lines up a shot for runners-up Gatwick EMN-171019-130740002

The 2,257-yard par 67 course was in great condition for the strokeplay event with clubs initially trying to make it into the top eight and qualify for the quarter-finals.

With the scores coming in thick and fast, the eight teams to be eliminated were Cumbernauld, The Shropshire, South Essex, Redhill, Delapre, Team Oakmere, Tea Green and Abbey View.

The last eight was matchplay foursomes which saw Styal, Cambridge, Gatwick and Edwalton make it through at the expense of Richings Park, Bovey, Dyffryn Clwyd and Princes Park respectively.

Styal and Edwalton locked horns in the first semi-final, where Edwalton sent the Cheshire outfit packing by three holes to none.

Charlie Arthur lines up his shot to the green for Cambridge during their semi-final EMN-171019-130751002

Charlie Arthur lines up his shot to the green for Cambridge during their semi-final EMN-171019-130751002

Gatwick took an early lead in the other semi, and Cambridge were left to rue a golden chance at the third hole as their Sussex opponents moved into the final with a 2-1 victory.

Gatwick were then quickest out of the blocks in the final, putting the first point on the board at hole one, but Edwalton took both available points at the second to move 2-1 in front.

At hole three a stunning birdie levelled the match, but Edwalton replied with their own to restore their lead at 3-2.

Gatwick missed two birdie putts at the next, leaving Edwalton with a one-shot lead going into the last.

A superb approach from Nick Iron set Dave Neathey for par to level the match at 3-3, but Adam Parkinson made no mistake from three metres to seal a 4-3 victory for the Nottinghamshire club.

* For more information about Sysonby Acres FootGolf league, email toby@sysonbyacres.co.uk or send a message via the Sysonby Acres Facebook page.