2020 United States Speedgolf Championships
Spring Valley Country Club | Salem, WI | October 10-11, 2020
2020 National Champions
Scott Dawley | Courtney White | Adam Mannetter(a)
No slow play here: Speedgolf USA founder cards a 75 in 43 minutes, 21 seconds to win the national championship at Spring Valley
In 2016, Dawley founded Speedgolf USA, which grew from seven events in 2017 to nine in 2018 to 12 in 2019. And on Sunday, he won his organization’s flagship event, the 2020 U.S. Speedgolf Championships, at Spring Valley Country Club.
“It feels really good,” he said. “I started Speedgolf USA, I started this tradition. I put out a post on social media where I said, ‘I bought this trophy, but I don’t own it. It belongs to history. We’re building a history with this sport.’ I bought the trophy but I wanted my name on it. It’s important to me.”
Dawley, 42, the national runner-up last year, entered the final round of the 36-hole tournament in third place. But he made up ground on the leaders by running the 18 holes – a distance of 4.35 miles – in 43 minutes 21 seconds while shooting a 5-over 75. That gave him a total score of 118:21 (43:21 plus 75) and a two-day total of 243:24.
Wes Cup of Rome, N.Y., finished second in 244:51 and first-round leader Jason Hawkins of Prospect, Ky., slipped to third place in 251:57. Hawkins, the defending national champion, shot a 78 in 43:40 on Saturday but slipped to an 86 in 44:18 in the final round.
Spring Valley stepped up to host the national championships just weeks after the event, originally scheduled to be held at the Bing Maloney Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif., was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions in California.Twenty competitors entered the 36-hole open competition, but there also were divisions for women, seniors and amateurs. Courtney White won her 2nd consecutive national championship, while Gary Sobczak won his first senior division national championship, and local Speedgolfer Adam Mannetter brought home the amateur division title. There also was an 18-hole division, which was won by Michael Lewis from the Chicago area.
Spring Valley Country Club | Salem, Wisconsin
18 Hole Course Layout
Par – 70 | 6,124 yds | 69.0 rating | 117 slope
Timepar – 46:00 | Speedgolf Par – 116:00 | Par Pace – 170 yds/min
Par – 70 | 5,968 yds | 68.3 rating | 115 slope
Timepar – 55:00 | Speedgolf Par – 125:00 | Par Pace – 140 yds/min
Par – 70 | 5,135 yds | 68.9 rating | 113 slope
Timepar – 59:00 | Speedgolf Par – 129:00 | Par Pace – 120 yds/min
Total Distance – 7,622 yds | 4.35 mi | 8.0 km
Total Transitions – 1,568 yds | 0.90 mi | 1.4 km
Elevation Gain – 73 ft | 22m
Official Championship Pin Sheet
Speedgolf USA | ISGA
A) General Rules
The 2019 Rules Of Golf govern Speedgolf USA competitions generally.
Many of the additional regulations governing Speedgolf competition have been incorporated into the Official Rules in 2019 - like keeping the flagstick in when putting.
Even better - 30% of the Rules have been completely eliminated, simplifying adherence and streamlining pace of play!
B) Local Rules
Specific rules in effect for Speedgolf USA competitions.
C) Timing Standards
Speedgolf USA employs redundant timing procedures
A combination of manual and electronic scoring ensures accurate and verifiable start & finish times and includes:
D) Equipment Policy
Must be USGA conforming. How players carry equipment is unregulated.
Speedgolf USA stands with golf's governing bodies in its commitment to ensuring fair and equitable play. One important and strategic aspect of Speedgolf we do not regulate in competition is the manner by which players carry their equipment.
We've seen this hands off approach lead to the development, testing and assimilation of new methods and concepts aimed at reducing total carry weight, increasing forward motion efficiency, and improving overall pace of play.
2019 United States Speedgolf Championships
Blackhorse Golf Club – South | Cypress, TX | September 29-30, 2019
2019 National Champions
Jason Hawkins | Courtney White | Brian Noble(a)
2019 - US Nationals Return to Houston
After a successful 2018 championship in upstate New York - followed immediately by the Speedgolf World Championships and ISGA Team World Cup, Speedgolf USA brought the national championship back to its inaugural host city of Houston, Texas for the 3rd annual competition.Inclement weather always seems to play a significant role in the national championship. In 2017 competitors dealt with a 2-hour frost delay at the Golf Club of Houston, followed by a heat advisory just a few hours later. In 2018, participants trudged through the rain drenched fairways of Rome Country Club as the windchill dropped well below 40 degrees. 2019 may have been the most extreme. as Speedgolfers at Blackhorse Golf Club were met with historic highs during the afternoon Round 1 tee times. The heat index broke 100 degrees during play, forcing several players to withdraw.
This was also the first year the national championship moved to a 36 hole, 2-day format. After round 1, two players at the top of the men's leaderboard were separated by a mere 31 seconds. Overnight leader Jason Hawkins turned in his second round score and waited for Scott Dawley to complete his round. As they congratulated each other off the side of 18 green, scores were tallied. Dawley had made up 16 seconds on Hawk, not quite enough to overtake the overnight leader, and the tournament was decided. Hawkins had capture his first national championship title by 15 seconds over two rounds and 10+ miles of play.
2018 Final Leaderboard
2018 US SPEEDGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rome Country Club | Rome, New York
Saturday, October 13th
2018 National Champions
Wes Cupp | Lauren Cupp
2018 Online Tournament Guide
Course Info, Players, Leaderboard. Sponsors, Past Championships.
Everything players and fans need to know to be informed and stay up to speed – it's all here!
2018 Championship Sponsors
'The Little Beast'
Par – 72 | 6,317 yds | 70.6 rating | 127 slope
Time Par – 52:00 | Speedgolf Par – 124:00 | Par Pace – 11:49 min/mi
Par – 72 | 5,364 yds | 70.0 rating | 119 slope
Time Par – 62:00 | Speedgolf Par – 134:00 | Par Pace – 14:05 min/mi
Total Distance – 7,800 yds | 4.4 mi | 7.1 km
Total Transitions – 1,483 yds | 0.85 mi | 1.4 km
Elevation Gain – 184 ft | 56 m
Championship Finals Course Layout
1, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18
Par – 25 | 2,264 yds
Time Par – 13:00 | Speedgolf Par – 38:00 | Par Pace – 200 yds/min
Par – 25 | 1,939 yds
Time Par – 15:00 | Speedgolf Par – 40:00 | Par Pace – 150 yds/min
Championship Finals Official Scorecard
How To Win
18 Hole Qualifier
The top 4 Men will advance to the 6-Hole Shootout. In 2018, scores will be reset after the 18 hole round.
In this hole-by-hole format, players individually Speedgolf one hole at a time before moving on as a group to the next hole.
The winner of the shootout will be crowned the 2018 United States Speedgolf Champion!
2017 United States
2017 - The Inaugural US Championship
Speedgolf USA proudly joined the ranks of other prominent National SpeedGolf Organizations (NSGO's) around the world hosting a Speedgolf national championship in 2017: including Speedgolf Australia, New Zealand Speedgolf, British Speedgolf, Japan Speedgolf, Speedgolf Sweden, and Speedgolf Finland.The inaugural 2017 United States Speedgolf Championships was held on Monday December 11th, with official practice rounds taking place Sunday, December 10th. A weather front passing through caused a 2-hour frost delay, yielding to record high temperatures in the afternoon.
New to competitive Speedgolf was the Men's Finals, where the top 4 qualifiers played 9 holes of Sprintgolf (hole-by-hole Speedgolf). The action was captured by Jomez Productions, and groundbreaking highlight coverage of the national championship was released in February 2018.
The Tournament Venue
The inaugural national championship was contested at the prestigious Golf Club Of Houston - Member Course. A former host course for the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open ('03-'05), this Jacobson-Hardy design required an equal amount of endurance and golf skill from the competitors. The rough was penal, the greens demanding, and the course length was fitting for a national championship track - nearly 6 miles from 1st tee to 18 green. Players from the Amateur and Women's Championship divisions averaged 92 strokes in 72 minutes. The men's championship division averaged 82 strokes in 58 minutes. Mack McLain and Lauren Cupp set the pace in 2017 and became the first to etch their names on the national championship trophy. Larry Levinson and Brian Noble captured the Amateur and 50+ division awards.
Come be a part of Speedgolf history at the 2018 United States SpeedGolf Championships.
The Marquee Field
SpeedGolf USA attracted the strongest field in professional Speedgolf in 2017, 6 of the top 10, 11 of the top 20 in the men's Speedgolf Power Rankings, and 2 of the top 5 in the women's rankings were on hand to chase down the inaugural US national championship trophy. Players traveled from 4 countries and 17 US States to participate in this history-making Speedgolf event.
In addition to the championship divisions, this marquee event offered non-elites, novices and amateurs new to the sport of Speedgolf an 18 hole division including amateurs and masters (50+) flights, as well as a shorter 9-hole option.
2017 Finals Highlight Video
2017 Men's Champion – Mack McLain
Women's Champion – Lauren Cupp
2017 Official Results