Robin Barton captured the 2019 Suffolk Open Footgolf Trophy with a marvellous score of 49 (9 under par). This was the same winning score as last year and was good enough to win by one from Dan Ferretti and Roman Barton who both scored 50 (8 under par). In 4th place was last year winner Darren Wheat who put up a good defence of his title.
Robin is a regular player on the ECFGT Tour and is from Cambridge FootGolf Club. He attends all the events with his two sons, Roman and Milo. Roman, who is 13, won the Suffolk Open Junior Trophy and finished 2nd in the overall event.
This is the 4th year that Stonham Barns Footgolf have hosted the Suffolk Open and with a turn out of just under 60 players the event was well supported.
The Eastern Counties Footgolf Tour (ECFGT) is a not for profit organisation that organises footgolf events for all skill levels to promote the game of footgolf in the Eastern Region. For a list of all the events this year go to their Facebook page @ECFootgolfTour.
Watch the Stonham Barns Golf Park's story of the opening of our Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf as reported by the local media, East Anglian Daily Times.
The new pirate-themed adventure golf course presents a fun exciting challenge for all ages, which will offer participants the chance to dodge the volcano, navigate around the water falls, go inside the treasure cave and try to avoid the shipwrecks.
Tony Dobson, the owner of the Golf Park, said: “I have been here at Stonham Barns for 20 years and it’s always been my dream to build this kind of golfing facility where families and children can enjoy different types of golf in a fun, friendly environment. Golf is such a great game and I have always done what I can to encourage more people into the game. The Smugglers Bay adventure golf, together with the other seven golfing facilities, have all received a really positive reaction from customers and hopefully we have been able to make golf more enjoyable and accessible to more people.”
Go along and have some fun on the newest Adventure Golf Putting in Suffolk. For more details and offers go to www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
14 Year Old Alexandra Rock from Czech Republic claimed the Stonham Barns Players Championship Trophy for the third time in as many years. With an excellent score of 32 (3 over par) Alex who lives in Prague and is a member of Podebrady Golf Club became the only person over the 18 years history of the event to achieve three wins.
In the age categories 11 year old Ethan Lewin from Stonham Barns won the Under 12's with his brother Kyran in 2nd place. The Under 10 category was won by Beatrice Meadows from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club with Ted Hopkins in 2nd place.
The Stonham Junior Players Championship in the last of eight tournaments each year and only players that have played in at least one event are invited to play. This junior tournament was first played at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since. Over 500 juniors have played in the event over the years with some previous winners going on to become county players and even England internationals. In addition to rewarding the winners one of the main aims of these events is to encourage players of all standards to come along, have fun and enjoy playing some competitive golf.
This year the event was played using Big HOLE Golf which uses larger 8 inch golf holes. This concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf – Quicker Rounds - Makes Golf Fun - Have Less Putts. Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to Big Hole Golf and the feedback from all the players has been great. For more information on Big HOLE Golf kits contact 01449 711545 or visit www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
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Golf-mad kids will be mimicking their Ryder Cup heroes as they embark on a golfing treasure hunt challenge over the next few days.
To celebrate the bi-annual Europe-USA golfing competition, junior golfers at Stonham Barns Golf Park are being challenged to participate in 'The Pirates Ryder Cup' and locate four of the competition trophies around the Smugglers Bays Adventure Golf Course and win a selection of treasure prizes.
The Stonham Barns golf centre is the only one in the UK to offer visitors a record eight separate golfing attractions, including footgolf, golfing simulators, darts golf, pirate-themed adventure golf and others, all in one place.
Tony Dobson, the venue's owner, said: 'The golfing world becomes completely preoccupied with the Ryder Cup when it is on and we are no different. We will be rooting for Europe to win the trophy back and urging our youngsters who come along to do the same and find the Ryder Cup around our adventure golf course. 'Come on Europe!'
Stonham Barns Golf Park is based in the heart of Suffolk and open 7 days a week. For more information call them on 01449 711545 or visit their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk
Well done to Darren Wheat on winning the 2018 Suffolk Open Footgolf Championship held at Stonham Barns on 21st July.
With a fantastic score of 49 (9 under par), the second best score ever around the Stonham Barns course, he won by none shots. In =2nd place were Mark Winter, Richard Fenn and Callum Harris. This was the fourth playing of this tournament and this year there was a field of over 50 players from around the region. There were prizes for mens, ladies and juniors and the ladies prize was won by Michelle Scott with an score of 70 and the junior prize was won by Cole Wade again with a score of 70.
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We would like to thank the New Anglian Business Growth Scheme for their support and funding they which has enabled us to complete the Stonham Barns Golf Park.
Stonham Barns Golf Park is due to open in July 2018 and will be the first of its kind Golf Park to offer eight different golfing options which will include the following :
Stonham Barns Golf Park
Adventure Golf Putting Course - Pirate Theme
Suffolk Golf Studio - Indoor Golf
StreetGolf Driving Range - New Concept
Chip n Putt Course - Open to everyone
Mini-FootGolf Course - Open to Everyone
Golf Darts - Large inflatable Dart Board
9 Hole Golf Course
9 Hole Footgolf Course
This new Golf Park will be ideal for families, juniors and groups and will offer them a number of different fun golf activities to encourage them to start playing golf.
If anyone has any questions or would like more information on these plans please ask in the shop or call us on 01449 711545.
The New Anglia Growth Hub is part of the Business Growth Programme delivered by New Anglia LEP in partnership with Menta, Nwes, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Growth Hub is operated by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on behalf of New Anglia LEP, and supported by a range of partners, including the Federation of Small Businesses, Eastern Enterprise Hub and Norfolk and Suffolk local authorities.
STONHAM FOOTGOLF TOURNAMENTS
The Stonham Barns Footgolf Tournament Schedule for 2018. Come along and have a go at footgolf. No experience necessary to play in the tournaments. These footgolf competitions offer an opportunity to play this great new sport in a relaxed friendly environment and to meet other players.
After the great success of the last few years Stonham Barns will be hosting more Footgolf Events in 2018. Here are the dates of this year's tournaments:
Sunday 3rd June - 2pm - ENTER
Saturday 21st July - Suffolk Open - 2pm - ENTER
Sunday 5th August - 2pm - ENTER
Sunday 2nd Sept - 2pm - ENTER
Sunday 14th Oct - 2pm - ENTER
These events are great fun and everyone is welcome, Boys, Girls, Men and Ladies
Entry All Events - £10.00
Juniors U18 £7.50 / Juniors U13 £5.00
Alexandra Rock, a 13-year-old who travelled from Prague to compete, chipped and putted the final green to win the 2017 Stonham Junior Players Championship title by 3 shots and retain the title she won in 2016. Her score of even par 29 was the best score in recent years and only bettered by Alastair Hall’s score of 27 in 2003. Alex who lives in Prague, is a member of Podebrady Golf Club and amazingly now has a handicap of five. In second place was the 2015 winner, 11-year-old Charlie Goodridge from Bury St Edmunds who scored a 32 (3 over par).
The Stonham Barns Players Championship started at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since. Over 500 juniors have played in the event over the years with some previous winners going on to become county players and even England internationals. In addition to rewarding the winners one of the main aims of these events is to encourage players of all standards to come along, have fun and enjoy playing some competitive golf.
Although this event was played on a bright sunny day the winds were bitingly cold and well done to all the players for completing the 9 holes. There were four age categories and the winner of the Under 8 was Beatrice Meadows who scored a 45. The Under 10’s was won by Kieran Lewin with a score of 43. The Under 12’s was won by Charlie Goodridge with a score of 32 and the Under 15’s of course won by the overall winner Alexandra Rock.
This event was played using Big HOLE Golf which uses larger 8’ golf holes. Big HOLE Golf which was developed by Murray Blair in Australia. The concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf – QUICKER ROUNDS – MAKES GOLF FUN – HAVE LESS PUTTS. Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to Big Hole Golf and the feedback from all the players has been great, many saying how much they enjoyed the new format. Big HOLE Golf UK is based at Stonham Barns and they are promoting the use of Big HOLE Golf kits around the country. For more information call them on 01449 711545 or visit their website page www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
Every year Stonham Barns Golf organises eight junior tournaments for ages 4-15 with the aim to give juniors the opportunity to play some competitive golf from a young age in a relaxed friendly environment. More details of all Stonham Barns junior events for 2018 can be found on their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/junior-tournaments.
Henry Meadows, an 11-year-old from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, won the 2017 East Anglian Under 12 Junior Golf Championship which was held at Stonham Barns on Sunday 25th June. His score of 62 (+4 over par) was good enough for a 3 shot win over last year’s champion Charlie Goodridge. The pair played together and reversed the positions from the 2016 Championship. This was Henry’s second win in the last two years and he is still eligible to make it three next year.
The Under 10 Age Category was won by Ryan Daley, a 9-year-old from Stonham Barns and the Under 8 Age Category was won by 7-Year-Old Isaac Vesey. It was great to have five players in the Under 8 category.
Well done to all the players, some of which had not played any competitive golf before and it was great to see them complete 18 holes of golf.
This this event was held using the Big HOLE Golf concept where the holes are 8" instead of the regular holes of 4.25". Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to this new size of hole. This idea of Big HOLE Golf is to Make Golf More Fun - Have Fewer Putts - Make Golf Quicker and the juniors really enjoyed the larger holes. There were some chip ins and some great long putts holed. For more info visit the website www.bigholegolf.com
The East Anglian Under 12 Junior Golf Championship was established by Tony Dobson, the PGA Professional at Stonham Barns and has been played every year since 2001. The event, which was featured on a Channel 4 documentary in 2008, has produced some great champions and given many others the chance to enjoy playing some competitive golf at a young age in a relaxed, friendly environment.
For more information on other junior golf tournaments and junior coaching available at Stonham Barns Golf visit their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
PHOTOS OF SOME OF PLAYERS
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