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Golf with a twist! Speedgolf has taken one local athlete all over the world

Rome Country Club owner, Wes Cupp and his wife Lauren, learned about Speedgolf five years ago. Since then they have mastered the sport, getting to travel all over the world to compete.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 11:29 PM

"It's about almost 5 miles out there, to do 18 holes while you're lugging around golf clubs trying to play reasonable golf at the same time."

Speedgolf has brought Wes Cupp all over the world.

"It's been amazing," said Cupp. "I mean the last 5 years we've gone from just figuring out what the sport is to being able to travel all over. We've been all over the states to England, New Zealand, South Korea. We'll be back to England and France this summer then Japan this fall. It's been quite the wild ride."

Cupp says running makes a huge difference in improving his golf game.

"Playing golf quickly, you'd be amazed at how well you play. Actually might play better running with 5 clubs than I do in four and a half hours with all 14 clubs. I just don't think as much, it's more natural, its more instinctual. A lot of times you don't get in your own way like you do with golf."

His wife Lauren is just as talented on the green.

"Yeah Lauren is amazing. She's really the athlete of the family. I'm just here to pretend," added Cupp. "This past year Lauren and I both won the US Championships at the same time which was amazing. She kinda won it in style and I had to scratch and claw my way at the last second to win one at the last gasp which was really exciting and she also added a world title to her belt."

This sport is a variant of golf which scores both on strokes played and time taken to complete the round.

"Yeah you play golf with a time element, so you play the best golf you can but you're going as quickly as you can so you have to figure out your breathing and running quickly but yet trying to at least find motor skills at the same time so its kinda like the biathlon of the Winter Olympics."

The Rome Country Club will host its annual speed golf tournament this summer.

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