Westside Christian High School senior Mark Stockamp competed in the Speedgolf World Championship tournament on Sunday, October 21, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and surprised everyone, including himself. Despite this being his first attempt at speed golfing, he swept the amateur field and earned the world championship.

Speedgolf is an exciting combination of running and golf. Speedgolfers run between golf shots on a standard 18-hole course, the goal being to shoot the lowest score in the shortest amount of time. Competitors carry their own clubs as they run during the round; no caddies or carts are allowed.

A speedgolf score is the combination of golf score and the total time it takes to complete 18 holes. For example, a golf score of 85 combined with a running time of 55 minutes produces a speedgolf score of 140.

Stockamp shot 81 in 47:29 for an aggregate score of 128:29. This was not only good enough to win the amateur championship, but was also better than any of the pro golfers scored on Sunday. Stockamp said his only goal was to keep the ball in the fairways, which led to few mistakes.

“My golf coach, Christopher Smith, holds the Speed Golf world record,” said Stockamp. “Since he knows that I enjoy both golf and running, he encouraged me to enter the tournament this year. It was a great way for me to combine these two passions. All the glory and honor goes to God for blessing me with my abilities.”

Based on his achievement in this tournament, Stockamp qualifies to play in the two-day elite tournament next year.

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