Kwik Golf: New idea to speed up the game

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Thu, 16 Jun 2011

Kwik Golf: New idea to speed up the game

There's a new game in town and a Yorkshire company is hoping that it can win a national competition to generate £50,000 of funding by speeding up golf.

Leeds-based business Kwik Golf, has been short-listed for the prize and has already caught the eye of the US Professional Golfers Association (US PGA) with its high-energy six-hole form of golf, which it hopes will encourage 30,000 youngsters to take up the game at grass roots level.

Kwik Golf features teams of two players teeing off at the same time, battling against the clock to complete each hole, while picking up as few points as possible. Each second spent completing a hole costs one point and each shot costs 10 points. Partnership with the lowest points tally after six holes, wins. Players have a three minute rest between holes and the course must be completed within 45 minutes.

Short-listed in the prestigious Barclays ‘Take One Small Step’ competition, Kwik Golf is up against two other start-up businesses for the chance to win £50,000 towards developing the scheme.

The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs across Great Britain take their great ideas and turn them into reality.

Marshall Capel is driving the Kwik Golf concept and says: “ There’s a natural gap in the market. Cricket already has Kwik Cricket and tennis has Short Tennis, but there’s nothing for golf and I believe this is what the sport needs to encourage mass participation at a grass roots level.

“It breaks down a lot of the barriers to entry into golf and could be played in schools up and down the country. The USPGA has expressed a big interest in Kwik Golf and is considering rolling it out across the States. We’re very excited!

“I hope that everybody gets behind us and votes.”
 
To vote for Kwik Golf in the Barclays ‘Take One Small Step’ competition, log on to www.takeonesmallstep.co.uk or text KWIK to 62555. Voting closes at 9am on June 27.