In early May, Will Manny, the Captain of Major League Lacrosse' Boston Cannons brought some of his teammates to play FlingGolf near Boston on the Friday between wins over the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rochester Rattlers. Manny, the MLL scoring leader, has picked up the sport, which crosses over two other sports he plays. "As soon as I picked up the FlingStick, I knew that this sport rocked. I’m able to combine two sports I love – lacrosse and golf – and have a blast out on the golf course", said Manny who is also an avid golfer. "I grab some friends and even if they aren’t big golfers, we still have a great time trying to outdo each other."
The Cannons were joined by Alex Van Alen, the founder of FlingGolf, which developed the patented FlingStick, as well as the sport. "It is so cool to see these professional athletes pick up the FlingStick, and within minutes be bombing a golf ball well over 200 yards down the middle of the fairway. And not only that, picking up the nuances to get the ball on the green and in the hole. The great thing is that we see young players getting out on the course, and they are also able to play the sport within minutes."
FlingGolf is already being played on hundreds of courses across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and growing daily. Because it is so easy to start, is played with a golf ball on a golf course, and even in the same foursome as golfers, course owners are signing on daily to allow the new sport. Golfers are bringing out their non-golfing kids and friends to play right alongside them. In a grassroots effort, players, youth lacrosse teams and others are contacting their local courses to introduce the young sport.
Keith Miller, the CEO of Montgomery County Golf (MD), which operates 9 courses in the DC/Baltimore area, has two sons and a daughter who play lacrosse. “Lacrosse has seen a significant increase in participation from younger players over the last decade. We are excited about the potential of FlingGolf, because it is relatively easy to learn, and it can be played in the same foursome as golfers. There is a real synergy between golf and FlingGolf which is exciting, especially around here where lacrosse is so prevalent. Players are welcome at any of our courses.”
In its December issue, PGA Magazine details how one PGA Pro in Virginia has filled empty tee times and generated significant revenue by introducing FlingGolf to new young players and families.
He did it all with just 24 FlingSticks and an emphasis on fun.