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.”
PlusOne Sports, the founder of FlingGolf, will sponsor the Major League Lacrosse All-Star FlingGolf Invitational Tournament in Sacramento July 8, 2017.
The second annual MLL All-Star FlingGolf Invitational will award nearly $2,000 in prizes to MLL players participating in the nine-hole competition. The event will take place on Saturday, July 8 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, California.
How cool is that? Major League Lacrosse and New York Lizards Star Paul Rabil got a few FlingSticks and brought them out to Laytonsville Golf Course in Maryland for the 2nd Annual Rabil Companies Challenge: Lacrosse vs FlingGolf.
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PlusOne Sports/FlingGolf has recognized Woodstone Meadows Golf Course in McGaheysville Virginia as the 2016 FlingGolf Course of the Year. FlingGolf is the energetic new sport now played on hundreds of golf courses across the USA, Canada and internationally. WoodStone Meadows Golf Course is a part of the family-friendly Massanutten Resort.
Alex Van Alen, Founder of PlusOne Sports/FlingGolf, stated, “Brett Mowbray, the PGA Pro and Director for Golf Operations at Massanutten Resort, has developed a program at Woodstone Meadows that has become the example for other courses and resorts to emulate. He has recognized the fun, family-friendly character that FlingGolf brings to golf courses, and has made it easy for new players to enjoy the beauty and challenges of the course. It is a testament to Brett’s vision as well as Massanutten’s dedication to the enjoyment of their guests that they saw over 1600 rounds of FlingGolf played in 2016 and have seen well over 3000 rounds played since first introducing the sport.
“It has been a lot of fun seeing FlingGolf grow here”, stated Mowbray.