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Ex-Premier League footballer issues FootGolf Challenge

Ex-premier league footballer and likable TV & radio pundit Mark Bright has laid down a challenge for South Londoners – in the form of a FootGolf Challenge.

The former Crystal Palace FC legend is prepared to take on all comers at the Addington Court Golf Centre in Croydon on Sunday 7th September, in what will be the first Challenge Brighty FootGolf event at London’s first specially-designed 18-hole FootGolf course.

Bright, whose glittering footballing career saw him score 209 goals in over 500 appearances, currently holds a 10-handicap at golf.

“FootGolf is tremendous fun,” Bright enthused. “On my first 18 holes of FootGolf I scored a hole in one – which is something I haven’t done yet on the golf course! So come and Challenge Brighty – we have some great prizes to win”.

So what is FootGolf and should you go? The answer is a resounding yes. FootGolf is sweeping the nation right now, so it’s the perfect time to give it a go. The aim of the game is to kick a full-sized football into a series of 18 holes in as few shots as possible – very similar to golf.

The new sport has picked up so much attention at Addington Court CG that the club has actually incorporated its own permanent FootGolf course at the venue which runs alongside the club’s three other golf courses.

At the event in September, Bright will play one hole with each participating team. Any team that betters Brighty’s score on the day will have their name entered into a hat, drawn by Bright, to win a personalised ‘Bright 9’ Crystal Palace home replica shirt signed by the striker himself, along with other exciting prizes including signed Premier League footballs.

Any golfers that attend the event in fancy dress will also have a chance to win big, with Bright awarding prizes for sartorial elegance; if you’re the best-dressed team or best-dressed player then you could win something nice.

How to get involved

The event is open to both sexes with no age restrictions on players. It’s also a great way to introduce new players to golf who haven’t had the opportunity to get involved before. Over 150 players are expected to participate, so the event should be teeming with a full, fun atmosphere on the day.

Booking is essential for anyone who wants to be involved. Call Addington Court Golf Centre on 020 8657 0281 to claim a place in Challenge Brighty for you and your friends. Entry fee is £25 per player, and up to eight friends can play in each group.

Players will first be able to meet Bright when registering beings at 12 noon, while a large crowd is expected on the first tee for the official 1pm kick-off. Prize-giving is scheduled for 5pm.

“FootGolf is for everyone” added Bright. “It isn’t as easy as you think, even though the holes are much larger than a normal golf hole, but rest assured there’s no running or tackling!”

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