‘FootGolf’ Tournament At Mallard Landing Golf Course Saturday To Benefit LEOSA
By Alan Zlotorzynski // June 24, 2016
1 p.m. KICKOFF at Mallard Landing
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Perhaps no other sport is as hot in the local area or even the United States as soccer is at the moment.
When you look at the success of Orlando City, Orlando City B and Team USA, the game once thought of as only something we played as kids growing up is now reaching fever pitch popularity.
Now toss in a sport most of us aren’t very good at but love playing whenever we find four hours of free time in golf and you have “FootGolf.”
If you don’t like the running aspect of soccer but love the concept, this could be your next favorite leisure sport to play.
The game of FootGolf is described as a precision sport where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. Its name is a portmanteau of “football,” what the sport of soccer is called on the pitch across the pond and “golf.”
The game combines the two sports, being more closely related to golf.
On Saturday at Mallard Landing Golf course, former Eau Gallie High Soccer player, TJ McMahan and Brevard County Deputy, Stephen Fernez have organized a fundraising event to benefit the LEOSA.
ABOVE VIDEO: What is LEOSA and what are they all about. (LESOA Video)
Started in 2011, LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer Surfing Association) is an organization built on its love for surfing and run daily for the continued education of teenagers on the dangers of drugs, specifically, prescription painkillers.
LEOSA teaches a free in-depth drug awareness class to school students aged 13 to 18 years of age.
This program has been taught in public schools, private schools, boy scout troops, church youth groups, and various other civic groups. The course is taught by certified law enforcement officers who are certified instructors by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
LEOSA believes that a healthy activity such as surfing or footgolf is a great way to keep teens on track so they have monthly surf days where we meet with with teens for a fun day of surfing and fellowship.
All proceeds from the sales of LEOSA gear help keep Drug Awareness Programs free for schools and it is important to remember that LEOSA utilizes a “Prevention not Reaction” approach to drug abuse by using education to stop a problem before it starts.
For Saturday’s event at Mallard Lakes Golf Course, turf shoes or flats shoes, but please no cleats. Like golf, you must provide your own leg and ball.
Tee off time is at 1 p.m. so be there by at least 12:30 p.m. to sign-in and warm up.
There are no golf carts allowed, you can rent one if you want, but most will walk the course. Recommend wear is your best plaid shorts, argyle socks and polo you can find.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the LEOSA Organization.
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The origins of footgolf are unclear. The first origins can be traced to 2006 and the first nine-hole footgolf tournament on a golf course, and played as the sport is known today, was organized in the Netherlands in 2008.
In the spring of 2015 the National Golf Courses Owners Association (NGCOA) recognized the American FootGolf eague (AFGL) as the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the U.S.
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