Golf clubs in drive for healthy new image
Golf is under orders to transform itself into an athletic, accessible sport fit for the 21st century.
Perhaps the most controversial recommendation from the study, which was funded by the World Golf Foundation (WGF), is the wider adoption of “speedgolf”, where players aim to tackle 18 holes with the fewest number of shots and in the quickest time possible.
The Need for Speed – Speedgolf
For a long time, golf has been regarded as a slow-paced game with a lot of rules and time to invest in a single round.
Enter Speedgolf—an organization and a tournament that attempts to address this perception by introducing the element of speed. The endeavor is to make golf quicker, interesting and challenging for the competitors, all at the same time.
As the world of golf looks to speed up the game, a new type of sport evolves.
2017 US SpeedGolf Champs
FINAL 9 Highlight Coverage
Scott Dawley's Media Contributions
Here are just a few of the contributions Dawley has made on network television, broadcast radio, magazine articles, and internet podcasts talking about Speedgolf, pace of play activism, and the world of Alternative Golf Experiences.
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Growing Speedgolf USA
Accelerating pace of play for the modern day golfer.
As the number of national Speedgolf associations worldwide grew to double digits in 2015, I was determined to launch Speedgolf USA in 2016 and join the party!
Speedgolf USA has brought much needed structure to the competitive side of the sport, provided affiliated course operators the knowledge and tools needed to implement Speedgolf programs at their facilities, and committed to the development of a multi-platform tech ecosystem designed specifically for the sport of Speedgolf.
In 2018, we introduced a nationwide tournament series, released unprecedented tournament coverage of the 2017 US Speedgolf Championships, and most notably coordinated and hosted the 2018 US Championships and Speedgolf World Championships & ISGA Team World Cup.
In 2019, our attention turns to grassroots growth with the release of the Speedgolf Friendly Course Membership & Starter Kit. Our kit contains everything golf courses need to book more rounds, make more money, and grow the game with Speedgolf.
Hosting The Pace Of Change Podcast
Broadcasting the evolution of golf in the 21st century
In the next 5 to 10 years the game of Speedgolf is going to undergo some major transformations. In fact, it's already happening!
With over 100 episodes in the queue, we take pride in keeping our listeners up to speed on the latest game changing news and developments through long-form interviews with the pioneers, thought leaders, and change agents in world of Speedgolf.
All this in an effort to shed light on the ways in which golf is changing to keep pace with the demands of the modern world.
2015 Speedgolf World Championships
Record tying final round performance earns runner-up finish
The 4th annual World Championship changed venues for the first time in 2015. Leaving Bandon Dunes was a bitter pill to swallow, but the Fazio designed venue in Chicago (The Glen Club) proved to be as picturesque and perhaps more challenging than Bandon.
My goal was a win this year, so I got a coach on board and set up a 100 day training plan. In the midst of launching LinksRun, I spent 26 days of every month hammering away at my physical endurance, and honing my golf game. That translated to 100+ miles of running and 40+ hours of putting, short game, and full swing practice per month. There were lots of highs, like winning my first 10k trail race, and plenty of lows, like overtraining and physical exhaustion. Nevertheless, I entered the 36-hole championship more prepared and full of confidence than ever before.
The weather on day 1 was reminiscent of last year's championship, with cool temps and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Employing a new piece of equipment, The Silo, I finished the first round with a 78 in 51 minutes, putting me in a familiar position: 5th place, and 4 strokes behind the leader. Day 2 conditions were mild in comparison, and I knew this was my chance to mount a comeback. After a birdie on the 1st hole, and another on the 4th, I knew the day was going to be special. I finished the round with a world championship record-tying score of even par 72, in 48 minutes, and jumped 3 spots into 2nd place. My final round consisted of 6 birdies, and 1 eagle (a hole out from the fairway on a par 4), along with 2 bogeys and 3 double bogeys.
Launching LinksRun In South Texas
Trail racing on golf courses 'exceeds expectations'
On July 18th LinksRun officially launched with the first of a six event trail series. Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park was host to the inaugural event, where 150 participants braved triple digits temperatures to run, jog, and walk the pristine fairways under a beautiful South Texas sunset. In spite of the heat, everyone involved had a blast, enjoyed the unique running experience, and many had their first experience hitting golf balls on the range.
Altered Course - Expert Team Member
The Golf Channel's new groundbreaking reality competition series
Altered Course is a fast-paced series that features two-person teams competing on extraordinary hole layouts exceeding 700 yards -- while racing against time. Together with the reigning Ladies Speedgolf World Champion, Gretchen Johnson, I was hired to participate as part of an Expert Team.
This was an incredible production I'm fortunate to have been a part of, and is sure to make sports television history. Altered Course
Swing For Sight 12 Hour Speedgolf Ultra
Benefitting A Cure In Sight & The Ocular Melanoma Foundation
On April 18th, 2015 I had the privilege of participating in a unique sporting event...the first of its kind. 8 participants committed to playing the Napa Valley Golf Course at Kennedy Park nonstop for 12 hours (short breaks allowed). By the time it was over I had run over 50k while Speedgolfing 117 holes on foot.
Karl Meltzer, aka The Speedgoat, attempted to set a new world record for most holes played in 12 hours. Karl was successful, completing 229 holes of golf and shattering the old record of 221 holes, before cracking open a celebratory beer!
This event raised over $30k in much needed funds for research and fighting rare form of eye cancer, Ocular Melanoma. Swing For Sight.
Innovation For Entrepreneurs Certification
Coursera MOOC - University of Maryland
In 2015 I decided it was time to take advantage of technology and go back to school. Through online classes on Coursera, I have been able to add formal education to my years of entrepreneurial experience. I believe this is necessary, and has proven to be of great value, as I endeavor to bring positive and lasting change to the world of golf.
2015 Houston Half Marathon
Sub 90 Minute Goal - Accomplished
The Houston Half Marathon came on the heels of my first 25k trail race at Bandera the week prior. My goal was to finish 13.1 miles under 90 minutes, and despite some knee trouble, I was able to cross the line with a few seconds to spare!
With that goal accomplished, I officially retired from road racing. From here on out, it's all LinksRun!
2014 Speedgolf World Championships
9th Place Finish & Championship Coordinator
The 3rd playing of the Speedgolf World Championships was an unforgettable one to say the least. As the Executive Director of Speedgolf International, and the acting championship coordinator, I introduced a team competition format, announced the first women's division championship, and invited a 9 year old to participate as a symbol of the future of this great sport.
The first day of competition brought hurricane force winds in excess of 60 mph. Regardless of the fact that we could not count that as part of the World Championship, all 28 pros completed their rounds, with only one score below 90. Epic times!
The revised one day championship was exciting to the finish, with 10 players having a legitimate chance to take the trophy. Here are two of them in a highlight video I filmed and produced. I finished in 9th place, shooting 6 over par with just 3 clubs (and no putter), in 48 minutes.
Exit Glacier - Seward, Alaska
Hike up the side of an Alaskan glacier
After planning and participating in Alaska's first ever Speedgolf event in Anchorage, I made the 3 hour drive down to Seward, Alaska.
Exit Glacier spills magnificently down off of the Harding Icefield, and it was a spot numerous locals had mentioned as having a great hiking trail up to the ice field.
While I didn't have enough daylight to make it all the way, standing beside this enormous glacier, below grandiose mountains and miles-long waterfalls, with a breathtaking view of the river valley below, I was changed. I came off the mountain with a better understanding of my real place in the world. Truly humbling and awe-inspiring. I highly recommend it!
2014 Green 6.2
Sub 40 Minute 10k Goal - Result: 1st Place (Age Group)
This was a memorable experience, because through it I learned the enormous power of preparation. I had learned a lot (mostly about what NOT to do) in my first race ever a few months before, the 2014 Austin Half Marathon. In the months leading up to the Green I spent a lot of time breaking down the race route, timing myself, pushing hard in the gym and on the track.
Despite my intense efforts, I never broke 41 minutes in my training runs, so on race day I decided to relax, have fun, and film the whole experience on Google Glass. You can watch that video here and see the final result. Enjoy!
2013 Speedgolf World Championships
5th Place Finish
With top-10 finishes in my first couple of Speedgolf events earlier in the year, I was invited to participate in the 2nd annual world championship. After some overzealous overtraining that ended with a severe calf injury, I hired a track coach to teach me proper running technique. No doubt this had a huge impact on my result.
In less than one year I had discovered Speedgolf, played in 2 professional events, started 3 city leagues, and become a top-5 world ranked Speedgolfer. Not only that, I was somehow featured front and center in Golf Magazine on the cover photo of a piece that was written about the world championship. Amazing what can happen in one year!