One of the more polarizing issues in the industry these days is the emergence of Foot Golf as a way to lure potential players to golf courses, while others see it as an over-hyped gimmick in a game that needs more customers.
It’s played the same way as golf, only with bigger cups and a soccer ball and many who have tried it support it passionately, including a Canadian group proposing that Foot Golf be incorporated into the Masters at its beloved Par 3 Contest, which is scheduled for next Wednesday.
The Par 3 Contest is a unique part of the Masters, often featuring youngsters in Augusta National jumpsuits, not to mention other family members, serving as caddies.
Why not get them even more involved by actually having family members compete in Foot Golf? That’s the question that the Canadian Foot Golf group would like to put to Billy Payne, if it’s successful in arranging a meeting with the chairman of Augusta National.
The Canadian group says incorporating Foot Golf into the event would only increase the family atmosphere around it and erase the jinx of no player ever winning the Par 3 event and the Masters in the same year.
As officials of the group point out, Augusta National has made several positive moves in recent years, most notably the acceptance of women into its membership and hosting the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship national finals for kids this Sunday.
Incorporating Foot Golf into the Par 3 contest would continue that trend, according to the group.
“It would certainly put Foot Golf in the spotlight at one of the grandest events on the golf calendar, but it would also illustrate that Augusta continues to be open to new ideas that could increase participation in golf,” said spokesperson Ima Scamma.
“The Par 3 contest is an excellent venue on which to do that, so I’m hoping Mr. Payne is open to at least listening to us,” added Scamma.
Good luck with that one.
By the way, Happy April Fools’ Day!