In Iceland, tee-off from the shores

Written by Staff Writer Last month, a record-breaking 71 players took part in a five-day contest to tee off on Iceland’s largest island. Today, the contestants still cannot quit. After a week of the…

In Iceland, tee-off from the shores

Written by Staff Writer

Last month, a record-breaking 71 players took part in a five-day contest to tee off on Iceland’s largest island.

Today, the contestants still cannot quit.

After a week of the most brutal practice rounds ever. they made their dream the tiniest bit true: they tee off from the sandy shoreline of Iceland’s famous Westman Islands.

Presented by the Norwegian Helicopter Company, this is the first time a tourism contest has been held on the inhospitable volcanic island.

The challenge came from Iceland’s most famous athlete, Mikael Yngve Tungur, who has for the past 20 years trekked round to the Westman Islands and practised on the green, at 25,000 feet above sea level.

But it’s his second attempt to tee up from the South Sands Golf Club on Rokká Forest,, the only rough course in Iceland.

To win, each of the 120 players had to attempt the short drive with their golf clubs over to the tiny island, before returning one hour later on a golf cart.

Lack of tees meant the 140 golfers who made the cut had to play in two sessions of exhibition round.

We caught up with the winner in front of the crowd gathered to watch.

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