It is the 4th year in a row that the Irish Open visits Highfield Golf & Country Club, a beautiful parkland golf course rooted in the roaming countryside just outside Dublin. 140 participants from 13 different countries will compete this week in Ireland, a new record attendance for the Irish Open.
Ronan Cunningham, president of the Irish Footgolf Federation says, “It is a great privilege to host the first FIFG 500 of 2019, and indeed to be chosen to host a prestigious event on the World Tour is a great honour for Footgolf Ireland. We are a part of the European Grand Slam for the first time which shows the strength of our associations' showpiece event. This year’s Irish Open is also an important cog in the UK FootGolf Tour calendar, one of the best run tours in Europe. All of this makes the Irish Open one of the go-to events on the FootGolf calendar for both the budding and the experienced footgolfer.”
“Famed for its first tee off from the roof of the clubhouse, this year’s course has been tweaked by Tournament Director Paul Oliver and myself to freshen things up, keep the course entertaining, and the players focused” he added.
The Irish Open proceedings kick off with a three-nation international event on Friday, 3rd May with England and Scotland involved. This will be followed by day 1 of the singles event and an evening pairs competition on Saturday. The grand finale will play out on Sunday afternoon with the crowning of the 5th Irish Open champion.
Cunningham says, “I'd like to personally wish all of the players a fantastic weekend of competition and fun. And once again, a huge thank you to the Duggan family for their support and dedication to the Irish Open and to Paul Oliver for his fantastic organisation and direction.”
There were two tournaments in Spain on Saturday. The FIFG 100 was won by Ivan Godoy Marquez, while the FIFG 50 gold medal went to Nicolas Garcia.
Ciudad de Salamanca | FIFG100
Ciudad de Salamanca | FIFG50
There will be only one tournament outside Europe, the fifth stage of the Australian Open Footgolf Series. Competitions are going to organized in France, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Alexis Bellanger won the 8th French Cup round (FIFG 50) on Saturday.
The Gunma Open was organized by the JFGA on Sunday and won by only one shot by Fumito Kohase.
Two tournaments in Slovakia, cup in France, competitions in the US, Argentina, Japan and in Spain.
The Extremadura Footgolf Open took place in Talayuela, Spain last weekend. After two days Evgeniy Levchenko was the happiest man on the FIFG 250 tournament.
After Day 1, Flávio Azenha (Portugal) led by one shot, followed by Evgeniy Levchenko (Netherlands) and Cáceres Torres (Spain). Levchenko showed a great comeback with a bogey & triple bogey after the first five holes.
On the second day, however Azenha have not started well (+5 after only five holes), he was able to fight his way back and finally secured himself the third place.
Sergii Symonenko and Levchenko took this opportunity to make headway. After 36 holes Levchenko won with a two-shot lead ahead of Symonenko.
There will be FIFG 250 tournament in Spain, two competitions in France, one in Honduras, Japan and Italy.