Only two players could finish the FIFG 500 tournament under par. After two long days, Martin Simoncic was the happiest in Slovakia, collecting the 500 points on the World Tour.
Gábor Gelencsér is going to be the new leader of the Federation for International FootGolf from August 1st for three years.
The current presidency of the FIFG comes to an end on July 31st. After the bidding process for the title, the 2018 World Cup organizer and president of FootGolf France, Romuald Pretot, and one of the founders of the FIFG, president of the Hungarian federation, Gábor Gelencsér, were the two candidates. All FIFG Member Countries had the chance to vote for one of them until 23.45 UTC on 10th May.
1. Gábor Gelencsér (26 votes, 78.8 %)
2. Romuald Pretot (7 votes, 21.2 %)
The new President, Gábor Gelencsér and the future board of directors will officially start to work on August 1st, 2019. There will be a transition period working to elect the Vice-Presidents and confirm the new board. The new presidency will last until July 31st 2022.
The programme this weekend is so colorful. Beside the FIFG 500 tournament in Slovakia there is a 250's in France, 100's in China and Spain and 50's in Slovenia and Italy.
The Irish Open, the first FIFG 500 tournament of the year last weekend, was won by Ben Clarke beating Matthew Morgan in the playoff.
Tomas Bartko (SVK) and Matthew Morgan (UK) were the leaders after the first day of the Irish Open. Ben Clarke, the 2018 World Cup silver medalist, came from behind with an amazing -10 score on the final day and in the end tied with Morgan for first place. After the playoff, Clarke was the happiest, winning the FIFG 500 tournament.
For third place, Liam Shutes (UK) defeated Evgeniy Levchenko (NED) on penalties.
Herman van Eekeres (NED) won the senior, while Jen Broughall (UK) won the women category.
The third round of the Chilean Tour was won by Andrés Parada, who has collected 50 points on the World Tour.
There were two FIFG tournaments last weekend in the United States. The 100's won by Luis Barragan, while the 50's won by Kevin Zhang.
WEST AFGL 100 RESULTS
WEST AFGL 50 RESULTS
After the Irish Open, another FIFG 500 tournament will be in Europe. The Black & White Golf Resorts Bratislava welcomes the best players from all around the world.
Two days, two rounds and 500 points on the World Tour. That is what the Slovak FootGolf Open offers this weekend. Beside that, there will be a football game on Saturday repeating the success of the last year's game between Slovakia and Rest of the World.
Prize money : €7000
Men : €4000
Senior : €1000
Women : €1000
Team : €1000
- hole in one
- longest drive
- the best player from each country
Piero Menor won the FIFG 100 Cancún Open last weekend. The Spanish player's -20 score was enough to win it by 4 shots.
While footgolf is only ten years old in 2019, in many countries there are tournaments only for the kids. They are the bright future of their nations. The first world champion, Béla Lengyel helps to promote the youth in Hungary.
“There is at least one Junior Footgolf Cup in Hungary every year. That was the 7th time, when the youngsters delegated from mostly football clubs tried our sport.” said Gábor Gelencsér, President of the Hungarian Federation.
On 1st of May, there was a tournament for five ages under 18 years old near Budapest, Hungary with 88 players from 18 clubs.
“The course in Monor is perfect to fall in love in footgolf as a kid. Every hole is par 3, they are not too long but very challenging. There were five hole-in-ones and all the youngsters were happy to have a great day in our sport.” said Gábor Gelencsér.
Béla Lengyel is one of the organizers of the cup. As a futsal coach, he can reach the youth in Hungary and look after the potential champions.
Gábor Gelencsér added, “Béla and a lot of footgolfers help us during the junior tournaments to share their views and for example to show the perfect lines or the type of the kick for the children. We believe this is the way to reach the next level in FootGolf, start the grass root system, and make the kids happy.”
The third round of the Belgian Tour was held on the new-designed course, where the Belgian Open will be in August. The Belgian, German and Dutch players have fighten with the hard weather conditions.
Nobody could play under par in snow, rain and storm on the FIFG 100 tournament. Jeroen Coppens won after beating Gunther Meyssen, who was tied in the first place with Coppens with the score of +3. The only lady, Laura Rolli finished 11th among almost 50 men.