Another play-off decided the the first place in the actual stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). The Hungarian Róbert Tajtyi have beaten the Dutch Ricardo van Eijk.
After Nicolas Cousin won the Swiss stop of the EFTT last weekend, we can describe the latest stage as another thrilling ending. After the first day, Sam van Bracht (NED) was the leader, but he made mistakes on Sunday at the 6th and 7th hole, and finished 11th at the end. Collin Green (NED) had an amazing second day kicking 64, which was enough for the third place, only one beyond the leaders. Róbert Tajtyi (HUN) and Ricardo van Eijk (NED) finished with 138 kicks after 36 holes. They decided the winner by play-off, in which the Hungarian could concentrate better.
Róbert Tajtyi is the first Hungarian EFTT-winner since Béla Lengyel won the stage in Portugal at the end of last year. “The course was so hard. I tried to keep my first day’s form on Sunday too. I played balanced, and before the play-off I tried to focus on everything I ever learnt about this sport. And the result is, that I have won my first international tournament. Am I proud? Yes, of course!”
You can find the results HERE, and all the information about the EFTT HERE.
The next stage is on the last week of July in Ireland.
Here comes the eighth round of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). In the top ten there are players from seven nations. The Belgian stop can be an important one.
There is the half time in the European FootGolf Trophy Tour. There will be the eighth stage of the tournament this weekend in Belgium. The Open Golf & Country Club in Henri-Chapelle is situated on the frontier of Germany, The Netherlands and of course Belgium. They have two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole one.
Pascal Daelman, the president of the Belgium federation explained, how will they organize this weekend’s event. “Last year we’ve played on the 9-hole course, while this year we put 18 holes on the 9-hole course. They are very happy with FootGolf in Henri-Chapelle and I hope that we can expand FootGolf together with them.”
A long run comes to the end, because from the end of May there were EFTT-stages in every weekend. Now, there will be a short break until the last weekend of July, so it is a big chance for the players to earn more points at half time.
“Concerning the amount of players, there will be approximately sixty players who will attend the Belgian Open. Players from Argentina, Hungary, The Netherlands, England and Germany will be here.”
Pascal Daelman hopes, his national team can show their potential in January, in the next World Cup. “We are still not on the top, but we are growing, because our group is expanding and we are training at least once a month. So, hopefully in a couple of years we will reach the top of FootGolf.”
You can find the results HERE.
Nicolas Cousin (FRA) and Lionel Jacot (SUI) played equal in Villars, Switzerland at the sixth stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). The French concentrated better in the play-off.
More than one hundred players started the tournament with the Mont Blanc in the background in the actual round of the EFTT. The president, Julien Babel promised a very difficult course, and he was right. The players found themselves on an interesting, very technical one. Thanks to the weather conditions after Saturday’s game, the organizers changed two pin positions and the starting places to get better conditions for them.
After two days the French Nicolas Cousin and the Swiss Lionel Jacot had the same result. They went back to the 18th hole to decide, who is the winner. In the play-off, the Frenchman was better.
Remember the name, Cousin, he will be in Argentina also. “I have no secrets, concentration is the key. I never give up. I am satisfied, because it was my first EFTT-tournament. I am already qualified for the World Cup via France Tour, so I am excited about the next months’ challenges.”
More than hundred players prepare for this weekend’s big competition. The European FootGolf Trophy Tour’s (EFTT) next stage is in Villar, Switzerland.
The Swiss federation is going to host 120 players (85 from abroad) in Villar. The home of the next EFTT-stop has a beautiful landscape with the Mont Blanc in the background.
The president, Julien Babel promise a very difficult course: “It is very technical, nobody will play it until the training session on Friday. The players will not see the flag on hole number 5. But does matter, just aim the Mont Blanc a bit on right!”
He believes his national team can win the team competition and one of them can grab the first place. “Now we have the best team ever. We have some injuries, but I hope, we can show how strong we are.”
The Swiss footgolfers can be more motivated this weekend, because their best four qualify for the World Cup (except that seven who are already got quota).
After the first day, Christian Pozzati was the leader in Padova, Italy, at the sixth stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). On Sunday the footgolfers started to play, but they had to stop it because of the weather conditions. The course was unplayable, and the final results based on day one scores.
Thanks to the heavy showers and thunder the Italian stage of the EFTT was the shortest one this year. They could only finish the first day. After that Christian Pozzati won the cup as the leader after 18 holes. On Sunday the flights started the game on time, but thanks to the heavy rains and thunder, the organizers abandoned the game. They counted the first day results for the final rankings.
Because of the equality in the second place, there were a playoff in the evening between Samuel Bosson (NED) and Marco Trentin (ITA) won by Bosson.
The winner, Christian Pozzati described the first day for us: “It was an entertaining, thrilling one. I was not thinking about abandoning the second day because of the bad weather conditions, but it was not possible to continue the game. That was a difficult decision by the organizers.”
He was more motivated during the weekend, because the best three Italians got quota for the World Cup. “It will be a big moment for everybody to take part in the World Cup, but let me see, when we have to organize it with my wife and daughter. That’s why it is hard to talk about my future EFTT-appearances, because it is difficult to take them with me for these weekends.”
All the results can be found HERE from the weekend. You can see every result of the EFTT HERE.
This weekend is about Italy. The Galzignano Golf Club near Padova is hosting the best players at the sixth stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). The best three Italians in this cup gets quota for the World Cup.
“A not too long, but very tricky course is waiting for the players” said Leonardo Decaria, president of the Italian federation. The next stop of the EFTT is going to be hosted by Padova this weekend. “It is a nice place with a course, which prefers technique and smartness rather than high, powerful kicks.”
The expectation was to reach the ninety footgolfers, but the organizers reached 110 from eight nations. “We are happy and proud.”
Team Italy is expecting one of the most exciting weekends of the year. “We improved our game thanks to the possibility of training days during the week. We made good results in 2015, Marco Caricato won in Slovakia and Italy finished second as a team, so I think that in the “home field” we can surely show all our potential. The best three Italian players of the weekend will gain the direct pass to the World Cup in Argentina. I hope, this is a great stimulus for our players.”
The current standing of the EFTT can be find HERE (without last weekends Dutch results).
The match between FootGolf Holland and a team of the rest of the world, called the Amsterdam Trophy was won by Holland. After the defeat of last year, they got revenge by the 5:4 win.
After holding two stages at the same time (one in Norway and one in France) at the end of May, the European FootGolf Trophy Tour continues. In June there will be cup in Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Next to Amsterdam more than one hundred players are going to continue the show.
Julian Kelkel (GER) is the leader of the EFTT after four rounds. There are seven nations in the top ten now. The next stop is in Holland, at golf course Spaarnwoude, close to the capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. This course is a typical Dutch one with par 70. Jim Kuipers, Dutch player and organizer explained: “Shorter than most of the courses in the world. It is very technical, asks a lot of course-reading. Slopes, short grass, playing with the green, everything is in it. The ones with a good first shot aren't that much in advance. This is a course for everybody, and the player who is the most accurate in especially his approach and putts, wins.”
There are 110 players from thirteen different countries. “We have 35 Dutch players, rest of the field are foreign players. We're quite happy with this amount of players, and we want them all to have the best weekend we could give them. But of course it is a lot of work to make a good program for more than hundred players. We're playing in flights of five footgolfers. It will be busy. But when everybody is focused on their own game and respect each other, it will be perfect to play.”
Jim Kuipers said, they had a very extensive squad, who could compete with the rest of the world. “There are a lot of players who are able to win an event, especially in his own country. But there are a lot of good players on this tournament, so it will be very hard to win this one. The Dutch team consist of maybe five or six players who could possibly win, but unfortunately a lot of them are injured now. We'll see at the end of this weekend, of course I hope there is somebody from Holland to hold the biggest trophy of The Capital Cup on Sunday.
He mentioned, that the upcoming World Cup is so far away. “Actually we are quite busy with the selection of the team who will represent the orange team in January next year. There are only two guys who already qualified themselves for the World Cup, Bjorn Bulk and myself. Of course I'm happy with that, proud to represent my small country. We need to train as a team, to improve our skills, kicks and mental game. The World Cup is in Argentina, probably the best FootGolf country in the world at this moment. I hope we, but not only the Dutch but every other country, are able to play at our highest level to make it the Argentine players as difficult as possible.”
You can find all the results HERE.
The European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) had two stages organized last weekend, one in Norway and one in France. Next to Paris, the Argentine Matias Perrone was the best. He was the only player, who could score under par on two courses.
The French open was held at Golf Parc Robert Hersant on two courses. After the first day Matias Perrone (Arg) was the leader. On Sunday he won again, so it was easy to count, the EFTT’s third (or fourth) winner came from South America. Just to remember, Mark Woodward (USA) won the first, while Marco Caricato the second round.
“This is a nice victory!” - said happily Matias Perrone after putting his last ball in the 36th hole. Every tournament is important, because the more you play more the sport benefits, and continue growing. But when I am on an international tournament and I represent my country, it has a special flavor. A funny detail is that it remains in the history books, that the winner of the first French Open came from Argentina.”
He added, playing on two different courses was very interesting. “It was very hard too, but it gave an interesting challenge.I think to be the best on this weekend and in all the tournament, the secret is to love the sport. I think there are several players who feel that way. The secret is to train the Argentine players and above all love the sport.”
Be careful, Perrone will be in Holland, Italy and Switzerland!
You can find the results HERE.
The European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) had two stages organized last weekend, one in France and one in Norway. In Oslo, six Norwegians finished in the top ten, and Espen Enevold won the tournament.
Not less than eighteen players finished under par after the two-day tournament in Norway. In hard weather conditions Espen Enevold won by minus 15.
The winner introduced himself after collecting the gold medal: “I have been playing footgolf for three years now. My first meeting with the sport was the kick off of the sport in Norway on Losby on June 2013, where I came third after Christian Otero and Egil Johansen. I would say that my biggest achievements so far has been my win at the European cup in Oslo 2014 together with this one of course.”
He have now won against footgolfers with a lot of routine. “I guess I played quite steady all 36 holes, doing very few mistakes. I don't think the conditions helped me, as long distances are normally my strengths. My short game was quite ok on day one, and on day two I utilized my advantage in terms of distance. Most participants were from northern Europe so I guess everybody is used to some rainy days occasionally. My plans for the Trophy Tour stages is not confirmed yet. The big goal is the World Cup in Argentina."