The Beijing FootGolf Challenge 2019 was held last Sunday in China with a so exciting ending. Mao Bing Xin, Jiang Wei and Wang Yang had the same score (75, +3) and tied for the first place. After five penalties, Wang became the winner of the FIFG 50 tournament, while Jiang Wei reached the second and Mao Bin Xing the third position.
Everybody is asking, who will stop Ben Clarke. After the Italian Major this weekend, we can ask it again. The British giant won it by five kicks and has conquered half of Europe.
Clarke was second in the first Major in the US this year, but has already won the Irish, Dutch, French and Swiss FIFG 500 tournaments in the season. He could not be beaten in Italy on the three days of the 7th Italian Footgolf Open.
The British footgolfer was the leader after the first and second day too and kept his lead at the end of the FIFG 1000 competition. Vincent Huber (SUI) became second and Michal Dian (SVK) third.
Gianluca Bortolin (ITA) won among the seniors with only one kick ahead of Fabio Mazzer (ITA) and eight ahead of Milko Capraro (ITA) completing a full Italian podium.
Sophie Brown (UK) was unbeatable again in a Major, while Rebeka Rezna (SVK) won silver and Izabella Ujvári (HUN) bronze medal.
Ákos Tajtyi (HUN) was the best junior player playing during the three rounds.
Beside the Italian Major, there will be smaller competitions in Brazil, China, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia.
Nahir Oyal, ex-professional football player and Julia Berglind Nilsson became the new Swedish champion in Malmö.
”I knew that I had a chance in the competition, even though the footgolfers were really good. When I have played focused, I felt, I could avoid the pressure on the last holes.” said the new champion, Nahir Oyal, who played earlier in the Swedish first division as a footballer. He admitted, when he put the football boots on the shelf in 2015, because the game's joy have been disappeared, he did not think he would come back in the competitive level with a ball and football shoes on. He fell in love with FootGolf and is going to continue his new career.
- I love to win, so for me it is great to win the gold medal. I have won many divisions in Sweden, but never Allsvenskan in football.
Among the ladies, Julia Berglind Nilsson – who had previously a bronze and a silver medal – became the new champion.
”I didn't expect this. It is fun to have a gold and show what I can do.” said Berglind Nilsson.
The competition was played in tough conditions in high wind up to 13 meters per second.
”I used my time and waited for a few seconds before my kicks. I tried to time well and hit the ball, when the conditions seemed better.”
For the first time, a team competition was also played. The team played single, four ball (best ball) and foursome format. Olandsbygdens team 2 (Julia Berglind Nilsson, Emma Adén, Yasmine Hollsten and Pernilla Nordgren) won in the women's category and Olandsbygdens gentlemen (Johan Mårtensson, Joacim Mårtensson, Henrik Söderlund, Simon Bruce and Robin Larsson) were the best among the men.
More than 200 players have registered for the 7th Italian Footgolf Open. The winner of the Major this weekend earns 1000 points in the World Tour.
223 players from 20 countries (151 men, 51 seniors, 17 women and 4 under 18's) try their luck on the three-day long tournament in Udine. The competition with €12.500 cash prize has started today with the training day.
Thursday, 4th July
09.00 – 14.00 Black course training | 15.00 – 19.00 White course training
20.00 – Press Conference
Friday, 5th July
09.00 – Competition day 1 | 20.30 – Dinner at Pizzeria al Podere, 8 km from the club
Saturday, 6th July
09.00 – Competition day 2
Sunday ,7th July
09.00 – Competition day 3 | 20.00 – Awarding Ceremony
Check the two courses here:
White Course (5 July)
Black Course (6-7 July)
Flights for the 1st day.
The Hungarian players celebrated five podiums last weekend in the Slovenian FootGolf Open. They grabbed five medals and won the team category also in the FIFG 250 competition. Bence Bacskai was the best beating Gábor Simonyi, while György Podusil won the senior category ahead of Róbert Tajtyi. Lucia Cermakova (SVK) was victorious among the ladies beating another Hungarian, Izabella Ujvári after a long playoff.