The Swiss talent, Lionel Jacot finished second twice in the European Footgolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) in this year. Now he went to England, and among the top players he won the title with amazing results under the par by 25.
Perfect weather welcomed the players in the 11th stage of the EFTT next to Cambridge at Milton Park Golf Course, which was rebuilt for FootGolf. In this course Lionel Jacot (SUI) has beaten everybody else with only 119 kicks. He was leading by three shots before the last hole, so he managed to play par, and finally he won by two kicks.
The winner said, it was a really difficult course. “Fairways were tight, speed of the greens wasn't same everywhere. There, the power isn't the most important, you have to stay on the fairway and to be in the best position for your approach. If you managed to be long but keeping the good line, you could have opportunities to win shots. I think the level was really high and now you have to put in from further than before to win shots.”
He played in five final flights during seven tournaments in the EFTT, so he was close to win the gold medal a few times, but he had to wait for it until last weekend. “It was definitely a huge experience to play at the end a lot of times, because on Sunday I was feeling relaxed and only focused on what I had to play on each holes.
There are still so great players who can still reach the 1st place depending on the three last open results. “I think, the top six can be the golden boy. I'm gonna play in Hungary and in the final, unfortunately I can't go to Croatia. I'm so excited about those last tournaments and already impatient to see all my friends again and just play footgolf with them.”
The results of the UK Open can be found HERE.
Everything about the European FootGolf Trophy Tour is HERE.
The British stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) will be unique. With a lot of top players from Europe, next to Cambridge, on a windy course, with almost 150 players (including a new country) it must be a great one.
The 11th stop of the EFTT arrived to England, where roughly 150 footgolfers are going to compete this weekend from 12 nations. The UK FootGolf East of England HQ acquired the old Milton Park Golf Club in January 2015. The facility is located around four miles from the centre of the historic city of Cambridge. It used to be a full size 9-hole golf course, but has been transformed into a dedicated 18-hole FootGolf facility, with also a 9-hole junior/short course for either short game practice or for children to play the game.
One of the organisers, Gareth May said, the course was very testing because of it’s tight and twisting fairways, with heavy rough either side to catch you out if you were not accurate with your shots. “One of the big features about the course just outside of Cambridge that it can very windy quite often, and this will be a huge game changer for players, and could actually level off the playing field.”
There are 12 nations represented in the event, including the first ever representation from India, who are sending three players over to their first ever event.
“There are almost 150 players entered in to the event, including some top performers in the 2015 Tour: Nick Iron, Lionel Jacot, Paul Oliver, Clinton Moore, Sam Van Bracht, Robert Tajtyi, Sam Bosson, Csaba Balazsi, David Aerts, David Mancino (2014 UK Open Champion) and 2014 UK Order of Merit Champion and current UK Number 1 Ben Clarke, to name a few. Also playing are two women: Jennifer Cowton and Myriam Robert. There are also four juniors playing in the event.”
This event will have a significant bearing on the Team UK squad selection for the 2016 World Cup. In fact after the event has finished, we will know the first two players that are guaranteed a ticket to Argentina, as the top two UK based players are granted a place.
“As this is the main event of the 2015 UK Open Series it has significantly more ranking points on offer to UK players than any of the other 2015 calendar events. Therefore a strong performance in this event, will potentially have a bearing on whether you finish in the top 10 of the UK rankings and thus qualify for a spot in Argentina.”
You can access any information about the Tour HERE.
There were seven home players in the top ten last weekend. The winner of the last stage in the US Pro-Am FootGolf Tour 2015 was Arturo Barragan in Sacramento, who could have handled the pressure well. He won the tournament by two kicks.
We asked the winner, tell us, what is the key to win a tournament like this. “I don't believe there is a secret formula to win. In my case, course knowledge and minimalizing my mistakes was the key. I also handled high pressure situations pretty well. But it does not mean it was easy, during the about 3700 yards, you had to handle two or three different cuts off grass. It was a great challenge and really pleased to have been able to come out on top.”
He underlined, 2015 is a great year for FootGolf. The Pro-Am tournaments ran by the AFGL have been great. “It's a fantastic platform to truly find the best players in the USA, in combination with the best players in the world. Truly honored and proud to be mentioned and to be a champion. I am looking forward to 2016 FootGolf Tour.”
Arturo Barragan has already won a quota for the World Cup. “When I signed up to play in the Pro-Am Tour, my first goal was to qualify for the World Cup team, which I accomplished on the first stop of the tour. The following goal was to win a single tour event. Now, I am preparing mentally and physically to win the World Cup for the USA.”
Before that, there will be a US National Championship in October in Chicago. The next international tournamement will be hold by the UK at the end of August.
How maximalist is a footgolfer? The sport’s society knows it well, but look at Julian Nash, who have just won the US Pro-Am Tour’s third stage last weekend in Tacoma. He is not satisfied with his finishing and wants to be better in Sacramento.
Only one kick was the decider in Sacramento, where Julian Nash (USA) grabbed the gold medal. “It was very difficult. I was chasing the leader, Sebastian Pelliccioni, and it took a great deal of concentration to try and catch him. I ultimately did catch him on the 14th hole, after sinking a long range eagle shot. I made up another stroke on the 15th and was able to maintain the lead from there.”
After this entertaining ending he is very, very satisfied with his total performance. “To come out first amongst such elite footgolf players is a massive accomplishment for me. That said, I was disappointed with my putting both days and I will be very focused on this before the next Pro-Am tournament in Sacramento.”
Beside winning the Tacoma FootGolf Open, he earned a quota for Argentina. “It is a relief to know that I've sealed a spot on the World Cup team. However, I wouldn't say I'm calm. Winning one tournament is not enough. I have to prove that I can compete at this level every time. I plan to rest my leg for the next couple of days and then make it to Haggin Oaks to start to prepare. My goal is to have another strong performance and show a consistent high level of play.”
The US Pro-Am Tour’s last stop takes place in Sacramento this weekend.
Julian Nash (USA) is the champion in Tacoma in the US Pro-Am Tour West Coast Series. He won a total of $6,000 US Dollars and his place in Team USA for the World Cup Argentina 2016
Just one kick was the decider in Tacoma this weekend. Julian Nash (135) beat Sebastian Pelliccioni (136) in an entertaining game. The bronze medal went to Victor Gonzalez (139).
The Tacoma FootGolf Open had a total cash purse of $18,000 US Dollars. The biggest in a single tournament in the history of FootGolf. The players are going to Sacramento to compete in the last stage of this year’s US Pro-Am Tour this weekend.
After organizing the successful Inter-American FootGolf Trophy and Atlantic FootGolf Cup in May, the US Pro-Am FootGolf Tour 2015 continues with Tacoma FootGolf Open in Washington State and the first edition of the FootGolf Cup of Nations in Norhern California, as the 3rd and 4th stops.
This weekend Meadow Park Golf Course will host players from the Seattle-Tacoma area, other US States and several other countries from around the world. This year the American FootGolf League (AFGL) added The Tacoma FootGolf Open to the national tour in a joint FootGolf Open. Amateur footgolfers alongside the best professionals in the world will compete for a total purse of $18,000.
Next weekend, the last stage of the Pro-Am Tour moves to California. This tournament at the famous Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento offers a cash purse of US $17,500 as well as other trophies and awards.
These are important stops for the US-players, because Tacoma, WA and Sacramento, CA offer six direct spots (three from each tournament) to the World Cup Argentina 2016.
About the US Pro-Am FootGolf Tour
The American FootGolf League launched a series of 36-hole tournaments on both coasts of the United States less than 12 months ago at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ with a $12,500 purse. Immediately followed by a tournament with the same cash purse at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, CA. Then in May, Melreese Country Club hosted a fabulous event in Miami with a $17,500 dollars purse, and the same amount was given to the winners of the stop in Port St. Lucie, at the PGA Village. With a total of 6 tournaments, more than $95,000 dollars in purse and high level of competition, the AFGL Leadership feels confident US players will be highly motivated to join the tour in the following years.
After a tiring weekend in Germany, Kevin Racine (SUI) won the 10th stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) at Golf-Club Homburg Saar Websweiler Hof next to Homburg. Footgolfers from the UK had a fantastic weekend.
Kevin Racine have played only twice in this year’s continental competition, and got one point on each weekend. After that, no one could pretend, he will be the winner with this big advantage. “That was only my third EFTT-stage this year. I play FootGolf for fun, to have great friends, but I have reached the podium last year at home, but this feeling is amazing now. It is quite a surprise for me as well. I had a great first round. After that I had a chance to get a good result for my national team. ”
The winner admitted he was so tired after the two-day long competition after playing par -16, won by seven at the end completed the 18-hole course four times. But first of all not phisically, rather than mentally. “To be concentrated all the time was hard.”
When the last holes were coming, he just tried to focus on his game. “I do not like to play under pressure as a leader. I asked the others not to show me the online scores. I knew, I was leading, but I did not want to count the other’s results, just mine. It has worked.”
Five UK-players followed Racine in the final ranking. Graham Cockling finished with -9 and got the 2nd place. “It was a difficult course, but I tried to carry on after each hole, and did not look back. We have a very strong team with unbelievable talents.”
Clinton Moore felt, it was a fantastic weekend by grabbing the bronze medal. “I am very pleased with this result. I am one of the top players in Europe and at home, so I hope I can get sponsors to be better and better, and win more and more trophies.”
Julian Kelkel is in the elite of this year’s tour, but he finished in the 20th place at his home field. “I am not disappointed, because I was organizing all the weekend. I can not explain how tired I am, but it was a successful weekend for us by welcoming more than one hundred players.”
You can find this weekend’s results HERE and everything about the tour HERE.