From now, the Hungarian FootGolf Federation, the founding member of the FIFG is certified in Hungary.
The Hungarian federation called a press conference to announce, they are established officially, the Hungarian FootGolf Federation (HFGF) is now legally binding.
Péter Hankó, vice-president told the journalist it opened new ways. “It is easier to communicate with other federations, and get subsidy. More and more clubs are joining us, they are helping us a lot to get wider basement for the sport.”
Gábor Gelencsér, president of the HFGF added, they are the only legal organization in the country. “We are the one, who care about the players, who organized the first World Cup in 2012, who organize Hungarian championships, and send players to international tournaments under the country’s flag, like the next World Cup in January.”
Almost thirty player represented Hungary (including the World Champion Béla Lengyel) at the 12th stage of the European Footgolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). They won the team competition, but Ben Clarke (UK) grabbed the gold medal in Zagreb.
There were players from eight countries in Croatia (including USA!) with a new nation, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ben Clarke was the leader after the first day, and he kept his advantage on the second 18 hole on Sunday at the actual stop of the continental tour. The winner admitted, it was one of his favourite courses in this year’s competition. “It was a tough course with plenty of water hazards with some challenging holes. I'm already looking forward to returning next year assuming this will be the course for the Croatian open on The European FootGolf Trophy Tour.”
He remained focused on Sunday, and did not let his three-shot lead down. “I was playing the 14th hole where I overheard I was leading by six shots, which wasn't mathematically won, but I knew I just had to play safe and not risk anything.”
Ben Clarke is targeting the top ten in Europe this year, he has a chance to keep his good position in the final two stages. The British team sent only three players to Croatia, and did well, finished second in team competition, where the best four results counted. Paul Killick, co-organizer of the EFTT and UK player also was satisfied. “I am very happy now, we proved, we have one of the strongest team in the World. It was very important to get points in the absence of the Swiss team, and before the Hungarian weekend, where will be a very strong UK-team also.”
Gábor Gelencsér (HUN) found mistakes in his game after finishing second beating the Irish Cathal Jenkinson in a play-off. “I am very proud on my performance, but I made a lot of basic mistakes. I am very happy to win the team competition, it was a good strength demonstration before the Hungarian stage of the Tour. It was a well organized event with a magnificent course and refresheners at every hole thanks to Jana.”
Cathal Jenkinson is the first Irish player, who reached the podium, and it is a good sign for the upcoming World Cup. “It was one of the best courses I played on. Finishing third in a continental is so encouraging.“
Every result and information can be found HERE.
Only three stages left in the European FootGolf Trophy Tour’s (EFTT) this season. The 12th one will be in Golf & Country Club Zagreb, Croatia.
Lionel Jacot (SUI) is the leader in absolute category, while UK is in the first place in the team competition in 2015’s European FootGolf Trophy Tour. This weekend is about Croatia, and after that only Hungary and Turkey are going to organize stages in this year's schedule.
Josip Gaurina, organizer of this weekend’s event believes, this stage will be an interesting one. “We have beautiful footgolf course in the best golf club in Croatia with 18 holes, it is very tricky one, and you need very good technique if you want to earn good places in the ranking.”
They expect about sixty players from ten different countries. “We have good players also in Croatia, but we will see where we are after this tournament” he added.
You can find anything about the EFTT HERE.
What is common among Michael Owen, Davor Suker, Gary Neville, John Barnes, Bryan Robson, Howard Webb and FootGolf? All of them are on SoccerEx, the biggest convention of football in the world. The UK FootGolf Association is among the exhibitors in Manchester between 7-9th of September.
The UK federation has a great opportunity to introduce FootGolf to the world’s most influential businessmen in football. Michael O’Connor, president of the FIFG and UK FootGolf Association has grabbed the chance to get new friend- and sponsorships.
Gareth May, Head of UK Development said, that the SoccerEx convention was the world’s biggest show for the world’s most popular sport. “It is attended by FIFA, UEFA and other officials, as well as sponsors, players, and managers. The UKFG have been invited by SoccerEx to attend the 2015 event in Manchester. We have a trade stand at both the Football Festival (5th and 6th of September) and SoccerEx (7-9th September), and we are keen to showcase the sport, whilst also hoping to try and enter discussions with sponsors.”