Carmen Brusca has been playing FootGolf since last year, and now she can celebrate winning a FIFG 500 tournament in Acapulco, which brought her the feelings of joy and surprise also.
You won the ladies’ category, was it your perfect course to play on?
The Acapulco course seemed incredible to me, it was one of the best I have ever played on. The grass was beautiful, the holes were perfect and had sufficient difficulty. It was raining almost every day of the competition and the course was always in amazing condition. As for the organization I have only words of gratitude, since they were always available to solve any inconvenience that might arise and made a spectacular tournament. I want to highlight the help of Rodrigo Boneta and Enrique Reyes.
It was your first international gold medal!
Having won in my first international tournament was unimaginable, I knew that high-level players with international experience would participate, so my goal was to try to keep up with them. For that reason having won was a great surprise and joy for me.
Was your preparation perfect?
I was prepared physically a few weeks before arriving. But this sport has an important mental demand, so I think it is important to rest well to be able to concentrate on the days of the competition. Especially knowing that there were three days in a row.
Is it a boost for the future in your FootGolf career?
I have been playing FootGolf only for one year, previously played football and futsal. My goal is to continue adding experience in the sport and to add the necessary points to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Daniel Romero won the senior category of the Acapulco Open. The South American prepares himself mentally and physically also before big tournaments. His aim to participate his fourth World Cup in 2020.
What did you think of the Acapulco Open?
The course is perfect, by far the best I've played this year. The fairways and greens are in impeccable condition with very neat holes. It is a course where you have to be 100% concentrated since all holes have their difficulty and do not allow one to relax at any time, each hole is a new challenge. Without a doubt it is a course for a Major, by presentation, difficulty, beautiful visually. It has many bunkers, water, fairway movement. It’s complete. With regard to the organization, it can always be improved, there were small failures that were compensated for by the quality of the people in the organization. The organizers are very friendly and open to comments of improvements.
Mental or physical preparation is the most important for you?
In my case, mental preparation is fundamental, I think that in this type of tournaments and especially with this degree of difficulty that Acapulco presents, it is essential to be focused on the objective. I try to maintain a physical base, I train a lot and I try to take care of myself with meals, as well as I practice the variants of my game a lot, but for this type of tournaments I try to arrive a couple of days before, be rested, practice the course well. I take notes of all the holes and all the variables of definition and I follow mental rules as the tournament progresses. I am very strict with myself in that sense and mechanize many of my movements based on practice.
Are you focusing on Japan from now?
I have been playing FootGolf since the first tournament that was played in Argentina in 2009. Coincidentally, only two players, Ignacio Fernandez and me, who were active in that tournament, and we were in the final flight of the Acapulco Open. The objectives vary as one grows as a player. Obviously I am not the same player I was in the beginning, we always learn and evolve. My next goal is to be able to qualify for the World Cup in Japan 2020, which would be my fourth World Cup and become one of the few players that has played all the World Cups in the history of our sport.
Jordan Godfrey (US) won the FIFG 500 tournament in Acapulco. His -8 score was enough to beat Lucas Loustau (ARG) and Sharif Khatib (US) finishing second and third behind him. He talked about the next challenges and his dreams in FootGolf.
What did you think about the Acapulco course and the organization?
I have always appreciated the difficulty of Turtle Dunes. I love that. It can eat you up at any moment, but at the same time you are rewarded for quality FootGolf shots. Turtle Dunes is up there in my top 5 courses I have played because it tests every aspect of your game. It is very easy to come back every year when you have a course like that and when you are received so well from the Mexican federation.
How do you prepare yourself to compete in tournaments like these?
My preparation has always consisted of playing FootGolf rounds at local courses back at home. I identified a few opportunities I had in my last few disappointing events in Europe and tried to address them in time for the Acapulco Open.
What are your goals in FootGolf?
I have been playing FootGolf for 5 years now. My first objective is to become consistently the best player in the United States and then maybe one day in the world. I want to continue having more success with club and country. I will have some opportunities to complete a few objectives next month as we are looking to hold our lead against Mexico in the Battle of the Border and we are competing for our 4th national title with West Coast FootGolf.
The FIFG Board of Directors would like to announce that after three years of using Golf Tab for the World Tour and World Ranking, the FIFG has signed a contract with the famous golf system of BlueGolf.
Starting on January 1st, 2020 all FIFG World Tour tournaments and the FIFG World Ranking will be displayed on BlueGolf. This prestigious first class golf system has a long history of success in golf and has been used by both the UK and USA for FootGolf.
The BlueGolf Executive Team had a great experience working with two of our FIFG Member Countries and are very excited to be working with our organisation to help shape and grow the sport of FootGolf. Besides tournaments and the ranking information, additional tools will be available to countries and players including an App. Over the next few months BlueGolf will be creating a unique design and features for FIFG including tournaments, ranking and a new FIFG website. Each member country will also have the opportunity to have their own page within Blue Golf. The 2019 World Tour will still be shown on fgranks.com.
We want to thank FG Ranks for their commitment in providing the FIFG a system to work from over the last 3 years. FG Ranks supports the FIFG in the decision to move to BlueGolf and will help in the implementation of the information needed in the new system.
Jordan Godfrey (US) won the FIFG 500 tournament in Acapulco. His -8 score was enough to beat Lucas Loustau (ARG) and Sharif Khatib (US) finishing second and third behind him. Daniel Romero (ARG) won the senior, while Carmen Brusca (ARG) the women category.
Jozef Nemec won the FIFG 500, European Footgolf Grand Slam tournament in Tenerife last weekend. After two sunny days, his score -20 was unbeatable. Ben Clarke (UK) and Flavio Azenha (POR) tied on the second place. The world number 1 Clarke won the playoff to reach the silver medal.