Simon Wickson, Sam Totaro, Joe Scibilia, Andrew Brown and Leonardo Fernández are getting through the Pacific Ocean to represent Australia in the upcoming World Cup.
The 34-year old Simon Wickson was the first, who got quota for the World Cup during the FGA-League.
Sam Totaro is the only Australian footgolfer who played on an international tournament, he participated in the US Pro-Am Tour this year.
Joe Scibilia is just called toe assassin, because of his putting accuraccy.
Andrew Brown is the fourth member of the team, and last but not least, Leonardo Fernández, the president of the FootGolf Australia is making the Australian squad full.
Lionel Jacot’s consistent performance ended in celebration. The Swiss teacher played on nine stages of the European Footgolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) this year, and was always in the top ten. David Mancino and the British footgolfers helped him to improve his game.
What should we know about the best player in Europe?
I am a physical education teacher and also a football coach and a player. I used to play at least once per week, depends the period of the year. Unfortunately, winter is coming in Switzerland, so it will be hard to play during the next three months.
What is the secret? How can someone be the first after such a long season?
It's not really a secret... I tried to be the more consistent and play as constant as I could. It was bringing me confidence all year long and finally good results have come like ripe fruits. I played nine stages and was always in the top ten (9th, 2x8th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 2x2nd, 1st) and I am really proud of this fact.
Which was your favourite course and why?
Hard to say. Obviously I have special feelings about Villars in Switzerland. This course is really amazing, the panorama around is just wonderful. But the course in Turkey was just so beautiful, it was really an interesting design, good variations and difficulty. It was the last of the season so I have fresh memories about it.
Was it hard to be better than the last time champion David Mancino, and the very strong team UK?
Definitely yes. I used to practice a lot with David Mancino, specially this summer in Ireland and Germany, we travelled together and played more than 300 holes together included two official rounds of the EFTT. I also played with a lot of UK players, very often with Paul Oliver, Nick Iron and Clinton Moore. Unfortunately, I did not play with Ben Clarke. I learned a lot and these players helped me to improve my game and was also good for improve my mental abilities. But there's not only about Mancino or the British team, all the players who participated in the EFTT made the sport and the level become better and stronger.
What are your plans?
I will be in Argentina for the World Cup, I am so impatient to be part of the biggest event ever organized and meet new players for all around the world. I don't want to look too far, but of course I will do my best on the EFTT 2016 to defend my title against this huge concurrency.
With three consecutive win in the European Footgolf Trophy Tour (EFTT), Ben Clarke is the first player in the history, who became a “hat-trick hero”. Nobody could be better than the British guy in Croatia, in Hungary and in Turkey. The continental season have ended, but the next competition is the World Cup...
Have you dreamed about this historical achievement before Turkey?
Having already done the double and going to Turkey, it was something I thought about but I was trying to remain focused on the event alone and not about everything else. Plenty of people were texting and messaging me about the "hat-trick". It was hard not to think about it.
How could you be the best again?
There were extremely tough conditions on day one, it could be seen on the scores. We knew, day two was going to be good playing conditions so it was a matter of getting through the round making minimal mistakes and leaving yourself in contention for day two.
Is it special for a sportsman to produce two balanced performances within two days?
I really enjoy the two-day tournaments, it's always an opportunity to make up for error the previous day or carry on from where you left off, either way there's motivation to press on and perform to the best you possibly can.
Are these good results mean you want to bring back the World Cup trophy from Argentina to the UK?
I'll certainly go to Argentina with confidence knowing I can compete against Europe's finest. There will be a lot of top quality players there, some I've played with before, some totally new, either way I'm really looking forward to it and competing for Team UK.