The 2019 Yamaha FootGolf Asia Cup was held in Australia. Tsubasa Yasumura was victorious in the individual competition. The Japanese player found the passion in his life thanks to FootGolf.
How have you been prepared for the continental competition?
In order to win the Asian Cup this season, I participated in tournaments in various countries, observed various players and tried to upgrade their skills, strategy, mental and so on. I am very happy being able to win the championship.
What was the key to success?
The Asian Cup used two courses with different properties. The key was that I was able to focus on my course, calmly strategize and select the skills with confidence. Above all, the course in Australia was a great environment.
What does FootGolf means to you?
I have been playing the sport for five years. FootGolf gave me the curiosity to challenge my life with passion. And the game made many friends from all over the world.
Jen Broughall travelled across the world to compete on the last Major of the year. She went back with 1000 ranking points in her luggage.
“The experience was amazing, the hospitality from the organisation was brilliant. The VIP tent for the leaders was a really nice touch.” - summarized Jen Broughall (UK) her trip to Argentina to participate in the Major, where she became the best lady.
“I played really well this weekend, kept things really simple and steady, didn’t go for shots that would put me in trouble. My putting and tee offs were the strongest part of my game this weekend.“ - detailed her performance, which ended with her victory, beating Jo Reid by 8 shots.
“Preparation for me is more mental than physical, I know what I’m capable of but mentally you need to be strong before and during the event, if you make a mistake you need to forget it and move on to the next shot or hole.” - said about the balance she uses in her preparation.
European FIFG presidents met in Budapest on Tuesday. Gábor Gelencsér FIFG president invited the leaders of the member countries to discuss the plans for the future.
Gábor Gelencsér, FIFG president hosted a continental FIFG presidential conference on Tuesday, where nine countries attended personally and the others from all around the world followed online. The purpose of the nine hours long meeting was to discuss the long term plan of FootGolf including the status of the sport at GAISF, setting up committees in the near future for particular territories, creating the schedule and the buildup of the European, regional and World Tour also. They discussed the ideas for the continued growth of the sport. The participants disputed about the potential movements for the next Euro FootGolfs. Paul Oliver showed the BlueGolf system during usage and presented the new rule recommendations coming from the members.
“I am so happy that we could arrange this meeting in Budapest. Thanks all the presidents for attending and supporting the conference, provided by Ferenc Hinora, vice-president of the Hungarian federation and his marketing company, Positive Adamsky. And thanks for Auto Mirai to support us with Mazda vehicles giving transfers for the presidents. It was so productive, it showed, this is the way, how we have to move on. It is much easier to discuss such important things, like our beloved sport’s future personally. It was not the last meeting like this.” said Gábor Gelencsér right after the conference.
The British Ben Clarke won the last big event of the year. The Argentina Open was won by the World Tour leader, while Sergio Vazquez was the best among the seniors and Jen Broughall among the ladies.
After three rounds from Friday to Sunday, Ben Clarke (UK) kicked the less in the Praderas Golf Club, where the FIFG Major Argentina Open was held. He won the tournament by 5 kicks. It was his fifth FIFG 1000 tournament, where he finished in the first position.
Sergio Vazquez (ARG) won the senior category by 4 kicks, while Jen Broughall (UK) became the queen of Argentina winning the women category by 8 kicks.
1000 FIFG points can be collected this weekend. Argentina is hosting the last FIFG Major in 2019 in a beautiful course, located in Luján, province of Buenos Aires. “Praderas Golf Club” approved by the PGA.
Based on the FIFG regulations, the “Argentina Open, Major 1000” will have one practice and three official game days started today. The results can be followed on the event’s facebook site and on FootGolf Lounge.
The world's number one footgolfer, British Ben Clarke won the 2019 European FootGolf Grand Slam. “Big Ben” is now giving advice for the new players.
What did you need to win the European FootGolf Grand Slam?
I think the tournaments during the European Tour came at good times, at times where I felt good about my game and I was playing with confidence. There were some new courses this year and also courses, where I haven’t done so well in previous years, so my focus had to be higher.
What do you do to stay on top?
It’s important not to get distracted about other players and just focus on your own game. Players are improving all the time, you just have to make sure you’re continuing to improve at a faster rate than the others to stay ahead.
What would you recommend FootGolf players that are just getting started?
I’d suggest to enjoy every kick, the good ones and the bad ones also, it’s all part of the learning journey to FootGolf. Practice as much as you can and find the techniques that work best for you.
After winning the Grand Final in Portugal, the Italian Fabio Mazzer became the best over 45 player of the continent. The new champion talked about his four ingredients of success.
Are you satisfied with your game played during the Grand Final of the European FootGolf Grand Slam?
This was my second presence on the Portugal Open and I must say that the Portuguese team has grown a lot over the past two years. The field was very beautiful and technical in a wonderful location. I played in the final group on the decisive day both in 2018 and 2019 and so I am very satisfied with my performance. Being always and constantly with the best players of the world helped me to reach a very high level in FootGolf. It is very difficult but rewarding.
What were the key points in your game to be crowned the European champion?
Constance, character, desire and strategy. Constance in the level of play. The character in being able to overcome difficulties after making a mistake. The desire in wanting to improve any detail that is fundamental in this sport and make the difference. And finally the strategy to be applied on every different course. These were the keys for me in achieving this fantastic result.
Any specific preparation before big tournaments?
In order to compete at these levels, you must work hard to be able to always improve. Do specific workouts on tee shots, approaches, and putts! So much training, so much passion and character to be able to face difficult fields and great champions with the utmost respect but at the same time with the utmost self-confidence. The work associated with quality always rewarding.
The 2019 Yamaha FootGolf Asia Cup was held in Australia this week. Tsubasa Yasumura and Jie Ji were victorious after the individual competition, while the Aussies and China were the best among the countries.
The 2019 Yamaha FootGolf Asia Cup have been played in Salamander Bay this week with six countries participating (Chinese Taipei, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, China and Australia). Like in the World Cup, there were individual and team competition in men and senior category.
After three rounds, Tsubasa Yasumura’s (JPN) par was enough to be the champion of Asia in absolute category. Jie Ji (CHN) won the senior category.
Australia won the team competition beating Japan in the final. Team China was victorious in the senior category.
Australia is not resting, the Australian Open (FIFG 250) is starting on Saturday including the world champion, Matias Perrone on the starting list.
Jan-Willem Baas won the FIFG 500 Portugal Open last weekend after a playoff against Wesley van den Broek. The Dutch is lucky, he can practice FootGolf next to his home. It helped him to sharpen his putts.
You must have enjoyed the Portugal open...
Just like the first two editions I had a great time. I like the course very much as well as the way everything was organised by the Portugal federation. I respect the way how they’ve dealt with the extreme weather conditions on Friday and digging new holes till late in the evening, even in the night. They gave more than 100 percent to make the players happy and for sure this is one of the main reasons why this tournament is so popular among the players.
What made you the champion of the tournament?
My putting is probably the main key point to this victory, except my miss from 1,5 meter on hole 12 on Sunday. I’m not a hard hitter like Wesley van den Broek or Ben Clarke, but on this short course this was not a real disadvantage. And beside my putting I think that the fact that I’m always pretty calm and relaxed on the course also has a positive effect on my results. On Saturday I started with a triple bogey on hole 1, but I didn’t panic and told myself that this was just one hole and kept confidence.
How do you prepare to compete in tournaments like these?
I have no special way to prepare myself during tournaments. I try to play on all the tournaments that are organized by FootGolf Holland and in I play every Wednesday evening on the course of Crimpenerhout, which is luckily so close to my house. I’m pretty addicted to the game, so I just try to play as much as I can.
The 2019 European FootGolf Grand Slam series ended in Portugal. The Grand Final was won by Jan Willam Baas. After a windy tournament, the World Tour leader Ben Clarke won the Grand Slam title. Fabio Mazzer became the senior, while Susanne Berg the women champion of Europe.
The FootGolf Grand Slam Final in Portugal was planned for a three day long event, but because of the weather circumstances, the first round on Friday was cancelled during the game. The course in Castro Marim was playable on Saturday and Sunday, but one hole on the final day was cancelled also.
After a windy tournament, two Dutch footgolfers, Jan Willam Baas and Wesley van den Broek tied on the first place. The Grand Final title went to Baas after the playoff. Ben Clarke (UK) reached the podium beating Marco Pavan (ITA) in the shootout.
After the seven stages (counting the best 4 + the final) Ben Clarke became the 2019 European FootGolf Grand Slam champion. Marco Pavan won the silver, while last year’s winner, Nico Garcia (ARG) the bronze medal.
Fabio Mazzer (ITA) won the senior, while Susanne Berg (NOR) the ladies’ category in Portugal which helped them to celebrate as the season’s best over 45 and woman footgolfer in Europe.
Grand Slam Final Results