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.