The British stage of the European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT) will be unique. With a lot of top players from Europe, next to Cambridge, on a windy course, with almost 150 players (including a new country) it must be a great one.
The 11th stop of the EFTT arrived to England, where roughly 150 footgolfers are going to compete this weekend from 12 nations. The UK FootGolf East of England HQ acquired the old Milton Park Golf Club in January 2015. The facility is located around four miles from the centre of the historic city of Cambridge. It used to be a full size 9-hole golf course, but has been transformed into a dedicated 18-hole FootGolf facility, with also a 9-hole junior/short course for either short game practice or for children to play the game.
One of the organisers, Gareth May said, the course was very testing because of it’s tight and twisting fairways, with heavy rough either side to catch you out if you were not accurate with your shots. “One of the big features about the course just outside of Cambridge that it can very windy quite often, and this will be a huge game changer for players, and could actually level off the playing field.”
There are 12 nations represented in the event, including the first ever representation from India, who are sending three players over to their first ever event.
“There are almost 150 players entered in to the event, including some top performers in the 2015 Tour: Nick Iron, Lionel Jacot, Paul Oliver, Clinton Moore, Sam Van Bracht, Robert Tajtyi, Sam Bosson, Csaba Balazsi, David Aerts, David Mancino (2014 UK Open Champion) and 2014 UK Order of Merit Champion and current UK Number 1 Ben Clarke, to name a few. Also playing are two women: Jennifer Cowton and Myriam Robert. There are also four juniors playing in the event.”
This event will have a significant bearing on the Team UK squad selection for the 2016 World Cup. In fact after the event has finished, we will know the first two players that are guaranteed a ticket to Argentina, as the top two UK based players are granted a place.
“As this is the main event of the 2015 UK Open Series it has significantly more ranking points on offer to UK players than any of the other 2015 calendar events. Therefore a strong performance in this event, will potentially have a bearing on whether you finish in the top 10 of the UK rankings and thus qualify for a spot in Argentina.”
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