Marco Caricato was the winner of the second stage of European FootGolf Trophy Tour (EFTT). The Italian handled the weather conditions and the pressure well and he was the only one, who finished the course under par in Malacky, Slovakia.
You were the only one who have finished under par in Slovakia. How have you done it?
In the last 12 months I have increased my level of concentration. On this type of FootGolf course is very important to remain focused on every single shot. Keep calm on the tricky holes (5th, 7th, 13th, 18th) was the most difficult thing, because it was easy to lose points there.
Why was it a tricky one?
There were some holes put in very difficult positions. Personally I don’t like this type of holes because I think that difficulties and hazards should be before the green and if you miss a putt you should be stay near the hole, not far from it because of the hills. For this reason I want to say thanks to Slovakian guys who changed some pin positions and did a good work to have a more playable course than it was designed before.
How did you manage the strange weather conditions, like the hail at the beginning?
I lost two shots during the drift, but I tried to maintain concentrating for the rest of the holes and I did it. The bigger problem was the high wind but I shot very low when it was opposite to my shot and I took advantage when it was blowing behind me. You have to keep calm and play safely in conditions like these.
Was it difficult to be in the final flight, and seeing, that your teammates not doing so well?
It was my second time in a final flight, first was in Hungary last year. This Sunday was different and I think that seeing my opponents doing not so well, gave me a little advantage because I didn’t have to risk and I could play safety. But on the last putt on the tricky 18th hole they played before me and all went very far from the holes with their approach, so in this case they didn’t give me the calm that I needed, but luckily the ball went in by the second shot and I could celebrate with my friends of AIFG. Oh, it was a beautiful moment!
Was concentrating the most important part of the game in Slovakia?
Absolutely yes! As I said before on this type of course you can’t lose focusing for a moment, otherwise you can lost a lot of shots. But I personally think that this game is 80% mental, not only in Slovakia, but in every course of footgolf.
After two stages, what are your expectations from yourself about the Trophy Tour?
I’m very happy winning a stage of European FootGolf Trophy Tour. That was my first international win. But I think this is not the point of arrival, but only a starting point. The hardest part is to reconfirm these results, and with a lot of strong players of every nation, will be very difficult. I still plan to do at least 9-10 stages of the European trophy, next time I am going to play in Norway at the end of May. I will be happy if I’ll get some more useful results to improve the 10th place of last year.