ROBERTO BALESTRINI (USA) 87.5% AND ROMUALD PRETOT (FRANCE) 12.5%
The election for the President of the FIFG has ended and the result have been confirmed by an independent voting system. The new President of the FIFG will be Roberto Balestrini-USA. Official results are published below. More information will be posted over the next 24 hours. Congratulations to Roberto for the strong win and we wish him our best as he takes on this important role and moves the FIFG to greater accomplishments.
The Election for the Vice Presidents will begin on Monday the 18th of July 2016. There are three candidates for Vice President; Javier De Ancizar-Argentina, Shinpei Matsuura-Japan and Arthur Batista-South Africa. Members of the FIFG will receive an email with the link to a ballot to vote for the two candidates they choose.
Japan take the honours in the Inaugural ANA Inspiration Footgolf Faceoff
Japan gained some small revenge in the first Ladies Footgolf Faceoff v Team USA at the ANA Inspiration. A rematch of the Ladies World Cup Football final of 2015 where the USA were the victorious. The six hole Footgolf challenge match between the two countries featured 2 world famous soccer stars and 2 world famous LPGA stars from each nation with Roberto Balestrini, the AFGL founder coaching Team USA and the Japanese Footgolf President, Shinpei Matsuura leading his country.
Shinpei commented "This was absolutely a memorable event for us and it would be one of the greatest promotions for FootGolf in the world. We were very happy to be here and really thank Laura and Roberto for giving us such a wonderful opportunity".
Likewise the FIFG would like to thank Roberto and Laura Balestrini and the ANA Inspiration for organising this wonderful event and look forward to more collaboration in the future.
Following the successful FIFG World Cup held in the glorious summer sunshine of Argentina in January many countries the world over break into spring with the start of their 2016 National leagues and competitions.
The irish kicked off their National Tour on the 6th of March in Kilkenny whilst in France last weekend the 1st & 2nd stages of The Footgolf Cup attracted some European stars from Holland and the UK to their opening events of 2016. The Hungarian Footgolf Federation had a special event for this Easter weekend with some very seasonal prizes!!
The first event of the UK National Tour took place in beautiful hilly Devon, England proving a bit tiresome for some, and in Italy the season is well on the way there with prizes galore for many different types of events. The popularity of the "Team" event at the World Cup has fuelled the imagination of many associations and they are introducing competitions for Pairs, Teams, Ladies Juniors and Seniors proving that Footgolf can be played at a competitive level by virtually anyone!!
Other countries starting their seasons are Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia and Portugal but it is not just in Europe where Footgolf is getting everyone excited.
The Japanese have taken to the sport in true style with some creative fashions hitting the fairways and greens. They stole the show on the Footgolf catwalk at the World Cup and soon you will be hearing some exciting news of a special Ladies event taking place in the USA between the hosts and Japan........stay tuned!!
Dutch International player Jim Kuipers continued his recent good form as he won the opening event of The European Footgolf Tour last weekend at the luxurious Kaya Palazzo Golf resort in Antalya, Turkey.
A strong but selective international field were given a Footgolf lesson by Dutch maestro Jim Kuipers last weekend. He led from start to finish and bettered his final score of the 2015 event here in November by a massive 15 shots.
Kuiper's first round score of -11 established a 3 shot lead over top Argentinian Matias Perrone and Ben Clarke from the UK who was defending his 2015 Turkish title and going for a 4th consecutive European victory.
His second round score of -9 confirmed the rich vein of form kuipers has been in since his World Cup 7th position in January in Argentina and guaranteed him the win as he held off Perrone and Clarke by a comprehensive 5 and 6 shots respectively.
Hungary won the "Team" event. They bounced back after a poor World Cup by their standards and a strong showing by Krisztian Bogar -11, Gyorgy Podusil -8, Robert Tajtyi -3 and Hungarian President Gabor Gelencser -2 meant they held on for a 3 point victory over the UK team, with Slovakia coming 3rd.
A few weeks break now for the European Tour before the events come thick and fast during May and June. The next event is in Dublin, Ireland on the 14th/15th May.
Full details can be found at www.europeanfootgolftour.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016
FIFG SANCTIONS THE EUROPEAN FOOTGOLF TOUR
EFT to be recognised by the FIFG
London, UK, On February 22, 2016, the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG) recognises the European FootGolf Tour (EFT) and gives it's support to the governing body to manage the European Tour for FIFG member countries. In sanctioning the tour it assures the FIFG it will
continue to foster relations between members in a competitive atmosphere, strive to develop the game at an international level and build on the standards that both it, and the FIFG, have set.
The current EFT Executive Committee is headed by the inaugural President, Julien Babel of Switzerland. He is joined by FIFG Board member and Hungarian Footgolf Federation President Gabor Gelencser, Cathal Jenkinson, Operations Director of the Irish FootGolf Association and Paul Killick, a Director of the UK FootGolf Association complete the Executive Committee.
“We are delighted that the FIFG has recognized the hard work being done by the EFT and have pledged their backing to the Tour going forward” Julien Babel – EFT President
The EFT Tour 2016 starts in Turkey on March 11th and concludes in Morocco in December, visiting 16 countries over 3 continents along the way. For more information, visit www.europeanfootgolftour.com.
After beating Hungary, Holland and Argentina in the final, the United States became the 2016 Footgolf Team World Champions. The team's coach, Marcelo Landau, told us how Team USA won this new and innovative format of the sport.
You played in Hungary four years ago. How do you remember the first World Cup?
It was amazing to be invited and play with the first countries and to be a part of the FootGolf history. I was one of the oldest players there and the only one sent by the AFGL to represent the United States on that World Cup.
What was your job as a coach of the US team before and during the second World Cup?
I knew we had sixteen champions on the course, so the most important thing was to keep the team spirit high. Our goal now is to be prepared to defend the title at the next World Cup.
Was it hard to pick the best members for the match play?
Even though these players live in different states in the US, they managed to train and it was not so easy to determine who could be the very best option to play in the first day of team competition. We practiced once all together in Palm Springs, CA and then we had the 16 again at practice day in Pilar Golf Club. Deciding the first line-up is not easy, we made changes before the semi-final, and then returned to the original four players. All were great, including those who didn't play in the team competition as they had a very important role of supporting the four that played each day.
Seeing just the results, the quarter and the semi final seemed easy, was it?
Every game was very tough. We were lucky against Hungary. While our balls landed in the cup, they missed their chances. In the semi final, we had a big opportunity, because Collin Green missed the game. But the hardest match was the final, it's true.
What are the main differences between the two World Cups?
The game continues to develop and the rules have changed a lot. It's exciting to see how many people are familiar with our sport, and how many play it. In June 2012, we had only one course and a few players. Now the AFGL has 450 courses in 49 states to play FootGolf. The potential is big, the participation is increasing by the day, we have the structure for competitive players all around the country and we are also focused on the kids now. I know the FIFG is working on getting more countries involved and with everybody's support, we can all work together to get FootGolf to the Olympics.
Christian Otero was crowned on Sunday. The new world champion told the secret of his succes.
Can you remember your first steps in FootGolf?
I started to play it in 2012 in the United States. I met a very new sport, and I thought, it could grew up. I believed it would develop in the next years.
How can be someone a world champion?
First of all, you have to believe in yourself. You need to be in great condition of course, but the key is to clear your mind during the game.
Was it a pressure on you last week because you and your team was in home, and you were the biggest favourite of the tournament?
Of course, yes! When you know, that you have to win, it is a pressure. But I was confident enough. I dreamed about that day and it came true.
Will you be a two-time champion?
I do not know it now. I am 37 years old. I’d love to, but more and more great players come to the courses, so I need to work hard to defend the title.
The Argentine Christian Otero won the FootGolf World Cup in Pilar Golf Club, next to Buenos Aires. Hundreds of people watched his final kick and the awarding ceremony.
Otero won the first day of the individual competition. He was the leader after Friday also, but the Mexican Enrique Reyes caught him. The Slovakian Ján Kozák and Paul Oliver from UK was so close to them. The Americans had only one shot lead.
They went in the final flight on the closing day. The game became a two-man show after the “half time”, Otero and Reyes seemed to be unstoppable. Then Otero reached the final hole with three points lead, what was enough for him to become the new world champion.
The question is, will the “tradition” continue, that the home course guarantees the World Cup for the organizing nation?
After winning the quarter and semifinal by a big difference, the United States National FootGolf Team (Team USA - American FootGolf League) was unbeatable in the final, as well. They won the World Cup at the 16th hole!
Argentina came back from deep and beat UK by only one point in the semifinal. USA won the semi against Holland by eight points on Saturday morning.
After a short break, Argentina and the USA went to play 18 holes again in the match play format.
Their game was a big tactical battle. At the 16th hole, USA needed two points to win the final, and after Sharif Khatib reached the coast near to the hole with the fewest kicks, he only needed to put the ball from four metres to reach the glory. He did not miss it, and the celebration started.
USA is the first World Champion of FootGolf in history.
Two days left from the second FootGolf World Cup. After friday’s individual results, only the best players can prepare for the final on Sunday. But until that, the team competition ends on Saturday.
All the footgolfers played again on the beautiful course of Pilar Golf Club next to Buenos Aires. After the second individual day, it is clear now, there will be a new world champion. Christian Otero (ARG), Enrique Reyes (MEX), Ján Kozák (SLK) and Paul Oliver (GBR) have the biggest chance for the gold medal, they are in the final flight.
Otero was the best after the first day (-7), Reyes caught him with a -9 performance on Friday. The American duo has only one point advantage against the Europeans. The former international football player, Kozák showed his strength kicking 63 on the second day, while Oliver played balanced on the two days (66 and 67).
The individual finals will be on Sunday.
The team competition continues on Saturday with the semifinals. After the Argentina-UK and Holland-USA games, the final is going to be on the afternoon.