In a gripping climax, Britain’s Jason Parkinson held off Slovakia’s Gubáni Juraj to win The European FootGolf Grand Final in Portugal.
Parkinson posted a score of 174 over 54 holes to win the last FootGolf European Tour event of the 2017 season with a score of 39 under par. His rival Juraj could only manage a 35 under score of 178.
Holland’s Wesley Van Den Broek came in third with a score of 185, 28 under par.
Parkinson said: “To win any tournament feels amazing, but to win the EFT final feels even more special. It is special”.
The first ever European Grand Final, aptly named ‘The Algarvian’ and organised by The Capital Cup, attracted 111 players from 16 countries, evidence of FootGolf’s continued dramatic expansion as a sport.
Parkinson received €2000 and a handmade ceramic trophy. The remaining €5000 in prize money was shared amongst the other players.
Britain’s Ben Clarke finished the 2017 European FootGolf Tour season as the leading points scorer.
FootGolf Background Information
FootGolf is a game similar to conventional golf, where players instead kick a regulation football into a 21 inch cupped hole.
Rounds are played over 54 holes.
The 2017 European FootGolf Tour (EFT) comprised ten separate events, attracting 650 players from 29 countries.
‘The Algarvian’ was the last and biggest event.
Britain’s Jason Parkinsonreceives 300 European FootGolf points towards his European players rankings.
00:02 Close up of map of FootGolf course and first tee
00:07 Wide shot of participants viewing the course
00:11 Unnamed player tees off
00:14 Player kicks ball, which enters hole
00:22 Extreme close up of player positioning football on green
00:27 Slovakia’s Gubáni Juraj kicks the football during the European FootGolf Tour Grand Final
00:30Britain’s Jason Parkinson completes hole number eight
00:36 Wide shot of contestants moving onto next tee
00:41 Jason Parkinson kicking ball onto green
00:59Gubáni Jurajtees off
01:05 Close up of football dropping into hole
01:07 Britain’s Jason Parkinson rolls ball into hole from distance, shouts “Come on!”
01:20 Jason Parkinson sinks another extremely long shot, shouts “Yes, yes!”
01:32 Slovakia’s Gubáni Juraj chips ball onto green avoiding bunker, receives applause
01:47 Juraj taps ball into hole number nine and celebrates with Slovak flag
02:01 Grand Final winner Jason Parkinson completes his round
02:09 Winner and runner up Parkinson and Juraj compare scorecards
02:14 Jason Parkinson collects his trophy as Winner of the European FootGolf Tour Grand Final and holds it aloft, to applause