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.