Friday, 20 October 2017

Kobers in the Sun

Sunny days for the Kober family at the Match Play Championships 2017


The 2nd edition of the WFGA’s Match Play Championships and also the final of this year’s WFGA’s tour took place in the beautiful southwest of Germany at Soccerpark Ortenau.

At the beginning of the tournament 13 teams of 3 players each competed in a funny team competition. Unique to this fun competition was the fact that the players played in the dark with floodlight. After a long final match the Austrian and German Eagles (Florian Armbruster, Max Friedmann and Thomas Kirchberger) beated the southwest boys (Manuel Armbruster, Florian Müller and Sven Mayer) on the 4th hole of playoff to reach the first place. The winning putt by Florian Armbruster was made at about midnight. The team „Geile Dänen“ (Ronnie Hansen, Daniel Lund and Simon Secher Jensen) got the 3rd place to complete the podium.

40 men and 8 women from 5 countires started the next day with the single’s competition. The special mode of playing Match Play was not easy for everyone. Everything is possible – there were no favourites and all the players had to concentrate on every hole.

In 5 groups (8 players each) had to manage to survive the group stage. Only the 4 best players in every group passed on to the next stage. Only one player handled his group without losing any point – Alex Kober. The tournament start went to plan for 3 locals as well – Manuel Armbruster, Yannick Harter and Marco Mayer only lost one game in their group to pass on to an intermediate group. Overall 20 players moved to the the intermediate group stage, where 4 new groups (5 players each) were built.

In the intermediate group the competition got even harder. Only two out of 5 players reached the quarter finals. The best 8 players competed then to reach the semi final. The two semi finals between were Simon Secher Jensen against Alex Kober and the most suprising players: Marco Mayer against Alex Schaudt. Both semi finals were not decided after 18 holes (4:4 and 6:6 after 18) and had to go on with a sudden death playoff. Alex Kober and Marco Mayer were the lucky ones and struggled now against each other for the win of the Matchplay Championships.

The final was then a clear thing for Alex Kober winning 8:1 after 13 holes. An outstanding final performance! He showed perfect footballgolf as if he had never done anything else all his life.

But nevertheless respect to Marco Mayer - the biggest surprise - playing a nearly perfect tournament. Another local player defeated Simon Secher Jensen in the 3rd place playoff – Alex Schaudt. Congratulations to all players on the podium!

The 8 women formed one group to play for their ticket to the semifinal. After 7 games on the first day Laura Rolli was in front of Maja Kober, Yvonne Becker and Stephanie Beiser to battle for reaching the final. This worked out for Maja Kober who beated Yvonne Becker after 14 holes with 7:2 and for Stephanie Beiser, who needed 17 holes to beat Laura Rolli in an exciting match.

In the final Maja Kober showed all her best skills and defeated Stephanie Beiser 8:2 to reach the second WFGA’s gold medal. Laura Rolli completed the podium with a victory of 8:3 in the playoff for the 3rd place.
A big applause also for our first offical Mickey Mouse Cup Winner Max Wolff

All in all, it was a sunny weekend with a lot of footballgolf ending best for the Kobers!

Special thanks to Manuel Armbruster, Yannick Harter and their team for a perfect organization and all the work they put into the course to enable all players 18 holes in a perfect shape!

Last but not least, thanks to WFGA and all the players who made all the season special. Hope to see you all again next year to raise the sport to the next level!

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World Rank - Top 5
Pos Nation Player Name Points
1. BOLLERUP, Anders 968.00
2. SANDFELD, Bent 909.00
3. HANSEN, Ronnie 538.25
4. STADLER, Marinus 491.00
5. SECHER JENSEN, Simon 483.50

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