Challenge 2010 - Vedano/Italy
International Challenge tournament was held on the 6th and 7th March 2010 at
the indoor concrete course in Vedano al Lambro near Monza, Italy. Austria won
the event, with Italy the runners-up and Germany third.
organiser of the 2010 Under-23 International Challenge minigolf tournament said
"We are very happy because the main nations in Minigolfsport played in Vedano
and it was a great experience for our young players and good for minigolf in
Italy. The players will benefit greatly from this under-23 project. They will
be able to teach others, I think, a good approach to full International main
events. I think that International competitions that are open to different
nations are right, and in helping each other, we can grow together in
Alberto added "I hope all participants felt a good international
and sporting atmosphere and will also have good memories about this
competition. From an organising point of view, we planned and organised this
tournament as a real championship and nothing, I hope, was missed. My thanks to
all the national teams who took part, to Paolo Porta for his support with IT
and media materials, to Roberto Mariani for team and player pictures and to all
the people who supported our event."
Paolo Porta from the Italian Minigolf Federation (FIGSP)
was also involved in the event and said "From an organising point of view, it
was a nice tournament, with an interesting format that meant all of the matches
were very interesting and the victory of the tournament was open until the last
hole. I really think this Under-23 project could be very useful for young
players, to let them have the chance to gain international experience without
the typical stresses of an elite or youth championship. I wish Sweden the best
of luck in organising the 2011 edition of this challenge
Paolo added "From an "Italy-supporter" point of view, I'm
both happy and a bit sad about the tournament result. Happy because we had both
our teams in the top 4, a bit sad because our team had four holes advantage
with something like ten holes left to play the end of the tournament. We paid
for some of our inexperience with our last players, but that's OK, as after all
this project was designed to allow players gain and learn from the experience.
And they surely did this time!"
This year, forty players from five
countries took part in the event, with ten teams competing in total: Austria (2
teams), Germany (1 team + 1 mixed with Italy), Sweden (2 teams), and
Switzerland (2 teams) and the host country Italy (2 teams + 1 mixed with
Germany). The 10 teams were divided into two groups, with each team playing the
others in their group in a team matchplay format.
1. AUSTRIA 2
2. ITALY 2
3. GERMANY 1
5. SWEDEN 1
6. SWEDEN 2
7. SWITZERLAND 1
8. AUSTRIA 1
10. SWITZERLAND 2*
The winning 'Austria 2' team
comprised of Marc Cervinka, Katja Schalkhaas, Karin Heschl and Thomas
The best individual players of the tournament were Boris
Arzuffi and Roland Mittelberger (both from Italy) among the men, with total
scores of 154 strokes (a 25.7 average); among the ladies, was Yvonne Klukas
(Switzerland) also with total score of 154 strokes. The best individual rounds
of the tournament were the scores of 22 played by Marc Cervinka (Austria) and
Roger Wicki (Switzerland). In total 21 "blue" rounds were played.
Krof head coach of the winning Austrian team said "Team Austria 2 was in the
best condition mentally. They made no mistakes in the deciding moments,
therefore we won the competition. In the final round we were almost defeated by
the home team favourites Italy. We could do the turnaround in a brilliant way.
It seems that Austrian players are made for the knockout format. We do have
some players with that famous "killer instinct". This was a perfect start for
the young team and me as head coach. Thanks to my players, coaches and Alberto
and his organisation for the wonderful event.
Germany's head coach
Matthias Reiche said of his team's third place finish "I'm quite satisfied with
the four days we spent in Monza. Our team was focused and worked really well
together. We had a lot of fun, that is the most important thing, and the
players learned a lot from each other and a bit from us coaches too! Of course
we wanted to win, but for that we played too badly in the semi-final.
Altogether the level we played with our first team was high and therefore I'm
proud of our team. Thanks to Stefan Zischg and Roland Mittelberger for helping
us to build a mixed team from Germany and Italy! They did a great
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