Denmark and France Teams Lead After Round 1

GREENSBORO — There was a worldly order at Mountain View Country Club last Tuesday as 14 teams representing countries from around the globe arrived for the start of the FIFA-inspired golf tournament.
Miniature soccer nets were set out on each of the nine greens last week as teams were challenged to score goals with their putters. The FIFA tournament will span two weeks, and after Round One, it is Denmark and France who lead the event with 33 points each.
Also last Tuesday, with 53 golfers on hand under clear blue skies, the July Championship was fought for as a determined group representing Switzerland laid claim to that title by shooting a round of six under par. The winning foursome included Reg Allen, Doug Allen, Dan Rogers and Jeremy Kaufmann. They also currently sit in third place in FIFA standings with 30 goals.
Both France and Denmark went out as threesomes and they each connected on 92 percent of their scoring chances Tuesday, totaling 33 points each. France was being represented by Bill Richardson, Pete DesChamps and Shayne Carr. Team Denmark has Aaron Molleur, Colton Niemi and Nick Crum.


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The 2021 FIFA champions are back to defend their title, currently sitting in fifth place. Hoping to mount a comeback is, left to right, Bob Blake, Mike Clark, Brad Ferland and John Sperry.


France was a perfect 18-for-18 scoring goals through the first six holes Tuesday. They ran into some trouble on the seventh hole, scoring just one once. But they finished strong by connecting on all six of their final shots.
Denmark had similar luck. They connected on all nine of their first shots, but ran into a snag on the fourth hole by getting just one goal. They rallied from there, though, scoring all three goals on each of their last five holes.
Back in second place in FIFA with 31 goals is the foursome representing Morocco. The group that includes Nate Brown, Ryan Hall, Rob Montgomery and Tim Bellavance hit every shot through four holes, then hit three of four shots over their final five holes.


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Belgium will be fighting their way up from the bottom of the FIFA standings. Ready to do battle last Tuesday are, left to right, George Gattone, Bear Bessette, Frank Gattone and Slade Farnham.


Team Ireland, which has Matt Kiley, Steve Mills, Erik Lee, Carl Edwards and Andy Hunt, sits in fourth place with 29.5 points. Last year’s champions, USA, which includes Mike Clark, John Sperry, Brad Ferland and Bob Blake, are still in the hunt with 29 goals. They share fifth place with the Netherlands, whose foursome has Wyatt Bellavance, Randy Bellavance, Adam Whitney and Cole Leroux.
Doug Allen, with his 46, led Switzerland to the July Championship by posting a round of net five under par. Teammate Dan Rogers ended up one under par as both Kaufmann and Reg Allen were even par.
Back in second place in the July Championship were both Denmark and Italy with rounds of five under par. Dan Hudson’s strong play resulted in a 39 which paced the Italians, leaving him five under as Dan Mencucci was three under.

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Two members of Team England on the left, Joe Mulligan, left, and Darwin Thompson, joined up with Team Denmark players, left to right, Colton Niemi, Aaron Molleur and Nick Crum, for the first round of FIFA last Tuesday. Denmark leads the FIFA standings after Round 1. They are tied with France for first place with 33 points.


Tying Italy for second place was the Denmark trio. They were all consistent as Niemi, with his 39, was three under with Molleur and Crum one under each. Back in third place was Team USA with a round of three under par, paced by Sperry’s 38.
The night’s low round was posted by Bulgaria’s Brian Niemi with a 37. He also tied for the low net title with Hudson, Doug Allen and Kip Doyon, with his 42, at a five-under 30. Andy Hunt posted a 38 Tuesday as did Joe Mulligan in a night of strong rounds.

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It was a memorable night for Team Ireland last week at Tuesday night golf. It was Team Captain Matt Kiley’s (center) 72nd birthday and the first night Steve Mills, right of Kiley, returned to action. Team Ireland is represented by, left to right, Erik Lee, Andy Hunt, Kiley, Mills and Carl Edwards. They currently sit in fourth place in the FIFA standings.


Colton Niemi captured closest to the pin on the third hole, leaving his drive 10 feet from the pin. On five, England’s Joe Mulligan dropped a dart to within two feet, 10 inches to win closest there. Up on eight, Jamaica’s Pat Hussey won closest in two with an approach to 19 feet, two inches. Then on nine, Randy Bellavance of the Netherlands won closest in two with his approach to eight feet, four inches.

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Team Switzerland had a strong showing last Tuesday at Mountain View Country Club. They currently sit in third place in FIFA standings, but they did capture the July Championship that night by posting a round of six under par. Pictured above are, left to right, Reg Allen, Jeremy Kaufmann, Doug Allen and Dan Rogers.


Still in the hunt are teams representing Brazil, Costa Rica, Belgium, Bulgaria, England and Jamaica. Just eight points currently separate first place teams from those in last place in the FIFA tourney. Round two this week will feature two intense rounds of six goals each as teams race to claim the coveted 2022 FIFA World Championship.

GREENSBORO — There was a worldly order at Mountain View Country Club last Tuesday as 14 teams representing countries from around the globe arrived for the start of the FIFA-inspired golf tournament.
Miniature soccer nets were set out on each of the nine greens last week as teams were challenged to score goals with their putters. The FIFA tournament will span two weeks, and after Round One, it is Denmark and France who lead the event with 33 points each.

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Right in the thick of the FIFA race is the dangerous threesome from Italy, left to right, Mike Nixon, Dan Mencucci and Dan Hudson. Italy, in sixth place for FIFA, placed in second place along with Denmark in the July Championship with a round of four under par.


Also last Tuesday, with 53 golfers on hand under clear blue skies, the July Championship was fought for as a determined group representing Switzerland laid claim to that title by shooting a round of six under par. The winning foursome included Reg Allen, Doug Allen, Dan Rogers and Jeremy Kaufmann. They also currently sit in third place in FIFA standings with 30 goals.
Both France and Denmark went out as threesomes and they each connected on 92 percent of their scoring chances Tuesday, totaling 33 points each. France was being represented by Bill Richardson, Pete DesChamps and Shayne Carr. Team Denmark has Aaron Molleur, Colton Niemi and Nick Crum.
France was a perfect 18-for-18 scoring goals through the first six holes Tuesday. They ran into some trouble on the seventh hole, scoring just one once. But they finished strong by connecting on all six of their final shots.
Denmark had similar luck. They connected on all nine of their first shots, but ran into a snag on the fourth hole by getting just one goal. They rallied from there, though, scoring all three goals on each of their last five holes.
Back in second place in FIFA with 31 goals is the foursome representing Morocco. The group that includes Nate Brown, Ryan Hall, Rob Montgomery and Tim Bellavance hit every shot through four holes, then hit three of four shots over their final five holes.
Team Ireland, which has Matt Kiley, Steve Mills, Erik Lee, Carl Edwards and Andy Hunt, sits in fourth place with 29.5 points. Last year’s champions, USA, which includes Mike Clark, John Sperry, Brad Ferland and Bob Blake, are still in the hunt with 29 goals. They share fifth place with the Netherlands, whose foursome has Wyatt Bellavance, Randy Bellavance, Adam Whitney and Cole Leroux.
Doug Allen, with his 46, led Switzerland to the July Championship by posting a round of net five under par. Teammate Dan Rogers ended up one under par as both Kaufmann and Reg Allen were even par.
Back in second place in the July Championship were both Denmark and Italy with rounds of five under par. Dan Hudson’s strong play resulted in a 39 which paced the Italians, leaving him five under as Dan Mencucci was three under.
Tying Italy for second place was the Denmark trio. They were all consistent as Niemi, with his 39, was three under with Molleur and Crum one under each. Back in third place was Team USA with a round of three under par, paced by Sperry’s 38.
The night’s low round was posted by Bulgaria’s Brian Niemi with a 37. He also tied for the low net title with Hudson, Doug Allen and Kip Doyon, with his 42, at a five-under 30. Andy Hunt posted a 38 Tuesday as did Joe Mulligan in a night of strong rounds.
Colton Niemi captured closest to the pin on the third hole, leaving his drive 10 feet from the pin. On five, England’s Joe Mulligan dropped a dart to within two feet, 10 inches to win closest there. Up on eight, Jamaica’s Pat Hussey won closest in two with an approach to 19 feet, two inches. Then on nine, Randy Bellavance of the Netherlands won closest in two with his approach to eight feet, four inches.
Still in the hunt are teams representing Brazil, Costa Rica, Belgium, Bulgaria, England and Jamaica. Just eight points currently separate first place teams from those in last place in the FIFA tourney. Round two this week will feature two intense rounds of six goals each as teams race to claim the coveted 2022 FIFA World Championship.

GREENSBORO — There was a worldly order at Mountain View Country Club last Tuesday as 14 teams representing countries from around the globe arrived for the start of the FIFA-inspired golf tournament.
Miniature soccer nets were set out on each of the nine greens last week as teams were challenged to score goals with their putters. The FIFA tournament will span two weeks, and after Round One, it is Denmark and France who lead the event with 33 points each.
Also last Tuesday, with 53 golfers on hand under clear blue skies, the July Championship was fought for as a determined group representing Switzerland laid claim to that title by shooting a round of six under par. The winning foursome included Reg Allen, Doug Allen, Dan Rogers and Jeremy Kaufmann. They also currently sit in third place in FIFA standings with 30 goals.
Both France and Denmark went out as threesomes and they each connected on 92 percent of their scoring chances Tuesday, totaling 33 points each. France was being represented by Bill Richardson, Pete DesChamps and Shayne Carr. Team Denmark has Aaron Molleur, Colton Niemi and Nick Crum.
France was a perfect 18-for-18 scoring goals through the first six holes Tuesday. They ran into some trouble on the seventh hole, scoring just one once. But they finished strong by connecting on all six of their final shots.
Denmark had similar luck. They connected on all nine of their first shots, but ran into a snag on the fourth hole by getting just one goal. They rallied from there, though, scoring all three goals on each of their last five holes.
Back in second place in FIFA with 31 goals is the foursome representing Morocco. The group that includes Nate Brown, Ryan Hall, Rob Montgomery and Tim Bellavance hit every shot through four holes, then hit three of four shots over their final five holes.
Team Ireland, which has Matt Kiley, Steve Mills, Erik Lee, Carl Edwards and Andy Hunt, sits in fourth place with 29.5 points. Last year’s champions, USA, which includes Mike Clark, John Sperry, Brad Ferland and Bob Blake, are still in the hunt with 29 goals. They share fifth place with the Netherlands, whose foursome has Wyatt Bellavance, Randy Bellavance, Adam Whitney and Cole Leroux.
Doug Allen, with his 46, led Switzerland to the July Championship by posting a round of net five under par. Teammate Dan Rogers ended up one under par as both Kaufmann and Reg Allen were even par.
Back in second place in the July Championship were both Denmark and Italy with rounds of five under par. Dan Hudson’s strong play resulted in a 39 which paced the Italians, leaving him five under as Dan Mencucci was three under.
Tying Italy for second place was the Denmark trio. They were all consistent as Niemi, with his 39, was three under with Molleur and Crum one under each. Back in third place was Team USA with a round of three under par, paced by Sperry’s 38.
The night’s low round was posted by Bulgaria’s Brian Niemi with a 37. He also tied for the low net title with Hudson, Doug Allen and Kip Doyon, with his 42, at a five-under 30. Andy Hunt posted a 38 Tuesday as did Joe Mulligan in a night of strong rounds.
Colton Niemi captured closest to the pin on the third hole, leaving his drive 10 feet from the pin. On five, England’s Joe Mulligan dropped a dart to within two feet, 10 inches to win closest there. Up on eight, Jamaica’s Pat Hussey won closest in two with an approach to 19 feet, two inches. Then on nine, Randy Bellavance of the Netherlands won closest in two with his approach to eight feet, four inches.
Still in the hunt are teams representing Brazil, Costa Rica, Belgium, Bulgaria, England and Jamaica. Just eight points currently separate first place teams from those in last place in the FIFA tourney. Round two this week will feature two intense rounds of six goals each as teams race to claim the coveted 2022 FIFA World Championship.