Back from Bad Münder: Interview with Ulf Kristiansson
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Ulf Kristiansson after celebrating an ace in Bad Münder (Photo by )
Interview with Ulf Kristiansson (UK), Sweden and Skoghall
This interview was done the 22th of September 2013. Interviewer is Hans Bergström (HB).
HB: First of all congratulations to a great Championship in Bad Münder, ending up with an individual bronze in the stroke play and a silver medal in the team. Are you happy with the results looking back a month?
UK: Thank you so much Hans, well of course I’m happy especially with my Bronze medal in the stroke play. At first I was disappointed that I almost lost all the medals in the last round with that mistake on lane 11. But after an hour I realized that I was very proud with my bronze medal.
And in the team play I’m a bit disappointed to lose the gold medal in the final round, I did my best the last round I tried to push the team. I had no idea we was behind with so many shoots, and it was also a very good last round from Germany and the only thing I can do is to congratulate them with a big applaud.
I’m really looking forward to the next World Championship in Finland which is played on a much harder felt course, it will be really interesting to see how that will turn out :)
HB: So, can you tell our readers who is Ulf Kristiansson?
UK: Well who am I, I’m a 38 year old man from Skoghall. I’m just about to move into a new built apartment in a nearby town called Forshaga end of this month with my girlfriend and my daughter Holly (6 years old).
I have played minigolf now for 30 years in the same club. I work shift as an Automation technician at a company called Stora Enso Skoghall, we produce cardboard for example milk and juice boxes.
HB: You and the Swedish men’s team started off in gold pace but lost the gold to Germany on the second day. Can you tell us about how this loss felt for the team?
UK: We was of course very disappointed cause we was in the lead for the first 5 rounds and only lost the last round, but Germany played very good the last round so we did the best we could but it wasn’t enough to win.
HB: On Friday at the stroke play finals you played really well and in the end it was a bronze medal for you, two strokes from the gold results. Can you tell us about these last laps and what was your reaction over the bronze?
UK: After my big mistake on lane 11i knew that I had to play very good in to have a chance to still take a medal, so my only goal was to ace as many lanes as I could of the remaining 7 lanes it had left. I knew I had a good chance cause in the previous rounds I’ve been strong in the last 12 lanes.
When I was on lane 17 and after Dennis miss with the result of 3 I went to my coach and asked him. How should I do should I play the left wall to go through or play my normal play which was straight and hard, he looked at me with a weird face and said of course you going to play your normal shot, and so I did and aced.
When I had the last lane left I wasn’t nervous at all I knew and felt that it was almost impossible to miss that last shot. And when I aced the last lane and I knew that I had bronze medal I was relieved that I won an individual medal after that mistake on lane 11.
HB: Are you still thinking in regret over those five shots you spent on the Örkelljunga the last lap?
UK: Of course it always comes up on my mind when I think back to WC in Bad Münder, I bet that when I started to miss that lane people around me probably was thinking “he is nervous that’s why he’s missing” but that was not the case.
I had a lot of adrenaline pumping in my body and I felt unstoppable , every single miss I did on that lane was an inch to hard and all the shots looked exactly the same it was very frustrating cause every shot I made felt perfect.
But I’m happy that I could ace all the next coming 7 lanes to secure the bronze medal after all :)
HB: In the match play finals on Saturday you won the first match against Mariàn Strasko but lost the second match against Gunther Inmann. Can you tell us about these two games with your own wordings?
UK: First match against Mariàn was not my most perfect game I’ve played, all of the sudden I started to miss lanes I haven’t missed in the stroke play. But I was lucky cause when I missed Mariàn missed as well so I guess I can say I was lucky to go out as a winner in that game.
My second match against Gunther, my bad play was still there but this time I was not so lucky that he missed the lanes that I missed so it was a rarely easy win for Gunther I didn’t really give him a match.
HB: What is your opinion about the arrangements of the World Championships in Bad Münder?
UK: I think they did a really good job, nothing bad to say at all. I hope to come back there again in the future.
HB: Your club Skoghall, where also Filiph Svensson plays, took some medals in Bad Münder. Was there some celebration when you came home?
UK: He he, there was no celebration at all I came home really late that Sunday after hours of traveling. The most celebrating I got was probably through Facebook :)
HB: In this year’s Elitserien you came on third place. What were the feelings in the team after missing out on Europa cup play for the second year in a row?
UK: We have had 2 seasons in the row with bad luck we play very good in total strokes through the season and we have placed us 2nd 2 years in the row but we loose on points. This year we felt that we had a really good chance to give Uppsala a match after our new income to the club Filip Johansson but the last round at Södertälje (Eternite) once again we didn’t win the tight matches and Tantogården took the chance and passed us and became 2nd and won the place for the European Cup. I wish Uppsala and Tanto a big good luck in Holesov.
HB: Then a few weeks ago you won the Swedish cup on felt by beating Uppsala in the final. I guess a good feeling or?
UK: It was amazing to finally beat Uppsala after so many years of struggling, we also won this winter in Swedish Cup on eternit indoor but Uppsala wasn’t participating that time so this time it felt like we really won for real.
HB: How will the winter season this year look like and what are your thoughts about the 2014 season??
UK: We will try to defend our gold from last year indoor season in Västsvenska indoor season which is 4 rounds. I’m also thinking about playing Swedish Championship indoor in November not decided yet and also the indoor marathon in the Munktell Arena in January.
When it comes to next year’s outdoor season I’m going to play Swedish Championship on felt in Borås and the Elitserie and Skoghalls international tournament on concrete and whatever tournaments I need to play to make the Swedish Team :)
HB: Will we see you in the next years European Championship?
UK: I really hope so, but it’s not my decision to make I have to play good to make the team :)
HB: Thank you for taking this interview and good luck in the future!
UK: Thank you so much and no problem at all.