Get to know the golf talent William Wistrand
Written by Joachim Orrenius / May 23, 2020
The Österlen network is the corporate network with close to 100 entrepreneurs who, among other things, sponsor young sports talents from south-eastern Skåne. We asked eight questions to Team Nätverket's current eight fellows about how things are going with the sports initiative right now. We wondered, among other things, how they motivate themselves to continue training, how the training has changed and if it is any other sport that they engage in as well, or instead. Here you get to know the golf talent William Wistrand.
Name: William Wistrand
First club: Österlens Golf
Current club: Österlens Golf
Scholarship then: 2020
Ranked 1st in Sweden boys -05
2nd place European Championship 2019 in Scotland
Winner Battle of Skåne, Kristianstad Golf Club 2019
Tangled track record Gränna Golfklubb 64 strokes (-8) 2019
Qualified for Swedish Golf Tour 2020
Selected for Swedish Golf Team Boys Future
3rd in the 2019 Teen Cup Finals
Appointed to Talent of the Month Ystad Allehanda September 2018
Winner KM Österlens GK 2018
William says: “Getting the chance to join the Network is fantastic. With this scholarship I get the opportunity to train more, go to more competitions and develop to reach my goals. I am extremely grateful that I get to join the Team Network and I will seize this opportunity that you have given me! ”
Eight questions to William about the sport during the corona crisis
1. What is the best thing about your sport?
The best thing about golf is being able to hit the ball and check exactly the right direction and length. It's not easy, though it may look like it. The charm and at the same time the frustration with the sport is that on one hole you can have as good a score as possible and then on the next hole it can be quite the opposite. I can't really put my finger on what it is but once you get stuck it's very fun and very addictive you just want to train and play more and more. Sometimes there may be some prejudice about golf that only old people play but that is not true but if you test then I think you get a slightly different view of the sport. Golf is a sport that everyone can practice and the risk if you try is that you might also get caught, just like me, for this strangely fun sport.
2. What motivates you to train as hard as you do?
My goal is to be the best in the world. If I want to reach that goal, I need to train and work purposefully all the time. Of course, it is fun to be as good as I am now, but I am not satisfied and I have to work hard to be much better. Of course I want to be with my friends in the summer and do fun things but I spend almost every day on the golf course and it's hard to find the time to be able to do it
3. What are you focusing on in your workout right now?
Right now I'm training for the season. I sharpen all the pieces in my game so I will be as good as possible when the season starts. This winter I have focused a lot on my technique and I feel that it has produced results as I hit better and longer strokes. Now I just want to get started with the game and be able to shoot really low scores.
4. Have you changed anything in your workout lately?
Given covid-19, I have been able to train more than I could before spring seasons as there have been many competitions booked. Competition season has been postponed to June 30th. So until July I will be training a lot so I am prepared and in shape for the season to start.
5. Are you interested in any other sport and if so which one?
I also like to play floorball in the winter. It does so my physique is kept up for pretty much all winter. I usually play as a goalkeeper and it helps me as a golfer as mobility is very important in both sports.
6. Did you compete for something in the spring and if so how did it go?
Unfortunately, I did not compete for anything this spring. Covid-19 has meant that the competitions are postponed or canceled until June 30th. It is very boring but there is nothing you can do about it. The only thing that can be done is to follow the restrictions imposed by the Public Health Authority. If everyone follows them, I hope and think we can get started on all sports, not just golf, in the middle of summer.
7. What can a training week look like for you?
My upcoming weeks will be filled with school, golf and homework. School goes first but I have to catch up with my workouts too so I have to plan properly what to do on different days. An ordinary week I practice golf on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tuesdays and Thursdays I plug.
8. The highlight of the spring, what are you most looking forward to right now and why exactly?
Right now in the spring there is unfortunately nothing I look forward to very much, but hopefully on July 1, all competitions will start. It will be as much fun as ever to compete again but right now you have to wait and train instead.
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In March next year, the Special Olympics World Summer Games will be decided in Abu Dhabi. Over 7000 active people from 170 countries will meet and compete in 24 different sports for two weeks. One of the sports is bowling where Mikael Engström from FF Österlen has been selected as leader of the Swedish bowling team.
This is the second time that Mikael Engström has been selected as the leader of the bowling team that represents Sweden in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Last time, four years ago, the competitions took place in the USA. This time, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are the organizers. The competitions will be decided on March 14-21 next year.
- Special Olympics is the Olympics for the mentally handicapped. It's fun that little Simrishamn has someone there. It feels like I have succeeded with my goals - to get the group to work together and have fun together, says Mikael Engström, who also breaks extra as a referee in youth football in southeastern Skåne.
- It is fun to develop the young people in Österlen. I like to teach instead of punishing. As a leader and judge, it is important to explain to the youth what mistakes are made, concludes Mikael Engström.
Mikael Engström is also a board member and leader of FF Österlen, an association that caters to people with disabilities and who has the entire south-east of Skåne as their catchment area. The association today has over 45 active bowlers.
The ball bounces in the parquet and rolls towards the goal. The skittles fall over, rattle. Someone knocks down all ten skittles and shouts "yes, a strike". There are series games in bowling for the disabled, so-called parabowling, in Korsavadshallen in Simrishamn.
Österlensport stops at the course where Peter Håkansson plays. He represents BK Skoj from Tollarp, has lined bowling for almost 30 years and did just seven barriers in his series.
- It is just as important with barriers as with strings, it may be those who decide on the end, says Peter Håkansson.
In the next series Peter Håkansson beats six locks and in the series then eight. Spärrspecialisten Håkansson continues.
- Everyone can play bowling, it's great fun. You meet other bowlers and can see very many different styles.
300 series by Larry Johansson
Home player Eddie Engström from FF Österlen has finished playing for today. And it went well. In four series, he scored 766 points. Even better was Larry Johansson who hit a total of 978 points in his four series. One of these was a 300 series - so all strikes!
- We won our match, says Eddie Engström proudly.
What is so much fun about bowling?
- You get many friends. First we started with football but then it became bowling. It's fun to focus and aim. Then it has to have straight arm and get to the screw, says Eddie Engström.
45 bowler including 18 licensed
Mikael Engström, Eddie's father, is both a board member and leader of FF Österlen, an association that is aimed at people with disabilities and who have the entire south-east of Skåne as their catchment area. The association has over 45 active bowlers.
- Only Skåne has series games in bowling for the disabled and now it was our turn to arrange series games here in Simrishamn. It was ten years ago we last arranged and there are 16 teams that are here and playing. We have a team in the highest series, division 1, and one in division 2. Most people only play because it is fun, then we have 18 bowlers with a competition license, says Mikael Engström.
Do you practice any other sports in FF Österlen?
- In the past we also played football but now it is just bowling. It is a sport that everyone can practice and there are many opportunities to meet friends. It is about having fun and having a meaningful leisure time. Those who live in Tomelilla and Simrishamn train here in Korsavadshallen once a week and those who live in Ystad train in Ystad. Then we meet at the sports ground in Järrestad where we have our base, concludes Mikael Engström.
The results from the Skåne series game in parabowling can be found below.
Österlen FF's last home game for the season started well when Fabian Karlsson already squeezed a free kick behind the goalkeeper in Hässleholms IF already in the third minute. Otherwise, this was Mladen Blagojevic's second-last match as the team's coach, not much to write home about. Hässleholm painted, scored five goals in the second half and eventually won with the whole 5-1 which brought them up to qualifying spot before the closing round.
The first half was a constant pressure on Österlen's goals. That it was 1-0 to the home team in the half was a mystery. But the guests' dividends would come retroactively directly in the second half. After a precise post from the right, the ball steamed down in front of Anton Henryson's feet which had just poked in 1-1. After the receipt, Österlen got up and had a lot of ball possession during an 15-minute period when he was pressed for a management goal. Hässleholm then took the opportunity to utilize a changeover position up to the off-line 1-2.
Frustrated and hopeless
Two minutes later, it rattled once again behind Matt Silva in the Österlen goal. The frustration turned into despair and Österlen had, despite some prey, no countermeasure to turn the match picture. With the quarter left, Hässleholm's Mattias Andersson threw in 1-4 and ten minutes later Kristian Rafael Brymora set the final score until 1-5.
Despite the big loss against Hässleholms IF, Österlen FF has secured a new contract for next year's division 2 games. Jonas Stridsberg takes over as head coach after Mladen Blagojevic. It is still unclear where Blagojevic will be found next season.
A very tagged FC Cimrishamn made two really strong periods against Lundalaget Teknologkårens IF on Saturday. This was enough to take the season's first victory with 8-7 at home in Jonebergshallen in Simrishamn.
After the series premiere last weekend, we were many who wondered how the team should get into a game of attack that can loosen up the opposition defense, who will help the last season's shooting winner Andreas Björborn with goal shooter and how the defense game will become more aggressive without it entailing expulsion minutes?
The answers came immediately in Saturday's home premiere in the Joneberg Hall and it was a hearty excuse for coach Fredrik Hennigor who founded the victory.
- After the away premiere, the players of the week have got a real leveling off, says Fredrik Hennigor.
The match against Teknologkårens IF started at a very high pace where FC Cimrishamn pushed back the guests with a loud and aggressive press play. The home team was drummed by the dedicated and strong home finish but it took 14.23 in the first period before the home team got a fair dividend. Andreas Larsson took the ball centrally and saw the door in the away team's goal cage. The FCC then managed a numerical disadvantage before Dennis Hedqvist showed which heavy shot he has from his back position. Hedqvist's canon from half-plan to 2-0 was also the result after period one.
At the start of the second period, the FCC increased to 3-0 through clap-clap games signed Andreas Björborn (forward) and Veton Gashi (goal scorer). The technology team immediately responded by making careful use of a counterattack. 4-1 came in numerical superiority where Andreas Björborn served Teddy Nander right in front of the away goal. The guests replicated again until 4-2 before Andreas Larsson scored 5-2 after a lucky ball bounce behind and over the away goal. Before the second period was over, Andreas Björborn presented his specialty - to pick up the ball in the kitchen behind the goalkeeper. 6-2 lead for Cimrishamn after two impressive periods.
Before the third period, the question was whether the FCC would be able to keep up the level or if you would be comfortable in the belief that the match was already won. It was both. The guests stepped up, made a strong pick-up and were extremely close to catching up targeting. The FCC, however, held off to an 8-7 outbreak. If the Simrishamn team can hold the same high level in the course of a whole match in the future, it can carry really long in the two initial periods.
After a couple of years as a child and youth manager in IFK Simrishamn, Magnus Högström returns to the mother club Tomelilla IF, where after the qualifying qualification he takes over the a-team.
The players in Tomelilla IF have today found out about the coach change. Current coaches Mikael Göransson and Johan Montan lead Tomelilla through the qualification for division 3, which starts now for the weekend. Hopefully the Tomelilla will win the qualifying group and can continue the investment in division 3 also next season, then with Magnus Högström as head coach.
A dream to lead the mother club
- It has always been a dream to lead my mother club. Now it was the right time, my children are big and I have the time. It will be a great challenge. We are working on getting an assistant coach and hopefully we will keep our goalkeeper coach for another year, ”says Magnus Högström.
Will you be able to keep your fingers in control now during the qualification?
- I'm just going to watch the games and have nothing to do with the coaching in the qualifier. I take over after qualifying.
Your goals with Tomelilla in the short and long term?
- In the short term it is of course to win the qualification and stay in the third. In the long run, I want younger hungry players who want to work out and take a hard job both on training and in matches. That's the attitude I go into and I want to be reflected in the players.
"I am human connoisseur"
Magnus Högström has the second highest coach training (UEFA-A) that can be obtained.
Your strengths as a coach?
- I am very straight, honest and good at pushing the players. I keep my feet on the ground and run the football I believe in. I want a lot of ball stuff session, games within the team sections and signals between the players. I want a structured assault game with a lot of people in the box. I am human connoisseur and many enjoy my surroundings.
What will you miss with IFK Simrishamn?
- Everything, I enjoy being great in Simrishamn and that is why I have stayed here for about two and a half years. I like to open the door in the future for Simrishamn but now it is Tomelilla that applies.
Will not miss the wind
Something you will not miss?
- The wind in the pre-season. It's a little special. I leave Simrishamn just as I want to leave, with the flag in the top. I feel that I have done a good job and tonight, the 15 team is playing for the series victory in the northeastern series. The guys have taken big steps in their football education, concludes Magnus Högström.
Who replaces Magnus Högström as a youth coach in IFK Simrishamn was still unclear on Friday night.
FC Cimrishamn's premiere in the floor dance division 3 southern Skåne away against IBK Genarp became a real bottom button. And it didn't get any better that three goals were made by the FCC's former coach, Anders Bäckman, now in Genarp, who then caught a hat trick on his former teammates in Cimrishamn.
Genarp only needed 37 seconds to make the season's first series goal on Cimrishamn. After just over half the first period, the home team also made 2-0 but the FCC replicated quickly twice within 13 seconds! and equalized to 2-2. FCC's premiere shooter was Andreas Björborn and the receipt bombed Carl Ackerlén nicely from his back position.
In the second period, it sometimes got hot on the field with several expulsions as a result. Genarp was again allowed to take the lead before Cimrishamn's Andreas Larsson proved that it pays to work hard in the press game - Larsson sent in the equalizer until 3-3 after 8.42. Only 17 seconds later, Anders Bäckman gave Genarp a new lead.
Cimrishamns got up and played with a really good period in the middle of the final period, with a couple of numerical superiors, but more balls did not want to enter the opponent goal this afternoon. Instead, Genarp was able to run away and eventually won fairly with the whole 8-3.
Cimrishamn's coach Fredrik Hennigor has a lot to think about for the upcoming home premiere on Saturday when Teknologkårens IF from Lund comes to visit Jonbebergshallen. For example, how does the team get to an attack game that can more often loosen up the opponent's defense? Who will help last season's shooter Andreas Björborn with goal scorer? How does the defense game become more aggressive without causing expulsion minutes? On Saturday at 13.00 we will see if Fredrik Hennigor has found the answers.
During the rallycross in Tierp not only did William Nilsson quit four in RallyX Nordic. He also came second in the Swedish championship.
- After this season, which has been a bit like a mountain and valley course, I am very happy with it, says the 18-year-old.
This weekend the rally cross was settled on the Nordic ground. At Tierp Arena, the sixth and final race in RallyX Nordic took place, while the Swedish championship would crown their medalists. Before the weekend, William Nilsson was third in RallyX Nordic, and second in SM. Despite a tough competition, he manages to pinch both an SM silver and a fourth place in RallyX Nordic.
- I bring an SM silver from here. After this season, which has been a bit like a mountain and valley path, I am really happy with it. It shows that I still had a level and low level, which made me pick many points. Of course, I aimed higher in both SM and RallyX Nordic. So now I will delete a line and forget about this year's RallyX Nordic season, to come back strong next year. What happens then I do not know, except that I will be strong as satan, says Nilsson with a smile.
It was the first time ever that rallycross was running on the newly built track at Tierp Arena and in the class Supercar Lites, the whole 24 driver came to the start. Nilsson started the weekend strongly on the training, with a fourth and a sixth time. He later took a heat victory, but with mediocre times. He qualified for a semi-final and there the competition got a sad ending.
- It was a tough competition, both in terms of terms and results. The course changed through all the heats and it was mostly about surviving. I was second in the semi-finals when I got double points, and the competition ended there unfortunately.
Really, the show doesn't pack away the rally crossing for this year. November 24 November runs the last race of the RX25 International Series in Cape Town, South Africa.
Gärsnäs AIS season as newcomers in division 5 ended with a successful second place, which means qualifying for division 4. In the last match of the series, IFK Ystad was defeated on Saturday afternoon with 2-1 in an entertaining match at home on Gärsvalla.
This became an attack-friendly match in the fantastic late summer weather that might as well have ended 3-3. Already in the fourth minute Niklas Bernhoff did 1-0 for Gärsnäs. After just over half an hour, IFK Ystad's Robin Nevelin drove the ball into the home team penalty area and ended with a cool lift until 1-1.
Before the half-time rest, Gärsnäs had an 2-1 ball in goal, but was sentenced for offside. Backwards, Gärsnäs 19-year-old goalkeeper Sebastian Petersson directed his backline with clarity and active play. 11 stood half.
The redirection made up for late victory goals
Gärsnäs centerback Robin Eriksson made a strong effort and cleared away many of Ystad's assault attempts with powerful breaks and certainly the main game. Both teams went for the victory and with the quarter left, Ystad's constant momentum Robin Nevelin again made a nice run that ended with shots against goal but Gärsnäs custodian Sebastian Petersson managed to save. When less than ten minutes remained, Gärsnäs coach Ola Nilsson directed his men. Up to the top, the center-back Robin Eriksson was sent, which only a few minutes later served Axel Andersson who was able to roll in 2-1, which also became the end result.
Qualification for four awaits - "we are not happy here"
Now there will be two qualifying matches against Skabersjö IF, which ended third in the southwestern division 5 series. Gärsnäs starts away on Wednesday this week and then home now on Saturday.
- We have worked hard all season with owning ball and when we got started our game in the second half of the second half we pressed on and did well. We qualified up to five in last year so we like anguish and are not satisfied here, says Gärsnäs coach Ola Nilsson who hopes for big public on Saturday at Gärsvalla.