Posted by: scoringzone at 15:21, March 29 2015.
Press Release: 15.03.28 Ben Evans EDGA Media Consultant
Cynthia van der Zwet of The Netherlands braved some “horrible” weather conditions to emerge victorious in the ‘EDGA Tour Rehearsal’, held at Golfclub Almeerderhout, on Saturday, March 28, presented by the European Disabled Golf Association.
In a competitive final three-ball on the Gooimeer course, van der Zwet prevailed in driving rain, bitter cold and high winds with a score of 40 over nine holes, securing the win ahead of Dutch playing partners Monique Kalkman (scoring 43), and Jurgen Boon, who came third with 44 shots over the challenging tree-lined course which saw more wild foxes than birdies on the day.
This event was actually a trial rehearsal, in preparation for the first event of the Tournament Series 2015, organised by the EDGA, and supported by The R&A and The European Tour. There will be 11 tournaments this summer beginning in Portugal (April 18-20), in nine European countries, staged for golfers with a disability who are playing at a high level.
Sharing the lead with Kalkman on the 6th tee, a par 3 of 138 metres, van der Zwet not only struck a great shot into the green but then drew gasps and applause from the crowd as she rolled in a wonderful putt of 20 metres for a birdie that helped her draw away from the field. A nerveless par 3 on the 8th would allow Cynthia the relative luxury of a bogey-five to win by three shots.
After her round, Cynthia van der Zwet told us: “It was quite tough playing today with the wind and the rain – the rain was horizontal so that doesn’t help! On the 6th tee we both played nice tee shots and mine just went onto the green with a very long putt which fell for a birdie. This was a good start and I’m now hoping for a successful year.”
Monique Kalkman said she was delighted with her run of four pars to finish but cited van der Zwet’s “brilliant” birdie putt as the turning point. “After that I couldn’t catch her. But considering this is the beginning of the season and I am just back from injury, I’m totally happy with my round.”
While Jurgen Boon didn’t enjoy the best day on the greens, he remains confident he can find his form in time for his next EDGA tournament, which will be the Handigolf French Open in May. Jurgen said: “I hit some good shots today, but not much luck on the greens. It’s early in the season, with some hard training it will get better and I will be there.”
Tournament director Manon Eggermont said: “The weather conditions were horrible for the players and they all deserve great credit for getting round and playing with a smile on their faces and producing some great golf shots. We would like to thank all at Golfclub Almeerderhout for hosting us today, this is hugely appreciated.”
Now it’s on to the EDGA Tournament Series 2015 proper, beginning with the 1st Portugal Open held at the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, held from April 18-20. Over the summer, 11 tournaments will be held in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden and Italy.
* For more details and information on the EDGA, go to www.edgagolf.com
Posted by: scoringzone at 15:52, March 27 2015.
Press Release: 15.03.27 Ben Evans EDGA Media Consultant
This weekend the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) is to stage a ‘live’ practice run-through before launching its Tournament Series 2015, which will take in 11 tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy.