Posted by: scoringzone at 22:14, June 30 2015.
The EDGA has great pleasure in welcoming Karl Morris to the team that is driving the Association forwards.
Karl is the MD and Founder of a specialist company KRL Sport, focusing within the world of sport and business, with particular expertise in the golf sector. In his new role as Commercial Director, Karl brings a wealth of experience and is clearly looking forward to his work with the EDGA.
Karl said: “When approached by the EDGA to join their team and become part of the fantastic work they are doing, I was only too happy to take a role whereby I could deliver a number of key benefits – allowing the Association to enjoy greater financial sustainability, continue to grow and be more recognised for the fantastic work that is being carried out with regard to helping people with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy the fantastic game that is golf.”
Posted by: scoringzone at 15:24, June 17 2015.
Manuel de los Santos of the Dominican Republic was the deserving champion at the European Disabled Golf Association’s (EDGA) Czech Disabled Golf Masters on Tuesday (16 June) after a great performance under pressure.
Starting the final round as 3-shot leader on the challenging 5,846 meter, Svatá Anna and Jerzika course at the Darovanský Dvůr Golf Resort, what would become an emphatic victory was rarely in doubt thanks to the brilliant shot-making and consistency of de los Santos.
He added a second round 73 to his first day 72, ahead of Phillippe Pee of France who fought gamely to close with an 80 to add to his first round 75, and Britain’s Andrew Gardiner in third place (75, 83), whose own championship winning hopes faded with a triple bogey 8 on the par-5 9th hole.
For the champion, de los Santos, an excellent birdie on the challenging 452-meter, par-5 first hole and then a second birdie on the 115-meter par 3 16th, framed another highly consistent round – he played 32 holes in par or better over the two days. His last 7 holes of the tournament included 6 pars and a birdie.
While de los Santos thrived on the excellent greens and in good conditions his nearest competitors couldn’t match his standard in the Category 1 & 2 section (from ‘plus’ figures and scratch, up to 11.4). Britain’s Mick Horsley had the second best score of the day with a 76 for a total of 159 and fourth place. France’s Hassan Chakboub and Maximilien Puget both finished on 164 in 5th and 6th place respectively, with Belgian Adem Wahbi a shot further back in 7th on 165.
In Category 3 (11.5-18.4 handicap) Britain’s Scott Richardson won with an excellent second round 83 and a gross total of 174, one shot ahead of Turkey’s Mehmet Kazan, with Norway’s André Toth a further 3 shots back on 178.
In Category 4 (18.5-26.4) it was a battle of home country players as Jakub Kovařík of the Czech Republic won the Stableford with 64 points (31, 33) ahead of Michal Hošna on 61 (29, 32), with fellow Czech Stanislav Jirásek in third and Nicolas Grossia of France fourth, both attaining 54 points.
The prize for the best female golfer went to Mette Wegge Lynggaard of Denmark, who in the Category 1 & 2 section posted rounds of 84 and 87 to finish in 11th spot, while Holland’s Richard Kluwen won the prize for best golfer using a wheelchair (there were 69 players registered for the event in total, including 7 paragolfers).
The EDGA’s Tournament Series 2015 takes in tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy. The EDGA is an organisation which was set up to help individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf and which now provides advice and guidance for organisations on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.
Follow the final day results at ‘European Disabled Golf Association’ on Facebook and www.edgagolf.com
Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com
Posted by: scoringzone at 15:51, June 16 2015.
On day one of the Czech Disabled Golf Masters, Manuel de los Santos of the Dominican Republic seized the initiative over an experienced field of elite golfers with disabilities to post a fine level-par round of 72 and take a 3-shot lead into the final round on Tuesday (16 June).
The consistency of his early season returned as de los Santos carded 15 pars and two birdies on the challenging 5,846 meter, Svatá Anna and Jerzika course at the Darovanský Dvůr Golf Resort (about an hour west of Prague).
Leading the Category 1 & 2 section (from ‘plus’ figures and scratch, up to 11.4), his initial run of seven steady pars gave way to a birdie 3 on the 8th, double bogey on the dangerous 543-meter par-5 9th, and a recovering birdie 3 on the 10th. From there, Manuel drew on his “patience” to par in for a 72, which leads by 3 shots from Phillippe Pee of France and Britain’s Andrew Gardiner, who both recorded opening 75s.
Gardiner will draw confidence from chipping in for an eagle on the 8th, and missing a hole-in-one by “millimeters” on the 166-meter 5th after a brilliant tee shot, while Pee thrilled his supporters with his second chip-in of the round on the 16th after driving the ball well all day.
With warm, humid but breezy weather, conditions were relatively kind, but there may be more wind for the final day. The excellent state of the greens has helped the putting confidence of many of the players. For leader de los Santos, he is now hoping for more of the same.
“You need patience,” he said following his round. “But I believe in myself and I feel 100% that I am going to do good things tomorrow. If another player wins I’ll be happy as we are all trying to win. I’ll do my best and we’ll see.”
Phillippe Pee said: “I need to be patient on the first 9 [in the final round]. If I am within one or two shots after 9, I should be OK. It is not easy but if you hit good drives you can make birdies.”
Andrew Gardiner reported on his “up and down day”, saying: “I’m certainly not complaining. I’m really pleased that I played well today and would like to build on that... I’ll take it one shot at a time.”
The trio of players will tee-off together and will just have to look over their shoulders a little for players like Mathieu Cauneau of France (79), Holland’s Hans van Elven, France’s Hassan Chakboub and Maximilien Puget, who all carded 81s, while no-one would rule out dangerman Adem Wahbi of Belgium (82), who is currently Tournament Series gross-score leader.
An exciting day ahead then on Tuesday. In Category 3 (11.5-18.4 handicap) Mehmet Kazan of Turkey leads with 87, Nino Ourabah of France is a shot back with 88, while André Toth of Norway is in third place with 90.
In Category 4 (18.5-26.4), home country player Jakub Kovařík leads the Stableford with 31 points, while in joint second with 29 points, Nicolas Grossia of France and the Czech Republic’s Michal Hošna will be vying to catch Jakub in Tuesday’s second round.
Follow the final day results at European Disabled Golf Association on Facebook and www.edgagolf.com
Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com
Posted by: scoringzone at 10:34, June 15 2015.
Sunday, 14 June, Czech Republic: At the Darovanský Dvůr Golf Resort, west of Prague, 69 golfers with disabilities from 14 countries are preparing today for the European Disabled Golf Association’s (EDGA) Czech Disabled Golf Masters.