Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, September 27 2012.
Caroline Larsson (Sweden) and Stefan Mørkholt (Denmark) new European Champions
Carline Larsson and Stefan Mørkholt with the gold trophies (Photo: Jens Erik Larsen)
Denmark, Bornholm, 22-26 September - After three days of exciting golf Caroline Larsson from Sweden and Stefan Mørkholt from Denmark are the new European Champions in paragolf. In the ladies competition Danish Mette Wegge Lynggard and Tineke Loogman from Holland followed on second and third place and in the mens competition Daniel Slabbert from South Africa managed to take second place, while Johan Kammerstad was third.
The golf played at Rø; Golf Courses during The European Championship in the days 22nd to 26th September 2012 was played at a high level, well worth watching and the participants have made their mark at international level.
In the men's A division there were no changes on the leaderboard on the final day of the competition. Daniel Slabbert from South Africa however was close to the leading Danish player Mørkholt untill the 17'th hole, but with a nine on the tricky par-5 hole the South African ended up almost throwing the silver medal away while Swedens Johan Kammerstad ended up one stroke behind at the third place. Mørkholt was happy after today's round:
"It was a tough competition on the final day. Johan and Daniel were very aggressive. I played defensively, as I had decided from the outset," said Stefan Mørkholt.
In the ladies division the Swedish Caroline Larsson played with a lot of confidence and played another round in 75 strokes, defeating Danish Mette Wegge Lynggaard, who used 85 strokes in the final round.
Surprising turn in the B division
On the final day the men's B division ended different than expected. The South African Chris Wood took over the leading position with one stroke ahead of the Danish player Jon Johanneson. At the closing ceremony Jon nevertheless received two awards - one for winning the net score competition in Div. B and one for the best stableford score for young players (under 30 years of age).
In the C division there was no displacement at the top of the leaderboard after the final round. The leading Norwegian Arne Hugo Berg won with 111 points and in second place came Jorge Saavedra Estaban (Spain) with 110 points. Danish Flemming Rasmussen, who played the best round of the day in the C division with 38 points, finished third with 106 points just ahead of Danish Carl Christian Alstrup with 105 points.
At the closing ceremony an award for hole-in-one was given to the Dutch paragolfer Monique Kalkman - who also won the ladies F-division. She made the hole-in-one on Old Course (hole 13 / 120 m.) at the first day of the championship and received a magnificent glass dish made especially for the occasion by the glass artist Pete Hunner from Baltic Sea Glass. Best fighter was Italian Alberto Terren.
Many participants expressed their enthusiasm for the event and the good spirit among the players, volunteers and organizers. Tournament Director, Jesper Hviid, from the Danish Organization for The Disabled was also very pleased with the event.
We almost managed to keep the pace of the game and we avoided too many pauses at the tees. The logistical and practical arrangements concerning the event has worked very well, and we owe a big thanks to the efforts of the staff at RandA Golf Courses, the EDGA-supervisors our sponsors and all the 75 volunteers.