Posted by: scoringzone at 07:07, October 29 2015.
The Association Suisse de Golf have formally presented their application for membership to EDGA and it has been accepted. The General Secretary of ASG Barbara Albisetti was very pleased to be able to make the application signed by ASG President Jean-Marc Mommer, before the upcoming EDGA General Assembly. Barbara went on to say that, "We are in contact with PlusSport and Paraplegicker Verband for the organisation of the Swiss Championships in 2016".
On receiving the news the EDGA General Secretary said, "We are very proud to welcome the Swiss Golf Association as one of our members" and furthermore EDGA can now report that all our 17 members are now the official National Governing Bodies for Golf in their respective countries. The President of EDGA said, "When our new trajectory was written in 2013, one of the cornerstones of our plan was to encourage the respective NGOs to take on the responsibility of golf for the disabled under their organisation. At that time we had 12 member countries, eight of which were NGOs, so now less than two years later to have 17 NGOs as our members now is a tremendous step forward".
The ASG will be represented at the General Assembly which will take place at the Pestana Vila Sol Resort in the Algarve region of Portugal by Mr Wouter Pijl who is responsible for championships in the association.
Posted by: scoringzone at 08:43, October 24 2015.
Final day nerves were evident as players and coaches went about their early morning preparations for the final rounds of the European Team Championship and the Nations Cup. Both events concluded today Friday 23rd October at the Parador de Malaga Golf Resort.
In the European Team Championship, even though Sweden took a healthy five shots advantage into the singles, nothing could be taken for granted as three of the four individual rounds would be counted. Out last with fellow northern European team Denmark, the importance of getting off to a good start could not be overestimated. Although Denmark tried to apply the pressure with two good rounds, the Swedish team held their nerve and increased their lead with rounds of 73 from the in form Joaquim Bjorkman and 78’s from Kristofer Eklund and Niklas Viktor. Sweden's victory will be the first to be recognised on the newly commissioned trophy and it will be they who defend the title in two years time. Spain made a late charge with three solid rounds in the seventies to finish in third place just two shots behind Denmark and three in front of fourth place France.
In the Nations Cup, the competition was just as intense, as the players battled for a podium finish. The team from host country Spain had been in command throughout the tournament and strolled to a comfortable 16 points victory as each of the players produced excellent performances in the round of individual scores.
With all to play for in the battle for second place, and with the test of a long course together with some early morning wind for the players to contend with, most of the informed opinion might have favoured the Danish team. Nobody, however, told the Netherlands team, three of which are wheelchair players, turned in some excellent scores to seize the runners-up spot. Team Denmark took third place by two points from a fast closing Italy.
The European Team Championships 2015, closed with a superb Gala dinner, hosted by the Spanish Federation and the staff of Parador de Malaga Resort. With just one event left on the EDGA 2015 calendar, the race for the ranking will be keenly contested at the Pestana Golf Resort in the Algarve region of Portugal from 18-20 November.
Posted by: scoringzone at 21:53, October 22 2015.
Competitors at the EDGA European Team Championships woke up to find a spectacular day unfolding on the Andalusian coastline. With the flat clam sea just yards from the course boundary and scent of eucalyptus and mimosas filling the air, the competitors got down to the business of the second days play.
One of golf’s oldest and yet most under appreciated formats, Foursomes was the order of the day and the players had to adopt a team mentality for this alternate shot format. In the European Team Championship, the Swedish team were looking to extend their slender lead and adjusted their partnerships from the first day. With scores of 78 and 79 the Swedish coach Daniel Stark may have thought that their lead would be under threat, but the French team found things hard going over this challenging layout. With greens approaching 11 on the stimp metre, there were a number of three putts by all teams as they came to terms with the speed of the putting surfaces.
Team Denmark exchanged positions with France to enter the final day just five behind behind the leaders. With the individual rounds still to come, literally every shot matters, and with six teams all in with a realistic chance of a podium finish, there is sure to be a exciting finish.
In the Nations Cup home team Spain, saw their nearest competitors close the gap at the top as their five shot lead was eroded with some good play from the Danish team, who now sit just three points behind in second place. Holland lost a little ground on the leaders, but were still positive as they enter the final day of individual competition.
Much can change on the final day as the players do battle with the Parador the Malaga course, which has proven to be a very good venue for the Championships. Hosted by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, the event has enjoyed superb organisation by Jose Felix Bilbao and his team form the Federation, great weather and some quality golf, all captured by European Tour Productions who are recording the event for transmission across Europe.
Posted by: scoringzone at 07:21, October 22 2015.
The EDGA European Team Championships got underway today, Wednesday, at the 6,000 metres long Parador Málaga Golf Resort, situated on the southern coast of Spain. The championships are divided into two divisions with the low handicap players, competing in stroke play for the crown of European Team Champions and the players with higher handicaps playing stableford for the title of Nations Cup Winners. With teams of four players, competing in three different formats the eventual champions will be worthy winners, as the final scores will be the total of seven counting rounds.
The first round was played in the Greensome format, where both players drive, select the best ball and then play alternate shots from there on. The format is certainly not easy, but the Swedish pair of Joakim Bjorkman and Kristoffer Eklund, along with the Danish partnership of Mette Wegge Lynggaard and Stefan Morkholt, both returning one over par rounds of 73 the course can certainly be tamed. These scores helped their respective teams and not surprisingly puts Sweden in the lead by just one shot from France, who boast the lowest handicap player in the field, Charles Henri Quelin at +2. Denmark sit menacingly at just two shots behind and so with six more rounds to play it looks like being a battle to the finish.
In the Nations Cup, home team Spain came out ready to play and have given themselves something of a cushion as they enter the second day foursomes. Alvaro Luengo Arana and partner Andres Pintado Paredes combined well to score 39 points, and were backed up by teammates Xavi Arubio Alcantara and Ricardo Alvarez Alfonso with a solid, if unspectacular 33 points. The course was not giving up birdies easily and yet the Danish pair of Jes Hough and Jon Johanneson produced the best score of the Nations Cup to come in with a very impressive 40 points. Denmark and Holland are tied in second place five points behind and they have to keep their eye on each other without letting Spain build on their lead.
Tomorrows round will start at 09.00hrs and with players well rested we can expect a few movements on the leader board, as the players combine in Foursome teams to take on the challenging course which has received praise from all the teams. “The condition of the course and especially the greens is very good, and even though it is long, the course is fair and there are good scores to be had”, said one of the team officials who preferred to remain anonymous after his team did not quite live up to their pre tournament billing.
Posted by: scoringzone at 06:42, October 14 2015.