Successful first ever World Amateur Golf Ranking Tournament in Malta

Monday, April 16, 2018, 10:33

Working together as Golf Malta, the Malta Golf Association, the Royal Malta Golf Club and the PGA of Malta have just successfully run the first ever World Amateur Golf Ranking endorsed event on Maltese soil.
93 boys and girls – all under 18 years – braved the cold winds and sporadic rain that prevailed over the three days of the tournament. The players arrived from 21 other countries to join the local youngsters in medal stroke play with the winner declared as that having the best gross aggregate score over 54 holes. The conditions, for the competition, took care of gender equity by making sure that the tournament had joint winners according to gender – indeed the girl players contributed to one-third of the tournament’s field.
The tournament attracted strong contingents mainly from Germany, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus. 50 players arrived with a handicap of 5 or better; 17 had a playing handicap between 6 and 10; whilst another 26 had a handicap between 11 and 28. Four players play better than scratch including Piet Hein Bakkenes from the Netherlands who with a handicap of +1.2 was the best entry from the boys. Katja Mueller from Germany with a handicap of +0.5 led the girls.
From the boys, Piet Hein Bakkenes from the Netherlands set the pace already from day one with a round of two under par 66 – one of only three sub-par scores out of the 279 cards returned throughout the tournament. Ahmet Telli from Turkey trailed two shots back with a level par score of 68. These two players virtually continued matching each other hole by hole throughout the rest of the tournament without Bakkenes never totally surrendering his lead.
Karem Tanpolat, also from Turkey, secured the third place. Five German girls kept ahead of the rest of the females through the tournament. Vivien
Roesner won the tournament one shot ahead of Lea Becker and Katja Mueller. The best local boy was Laurens Schulze Doering who placed tied eighth overall with 18 over par; whilst the best local girl was his sibling Filippa.





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