After a well deserved rest over the festive period, the Triple A World Junior Golf Series started strongly in 2020 with the series second major, the Triple A European Championship.
The tournament took place at the Jason Floyd Golf Academy’s new home of San Roque Golf Club, on the New Course.
In fantastic weather and with a course in great condition the play got underway Friday morning.
JFGA and SIS Student Maciej Luczak hitting off the 1st tee
The first round saw Anthony Carr post a very good round of level par 72 to take the lead in the U21 category and Jason Floyd Golf Academy and SIS student Gustav Ordel lead the U16 category with a round of 74. In the Girls U21 category Cristina Albertazzi impressed with an opening 77 to lead by 5.
The second round continued with good weather, but a much more difficult course set up showed in the scoring, where Anthony Carr extended his lead to 11 over Jason Floyd Golf Academy and SIS student Maximilian Feistmantl who occupied second place in the U21 category.
In the U16 category Gustav Ordel continued his solid play with a strong round of 72 to extend his lead to 8 over fellow JFGA and SIS student Lenny Koch who shot 76.
In the girls u21 category Claudia Alnajim had the best round of the day with a good 78 followed by SIS and Jason Floyd Golf Academy student Klaudie Karnikova who shot 80 to claim within striking distance for the final round.
JFGA and SIS Student Monica Fuentes holing a putt on the 12 green
The final day saw much tougher weather conditions, with the day starting cold and windy and would see the best score of the day in the U/16 category recorded by SIS and JFGA Student Maximilian Martin who closed with a very good round of 75 to finish second behind the wire to wire winner Gustav Ordel, who closed with a 78 to win by 7, in doing so won his first Triple A World Junior Series Major.
In the girls u21 category, Cristina Albertazzi battled to a closing 83 to take the title in front of Klaudie Karnikova in a well fought battle.
JFGA and SIS Student Benet Wolf preparing to hit a drive off the 18th Tee
The biggest drama however, was in the boys U21 category where Anthony Carr took an 11 shot lead into the final round, but the tough weather conditions and an in form JFGA student Maximilian Feistmantl managed to claw back the deficit to just 1 shot standing on the 18th Tee.
Both players hit good drives up the 18th fairway, Feistmantl then hit an fantastic 7 iron to 15 feet to put maximum pressure on Carr who was a little further up the fairway and subsequently pulled a wedge a little long and left of the green.
Facing a challenging situation, Anthony Carr played an exquisite chip shot to 2 feet meaning Maximilian Feistmantl would have to hole his put to force a playoff.
Feistmantl hit a good putt that just slid by the hole, leaving Anthony Carr to tap in his 2 footer to win the Triple A European Championship and take the lead in the Series Order of Merit heading into the final stretch of the series.
All in all a great event that saw some great performances with JFGA and SIS students Maximilian Feistmantl, Adam Bruzl,, Carlo Asti all finishing inside the top 5 in the boys U/21 Category as well as Klaudie Karnikova with a runners up place in the Girls U/21 category.
The U16 category was also dominated by SIS and JFGA students with the top 4 places going to Maximilian Martin, Lenny Koch and Benet Wolf behind winner Gustav Ordel.