European Amateur Championship – 2016 Preview & Results

6th August 2016

Luca CIANCHETTI (ITA) beat Viktor HOVLAND (NOR) on the seventh play-off hole to win the 2016 European Amateur Championship.

Luca Cianchetti (Photo: Italian Golf Federation)

Both players were tied on -16 at the end of the 72 hole stroke play event which was taking place at the Estonia Golf & Country Club. Cianchetti had bogeyed the last hole to fall in to the play-off but will have been pleased with his final round 67 (-5). Hovland, who started the day with a 2-shot lead after his course record 63 in round 3, shot a creditable 69 (-3) but ultimately had to settle for second place.

Simon ZACH from the Czech Republic finished third after rounds of 69, 69, 70 and 66 (-14).

Scotland’s Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) -13 and Connor SYME (SCO) -12 continued their great form with fourth and fifth place finishes. When one considers that both, along with most of the other Scottish players, had withdrawn on the eve of the competition as their golf clubs had been lost by KLM en route this is even more remarkable. The Scottish clubs only arrived on site during the morning of the first round and thanks to the flexibility of the European Golf Association the players were allowed to re-enter and play together at the back of the field. Hardly the best preparation.

The following Great British & Irish also finished in the Top 30: –
T9   Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG) -9
T13  Andrew WILSON (ENG)-8
T13  Craig ROSS (SCO) -8
T17  Ben AMOR (ENG) -7
T17  Daniel BROWN (ENG) -7
T17  Grant FORREST (SCO) -7
T26  Paul MCBRIDE (IRE) -5
T26  Stuart GREHAN (IRE) -5
T26  Sandy SCOTT (SCO) -5

Click here to review the final results from Estonia – 2016 European Amateur Championship Live Scores

ME.

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1st August 2016

The European Amateur Championship starts on Wednesday 3rd August at the Estonia Golf & Country Club. Estonia, a member of the European Union since 2004, borders Russia and Latvia and is in the North East of the Continent.

This prestigious international Championship is run by the European Golf Association (EGA).

img_6433Estonia Golf & Country Club

History
This year’s championship will be the 30th in the history of a competition which was first contested in 1986.

It has been hosted in 17 different countries to date, with Estonia becoming the 18th this week. It has been played in Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) on 6 occasions; the courses to host the event being Hillside (1991), Dalmahoy (1993), Celtic Manor (1999), Nairn (2003), Carton House (2012) and The Duke’s St. Andrews (2014) last year. Next year it returns to England with Walton Heath GC in Surrey hosting the event in June.

The reigning champion is Stafano MAZZOLI. The Italian shot rounds of 65, 67, 69 and 68 (-19) at the Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia to hold off GB&I’s Gary HURLEY (-18), Gavin MOYNIHAN (-17), Scott GREGORY (-16) and Jonathan THOMSON (-16).

Stefano Mazzoli

Stefano Mazzoli (Photo: European Golf Association)

Former winners who have gone on to enjoy very successful professional careers include Stephen GALLACHER (1994), Sergio GARCIA (1995), Gregory HAVRET (1999), Carl PETTERSSON (2000), Rory MCILROY (2006) and Victor DUBUISSON (2009).

In addition to Gallacher and McIlroy other GB&I past winners include Jim PAYNE (1991), Paddy GRIBBEN (1998), Stephen BROWNE (2001), Brian MCELHINNEY (2003), Matthew RICHARDSON (2004), Rhys PUGH (2012) and Ashley CHESTERS (2013 and 2014). Chesters is the only player to have won the Championship twice.

Competition Format
The European Amateur is a 72-hole stroke play event. 18-holes are played daily over four days.

A 54-hole cut will be in force with the 60 lowest scores and ties qualifying for the final day’s 18.

The Field
144 players will contest the Championship this week.

All of the players must have handicaps of 0.0 or better with an entry ballot applied based on the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Exemptions were also available to the defending champion, a single nomination from each EGA member nation, competitors in the most recent Bonallack Trophy, St. Andrew’s Trophy and Jacques Léglise Trophy events as well as four players from the host nation.

This year there are 37 players from GB&I competing; there were 44 last year. Here they are in alphabetical order: –
Ben AMOR (ENG)
Jamie BOWER (ENG)
Daniel BROWN (ENG)
Adam CHAPMAN (ENG)
Jack DAVIDSON (WAL)
Owen EDWARDS (WAL)
William ENEFER (ENG)
Ewen FERGUSON (SCO)
Grant FORREST (SCO)
Alex GLEESON (IRE)
Stuart GREHAN (IRE)
Evan GRIFFITH (WAL)
Tim HARRY (WAL)
Josh HILLEARD (ENG)
Craig HOWIE (SCO)
Liam JOHNSTON (SCO)
Matthew JORDAN (ENG)
Paul KINNEAR (ENG)
Kevin LE BLANC (IRE)
Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO)
Robert MACINTYRE (SCO)
Paul MCBRIDE (IRE)
Bradley MOORE (ENG)
Conor O’ROURKE (IRE)
Marco PENGE (ENG)
Gian-Marco PETROZZI (ENG)
Alfie PLANT (ENG)
Steve ROBINS (ENG)
Craig ROSS (SCO)
Jamie SAVAGE (SCO)
Sandy SCOTT (SCO)
Connor SYME (SCO)
Jonathan THOMSON (ENG)
James WALKER (ENG)
William WHITEOAK (ENG)
Andrew WILSON (ENG)
Jack YULE (ENG)

Competition Information
The Round 1 start sheet is here – 2016 European Amateur Championship Draw

The live score link can be accessed here – 2016 European Amateur Championship Leaderboard

Estonia Golf & Country Club
Located 20km from Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, the championship will be played on the championship Sea Course at the Estonia Golf & Country Club.

img_6434Estonia Golf & Country Club

The Sea Course plays to 7,100 yards and is a parkland course that sits near the Baltic Sea and the Jägala River.

Weather Forecast
Unfortunately rain looks to be the order for the week. As at 9.00 am on Monday 1st August the forecast is: –
Weds 3rd August – Showers. Wind 9 mph (NE). Max. 19°C / Min 12°C.
Thurs 4th August – Rain. Wind 12 mph (N). Max. 19°C / Min 14°C.
Fri 5th August – Rain. Wind 10 mph (NE). Max. 21°C / Min 14°C.
Sat 6th August – Showers. Wind 9 mph (NE). Max. 21°C / Min 14°C.

Prizes
Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the Top 3 finishers.

The winner also receives an invitation to compete in next year’s Open Championship – in 2017 this will be held at Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England.

The Championship Trophy is held by the winning player’s national golf authority.

ME.

Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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