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01 - 03 October 2011
Fulda EPD Tour Championship
Golfclub Hofgut Praforst e.V. (Fulda)
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Winner: Darren Wright (England)
prize money: 45.000 €

Reinier Saxton is the 2011 EPD Tour Champion

The last putts are holed, the die is cast: Reinier Saxton is EPD Tour Champion of the year 2011 with overall prize winnings of €34,809. The 23 year old from the Netherlands took 2nd place at the Fulda EPD Tour Championship presented by JOB AG and collected €4,200 prize winnings for this. This was enough to pull ahead of  Maximilian Glauert in the overall standings, who was not participating due to injury. The 22-year-old Darren Wright from England secured himself the victory in the last tournament of the season in the Hofgut Praforst golf course in Hünfeld near Fulda with 202 shots (67, 68, 67). In the EPD Tour Order of Merit, in addition to Saxton, Sebastian Buhl, Maximilian Glauert, Christoph Günther and Dennis Küpper also managed to reach the top 5 of the final classification. All of them may now tee off in the European Challenge Tour in 2012.


by Thomas Kirmaier & Matthias Lettenbichler (pictures)

Hünfeld near Fulda – the heart of the Republic. At the beginning of October 2011, the small Hessian town of Hünfeld was once again the German centre of professional golf: the Hofgut Praforst golf course was the home of the final tournament of the EPD Tour for the fifth time - in the best weather and best conditions: "This year, the course was even better than in recent years," stated tournament director Kariem Baraka in praise of the hosting team. Reinier Saxton also felt on top of the world. The 23-year-old from the Netherlands, who was supported by his family, who had travelled from Amsterdam, on the final day, would have liked to have won his fourth tournament this year, but in the end was also happy with second place. "I really enjoyed playing here and going to the EPD Tour was definitely the right decision", says Saxton.

The overall winner of the EPD Tour admitted having let the final competition slip from his hands a little. After 45 holes, everything was pointing towards another win for the man who has already played with the big names at the British Open and at the Masters in Augusta. "I actually thought, I am only aiming to take second place, "said Darren Wright afterwards. But the Englishman, who had only turned professional four weeks before, was mistaken, as after his strong Eagle on the 13th (par 5), he clearly built up enormous pressure towards the finish. "That was the door opener and turning point for me," states Wright, and this time he was right. While he remained stable, Saxton suffered three consecutive bogeys on holes 14, 15 and 16. This was too much, as it turned out later. Wright used the opportunity and finally won the victory over Saxton (-13) with 202 shots, a total of 14 under par. Lee Corfield from England and Sebastian Buhl from Lower Bavaria came joint 3rd, each with 12 under par.

The race for the sought-after top five places of the EPD Tour Order of Merit also remained extremely exciting: while Sebastian Buhl, with joint third place at Fulda, took the lead over Maximilian Glauert who had to revoke his participation at short notice due to back problems, Christoph Günther secured his fourth place on the leaderboard with place 6. Dennis Küpper, who moved up to place 13 thanks to a good 68 final round in Hünfeld, won the race for the fifth promotional ticket and also won the indirect competition against Allen John (ranked 9th) in a knife-edge victory. In the end, €250 separated the both of them. However, there is still hope for John: if one of the top 5 survive the cut in the final stage tournament of the qualifying school, then Allen John is the first successor for the Challenge Tour.


18: A nice bunker shot
and a great Chip-In

Hünfeld (mat) – A very good bunker shot and a sensational chip directly into the cup: Hole 18 already prooved its drama qualities in the 2nd round of the 2011 Fulda EPD Tour Championship. Daniel Wünsche played a nice save out of the bunker, Christoph Günther chipped in from outside. At around 3 p.m. today the new Champion of the 2011 season will be crowned on this beautiful hole. See the Videoclip

Reinier Saxton is the 2011 EPD Tour Champion

Hünfeld/Fulda (tki) – It was his goal to be finally number one of the Order of Merit – and he achieved it: Dutchman Reinier Saxton finished the Fulda EPD Tour Championship 2011 presented by JOB AG on 2nd place on Monday afternoon. This strong performance at the GC Hofgut Praforst and respectively the 4200 euro prize money was good enough to jump on top of the table at the end of the season. With a total prize money of almost 35.000 euro Saxton, who was the only player to win three tournaments this year, finally took the crown. He profit also from the absence of German Maximilian Glauert who missed the final competition because of backache.

Coming home on tied 3rd place also German Sebastian Buhl earned enough money to overtake Glauert in the rankings and finish the year as Vice Champion. Saxton, Buhl, Glauert as well as Christoph Günther and Dennis Küpper reached the Top 5 and so got the ticket for  European Challenge Tour 2012. Even Allen John, ranked sixth in the order of merit, still has chances to climb one step higher: If one of the Top-5-players reaches the final stage of Qualifying School and makes the cut there, John moves up.

The winner at the Fulda EPD Tour Championship 2011 was Darren Wright. The 22 year old Englishman from Portsmouth ran hot on the last nine holes and finally had a score of 14 under (67, 68, 67), one stroke better than Saxton.

Reinier Saxton grabs for the crown at the season finale

Reinier Saxton is only one step away from becoming king of EPD Tour 2011. The 23 year old Dutchman entered the clubhouse as leader of the Fulda EPD Tour Championship 2011 presented by JOB AG in Hünfeld near Fulda after round two on Sunday. Now he has best chances to win not only the final tournament but the overall 2011 ranking since Maximilian Glauert from Düsseldorf, still on top of the EPD Tour Order of Merit, cancelled his participation because of backache. Saxton shares the lead with Englishman Darren Wright. Both players needed 135 strokes for 36 holes and have nine under par on their score cards. Swiss Damian Ulrich (136/-8) is ranked third.

by Thomas Kirmaier & Matthias Lettenbichler (pictures)

Hünfeld/Fulda – "I really enjoyed myself today but I wish Max would be here, that we could play for the victory", Saxton said. He had a 68 on Saturday and was even one stroke better on Sunday on the championship course of GC Hofgut Praforst. The club in Hünfeld near Fulda is host of the final EPD Tour tournament for the fifth time in a row and presented  fairways and greens in best shape again. "There are a lot of chances to make birdies", Saxton said. So he hopes to play even better on Monday when all questions will be answered. "Of course I want to win this tournament and it would be great to finish this year as number one of the EPD Tour Order of Merit."

Benjamin Miarka, who went as leader in round two, struggled a bit on sunny Sunday. After three bogeys on the back nine he now is ranked ninth before the final race to championship on Monday. Last year the professional from Hannover made his masterpiece by winning the Fulda EPD Tour Championship 2010 and as a consequence the overall ranking – same thing Reinier Saxton would like to go for in 2011.

First groups will tee off at 8.30 on Monday. Leading couple Saxton/Wright is planned to start at 10.10 am with their pursuer Damian Ulrich. At about three o’clock the tournament as well as the EPD Tour 2011 will have a champion. 


"I had a lot of fun and
I was very consistant"

Hünfeld (mat) – Reinier Saxton has played a fabulous season so far and has now the chance to secure his 4th victory and also the overall win of the EPD Tour Order of Merit. After round 2 he gave us a litte review of the season.
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Hünfeld: Tee-off for the final of the EPD Tour season

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the final round of the 2011 EPD Tour season!" With words like these Bernd Kraft, the uncomparable Starter of the EPD Tour, will announce the indeed final round of the EPD Tour 2011 on Monday. At around 3 p.m. all decisions will be made as far as the overall win after 20 tournaments is concerned and as far as who is going to earn playing rights on the 2012 Challenge Tour. The Fulda EPD Tour Championship will be teed off on Saturday with the first round of this 45.000 Euro tournament, and a hand full of players can still have hope for money, fame and glory.

by Matthias Lettenbichler

Hünfeld/Germany – It is the week of truth in Hünfeld: from 1st until 3rd October the professionals of the EPD tour will play the last tournament of the 2011 season on the Hofgut Praforst golf course. Monday afternoon will determine which player can secure the overall victory of the EPD Tour Order of Merit and which five professionals can start the Challenge Tour in 2012. 64 professionals registered and all have their eyes set on the record prize money of €45,000 in the Fulda EPD Tour Championship 2011 as well as the last two tickets for the promotion which have not yet been awarded.  

The player at the top of the leaderboard, Maximilian Glauert from Düsseldorf, the three-times season winner Reinier Saxton from the Netherlands, Dennis Küpper (GC Düsseldorf-Grafenberg), who recently won twice in succession, the current number 3 Sebastian Buhl from the Lower Bavarian Loham, Christoph Günther from Oberammergau, who last week caused a sensation at the European Tour, Allen John from St. Leon-Rot and the Englishman Ben Parker, who are both hopeful for a ticket for the Challenge Tour: anyone who has rank and status at the EPD Tour this year is at the start of the Fulda EPD Tour Championship on Saturday. With the exception of one, the top 10 in the current rankings are represented together: 64 professionals are once again on the hunt for birdies and prize money over three days and end the season on the Championship golf courses of Hofgut Praforst.

The final event of the year is rewarded with a total of €45,000, the record prize money this year which guarantees both the top-class players as well as an exciting game right down to the last putt. In terms of scores, the players ranked 6th to 9th on the leaderboard still have the opportunity to improve and reach one of the five top positions which mean the promotion to the Challenge Tour. Alongside the Englishmen Ben Parker, who is ranked 7th, these are the three Germans Allen John (6), Alexander Knappe (8) and Marcel Haremza (9). Dennis Küpper who ranks 5th definitely needs to score in order to at least secure this position and Christoph Günther, who is ranked fourth, also needs to make a little effort for his running score.


Günther and Küpper in great position

Furthermore, both players are not expected to be easily knocked-off their spots: Küpper won the two last tournaments and now wants the hat trick to "make everything clear". Christoph Günther is travelling to Hünfeld with his head held high, as he achieved the best result in his career last week in Austria on the European Tour with rank 19 and is in brilliant form.

"We can look forward to a top-class sporting and undoubtedly exciting season finale down to the last putt," states Rainer Goldrian, CEO of the EPD Tour. "The course in Hünfeld is selective, opens up good chances for birdies at the last holes and has demonstrated its high quality in the last few years." And even the spectators, who have free entry on all days, have a perfect view of which professionals have reason to celebrate on Monday afternoon around 3 o'clock, from the hills around hole 18. And they can listen to Bernd Kraft announcing "Ladies and Gentlemen, this ist the winner of the 2011 EPD Tour season!"  LIVE SCORING