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Pro Golf Tour brochure 2017
by Christian Langer - 23. February 2017 11:38
Munich/Germany – "The Pro Golf Tour is the perfect way to transition from amateur to pro. You are immediately playing at a high level, have the comparison with your colleagues and can win prize money by producing good results that at least cover your costs. My time on the Pro Golf Tour was an experience that I would not want to have missed out on." That's what Martin Kaymer, two-time Major- and three-time Ryder Cup winner says. In 2006 the former leader of the Official World Golf Ranking won the tour and started into his professional career on the Pro Golf Tour.
The new brochure „Pro Golf Tour 2017 – the stage for the GOLFSTARS OF TOMORROW“ does not only inform about the tour in general and how to join. It also provides insights in how it’ll be like for a rookie to become part of the tour. Exciting interviews with former Pro Golf Tour champions like two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer or European Tour player Florian Fritsch show the benefits of playing on the tour. Also, every events of the 2017 season are listed and hosting club managers exemplify how a club can profit by hosting a Pro Golf Tour tournament.
You can find interesting facts and figures about the tour’s history, it’s sharesholders and ProAms.
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Open Casa Green Golf 2017
Rookie Carstensen triumphs in Casablanca
by Christian Langer - 17. February 2017 15:31
Casablanca/Morocco – Last week, at the Open The Tony Jacklin, Christopher Carstensen struggled as wind forced him to only score a 74 on the final day, finishing the event as shared 25th. But already on his second appearance as a tour-professional Carstensen couldn’t be stopped by any of his opponents: With rounds of 66, 68 and on the third day 67 the 23-year-old secured himself not only the first trophy of his professional career but also 5000 Euro prize money and as much ranking points.
“I just played very good at this tournament, especially my long game worked pretty well. When the first six holes didn’t work out as I hoped they would, I got a little nervous. But from then on I was able to score important putts”, the man from Hamburg said after his success.
At mild pre-summer temperatures the participants of the Open Casa Green Golf enjoyed playing on the beautiful par-72-course of the Casa Green Golf Club in Casablanca, and also Carstensen took good use of the weather: “The golf course is great and in good shape! To play here with such a fantastic weather is great fun.”
Carstensen has already set himself his aims for this seasons: Finishing in the Top 5 of the Order of Merit and promoting to the European Challenge Tour. Even though it will be very hard to achieve this: “The tour is on a very, very high level. When we had to play with fog surrounding and heavy wind distracting us, some players shot very low scores. That really impressed me.”
The Pro Golf Tour continues on March 2, as the players start into the first round of the Open Madaef, the third out of six Morocco-events of the tour in 2017.
Open Casa Green Golf 2017
Dylan Boshart leads with -7
by Christian Langer - 15. February 2017 19:14
Casablanca/Morocco – Seven birdies, not a single bogey. 65 shots. Seven under par. What a nice round Dylan Boshart from Rotterdam could sign on his scorecard after the first day of tournament. As the 65 was also the days lowest result, the 26-year-old is currently leading on the Par-72-course of the Casa Green Golf Club. Boshart, who first appeared on the tour at its first Qualifying School in 2014, now’s got the chance to achieve the highest ranking of his professional career. The best rank Boshart earned so far was at the Sparkassen Open 2016 in Bochum, as he finished 11th, while his fellow countryman Maarten Bosch won the event. This time Boshart wants to receive the first trophy himself.
But his opponents aren’t that far away from capturing his lead. The Germans Patrick Kopp from Olching and Christopher Carstensen from Hamburg are only one stroke behind. Carstensen also played seven birides, but a bogey made him finish the round as shared second. Patrick Kopp from Olching in Bavaria caught up by playing 6 under par as well: “It was just a really good round today. At the beginning I had to find my game but a little bit later I found my confidence”, Kopp said.
The second 18 holes of the Open Casa Green Golf 2017 are up to come. Round 2 will start at 7:45 am local time and 107 players are fighting to get a good position to start into the final round on Friday.
Open The Tony Jacklin 2017
Robbie van West celebrates maiden victory
by Christian Langer - 11. February 2017 17:05
Casablanca/Morocco – It couldn’t have been any more exciting at the start of the Pro Golf Tour Morocco series 2017: From the beginning the participants played good golf and low scores but the highest-ranked players had never been separated by more than two strokes. As on Friday the German Moritz Lampert, who was leading at this time, needed three putts on hole 17 and had to note his first bogey of the final round, he fell back from -13 to -12. The first playoff of the season was set. At first van West, Iten, Lampert and von Dellingshausen passed the first extra hole; at the second try van West and Iten were able to score a birdie. It took three more extra holes to find a winner, as van West needed one stroke less on hole 12, a 189 meter par 3.
“I didn’t play that good today, so I wasn’t expecting to make it into the playoff”, van West said. But with a flawless final round of 66 the Dutchman proved his scoring skills. “It was hard work, but now I’m really happy about my first win”, the new leader of the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit said.
The Open The Tony Jacklin was the first out of six tournaments that the tour hosts in Morocco this season. The best player of those events will get a special reward: a spot at the European Tour tournament Trophée Hassan II (prize money: 2.5 million Euro) which will be held in Rabat in April. Another reason for the payers of the Pro Golf Tour to give their best at the next event: The Open Casa Green Golf 2017 will take place from February 15 to 18 in Casablanca.
Open The Tony Jacklin 2017
Three players sharing the lead
by Christian Langer - 10. February 2017 19:46
Casablanca/Morocco – It could have been a better score for Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal. Two birdies and one bogey were written down on his scorecard after the second round of the Open The Tony Jacklin in Casablanca. A solid round, still enough to stay on his pole position. Nevertheless, he’s not the only player with a score of 9 under par. The 25-year-old shares the lead with two Germans, who surprise their competitors.
Tour-Rookie Nicolai von Dellingshausen is playing his first season as a professional, but that doesn’t mean the man from Düsseldorf hasn’t gained experience so far. As an amateur the 23-year-old had won the German Matchplay Championship on two occasions and plays for the Golf Club Hubbelrath in the “Bundesliga”. After von Dellingshausen was already ranked as second after round 1, a round of 70 helped him to catch up on Figueiredo.
Von Dellingshausen’s fellow-countryman Marc-Alexander Hammer is the tournaments biggest surprise so far. Born in Karlsruhe in 1998, amateur, part of the German National Team, playing his first Pro Golf Tour event ever. But the 18-year-old proved his class in Casablanca by scoring a flawless round with six birdies. 21 ranks up the leaderboard. Will Hammer be able to surprise his much more experienced competitors by winning the event?
Tomorrow’s final round will show. 43 players have made the cut and the last 18 holes of the “The Open The Tony Jacklin 2017” will start at 7:45 am local time.
Open The Tony Jacklin 2017
64! Pedro Figueiredo leads in Casablanca
by Christian Langer - 9. February 2017 21:07
Casablanca/Morocco – Nine birdies and only a single bogey: Pedro Figueiredo can be more than satisfied by his todays result. The aim for the 25-year-old is to secure himself his first trophy on the Pro Golf Tour. He had already come close to that as he finished the Red Sea Egyptian Classic in January as second, with only one stroke more than winner Kenny Subregis from France. This time the former Challenge Tour player wants to end the tournament on the pole position.
But he has to succeed against experienced competitors: Four players are currently sharing the second place with 7 strokes under par: Czech Stanislav Matus has already won a Pro Golf Tour event last year at the Haugschlag NÖ Open 2016, Chris Robb from Scottland finished that event as second and German Nicolai von Dellingshausen plays his first season as a professional but is a two-time-winner at the German Amateur Matchplay Championship.
Also ranked as second is Robin Kind from the Netherlands: In 2015 Kind won the Sparkassen Open by playing the second 59 in the tour’s history. The first one was Martin Kaymer in 2006, who is now a multiple time Major- and Ryder-Cup winner. Kind finished the 2015 season by promoting to the European Challenge Tour.
And also the sixth rank is shared with -6 by two successfull competitors: In the last season Moritz Lampert from Germany and French Johann Lopez Lazaro were each able to win a Pro Golf Tour event in Morocco.
The second round will start on Friday morning at 7:45 am local time.
Pro Golf Tour 2017
Top-class newcomers and great classics
by Matthias Lettenbichler - 7. February 2017 18:01
Munich – An early start to the tour on excellent courses in the sunny South, return to Central Europe to tried and tested venues at the end of April and the highly anticipated premiere of several top-class newcomers: The Pro Golf Tour 2017 season promises plenty of sporting highlights. As in the last two years, the Pro Golf Tour began the new tournament season at the Sokhna Golf Club in Egypt. The Frenchman Kenny Subregis won at the Red Sea Egyptian Classic and celebrated the first tour victory of his career by the Red Sea, the Englishman Ben Parker won the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic. In February and March six tournaments in total follow in Morocco where the Pro Golf Tour and Moroccan Association du Trophée Hassan II de Golf celebrate a partnership with tradition: the tour has been a guest in the westernmost region of Maghreb since 2010. Magnificent golf courses, guaranteed sun and the constantly breathtaking scenery of the mountains and sea provide the perfect conditions for professional golf tournaments.
“We are proud of being able to offer a highly attractive tournament calendar once again,” says Rainer Goldrian, Pro Golf Tour Managing Director. “The early start in Egypt and Morocco guarantees game practice on excellent courses in good weather conditions and the high quality of the host club’s golf courses will of course also be continued at the tournaments in Central Europe.”
At the end of April, the players are adjourning to Austria for the first time this year for the Haugschlag NÖ Open, the Ypsilon Cup by CzechOne is on the programme in Czech Republic at the start of May. With the Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten 2017 presented by Diners Club & NOYAN Golftravel in Neidling and the Adamstal Open 2017 powered by EURAM Bank AG in Ramsau, the merry month of May has two other traditional tournaments in Austria in store. The second Czech event, the premiere of the Austerlitz Classic in June, is followed by the first tournament on German soil: the Sparkassen Open 2017 welcomes the players to Bochum from 6 to 8 July.
Starnberg Open: home game for the Pro Golf Tour
The fact that the Pro Golf Tour is gaining more and more appeal in our neighbouring country of Austria, is proved not least by the Zell am See – Kaprun Open presented by Salzburger Land which graces the tour calendar for the first time in mid-July and is the fourth tournament of the 2017 season in the Alpine Republic. Besides the classic tournaments like the Preis of the Hardenberg GolfResort in Northeim, Sierra Polish Open in Poland and the Gut Bissenmoor Classic north of Hamburg, there is one more top-class newcomer on the new competition calendar: the Pro Golf Tour is a guest on the course at the Starnberg GC in Bavaria for the first time in its history from 16 to 18 August: the Starnberg Open 2017 therefore marks a kind of home game for the Pro Golf Tour based in Munich.
At the start of September the tour players finally compete at the Wroclaw Open in Poland, before the grand tour finale is on the programme with the Castanea Resort Championship 2017 in Adendorf from 25 to 27 September. While all the other events are endowed with prize money of 30,000 euro, the battle is then on for the record winnings of 50,000 euro and just as many points for the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit. Thus ensuring that sporting thrills are guaranteed until the very last putt, as it is only definite which players will take the top rankings in the final Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, which guarantee promotion to the Challenge Tour 2018, after the last putt.
The final item on the Pro Golf Tour 2017 tournament year agenda is the Qualifying School, which takes place from 10 to 13 October at the Paderborner Land GC and decides who will be allowed to at all the Pro Golf Tour tournaments in 2018 and gain valuable experience and points. As that is namely the whole point of the Pro Golf Tour: the perfect stepping stone to a successful tour player’s career. The German Florian Fritsch, who won the Pro Golf Tour 2013 Order of Merit and has in the meantime established himself on the European Tour, says: “To play consistently in higher tours you have to give yourself the time to mature by playing in lots of tournaments. This is exactly the opportunity that the Pro Golf Tour offers.” An experience which is corroborated by the current situation: Six of the seven German European Tour 2017 members once started their golf career on the Pro Golf Tour. “We are proud to have been running an official feeder and satellite tour for the European Tour for twelve years now, which is appreciated by the players, where the quality of the sport is constantly increasing, which provides its members with professional organisation and excellent venues and establishes its best alumni at the top of professional golf in Europe too,” says Rainer Goldrian.
ProAm experience for amateurs
Anyone who wants to go on the hunt for a birdie side by side with a professional for once, has the opportunity to book a ProAm starting place at select Pro Golf Tour events. Host clubs can offer members, partners and sponsors a very special highlight with the ProAm. Participants tee off together with professional tour players during a ProAm tournament. As a result, you have the chance to watch professionals up close during an official tournament round and get tips in terms of course strategy, game tactics and technique. With ProAm a team consists of one professional and up to three amateurs. A ProAm starting place is also suitable as a wonderful gift: the Pro Golf Tour office will be happy to issue a gift voucher on request. Anyone interested can book a ProAm as a business event either independently or as part of the Pro Golf Tour.
Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2017
Egypt: Ben Parker triumphs with a total -21
by Christian Langer - 25. January 2017 13:57
Ain Sokhna/Egypt – “The whole course but especially the greens are amazing. They’re definitely on European-Tour-level!“ Tournament-winner Ben Parker was amazed by the course at the Red Sea, where he could use the conditions and also prove his skills. Only two bogeys were noted on Parker’s scorecards but also 21 birdies and an eagle. “My drives and the all shots with the wedge on the first two days were really good and landed very close to the hole. By that, the putting wasn’t that necessary.” However, it was on the final round: “I wasn’t able to place the ball as precisely as the days before but then my putts were pretty good”, Parker said.
With a two-stroke advantage to German Maximilian Laier, Parker started into the last round of the event. But soon Austrian Clemens Prader, who had already scored eight birdies after twelve holes, caught up the deficit up to one shot. “When I saw that Clemens played that well it really motivated me to give my very best”, Parker said. Which he did: The man from Southpork/Britain scored birdies on hole 12, 13, 14 and 15 which finally made him achieve another 65. It was enough for him to successfully keep Prader behind, but the Austrian finished the day with a 62 – a new course record in Ain Sokhna.
With his victory at the second of two Pro Golf Tour tournaments in Egypt Ben Parker takes over the lead at the Order of Merit. And Parker, who shares an apartment with European-Tour-player Maximilian Kieffer, does not plan to give up that position: “Right now I’m trying to focus on the Pro Golf Tour and defending my title of the Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia for the second time.”
The event in Mohammedia is part of the Morocco-Series of the Pro Golf Tour which will start with Open The Tony Jacklin in Casablanca on February 9.
Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2017
Ben Parker retains the lead
by Christian Langer - 24. January 2017 16:36
Ain Sokhna/Egypt – The course of the Sokhna Golf Club located next to the Red Sea in Egypt seems to fit Ben Parker pretty well: At the first round of the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2017 Parker noted , at only one bogey, six birdies and also an eagle. While he wasn’t able to repeat the eagle on hole 17 at the second day, he compensated it by playing two more birdies. Parker will start into the final round as single leader, two shots ahead of German Maximilian Laier from Leipzig. The third rank is currently shared by Laier’s fellow countryman David Heinzinger and Czech Fillip Mruzek (each -10).
It wouldn’t be the first time that Ben Parker wins a Pro Golf Tour tournament: In 2015 Parker secured himself the trophy of the Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia and defended his victory the following season.
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by Matthias Lettenbichler - 23. January 2017 18:19
Ain Sokhna/Egypt – At 11:50 a.m. Ben Parker started into the second tounament of the 2017 Pro Golf Tour season teeing of at hole No. 10. After a tied 14th place last week at the Red Sea Egyptian Classic Parker hoped to improve his performance - and he did: with birdies on holes 13 and 16 and an eagle at No. 17. he made his way towards the top of the leaderboard. His only bogey on Monday happened on the 18th hole but with birdies on 1, 6, 7 and 8 the Englishman who lives in Hamburg got his name on top of the leaderboard.
On Tuesday Parker will be an early up with a tee time at 7:55. And he will be the one chased by his opponents who are just a few strokes behind after the first day in Ain Sokhna: Clemens Prader from Austria signed a colourful scorecard after his first round with 66 strokes. Quite as many as Maximilian Laier shot who had a flawless round with six birdies.
94 Players are still in the field competing for a total purse of 30,000 euro.
Red Sea Egyptian Classic 2017
First victory for Kenny Subregis
by Christian Langer - 19. January 2017 14:50
Ain Sokhna/Egypt – In 2016 Subregis had already placed himself on the winners’ podium, three times the Frenchman was able to finish a Pro Golf Tour event as second. At the Red Sea Egyptian Classic 2017 he was finally able to triumph. After he noted a solid 70 on his scorecard after day 1 the man from Vieux Boucau was able to score 69 in the second round and secured the seventh rank on the leaderboard. While the 21-year-old hit four birdies on the Back Nine on Wednesday, the day after he managed to improve with an eagle on top at the final round. That eagle also made him overtake Pedro Figueiredo to assume the leadership. With 66 Subregis scored the lowest round of the day, needing one stroke less than the the Portuguese (67/ 71/ 68) in the end.
“It seems like the first victory is the hardest one”, Subregis said more than happy after his success. “I’m very glad, now that I’ve won my first trophy, and also the way I won makes me confident: Playing 6 under on the last nine holes proves that I can handle the pressure. Also the course was really great. It’s in a perfect condition and the short grass is great to hit balls off.”
With the Red Sea Egyptian Classic the Pro Golf Tour has successfully begun its 2017 season. On Monday the second event of the year will start, as the players will again compete on the same facility for 30.000 Euro prize money and as much ranking points. The 27 fairways of the Sokhna Golf Club will be combined to an alternate 18-hole-round and 96 professionals will participate.