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Open Ocean 2016 News

7.2.2016 until 9.2.2016 (ProAm: 6.2.2016)

organizer:Pro Golf Tour
location:Agadir
golfclub:Golf de L'Ocean
golf course:Garden + Dunes
design:
winner:Lampert Moritz (GER)
deadline: 14.1.2016
contact the tournament office
venue details: www.golfdelocean.com
prize money:30.000 €
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Pro Golf Tour 2017

Season-opening in North Africa

The dates for the first eight Pro Golf Tour 2017 tournaments have been set: after two events in Egypt in January, the players travel onto the Kingdom of Morocco where there are six events on the tournament calendar in total in February and March.

by Christian Langer - 25. November 2016 15:32

Egypt/Morocco − As in the last two years, the Pro Golf Tour is starting the new tournament season at the Sokhna Golf Club in Egypt. The Red Sea Egyptian Classic (17 to 19 January 2017) and Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic (23 to 25 January 2017) tournaments always paved the way for the players later promotion to the European Challenge Tour. For example, the professionals who celebrated tournament wins by the Red Sea in 2015 and 2016 also secured a Top 5 position in the final ranking for that year: the Dutchman Reinier Saxton, Philipp Mejow from Berlin, the Frenchman Antoine Schwartz and Christopher Mivis from Belgium all received playing rights for the Challenge Tour.

The two tournaments at the magical Sokhna Golf Club are in any case far more than just a sporting benchmark: they are the basis for promotion, the golfers lay the foundation stone there for the course of the rest of the entire season. It’s therefore not surprising that the starting places which are limited to 90 due to daylight are highly sought after. The challenging par 72 golf course demands everything of players, only the best come out on top. And all in front of stunning scenery: lakes and streams run through the course, palm tress line the banks and fairways and the sea is always present on the horizon. The club’s 27 fairways are combined into two completely individual courses.

Six tournaments in Morocco

The six tournaments in the Morocco series immediately follow the two Egypt events. 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. The 2017 Morocco tournaments start on 9 February with the The Tony Jacklin 2017 Open in Casablanca. The Irishman Rory McNamara won the cup there last year, which was the first professional title of his career at the same time. The Casa Green Golf Open also takes place in Casablanca a few days later from 15 to 17 February. The Frenchman Johann Lopez Lazaro also established himself as a rookie here in 2016.

The Madaef Open (2 to 4 March) starts in El Jadida on 2 March, the second Morocco block which includes the Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia Open from 8 to 10 March. The winners last year were the Frenchman Stanislas Gautier and Ben Parker from England. Part 3 of the Morocco programme is finally the Ocean Open (23 to 25 March) and the Tazegzout Open (29 to 31 March), both in respectively near Agadir. There were two winners from Germany here in 2016 with Moritz Lampert and Martin Keskari.

Pro Golf Tour 2017

Egypt – two events to find an overall champion?

As in 2015 and 2016 the Pro Golf Tour next year will start into the new season with two events in Egypt. The tournaments have been a guarantor for leading the tours’ ranking.

by Christian Langer - 26. October 2016 13:03

Ain Sokhna/ Egypt ˗ What’s the thing that Dutchman Reinier Saxton, German Philipp Mejow, Antoine Schwartz from France and Belgian Christopher Mivis in common? They all love wearing caps. But the main thing is that every one of them has won an event on the course of the Sokhna Golf Club in Ain Sokhna. And each had been the leader of the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, some ended as overall champion.

It seems like the Top 5 of the ranking can already be found at the very beginning of the season in Egypt. If this will also be the case next year, nobody can already say. But it’s not that improbable: The magnificent par-72 course requires the participants to play as good as they can. But well ondulated greens, beautiful lakes and the amazing scenery compensate the effort.

The next season will start with the Red Sea Egyptian Classic (17. - 19. January) and the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic (23. - 25. January). The deadline for both events, each endowed with 30.000 Euro prize money, is on December 14.

 

Marco Iten (Switzerland) with the trophy of the 2017 Qualifying School. He won with 7 under par (68+69).
Marco Iten (Switzerland) with the trophy of the 2017 Qualifying School. He won with 7 under par (68+69).

Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School

12 secure full playing rights for the 2017 season

A total of 12 players secured unlimited playing rights for the 2017 season at the Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School in GC Paderborner Land in Salzkotten/Germany.

by Matthias Lettenbichler - 14. October 2016 18:49

Salzkotten/Germany − With rounds of 68 and 69 Marco Iten from Switzerland secured himself the winner's trophy of the Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School in Salzkotten/Germany. On the par 72 golf course of GC Paderborner Land the amateur triumphed with a total 7 under par and finally was one stroke ahead of professional Lars Buijs from the Netherlands (70+68/-6). Third place of the 36 hole tournament was shared by German amateur Stefan Still and Alexandre Widemann, professional from France (-5).    

Finally 12 players do now have guaranteed playing rights in all ranking list tournaments of the 2017 Pro Golf Tour with another 29 players have a very high chance to be able to play every tournament as well.

Third Olivier Rozner, tournament winner Niklas Adank and second Max Eichmeier. Picture: Heigl

Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016

Adank wins the final, Schwartz the Order of Merit

The two Frenchmen Antoine Schwartz and Mathieu Fenasse as well as Niklas Adank from Hamburg are the major winners of the 2016 Pro Golf Tour Final.

by Matthias Lettenbichler - 1. October 2016 09:50

Adendorf/Germany − While Niklas Adank secured the title at the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship in Adendorf straight away in his first tournament as a professional, Antoine Schwartz successfully defended first place in the Order of Merit and claimed his ticket for the 2017 European Challenge Tour. He managed the promotion alongside Julian Kunzenbacher from Bielefeld, Christopher Mivis from Belgium and Max Kramer (Fulda) in 2nd to 4th place in the final Order of Merit. The fifth starting place was battled for in Adendorf with Mathieu Fenasse, another Frenchman; he pushed Patrick Kopp from Olching into 6th place in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit in the last 2016 tournament.

The players from France had shown a strong presence on the Pro Golf Tour all year round, and they did so at the end of the season too. For the second time in a row, the Castanea Resort in Adendorf was the host to the Pro Golf Tour Final and Mathieu Fenasse dominated the competition on the first two days. With rounds of 66 and 69 strokes, the number 7 in the Order of Merit took first place on the leader board after rounds 1 and 2 and set about well and truly shaking up the Pro Golf Tour 2016 overall ranking; winning the tournament would have catapulted him to first place in the season’s ranking.

SKY report about the 2016 FINALE in Adendorf

 

After a final round of 75 he shared fourth place in the tournament anyway and collected enough points to claim his ticket for the Challenge Tour in the very last minute. Niklas Adank and Max Eichmeier finally decided who won the tournament among themselves having both shared first place with 8 under par after 54 holes. At the fourth extra hole in the play-off it was finally Adank who seized his chance after a sensational stroke onto the green and also won his first professional tournament on his home course at the same time. Besides the prize money of EUR 7,800, just as many ranking list points were added to his account. “It’s an incredibly fantastic feeling to be able to win on your own course,” Adank comments on his perfect tour début; he had become a professional just in time for the tournament.

Antoine Schwartz was also over the moon having been promoted to the next league as number 1 in the Order of Merit after four years on the Pro Golf Tour. “I have learnt a great deal on the Pro Golf Tour and feel well prepared for what now awaits me”, said the champion. The high quality of the golf courses in particular and the constantly growing competition as well as the strength of the players on the tour is a good school: “The Pro Golf Tour is an outstanding Satellite Tour and I am really happy that I decided to continuously play here”, says Schwartz, who accepted the huge trophy for the overall win from Erwin Langer; Langer Sport is a shareholder of the Pro Golf Tour, which is run by PGA of Germany.

The Castanea Resort in Adendorf once again proved to be a superb venue for the tour final and provided a just as well prepared as selective championship course alongside a perfect infrastructure. The Pro Golf Tour Final will also be held in Adendorf in 2017.

The 2016 Pro Golf Tour ranking list tournaments, where 590,000 euros of prize money was distributed at 19 events, have come to an end with the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016. The year now finishes with the Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School for the 2016 season at Paderborner Land GC from 11 to 14 October.

 

 

Tournament winner and local hero Niklas Adank. picture: Heigl

Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016

Adank wins tournament, Schwartz the ranking

Local hero Niklas Adank and the Frenchman Antoine Schwartz are the big winners of the Pro Golf Tour 2016 final tournament.

by Christian Langer - 28. September 2016 18:33

Adendorf/Germany − While Niklas Adank secured the tournament victory at the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship in Adendorf in a playoff with compatriot Max Eichmeier and therefore celebrated his first success as a professional, Philipp Mejow wrapped up the overall victory of the 2016 tour. By that, Mejow will participate in the European Challenge Tour 2017. German Julian Kunzenbacher, Christopher Mivis from Belgium, German Max Kramer and the Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse ranked 2 to 5 in the final Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit have also won the ticket to the next highest professional golf league in Europe.

It has been an amazing Pro Golf Tour finale in Adendorf this year. Never before, so much drama had taken place in the tours’ history: Before the event, everyone ranked higher as 22nd had a chance to make it into the Top 5. But in the end, only one of the five highest ranked player lost his position in the Order of Merit. The leading four kept their ranks and so Antoine Schwartz is finishing the 2016 season Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit as the number 1. He collected 22,105.29 points over 19 tournaments, more than any of his competitors. Even more so as winning the order of merit was pretty tough work for the Frenchman even at the end: Even though it was just a small advantage towards his runner-up Julian Kunzenbacher, a shared 26th rank in Adendorf was enough for Schwartz to retain his overall leadership as Kunzenbacher only finished as shared 20th. Schwartz achieved a total of +3 by playing 70 in each round 1 and 2 and only a 79 in round 3.

Meanwhile German Niklas Adank, who finished as fourth after the second day, used the final round to capture the lead: With 69 strokes he played the second-best round of the day, leaving most of his opponnents behind. But his companion Max Eichmeier couldn’t be beaten until the end. As both players had a total of eight strokes under par after 54 holes, a playoff was set. It took four extra-holes to find a winner as Adank secured himself the first victory of his career. The Hamburg-native Adank had played several events this year as an amateur, Adendorf was not only his first victory but also his very first tournament as a professional.

Antoine Schwartz, the German Julian Kunzenbacher, Christopher Mivis from Belgium and German Max Kramer defended their positions as the Top-4 at the Tour Championship, earning a promotion to the next higher league. Only German Patrick Kopp lost his fifth place in the ranking even though a tremendous fighting spirit against the attack by the Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse. But Fenasse, winner of the Gut Bissenmoor Classic 2016, played an amazing golf on the first two days bringing him the temporary lead. However, with a final round of 75, Fenasse lost the leadership but earned enough ranking points to capture rank no. 5.

The 2016 Pro Golf Tour ranking list tournaments, where 590,000 euros of prize money was distributed at 19 events, have come to an end with the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016. The year now finishes with the Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School for the 2016 season at Paderborner Land GC from 11 to 14 October.

 

 

Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse still leads in Adendorf after round two. Picture: Stefan Heigl
Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse still leads in Adendorf after round two. Picture: Stefan Heigl

Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016

Mathieu Fenasse retains the lead

Yesterday’s round was lead by Mathieu Fenasse from France. 18 holes later Fenasse is still on top of the leaderboard with a one-stroke-advantage. After the second day, Czech Stanislav Matus is the runner-up with 8 under par.

by Christian Langer - 27. September 2016 16:49

Adendorf/Germany − While Matthieu Fenasse had finished the first round of the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship without a single fault, he had to note three flaws on his scorecard today. The second round didn’t start too well for the 25-year-old, who teed off with Irishman Rory McNamara and German Benedict Staben on tee 10. Fenasse played a bogey on his first two holes of the day. Those were followed by a double-bogey on hole 17. But fortunately the Frenchman also scored seven birdies. A round of 69 was enough for Fenasse to stay ahead of his opponnents.

However, it isn’t lonely at the top: Czech Stanislav Matus, who had already won the Haugschlag NÖ Open in May and currently holds the tenth position of the Order of Merit, only needed one more overall stroke than Fenasse. Matus scored a 70 on day one, but with a 66 in the second round, he skipped eleven ranks and starts into the final 18 holes with a total 8 under par. Frenchman Kenny Subregis is ranked third with -7.

All of them still have a good chance to reach the top 5 of the overall-ranking, which includes a tourcard for the European Challenge Tour 2017. Fenasse, who started as #7 of this ranking, is only about 6000 points behind the leader Antoine Schwartz. The winner of the tournament in Adendorf will receive 7800 of the 50.000 Euro prize money, and also as much ranking points.

An exciting final round will start on the magnificent course of the Golf Resort Adendorf at 8:30 am. Who will win the event? And who’ll make it to the Challenge Tour next year?

Find out with our Livescoring >>>

 

 

For the second time in a row the Pro Golf Tour hosts its finale in Adendorf.

Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016

Mathieu Fenasse in the lead

The big tour-finale has begun and Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse leads with 6 under par after the first round, one stroke ahead of German Patrick Kopp, who’s currently ranked as 2nd.

by Christian Langer - 26. September 2016 16:54

Adendorf/Germany − It has been a flawless first round that Mathieu Fenasse, from the village Lias next to Toulouse, played on the magnificent par-72 course of the Golf Resort Adendorf. Six birdies and not a single bogey were written down on the scorecard of the 25-year-old. By that, Fenasse is currently on top of the leaderboard. It wouldn’t be his maiden win on the tour, as Fenasse had already won the Gut Bissenmoor Classic 2016 a few weeks ago in Bad Bramstedt.
At 9:40 am, the Frenchman Fenasse teed off together with German Benedict Staben and Rory McNamara from Ireland. All of them are fighting for a promotion to the European Challenge Tour. As they are ranked as seventh, eighth and ninth of the Order of Merit, they still have a good chance to reach the necessary fifth place in the overall ranking.

Currently no. 5 of the Order of Merit is German Patrick Kopp from Olching in Bavaria. He finished the first round of the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016 as second after Fenasse. A double-bogey on hole 17 stopped him from sharing the lead after the 23-year-old scored four bogeys and an eagle. Dutch Robbie van West, Frenchman Kenny Subregis and Max Laier from Germany are ranke das third with each 4 under par.

The second round of the tournament, at which the Top-72 of the overall ranking compete for the last trophy of the season, will start at 8:30 am. Will Mathieu Fenasse be able to retain the lead or is there another player to capture the first rank?

Find out with our Livescoring >>>

Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship

Who’ll be Pro Golf Tour Champion 2016?

From September 26 to 28 the big finale of the Tour, the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2016 will take place on the magnificent course of the Golfresort Adendorf. While last year, the four leading ranks were already out of sight, in 2016 many players still have the chance to reach the Top 5, meaning a tourcard for the European Challenge Tour 2017.

by Christian Langer - 5. September 2016 15:13

Adendorf/Germany − For German Philipp Mejow October 1 2015 surely is a date, that he surely won’t get out of his head soon. On that day, the man from Berlin secured himself the overall victory of the Pro Golf Tour by ending up as second in Adendorf. After 22 tournaments, Mejow had scored 35.310,72 ranking points, more than any of his opponents. This year, Mejow plays on the European Challenge Tour, just like his compatriot Martin Keskari, Reinier Saxton from the Netherlands, Swiss Benjamin Rusch and Teemu Bakker from Finnland. All of them earned their slots by qualifying on the Pro Golf Tour. But as Saxton also managed to qualify via CT Q-School, other Dutchman Robin Kind, who had scored the first 59 on the Pro Golf Tour since Martin Kaymer did 2006, got Saxtons tourcard as he was ranked 6th.

But going into the final tournament had been different last year compared to 2016: The first four out of five leading positions on the Order of Merit had already scored so much, that they couldn’t have their rankings. Only the fifth rank was still in sight for the other participants of the finale. But less than a month until the 2016 PGT Championship, everyone ranked higher than the 22nd still has a chance to get a tourcard.

Currently Frenchman Antoine Schwartz is ranked first with 21.555,50 Punkten points, with a small advantage to Germance Julian Kunzenbacher (21.363,20 points). He is followed by Christopher Mivis from Belgium (19.961,92 points), Germans Max Kramer (17.495,83 points) and Patrick Kopp (15.680,80 points). In addition, both Frenchmen Johann Lopez Lazaro and Mathieu Fenasse, and two-time-winner 2016 Benedict Staben from Germany are only a few points behind.

The winner will receive 7500 Punkte, 25000 more than at the other tour events during the regular season. If the better ranked players won’t score, even Englishman Ben Parker who’s ranked 21st will have the possibility to reach the fifth rank. Looks like it’s going to be an exciting tournament!

On Monday, September 29, the Castanea Resort Pro Golf Tour Championship 2015 will start. The admission is free, visitors are welcome. If there’s no possibilty to follow the event on-site, check out our Livescoring and our social media accounts.

 

 

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