Toya Golf & Country Club (Wrocław, Poland)
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Glauert wins the trophy, Fritsch is the champion
He has made his mark on this season: Florian Fritsch from Neckargemünd is the Pro Golf Tour Champion 2013. With his 12th place at the Deutsche Bank Polish Masters Pro Golf Tour Championship in Wisznia Mała in Poland, the 28-year old finally sealed victory of the whole 2013 season, celebrating four wins with just eleven starts and collecting EUR 29,277.57 prize money. With this he has a clear lead over the Belgian Christopher Mivis (23.988,93 Euro) in second place after 22 tournaments. The three other promotion tickets for the European Challenge Tour 2014 go to the Dutchman Robin Kind, David Law from Scotland and Ken Benz from Switzerland. This was the result of a season final in Poland that was exciting up to the very last putt, which Max Glauert from Düsseldorf won in a play-off against three opponents.
by Matthias Lettenbichler
Wisznia Mała/Poland – "He really deserves to be the champion. Florian Fritsch has dominated the tour this year with just eleven starts, he has my total respect." Christopher Mivis, number 2 in the final ranking list for the 2013 season, congratulated the new Pro Golf Tour Champion sincerely. Only Mivis himself still had the chance of contesting Fritsch for the crown by winning the season finale; however, the Belgian did not play offensively and ended up 44th. As a result, a solid 12th place was enough for the German to end "a wonderful tour season" (Fritsch) as overall champion, a season he could not have dreamt so perfectly himself: "The tour has got stronger and stronger over the years and I'm really very proud that I have managed to win it. The Pro Golf Tour is excellent preparation for the Challenge Tour; anyone who dominates here after 22 tournaments can have confidence in their game and knows how to organise a season."
Whilst Fritsch and Mivis, as well as the Dutchman Robin Kind, were already a dead cert for promotion before the last tournament of the year, there was an exciting battle for tickets 4 and 5 right up to the last putt. The Scotsman David Law led the tournament for two days in Poland. The man in sixth place in the ranking list showed his potential just when it really mattered. With 11 under par (67+66), the professional from Aberdeen went into the final round level with Maximilian Glauert from Düsseldorf (71+63) and one stroke ahead of Philipp Mejow (71+63) from Berlin.
At this point in time, it was mainly the number 7 in the rankings, the Dutchman Richard Kind (69+69/-7), who still had a good chance of contesting promotion to the Challenge Tour 2014 for either David Law or Ken Benz from Switzerland (68+76/par), ranked fifth at that time in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit. However, in the end Benz and Law only swapped places 5 and 6 without any effect on promotion in front of Polish television's running cameras, which showed the final round for three hours live on free TV. With Bernd Ritthammer from Gunzenhausen, number 4 in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, not using his entitlement to promotion, as he qualified for the Challenge Tour 2014 through his ranking on the Challenge Tour 2013, the number 6 in the Pro Golf Tour is also being promoted this year.
Florian Fritsch about his 2013 season and about the Pro Golf Tour (German).
Glauert and Law share the lead at the season finale
Wisznia Mała/Poland (mat) – After 36 holes of the 2013 season finale David Law from Scotland and German Maximilian Glauert share the lead with 11 under par. Third place at the Deutsche Bank Polish Masters Pro Golf Tour Championship in Wisznia Mała in Poland is taken by Philipp Mejow from Berlin.
Interview with David Law, co-leader after 36 holes.
67: Scotsman David Law takes the pole in Poland
Yes, he really want's that ticket for the 2014 European Challenge Tour: Scotsman David Law (picture above), at this moment No. 6 of the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, after 18 holes of the final tournament of the 2013 Pro Golf Tour season takes the pole position in Toya Golf & Country Club in Wisznia Mała in Poland.
Wisznia Mała/Poland (mat) – With a brilliant round 67 on a fair but pretty tough golf course outside of Wrocław the professional from Aberdeen brought himself into an excellent position to at least defend this 6th place which would guarantee procedure to the next level for whoever will own it by late Sunday afternoon.
But nothing is yet decided at the Deutsche Bank Polish Masters Pro Golf Tour Championship 2013: Behind Law five players share second place beeing just one stroke behind the leader with 4 under par. And three of them have a pretty good chance to move forward to at least this 6th place − if they win the tournament.
Whilst Austrian Johannes Steiner and Darren Wright from England, who also came back to the clubhouse with 68 strokes on their scorecards on Friday and therefore found themselves on tied second place, have the chance to play for the tournament victory but not for one of the qualifying position for the 2014 European Challenge Tour, Germans Dennis Kuepper (picture below) and Marcel Schneider as well as Ken Benz from Switzerland who also share second place brought themselves into excellent positions to fight for their tickets for the next level.
Benz in fact does own that ticket at the moment, he is No. 5 of the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit and with a decent result in Poland he will procede to the Challenge Tour. Kuepper and Schneider will have to grab for the winner's trophy and for the 6133.33 euro cheque if they want to have a chance to get their name in the top 6 of the rankings. A total of five spots are available for the 2014 European Challenge Tour and as current No. 4 German Bernd Ritthammer will not have to make use of his ticket it will be enough to be among the top 6 in the final Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit.