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05.05.2017 11:12

EXTEC Pro Golf Tour by Czech One: Ben Parker celebrates his second win

Success right down the line for Ben Parker: the Englishman who lives in Düsseldorf/ Germany celebrated his second win of the season at the EXTEC Pro Golf Tour by Czech One in Liberec, Czech Republic, and he is taking first place in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit again with this triumph. Following rounds of 68, 67 and 70 strokes, with a total of 11 under par, the 29-year old had a one point lead on German amateur Max Schmitt (71/69/66); Philipp Mejow from Berlin (69/67/71) lay one stroke behind Mejow.

Liberec/Czech Republic – “I’m really proud that I got a grip on this round and turned it around!” Ben Parker accepted the EXTEC Pro Golf Tour by Czech One winner’s cup with great satisfaction, a trophy that he had to fight hard for. With the professional born in Southport, England having taken the lead with 9 under par after the second day of the tournament in Ypsilon Golf Resort Liberec, the possible win almost slipped away from him in the final round. Although he started well with a birdie, he couldn’t really drive the ball close to the hole with his iron any more afterwards. “I played really solidly on the first two days but after a 90 degree lip out on the 12th hole, a totally unnecessary bogey on the 14th fairway and a missed birdie putt on the 15th I had to change something.” As Parker knew: the German amateur Max Schmitt, already a winner at this year’s Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia, was sitting in the clubhouse as the leader with 10 under par and he needed two birdies on the last three holes himself to win outright. He laid the foundation for success with a first birdie on the 16th fairway, a 171 metre long par 3. On the 17th hole he played par and then needed another birdie on the 18th, a par 5. And what do you know: after an excellent drive he played the ball with a 7 iron two metres short of the flag, confidently putted for a birdie and rewarded himself with the title “on a very varied course that is great fun.”

Parker, winner of the Pro Golf Tour 2017 opening tournament in Egypt, is therefore the first player with two wins to his name this season. In the Order of Merit he is now in first place with 14,979 points ahead of Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo (13,692 points) and the German Nicolai von Dellingshausen (11,748 points). Players on the Pro Golf Tour have their next opportunity to score points at the Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten 2017 presented by Diners Club & NOYAN Golftravel, which is being held at St. Pölten Golf Club in Austria from 23 to 25 May. More info at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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31.03.2017 20:00

Tour rookie Nicolai von Dellingshausen triumphs at the Open Tazegzout

What a stunning performance: Nicolai von Dellingshausen secured the Open Tazegzout 2017 title and therefore his first win as a professional with a safe victory from start to finish. On the Tazegzout Golf course in Agadir in Morocco, the newcomer from Düsseldorf had a two stroke lead on the Dutchman Dylan Boshart (68, 71, 69/-8) after three rounds with 10 under par (64, 73, 69) in total; the runner-up secured a wild card for the Trophée Hassan II European Tour tournament as the best player of the Pro Golf Tour 2017 Moroccan series. 3rd place was shared with 6 under par each by Berni Reiter (Austria) as well as the Scotsmen Ross Cameron and Philip McLean.

Agadir/Morocco – “I’m very happy and pretty exhausted! The heat was incredible but I’m very happy that I saw it through this time!” Nicolai von Dellingshausen jubilantly accepted his colleagues’ congratulations and celebrated his first tournament victory on the Pro Golf Tour; in February he was narrowly beaten in the play-off at the Open The Tony Jacklin. He laid the foundation for his ultimately confident win on the first day of the tournament when he produced a series of birdie chances with accurate drives and perfect iron shots and then also consistently took advantage of them. The 24-year-old signed his scorecard with 64 after the first round, thus lying three strokes ahead of this rivals. “That was the best round I’ve played so far,” says von Dellingshausen. He putted a birdie on nine holes, with just one bogey recorded on the first round. He survived the sizzling battle on the second day, with over 30 degrees Celsius in the barely existent shade in the afternoon, just defending his lead and going into the final round one stroke ahead of Berni Reiter with 73 strokes. On the final day he wrapped up the win confidently in the end and knew that the title was in the bag at the latest after his birdie on the 17th hole: “It’s really great fun playing on the Pro Golf Tour and it’s fantastic to end the Morocco tournaments with a win on this sensationally beautiful and outstanding golf course in all respects,” says the champion.

Second place almost felt like a win for Dylan Boshart: as the best player in the Pro Golf Tour 2017 Moroccan tournaments, the Dutchman receives a wild card for the Trophée Hassan II, the European Tour tournament endowed with EUR 2.5 million in Morocco’s Rabat (13 to 16 April). The Pro Golf Tour is now taking a break until 26 April when round 1 of the Haugschlag NÖ Open 2017 will be on the programme in Austria. You can find all the Pro Golf Tour information and results at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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25.03.2017 20:00

Morocco: Dylan Boshart celebrates his first tournament win at the Open Ocean

An accurate drive, strong iron and two birdies at the right time at the end: the Dutchman Dylan Boshart secured the Open Ocean title and the first tournament success of his professional career in Morocco’s Agadir perfectly with a strong playing performance. With rounds of 69, 69 and 70 strokes, 5 under par in total, the 26-year old from Rotterdam was one point ahead of his countryman Maarten Bosch and the Czech Stanislav Matus, who shared 2nd place, after three rounds on the par 71 course at Golf de l’Ocean. Stephan Gross from Leimen was fourth and therefore the best German player with 3 under par (60, 72, 68).

Agadir/Morocco – It was hard work for Dylan Boshart, and not just due to the storm blowing over the course on the outskirts of Agadir at times so fiercely that it uprooted trees and even forced the players back to the clubhouse on the first day: Tournament Director Simon Bowler had to stop the round early. “Every player had to play nine holes in the storm at this tournament,” says Dylan Boshard, who coped with this task with flying colours himself. He played strong off the tee and and demonstrated accurate iron play all week, hitting 16 fairways on the final day! “Normally the short play in particular is my strength but this time I hit the ball really well throughout and finally even scored well in the final round.”

Boshart had taken the lead after 36 holes on the just as challenging as varied and excellently maintained course with two strong 69 rounds, wrapping up the title with 70 solid strokes. He managed the crucial birdies in the final round at holes 16 and 17 so that he could even allow himself a bogey on the 18th. “It was probably the most wonderful bogey of my career so far,” says the champion grinning as he accepted the mighty winner’s cup and the prize money cheque for EUR 5,000. He received just as many points for the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, which catapults him to 6th place in the current ranking. Number 1 in the Order of Merit is still the Portuguese Pedro Figueiredo, who shared 12th place at the tournament in Agadir.

The Open Ocean was the 7th tournament of the Pro Golf Tour 2017 season and the fifth competition in Morocco this year. The final event in Morocco is the Open Tazegzout, which begins on 29 March on the Tazegzout Golf course, also just outside Agadir. You can find all the tour and tournament results at pro-golf-tour.com.

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15.03.2017 17:57

Triple winners: promotion to the European Challenge Tour straight away

Good news for top Pro Golf Tour players: from now on anyone who wins three or more Pro Golf Tour tournaments in a season is instantly promoted directly to the European Challenge Tour. Triple champions immediately receive category 13 for both the current and following Challenge Tour season. This novelty already applies from the 2017 season for all four recognised Satellite Tours, although the three wins have to definitely be achieved on one and the same tour.

 Wentworth/Munich – “We believe that this regulation strengthens the bond between the Satellite Tours and the Challenge Tour, for the benefit of the players”, says Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, which is based in Wentworth, England. This new decision has been taken with a view to creating a similar rule to the one between the Challenge Tour and European Tour, where triple winners of the Challenge Tour instantly enjoy the right to tee off on the European Tour. Although the potential instant climber is given the last category 13 place in the current season, the following season they receive first place in this class. Category 13 is exactly the same as the classification that the Top 5 climbers in the final Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit receive the following year on the Challenge Tour. These Top 5 also include those players who have successfully managed instant promotion as a multiple winner, if applicable.

In the history of the Pro Golf Tour, which has been enjoying the status of an official Satellite Tour of the European Tour since 2001, several players would have already benefited from the new rule over the last ten years. For example, German Martin Kaymer won five tournaments in 2006 and his fellow countryman Tino Schuster celebrated five wins in 2007. In the 2008 season, the Englishman James Ruth achieved three tournament successes, as did the Dutchman Reinier Saxton in 2011. In the 2012 tournament year, German Marcel Haremza lifted the winner’s cup into the air four times, just as often as Florian Fritsch (Germany) in the 2013 season. They all won the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit too. The curious result of the 2015 season: Philipp Mejow from Berlin/Germany accomplished first place in the Order of Merit with two wins but Swiss Benjamin Rusch and German Martin Keskari both won three tournaments. The Alps Tour has recorded three multiple winners since 2011, six players in the Nordic Golf League achieved this feat and one player on the PGA Europro Tour: the Englishman Chris Hanson in 2011.

There is even more incentive for the Pro Golf Tour players to play for a win now. Which in many respects especially applies to the two still outstanding 2017 season tournaments in Morocco, the Ocean Open (23 to 25 March) and the Tazegzout Open (29 to 31 March) in Agadir: the best player in the six Pro Golf Tour 2017 Moroccan events this year also receives a wild card for the Trophée Hassan II, the European Tour tournament endowed with EUR 2.5 million, which takes place from 13 to 16 April on the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam golf course in Rabat. The Pro Golf Tour was last a guest there in the 2015 season. More information at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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10.03.2017 20:00

Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia: surprise victory for amateur Max Schmitt

Great jubilation for Max Schmitt from Andernach/Germany: the 18-year old amateur won the title of the Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia with a total 14 under par and rounds of 67, 64 and 68 strokes; the National Team Germany player is thus celebrating his first tournament success on the Pro Golf Tour. After three rounds on the superbly prepared par 71 course at the Mohammedia Royal Golf Club in Morocco, Schmitt was five strokes behind the Frenchman Olivier Rozner and the Portuguese Pedro Figueiredo, who both finished the tournament in second place with 9 under par.

Mohammedia/Morocco – “It’s really very, very cool! I did not expect a win beforehand. Not even after the first round, although I was already in the lead then,” says Max Schmitt with delight after his triumph. Ultimately, it was a confident victory from start to finish from the man from the Rhineland, who continuously led the field with a 67 on the first day and an outstanding 64 second round. While the Moroccan Younes El Hassani, just one stroke behind Schmitt after 36 holes, dropped back five places on the final day, the Frenchman Olivier Rozner and Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal battled for second place. They couldn’t catch the player from Rheinhessen golf club up though, especially as Max Schmitt not only played totally faultlessly in the final round but he was even able to record another three birdies on his score card. “My biggest strength is that I hit the balls accurately. And that is what this course demands,” explained Schmitt, who would like to take part in more Pro Golf Tour tournaments in 2017. “It’s an entirely different ball game playing with professionals. I hope that I’ll be one of them next year too!”

The tournament winner from the last two years, Ben Parker from England, was unable to achieve the triple and defend his title again. With an overall result of seven strokes under par he finished the event in shared fourth place, tying with Max Griesbeck from Duisburg.

Thanks to his shared second place, Portuguese Pedro Figueiredo takes over rank 1 in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit with 10,654.17 points ahead of Swiss Marco Iten, who has 10,583.12 points in his account. In less than two weeks the tournament schedule will continue when the players appear at the Open Ocean 2017 from 23 to 25 March and play for the Open Tazegzout 2017 title shortly afterwards from 29 to 31 March. Both tournaments are being held in the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir. You can find all the Pro Golf Tour results at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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07.03.2017 18:35

Morocco: Swiss Marco Iten wins the play-off at the Open Madaef

Hard work with detention: Swiss Marco Iten secured his first tournament win as a professional at the first extra hole in the play-off. He beat Maximilian Laier in the Open Madaef 2017 play-off on Saturday afternoon on the extremely challenging Pullman El Jadida Royal Golf & Spa course in Morocco’s El Jadida. After 54 holes they both shared first place with 4 over par. The Austrian Manuel Trappel was third with +5.

El Jadida/Morocco – “I am simply incredibly happy! It feels absolutely fantastic to win – especially on such a challenging course. The last three days required a great deal of energy, in particular mentally.” Marco Iten was relieved and happy as he accepted the winner’s cup for the fifth tournament of the Pro Golf Tour 2017 season. It was his first tournament success as a professional for the 26-year old from Niederglatt near Zurich; he won the Pro Golf Tour Qualifying School in October 2016, as an amateur back then, and secured the right to tee off for the whole 2017 season. “On this course it was particularly important to remain calm and focused and avoid bogeys,” says Iten. You can only comfortably assume a par or birdie on two or three holes in El Jadida, on all the other fairways even the slightest error is instantly punished with a bogey.

This experience was also shared by Maximilian Laier who missed the 18th green in the play-off and ultimately had to accept a bogey and therefore second place. After a safe par, Marco Iten was delighted with the tournament win, EUR 5,000 prize money and just as many ranking points, also making him the new Number 1 in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit. The Austrian Manuel Trappel secured third place having recorded 5 over par, fourth place went to Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal with 6 over par.

A challenging layout, fast, tough, comparably small greens and during the tournament week often stronger gusts of wind: The excellent championship golf course at the exclusive Pullman El Jadida Royal Golf & Spa resort in El Jadida was the clear winner in the duel with the Pro Golf Tour professionals during this week. Just four players managed a round under par. The next competition on the Pro Golf Tour 2017 tournament calendar starts on 8 March with round 1 of the Open Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia 2017 in Mohammedia in Morocco. You can find all the information on the Pro Golf Tour and the tournament results at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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17.02.2017 20:00

Rookie win: Christopher Carstensen wins the Open Casa Green Golf 2017

Fantastic success for Christopher Carstensen from Hamburg: The tour rookie secured his first tournament success with just his second start on the Pro Golf Tour. After three rounds of the Open Casa Green Golf in Morocco’s Casablanca, the 24-year old had a two stroke lead on the local matador Ahmed Marjane, the Frenchman Stanislas Gautier, Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal and the German Patrick Kopp, who all shared 2nd place with 13 under par each, with 15 under below in total.

Casablanca/Morocco – Last week he was still gaining experience at Open The Tony Jacklin and was swept back by a storm into 25th place and a round of 74 on the final day. However, with just his second appearance as a Tour Professional, Christopher Carstensen was not going to be stopped by anything or anyone any more: with rounds of 66, 68 and 67 strokes on the final day, he put all his competitors in their place, confidently collected the winner’s check of 5,000 euro and the first professional cup for this trophy display cabinet. “I simply played extremely well this tournament, the long game in particular worked brilliantly. I only lost a lot on the first six holes today, so I got a bit nervous. But the rest of the round went great and I was able to convert important putts,” says the man from the Hanseatic city after the successful final day of this second professional tournament.

The players competed on the outstanding par-72 course at the Casa Green Golf Club in Casablanca in mild early summer temperatures and these ideal conditions contributed to Carstensen being able to acclimatise so quickly. “The grounds are really beautiful with a really good course and first-class layout. It’s great fun playing here in this fantastic weather,” says Carstensen. His goal: the Top 5 at the end of the season and promotion to the European Challenge Tour straight away. He is aware that this is not an easy task: “The standard on the tour is very, very high. When we had to battle with the strong wind and fog last week, some players were able to achieve low scores nevertheless. I had to learn the hard way,” says the man from Hamburg who has been a professional since November 2016 and regularly plays in the 1st league for Hamburg’s Falkenstein GC.

The Pro Golf Tour continues on 2 March when the first round of the Open Madaef 2017 is on the programme, the third of the six Pro Golf Tour tournaments in Morocco this year. You can find all the information about the tour at www.pro-golf-tour.com.

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11.02.2017 20:00

Open The Tony Jacklin: Robbie van West wins the Moroccan 2017 season opener

The Dutchman Robbie van West claimed the first Moroccan tournament in the Pro Golf Tour 2017 during extra time: the 24-year old beat three competitors in the playoff at the Open The Tony Jacklin in Casablanca and secured the first title of his professional career. He made his victory perfect with a birdie on the fifth extra hole. After three rounds, the professional from Beesd near Utrecht had shared first place with Swiss Marco Iten and the two Germans Moritz Lampert and Nicolai von Dellingshausen; they all recorded 12 under par after 54 holes on The Tony Jacklin Casablanca course.

Casablanca/Morocco – The Moroccan season opener to the Pro Golf Tour 2017 couldn’t have been any more exciting: the golfers in Casablanca played good golf and low scores right from the start, with no more than two strokes ever separating the front runners. When a three putt then finally thwarted Moritz Lampert from Sandhausen on hole 17 resulting in the only bogey in his final round and him dropping back from 13 to 12 under par for the tournament, the first playoff of the year was a sure thing. Van West, Iten, von Dellingshausen and Lampert completed hole 18 on par; van West and Iten achieved a birdie there on the second attempt. After pars of 10 and 11 for both, the Dutchman wrapped up the title at hole 12, a 189-metre long par 3, with a strong birdie putt. “I didn’t play that great today and therefore didn’t reckon I would reach the playoff,” says van West. However he proved his scoring qualities just as much in his faultless final round of 66 as in the playoff. “It was a tough job but I am now really delighted about my first win,” says van West, who therefore also takes first place in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit.

The Open The Tony Jacklin marked the season opener to the 2017 Moroccan series this year – there are six tournaments on the agenda in total in the western state of Maghreb. An extra reward for the best players in all the Moroccan events is a starting place on the European Tour Trophée Hassan II tournament endowed with 2.5 million euro in Rabat, Morocco in April. One more reason for the players on the Pro Golf Tour to show top performances again, at the Open Casa Green Golf 2017 too, which is also being hosted in Casablanca from 15 to 18 February (www.pro-golf-tour.com).

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07.02.2017 20:45

Top-class newcomers and great classics: the Pro Golf Tour 2017

There are 21 tournaments in six different countries on the Pro Golf Tour calendar in the 2017 season. Prize money of 650,000 euro is being distributed and just as many points for the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit, the official tour ranking, are being issued in the process. The best players are promoted to the Challenge Tour at the end of the year.

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

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.

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. You can find all the information about this as well as dates when ProAms can be booked and the 2017 Order of Merit tournaments at www.progolftour.de.

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