European Disabled Golf Association
EVENT REPORT - Swedish Open for Disabled 2016
EVENT REPORT - Swedish Open for Disabled 2016
From left: (1)-Handigolf Manager Mattias Claesson, (2)-Swedish Golf Federation Helena Brobeck, (3)-Johan Kammerstad Sweden, (4)-Heinz Barnbeck Germany, (5)-Elin Olafsdottir Iceland, (6)-Gustav Götstav Sweden, (7)-Sveinbjørn Gudmundsson Iceland, (8)-Rasmus Løt Denmark, (9)-Mårten Olander Tournamnet Director, (10)-Graig David Thomas EDGA
Kammerstad shows class in Kalmar to win Swedish Open
The Swedish Open, a key event in the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) calendar, has been hailed as a great success with victory going to home nation player Johan Kammerstad.
Thirty-nine golfers with a disability teed it up at the beautiful venue of Kalmar GolfKlubb, in the south-east of the country next to the Baltic Sea. This is one of 12 EDGA tournaments in 11 European countries this summer. The EDGA Tournament Series is supported by The R&A and the European Tour, and scoring counts towards the Ranking for Golfers with Disability supported by PING.
Johan Kammerstad controlled his golf ball brilliantly to win the Category A Gross event, with rounds of 74 and 75 to become the champion for 2016, winning by 10 shots from second place fellow Swede Joakim Björkman (78, 81).
It was the Category B leaderboard which produced the real drama. Denmark’s Rasmus Lot and Sweden’s Jakob Persson finished level on 161 shots after Lot’s excellent 77 to Persson’s 80 in the second round. The resulting play-off was a thriller; five sudden-death holes before a three-putt from Jakob meant the great Dane Rasmus won the day.
The tight, challenging, tree-lined course was in excellent condition with difficult water features and quick greens testing all the players, who enjoyed spectacular views over to the Kalmar Straight.
Sweden’s Gustav Götstav was victorious in the Category C Nett trophy, with a great total of 145 (71, 74), four shots clear of Frenchman José Bagnarelli (71, 78). Jens Magnusson came third (153) after a final Nett 72.
The Stableford (Category D) was well won by Germany’s Heinz Barnbeck with 27 points in each round to win by six shots. Well played also Denmark’s Hans Mollegaard in second place and the rest of the chasing pack.
This was the first year that golfers with intellectual and neurological disabilities have been involved in the Swedish Open.
EDGA Tournament Observer Craig Thomas noted this was very well received with 10 players, including two female golfers, competing on the course. Sveinbjorn Gudmundsson and Elin Ólafsdottir won their categories to make it a double triumph for Iceland.
Craig Thomas added: “All the players deserve great credit for the way they embraced the challenge at Kalmar, the Swedish Open produced some fantastic performances which will stay long in the memory. Great thanks are due to the referees who did a really good job, all the organisational staff, the Swedish Federation and the whole team at Kalmar GolfKlubb who made us all feel so welcome; they were fabulous.
“Finally, a massive thank you to the brains behind the event, Mattias Cleasson of Handigolf, who did so much for the players to make this tournament very special. We are all grateful to Mattias.”
Home players fly the flag after Day One of the Swedish Open Day-1 report by Ben Evans
The home players demonstrated their skill and expertise in the local conditions on Day One of the Swedish Open, and put colours blue and yellow at the top of much of the leaderboard on Sunday in this European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) event.
In the Category A Gross, two of Sweden’s most talented players lived up to their billing at the highly attractive Kalmar GolfKlubb. Johan Kammerstad (pictured, right) on two-over par 74 (with 3 birdies on par 5s in his round) and second place Joakim Björkman (pictured centre, whose 78 also came with 3 birdies including one on the 18th to much applause) had to be right on their game to cope with if not ‘four seasons in one day’ weather-wise, at least two-and-a-half. Fellow Swede Niklas Wiktor completed the podium places with his 83.
The players teed off in some perfect sunshine only to encounter an electrical storm which led to a one-hour delay in play. Rain then continued for another 90 minutes before they finished their rounds in fine sunshine once again.
In the Category B Gross, Sweden’s Robin Håkansson is the man in charge after a 78 (+6) which included a great opening nine of eight pars, closely followed by Kristoffer Eklund and Jakob Perrson with their 81s, and there is only one flag in the top eight which isn’t blue and yellow – the red and white of Denmark as Rasmus Lot flies it in style after an 84 in fifth place.
The tight, challenging, tree-lined course maintained its excellent condition despite the watery onslaught from above and the greens remained speedy all day, which really tested the short-games of all the players.
Along with spectacular views over to the Kalmar Straight and the Baltic Sea in South-East Sweden, the players get to enjoy beautiful tall trees splitting the fairways and plenty of tricky and sometimes hidden water features which can be less enjoyable. There are very few straight holes so placement from the tee is crucial.
In the Nett category, Frenchman José Bagnarelli is actually spoiling the script for the home nation, as his one-under par 71 Nett score is level at the top with Sweden’s Gustav Götstav. Turkey’s Ahmet Ozyazici is nestled in third place after his 79.
The Stableford (category D) is led by Germany’s Heinz Barnbeck with 27 points, closely followed by Scotland’s James Gales (26), with Gösta Emilsson (Sweden) and Finland’s Tapio Eirtovaara, both on 25.
This is the first year that golfers with intellectual and neurological disabilities have been involved in the Swedish Open.
EDGA Tournament Observer Craig Thomas notes this has been really well received, with 10 players, including two female golfers competing together. Sveinbjorn Gudmundsson and Elin Ólafsdottir, both from Iceland, are leading their categories and keeping up the pressure on their Swedish hosts.