Gardiner began the day leading by two in this European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Premier Series event over a tight 5727-meter layout made more difficult by the unkind conditions.
Andy said: “At times it was a four or even five club wind, I was shocked by how strong it was.”
The Englishman coped well on the front nine to go out in 39, including a double-bogey on the 9th, but his return in 42 would have been problematical had not the chasing pack also been struggling in the wind on a course which also presented plenty of water hazards.
Gardiner’s eventual 81 added to his first round 75 gave him a winning margin of four over Cédric Lescut of Belgium (79, 81 for 160) and Spain’s Juan Postigo Arce (77, 83 for the same total).
Lescut will rue his costly start, having dropped six shots in his first two holes before making steady progress and a fight back. Postigo Arce’s round was very different; out in a solid 38 to be just one behind the leader at the turn but he then lost momentum with three consecutive sevens from holes 12 to 14, and return in 45 shots.
“That gave me the breathing space and I had a five-shot lead,” said Gardiner. “I now knew that barring any major blow-ups I would be OK but the 18th was the most nerve-wracking tee-shot I have hit for three years without a doubt!
“I’m pleased with today especially against the likes of Juan and Cédric.”
Round of the day surely belonged to the leading woman golfer, Denmark’s Mette Lynggard, whose excellent 77 in the conditions included 13 pars and not a single double-bogey.
Other results of note included the Netherlands’ Richard Kluwen and Spain’s Sebas Lorente winning the best wheelchair player categories, with Lorente also winning the Stableford category.
Mehmet Kazan of Turkey, Belgium’s Adem Wahbi and Bérénice Thiran, England’s Mark Helm, and Scotland’s Jim Gales were also among the prize winners across different categories.
The EDGA’s Tournament Series 2015 takes in tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy. The EDGA is an organisation which was set up to help individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf and which now provides advice and guidance for organisations on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.
Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com
Interviews and reports by
Robert Moss - PGA Advanced Golf Professional
Mendip Spring Golf & Country Club
In this interview Andy Gardiner, the winner of the event at BurgGolf Purmerend chats with EDGA’s Robert Moss.
In this interview Andy Gardiner, the winner of the event at BurgGolf Purmerend chats with EDGA’s Robert Moss after his first round.