Seventeen year-old Gustav Henningsson, making his debut in the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Premier Series, defied the pressure from a strong field of competitors to win the Swedish Invitational Golf Challenge by one shot at Bokskogens Golf Club, in the south of the country.
This was a superb victory by the young Swede who, after leading the tournament with a stunning first-round gross score of 73 (he has a handicap of 9), had to wait for a couple of hours to begin his final round on Saturday (8th August) because of heavy rain and thunder.
The attractive par 71 course held up brilliantly to the downpours and though later admitting to some justifiable nerves on the first hole, Henningsson struck a sweet 3 wood off the tee to begin a solid round of 78, always looking calm and controlled for a two-round total of 151.
His shotmaking kept at bay Denmark’s Stefan Mörk Holt; the 1-handicapper shooting a fine second round of 72 to finish in second place after a first-day 80 (152), while in third place regular EDGA contender this year, Manuel de los Santos of the Dominican Republic, shot rounds of 75 and 78 (153) to finish a shot further back.
Gustav Henningsson said later: “I never actually thought I would win so I’m really, really happy. It’s good to meet [other players], the course is amazing and to win is even better. It seems incredible to win.”
The Swedish Invitational Golf Challenge is one of the biggest tournaments in the EDGA’s Tournament Series 2015, which presents tournaments throughout Europe. 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.
Popular win for Caroline Larsson
At Bokskogens Golf Club there was great excitement in the women’s tournament as spectators witnessed tied scores and a play-off as Mette Wegge Lynggaard from Denmark (78, 75) and Caroline Larsson from Sweden (75, 78) finished all-square on the 18th hole with 153 shots taken.
The play-off started on the 18th hole and both second shots finished just off the green. Caroline played coolly to get down in two to Mette’s three and secure the championship.
“It was really emotional, tense and there was pressure. It was important for me but I really enjoyed it,” said Caroline, who said she strived for victory in her last tournament as a professional (she will compete now as an amateur), a win which led to an emotional prize-giving ceremony, where everyone was happy for her and also for young Gustav Henningsson, who was most gracious in thanking his fellow competitors.
EDGA Tournament Observer Manon Eggermont said: “This was a really good tournament with a highly exciting finish, all played in a great spirit.
“Huge congratulations to Caroline and Gustav for their fine performances and also to Mette and Stefan for running the champions so close with great performances of their own. A big thank you to all the staff of Golf Club Bokskogens, to FIFH Malmö, de Lions Club and the Swedish Golf Federation for this perfect tournament.”
The next two EDGA tournaments are the Finnish Disabled Open 2015, 29-30 August (ACCESS event), and the 15th Italian Disabled Open, 25-27 September (PREMIER event).
Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com
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In this interview Gustav Henningsson, the winner of the event at Bokskogen Golf Club chats with EDGA’s Manon Eggermont.
In this interview Caroline Larsson, the joint winner of the women’s event at Bokskogen Golf Club chats with EDGA’s Tony Bennett.
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