Postigo and Jones share the honours in fine Spanish Open wins

Postigo and Jones share the honours in fine Spanish Open wins


Two excellent winners in Juan Postigo (Gross) and Mike Jones (Stableford) savoured deserving victories in the Spanish Open for Disabled Players 2017, held at the Parador de Málaga Golf Resort at the weekend (11-12 September).

The first European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) event of the season, organised by the  Spanish Golf Federation, provided a challenging final round as more than 50 players were welcomed by strong winds as they teed-off on the testing coastal course with its slick greens. Fortunately the rain which had been forecasted stayed away until the final moments as the last match reached the 18th green.

In the Stableford division the overnight leader Enrique Ramirez Belmonte started with his closest competitor Mike Jones from the 10th tee, which was particularly exposed to the brisk wind coming off the sea.

Mike proved too strong on the day with a solid round of 34 points (63 total to Enrique’s 55) but gave great credit to his playing partner’s sportsmanship and camaraderie; with special praise also for his expert caddie and wife, Beth.

Mike said later: “It was an absolute pleasure to play in this event. I was fortunate to play with a great character in Enrique. He sang to me, we encouraged each other and laughed, it was great. I knew I had to start well and luckily I did. I played solid.”

Mike added: “Beth has been phenomenal, the support she gives is brilliant, making sure I have everything I need on the course. I couldn’t have done this without her.”

Other good performers in the Stableford division included Timo Pessi and José Manuel Heras Hernanz, each scoring 53 points, and Patrick Siegwald (51).

In the Gross division Juan Postigo had taken a one-shot lead into Day 2 (after a first round +3, 75), just ahead of Manuel de los Santos and Hassan Chakboub. Starting with a birdie he set the mark for the day, and was never really challenged as he sprinted to a healthy lead.

With six birdies in the round he had the comfort of a few dropped shots on the extremely difficult holes near to the sea and into the wind. The round of 72 was the best score of the week and was worthy of the winner who would prevail by 10 shots over de los Santos. Antonio Llerena Caro, Chakboub, Adem Wahbi and Mathieu Cauneau were all in the chasing pack.

Juan Postigo said later: “There was a lot of wind today. Some holes down near the beach were very tough so 72 feels great. [On the back nine] I made two birdies in a row which was great because I had made two bogeys just before, so maybe that was the key to the result today.”


The scoring of the players will all count towards the Ranking for Golfers with Disability supported by PING which runs throughout the year. Postigo also enjoyed winning the Nett prize, but with a smaller two-stroke margin over four of his competitors who shared the same 147 Nett score.

The next EDGA tournament is the European Challenge for Wheelchair Golfers (24-27 April) in Sitges, Spain.

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Article by Ben Evans | EDGA Media





Kammerstad shows class in Kalmar to win Swedish Open

Kammerstad shows class in Kalmar to win Swedish Open
Winner Cat A Gross - Johan Kammerstad

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.”

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