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Can Ladies break the EGCC Sea Course record?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Photo by Urmas Kamdron © 2014

The International European Ladies Amateur Championship 2014 started with a nice coctail party and opening  words by lady in charge -Lorna Bennett and EGCC manager Hanno kross last Tuesday night. Mrs. Bennett was deligted to say that the course looks in superb condition to start with the 1st Championship in Estonia. The EGCC Manager Hanno reminded that our course record of 67 strokes is under the pressure this time for sure.  Said so, Day 1 has proved it as miss Nuria Iturrious from Spain shot -5 already and with this brilliant performance the new ladies course record was born !! Can they push it just a 1 shot further and break the mens record as well? Lets see what will bring another 2 days ahead. Anyway, the weather has been superb with a lot of sunshine and temperatures soaring around 25-30c. So, just a perfect time for golfing.

After Day 2 the leaders are Noemi Jimenes from Spain -5 , Manon Gidali from France -4 and Emily Kristine Pedersen -4 from Denmark. It is remarkable that 15 players are under the par and 9 just having a par. As caps are so close it seems to be another 2 exciting days ahead … ;)

Day 3 was successful for Noemi Jimenes who kept her lead scoring -2 for the day. Gidali dropped from the 2nd position and E.K. Pedersen from the third. But  Celine Boutier from France repeated the course record by 67 strokes and with that took the 2nd position for the finals !! Third place was shared by 4 players from which the winner was yet to rise …

The Final Day was well exciting indeed. First of all we had 2 eagles made by Connie Jaffrey from Scotland on the 1st hole and by Inci Mehmet from England on the 18th. And finally a brand-new course record of 66 strokes was made by Luna Sobron ! She also had to birdie on the 18th to reach the playoff with her team-mate Noemi Jimenes from Spain. And that was A Grand final indeed which took 1,5 hrs and 8 holes to sort out the winner! Eventually Sobron managed to take a better approach shot on the 11th which brought her Trophy at the sudden death playoff. As told by the club manager Mr. Hanno Kross, this kind of playoff is rare in the whole World and we had a luck to whitness it on the very first European Championship here in Estonia.

The Official Photos of the champs are made by Urmas Kamdron and non-official ones can be found at my little soapbox gallery – The Eagle View ; )

Final scores can be found @ GolfBox. Live TV was streamed by Delfi Sports Team and the official homepage of the Champs is www.europeangolf.ee

Peep Tammemäe has scored Hole-in-One at BMW Golf Cup International

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Golfers on the 17th tee @EGCC ...

Finally, the first ever HiO was scored at EGCC yesterday, which is truly historical after 22 years of golf in Estonia !! You may know how rare is it to score Hole in One and even more so at this kind of the tournament. But how about the car hole?! Most golfers never reach to the single HiO on their lifetime as the chances are probably less than winning  in lottery … Despite all that Peep Tammemäe from EGCC  has done it in the style and written himself to the history of Estonian golf life as the first estonian ever to score Hole-in-One at a car hole :)

Lucky Peep , Photo by Ago Õispuu ©2014

BMW Golf Cup International which was played at Estonian Golf & Country Club yesterday attracted 82 man & 26 lady golfers. The weather was perfect with the light breeze and a little sunshine. Winners were: from the Ladies, HCP 0-28,4: Margit Sunni, Niitvälja GC  with +9p /45 and from Men HCP 12,5-28,4 Sven Nuut, Otepää GC +7p /43 and HCP Men 0-12,4 Juhan Kolk,  Otepää GC  +6 /42. Congratulations! All 3 winners have secured their place at the BMW Golf Cup International finals, which is not located as yet …

The afterparty thrown by BMW  for all golfers, their friends and volunteers was great, including magicians, brassband & dance girls! Hopefully BMW can give thier Hole-in-One car away not just for a month but for good’ next year, just as  it was done  @ RSBC Canadian Open back in 2009 and also at BMW International Open in Germany just few days ago …

Ojasaare Cup 2014 – Nice & Wild one!

Monday, June 16th, 2014

All players & winners @ Ojasaare Cup 2014

If you happen to be a non club member and you do not have active HCP either then it is unlikely that you can play at any tournament here in Estonia. Well, almost. Thankfully there is Ojasaare Golf and Jaan Lipsmäe who has hosted his 7th Ojasaare Cup last weekend. There were  5 men and 3 ladies competing as beginners on Saturday. Winners were Margit Kulbin and Raido Palmar. The tournament continued in sunshine  with 15 men and 2 lady golfers on Sunday. The course improved a lot compared to previous years. Jaan has got a brand-new range, some tricky fairways, 4 new challenging greens, signposts and new flags. We had to play 2 rounds + 2 holes with new tee positions to make it 18 holes in total. Nice breeze made it even more challenging. Winners were Kaie Kender and Mart Suursu. Second places were Margit Kulbin and Raido Palmar and 3rd Ando Küttis.

Only if I knew the course, maybe just maybe I could of get a nice little trophy but I guess I didn’t work hard enough at this time … Anyways, it was a Grand Day Out in Sunshine with local golfers and that made it special indeed.

* Photos are on my FB page & You can find upcoming tournaments at Ojasaare from here

* Story by Leo Siemann – A Jolly good golfer  ;)

BMW Golfhall in Tallinn is Open now!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The putting competition is on ...

Our Winter has been very mild this year and we got no snow for Christmas but some +5c instead. It is warm enough outside to play golf with no probs even in South Finland !

We had the official opening of the BMW indoor Golfhall at Pirita Olympic Centre last night. The hall has been in use for two seasons already and was known as TOP Golf earlier. It is run by private company & Estonian Golf School and sponsored by BMW dealership Tallinn from this season.

The Opening was held in a very warm & welcoming atmosphere with a nice bubbly as traditional. There was about 50 people taking part of the due and chipping & putting competitions. News were made by Postimees and by the main TV channel ETV.

*BMW Golf Centre is opened for visitors every day.

Mark Suursalu has made the history in Norway

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Estonia has got 2 pro golfers only – Mark & Mari Suursalu , who are actually brother and sister, but non of them has reached the PGA Tour as yet …

Despite that both are working hard on their way up. Most recently it has been the brother Mark who has taken a leep forward by winning the Mørk Masters with 17-under-par in Norway on 2nd of august. This is the first time in history then Estonian golfer has won a professional golf tournament. Mørk Masters is part of the annual ECCO Tour in Nordic League.

* Mark & Mari Suursalu are both members of the PGA Estonia and Estonian Golf & Country Club.

Iron man & ladies had a good fight @White Beach

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

“UPS, I did it  again !”- I said to myself, when I ironed’ my 3rd ball into the beautiful pond :)  ” Yes it  is my first time at WBG and I shouldn’t worry too much as long it’s warm and Sun is up & shining”

The 4th Ironman was played at White Beach Golf Club as traditional. Not so many people were rolled on  this time as there are many things to do over the weekend such as Viljandi Folk Music Festival & EGCC Trophy. So we had 20 iron men and 8 iron ladies fighting for the little iron golfers’ on the superb golf course with  their iron sets only as no drivers or woods were allowed at the tournament …

Winners & friends at White Beach GC after the closing ceremony

After 8 hours of fight the toughest ones were : Tiit Kerem (-6) from Otepää GC and Kaire Kastor (+3) from Saaremaa GC. The second best were Martin Lill (-4) Valgeranna GC & Päivi Huovinen (+5) Valgeranna GC and 3rd place Margus Kastor (-1) Saaremaa GC & Piret Unn (+5) Valgeranna GC. All final results can be found at Golfbox.

White Beach Golf Club is located near Pärnu, South-West Estonia.

Caddiemaster Janno Tammekivi has made history

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Nearly month has passed since we had the European Seniors Championship here at Estonian Golf & Country Club. It has been indeed the biggest tournament of the golf year 2013 in Baltic States. A little search has shown that nr 13 can be lucky for some! So it was for Janno Tammekivi who happened to caddy swede Helene Maxe - the ladies European Champion of 2013 !! The news is – as far I know it seems to be the very first time in history then estonian caddy has worked for the European master ! And if it wasn’t  so then please let me know.

Janno & Helene @ EGCC 1st tee after the prizegiving ...

Anyways, here is my little interview with Janno for ya :

We have noticed that you was the caddie for Helen Maxe , European Seniors Championship winner. How did you guys meet up ?

“Yes, I was lucky to help Helen indeed. We met at EGCC Caddiemasters desk, where I was on my duty. Helen came to see if she could get herself a caddy for last two days of the championship. As I was just about to finish my shift and I had some time, I offered myself.”

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