Posts Tagged ‘Estonian Golf Association’

Marko Kaljuveer is a new President of EGA

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Estonian Golf Association has chosen Marko Kaljuveer, a former Head of Sport for 14 years at our national broadcasting ERR as its new President for next 3 years. We went to EGA and asked about his vision for Estonian Golf:

Mr.Kaljuveer is well experienced sports commentator who started his career with Atlanta Olympic Games back in 1996. After 9 Olympics, 10 football Euros & World Cups with 24 years of active sports life on screen in total we believe he can transform his TV experience into golf and bring Estonian golf-life to limelight in both, nationally and internationally. It’s ain’t no easy job as with 9 courses and 2000+ players in total over past 20 years golf is really a new sport in Estonia. “My priorities are to help our young and talented players  to become professionals on tour. Also I would love to get more media attention on Golf as we got many beautyful courses like Saare Golf, White Beach Golf, EGCC & Niitvälja Golf where is really enjoyable to play” said mr. Kaljuveer on his interview for Estonian Golf Blog last Wednesday.

We wish him a good luck and wisdom to take Estonian Golf to the next level ! Hopefully he can play more golf this year as well : )

Mats Soomre has released his new homepage

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

© Mats Soomre

Our one & only official Golf photographer Mats Soomre has released his new homepage at http://blogi.soomre.com . This is a remarkable collection of golf-photos by the man who takes photography as a nice hobby :) Mats has earned his title by Estonian Golf Association during Omega Mission Hills World Cup European Qualifier at EGCC in 2009 & 2011 taking photos, which were published by the PGA European Tour. Cheers Mats & Good luck for a Season 2013 !!

*Some pics of the man himself – The first one was taken by his 9 years old son Mikk Soomre : ) But on the second photo is Mats with OMHEQ winners Roland Steiner & Florian Prägant from Austria.

Tallinn will get the very first council club

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Photo by Mats Soomre

Estonian Golf Association has announced that the very first council club in our country will be built at Lasnamäe, North-East of Tallinn. The Mayor of the city Edgar Savisaar & EGA President Arti Ots have signed the deal last week. TV3 has got the news.

It has been a long hunt for a land as it proved to be difficult to find suitable and big enough ground for the golf course in Tallinn, even one with 9 holes …  Surely, to bild a golf club by international standards will take a bit’ of money, which Tallinn & EGA are paying for. Some people think it is an extorsion for the City but the others can see the benefit, specially for young people in years to come. As golf is the Olympic sport at Rio 2016, it is also important to improve the number of clubs all over. Compared to developed countries, Estonia is still way behind by the number of golfers per capita. Talking about facilities, in England for instance almost every town has its own council course. Anyway it is a good news for the sport & for new golfers, specially ones with less money. If all goes well, Tallinn Golf Club will open up by Summer 2015  :)

EGA votes for the new president & players of the year 2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

© EGA 2012

Estonian Golf Association has selected Arti Ots as the new President on 3rd December. Mr. Ots is also the chairman of a telecom company Elion.

The Players of the Year Award ceremony took place at Seaplane Harbour - the latest & most modern exhibition hall in Estonia.

The best golfer of 2012 is Mark Suursalu & the best of ladies is Annika Meos.

Best from Junior golfers are: U12 – 1.Kevin Christopher Jegers  2.Joonas Juan Turba  3.Sam Schmidt. Boys U15 – 1. Karl Aru  2. Carlos Kirsti 3. Ott Johann Post, Boys U18 – 1. Egeti Liiv, 2. Sander Aadusaar, 3. Martin Järve. Girls: U12 1. Triin Marleen Ustal 2. Karola Soe 3.Kristel Soe & Girls U18 – 1. Liis Kuuli  2. Getter Saaroja 3. Alice Andressoo.

The best club 2012 is Niitvälja Golf,  the best greenkeeper Regardt Barnard & the best coach is Paul Põhi. Special Award for outstanding work was given to Mari Suursalu from Estonian Golf School. Congratulations to all nominees and award-winners !!

News were brought to you via EGA & Photogallery of the galanight was put together by Õhtuleht.

Golfing in Estonia – Are You serious?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Yeah, I guess I am although there is still a lot to do before we can say that all things are working as they should be.  Spring has arrived yet another junk of snow has dropped down by Easter Sunday and it rather looked like Christmas Eve – nice and peaceful…

EGCC in Spring - by Mari Suursalu © 2012

So, we still got piles of snow about and only few ranges are opened. EGCC has postponed its first tournament – the Links Masters for a week and it might be another … But surely it is good news for TopGolf where temperatures are soaring around 20s and no heavy winds about :)

The Masters 2012 had its suprises as always, but Viasat Golf did not show up much interest about Baltic states and there was no live coverage. Surely there has been a disapointment amongst the folks. I guess it would be norm if we had the biggest annual tournament live on our national tv with comments in estonian.  So far – It is just a dream, which is too hard to crack even for Viasat Golf

But the good news is that Sun is working well and snow is melting finally. As our Golfing Season 2012 gets underway, we have some important tournaments goming up this year like European Mid-Amateur Championship at  EGCC from 7-9th June and Estonian Amateur Open 2012 at Saare GC from 6-8th July. In addition to that we got more than 50 tournaments in total marked at this seasons calendar. So, there is a plenty of golf you can play & see live in Estonia. As Summer gets busy I recon it is good time to make your bookings now …

Estonian Golf Association first junior training camp at Marbella, Spain ©EGA 2012

But my 2 favourite pieces of news this Spring are: Estonian Junior golfers have been to their very first training camp at Marbella and Estonian Golf School has started its first Season. Yeah, it is pretty obvious if we would like to come & play on the big screen – we need to find and train our young talents as well as we can.

Happy Golfing folks !

Leo Siemann

PGA trainee Paul Põhi has set his heart for kids.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Estonia as a relatively young golfing country has been developing fast in recent years. One of the finest examples of this is Estonian Golf & Country Club which has been the venue for the World Cup European Qualifier twice since it was opened 6 years ago. Now, this is the place where one of our best coaches Paul Põhi will be working as soon the new season starts. Paul has also got the coach of the year title for his work with kids and young golfers by Estonian Golf Association in 2011.

©2012 Paul Põhi

Considering his young age Paul has achieved a lot since he started to play golf in age 12. He has been to World Championships as amateur twice – South Africa in 2006 and Australia in 2008. Paul turned pro in 2010 and became golf coach the year after. Starting from outdoor season he is going to work as a teacher at Estonian Golf School together with our best lady pro golfer Mari Suursalu and PGA coaches Enrico Villo and Rein Auväärt.

In education wise Paul has graduated Golf Management in Professional Golfers Career College in California, USA and Initial Professional Education (IPE) Programme that was put together by PGAs of Europe. In order to become the full member of PGA Estonia, Paul is going to start his PGA Foundation Degree in Birmingham, UK in September 2012.

As the captain of Estonian National Golf Team Paul will attend the World Championships in Turkey this September.

But as it is the Winter out there right now, you can find Paul teaching with other great 6 golf teachers at TOP Golf in Tallinn. You can take individual lessons and also bring your young player to Pauls classes at the EGGC as soon the season starts.

Champions 2011 are sorted now !

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Estonian National Championship in Stroke Play was held by Estonian Golf Association and hosted by Estonian Golf & Country Club at Manniva Village, Jõelähtme over the last weekend. Actually it was the  first time in 18 years when Championship was not held by Tallinn Golf Club.

Three great days sorted out the Champions who are Eero Sikka from Saare GC and Merlin Palm from Tallinn GC. Scores via GolfBox. The best mens team was EGCC: Mait Schmidt, Janar Toomesso and Jan Larsson. And the best ladies were from TGC: Merlin Palm, Annika Meos & Anastasia Kharchenko.

There were 117 golfers registered for the Championship in total, including players from Russia and Sweden.

EGCC golf course was and still is in a superb condition after Omega Mission Hills European Qualifier.

Photos of the Championship were taken by Estonian Golf Photographer Mats Soomre.

More golf news from Estonia and abroad  by EGA and Postimees.