Posts Tagged ‘Estonian Golf & Country Club’

Italian golfer Luca Cianchetti wins the European Amateur Trophy 2016

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

It was only two years ago when Estonian Golf & Country Club hosted the European Ladies Amateur Championship. Now, from 3-6 August was the time for men to test their skills on our finest golf course which proudly holds its place amongst the Top 100 in Europe.

Day 1 was rainy and windy and therefore challenging for many players. Still the course record of 66 strokes was played by German Jeremy Paul who took the lead followed by Pole Adrian Meronk, Norvegian Viktor Hovland, Englisman Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Spanish Adria Arnaus, all -5. Luca managed to grip on the par only and last years defending champion Stefano Mazzoli (ITA) played disappointing +4.

Day 2 The steady lead was taken by polish golfer Adrian Meronk but there was a holdup caused by lightening & rain again. Finally 4 men were standing at the front by the end of the day: Thomas Rosenmüller (Ger), Craig Ross (Sco), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (GB) and Adrian Meronk (Pol) all 7 under par.

Day 3 New Sea Course record was taken by Norvegian Viktor Hovland with impressive 63 or 9 under par writing over just a few hours old record by Runar Arnorsson (ISL) of 64 strokes! Sadly our best golfers Sander Aadusaar and Egeti Liiv didn’t make the cut having both one stroke shortage only.. The leader after day 3 was Viktor Hovland.

Final Day brought the 1st and only Hole in One of the champs at 10th where bronze medalist Czech, Simon Zach stroke a beauty : ) After 4 hours fighting 2 men were standing at equal scores of -16 : Viktor Hovland and Luca Cianchetti from Italy.

The winner Luca Cianchetti @ EGCC Photo by Urmas Kamdron

7 holes playoff proved to be well exciting as ladies championship when Luna Sobron beat Noemi Jimenes in a rare 8 hole playoff back in 2014 at EGCC which took her 1,5 hours of sweet Spanish ladies fight. On the mens side Cianchetti managed to hold up his game till Hovland made a mistake on the 7th hole and the trophy was signed off to italian in his first playoff at the major tournament.

*Photos were taken by Joosep Martinson and Urmas Kamdron and behind the scenes shots by EGCC manager Hanno Kross. Live stream was run by Delfi and Worldwide video coverage was made by mighty Golfing World :)

Story written by Leo Siemann

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 : )

History repeats: 2014 Stroke Play Champions are Egeti Liiv & Annika Meos

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Leaders are leaving from the 15th green ...

The annual stroke-play Championships hosted by Estonian Golf & Country Club offered many dramatic moments but the winners were same as at Niitvälja in 2012. Also we had a cherry on the cake which was a very lucky Hole-in-One played by Siim Sildmäe right under TV cameras!

As we know the skill of  local amateur players is rather even, so there was a fight for the trophy as usual till the final day.  Starting from ladies, Annika Meos took a 5 stroke lead of Liis Kuuli and 8 strokes of  Cliona Georgia Dalberg. She kept her lead also on the final day and took the Trophy by +17. The silver medal went to Liis Kuuli by +24 and the bronze  got sorted out between Cliona G. Dalberg and Kadi H. Meldrum in playoff where after 6 holes Cliona took the pride.

Mens fight was even more challenging as Egert Põldma who had also 5 strokes lead before the final day  had to confess the stability of Egeti Liiv who took the trophy by 3 strokes with the total of +9. So did Gert Holland loosing the bronze to Martin Järve. Egert, who played well for the first 2 days couldn’t keep his game together on the final day and shot +11, which gave a clear chance to Egeti Liiv. Actually it all started from the very first hole where Egert played 9 strokes. After the second hole Egeti was just one behind, but at the Signature hole Egeti birdied and with that he took a one stroke lead already. He made the gap even bigger gaining 5  strokes lead just after 6 holes. Although there was a little comeback by Egert, still Egeti had a comfy 3 strokes lead to take the Trophy of 2014.

A special highlight came on the second day where Siim Sildmäe shot the Hole-in-One right on the TV screen! It was so sneeky that even commentators couldn’t see it at the first place. It also seemed that the cameraman was looking somewhere else, so it really got clear as Siim took the ball out the hole and lifted up just a one finger ;) And that was the very first HIO which has been recorded by TV cameras in Estonian golf history.

Photos were taken by Urmas Kamdron and by EGCC manager Hanno Kross. Delfi Sport story is here and final scores can be found at the GolfBox

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 …

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.

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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EGCC hosts the biggest golf tournament at the Baltic States in 2013

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

© Leo Siemann 2013

Once again the Estonian Golf & Country Club hosts the international tournament. This time it is the European Seniors Championship which will start tomorrow on 13th of June and will close with prizegiving ceremony on Saturday 15th June at 1800.

This is no secret that EGCC has raised its bar to claim the best club title in Baltic States. It is the 5th time now then the International tournament will take place on its majestic grounds. Previously EGCC has been the venue for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup European Qualifiers twice:  in 2009 & 2011, then hosted the European Juniors Championships in 2010 and the European Mid-Amateur Champs in 2012.

This time We have singed up 137 golfers from 21 countries including Latvian ex prime minister Vilis Krištopans and CEO of JP Morgan Benoit Dumont. We also got 2 Estonian qualifiers: Toomas Kull ja Raivo Velsberg. All players in total: 92 men & 45 ladies.

* The Estonian Golf & Country Club is one out of ten official European Tour Properties course, which gives  a special status to the club. It also has been ranked as no 84 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe by the Golf World magazine. A sneek preview by englisman who has played some midnight golf at EGCC recently is here :)

The Official page of the tournament is  www.europeangolf.ee

The latest scores can be followed at the GolfBox & Photos via Mats Soomre FB page