12-14 October 2012.
World Cup wnner John Walsh (Ireland) completely dominated the inaugural Galicia Open. The Collins, Co. Cork player, who has already won the Dutch Open this season fired another 47 in Sunday's final round. That gave the 1997 Irish Strokeplay and 2002 Irish Matchplay champion a 23 under par total of 139 and a nine shot winning margin. 2002 Irish Strokeplay winner Liam O'Donovan (Bruff) closed with a Sunday 50 to finish second on 148 for the 54 holes. Galicia's own Jorge Rodriguez Sarmiento (closest challenger to Walsh after 18 holes) shot a final round 49 to just pip another Irishman Kieran Earls for third slot on the tiebreaker (they were level on 151). Next on 152 were dual World Cup winner Marc LLoret (Catalonia) and reigning European Strokeplay champion Ian Farrelly.
Dutch ace Herma Kleinlugtenbeld was a runaway winner of the ladies event when she returned 53 on Sunday for a 167 aggregate. Ireland supplied the junior and senior champions. Young Shane Murphy finished in style with a 51 for 159, a total matched by John Murphy, who scored 52 in the final round to take over 55 laurels.
Ireland's David Ahern, who won Friday's Matchplay warm up, was tied 9th on 105.
Some of the top players in Europe have filed entries for the Galicia Open to be played at Pazo da Touza on October 12-14. Perennial top performers in international Opens Alan Hanlon and Ian Farrelly (the reigning European Strokeplay champion) are joined by World Cup winners John Walsh and Marc Lloret. Other leading contenders are Irish pair Frank Dineen and Liam O'Donovan, Norway's Anders Christian Juel and Herma Kleinlugtenbeld (Holland). Full list of confirmed entrants
The GPPA has announced details of the Galicia Open which will be played this year at Pazo da Touza.
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