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2014 SPPA Short Game Open
St. Moritz

The Swiss Pitch & Putt Golf Association (SPPA) was founded in 2004 and its first Swiss Championship was organized in 2005 on beautiful and challenging Kulm GC St. Moritz. Now, 10 years later, the Association had the pleasure to organize the 10th Swiss P&P Short Game Open (over 27 holes) again in St. Moritz to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

The field of participants included winners of Swiss Championship, Club Champions and Swiss international players.

On the well prepared course the best players showed their abilities: Roberto Trivella (St. Moritz), Swiss Champion 2011, scored 53, two strokes ahead of Silvano Umberg (Engi). In third position, former 2013 and 2012 Swiss Championship winner Romano Gurini (St. Moritz) scored 58.

The result of the remaining round (9 holes) was rather interesting. Unfortunately Roberto Trivella had to note a triple bogey while Silvano Umberg played superbly and carded 25 (2 under) to be the Swiss Pitch and Putt Champion 2014, with an aggregate of 80. Roberto Trivella finished in 2nd place, with an 85 total while Romano Gurini, with 86, claimed the 3rd place. Our most experienced player Ueli Lamm scored 57 + 31 and that was good enough to become Senior Swiss Champion.

The results also counted towards the Interclub Championship, a 3 player team event. The Gold medal was won by the St. Moritz team, silver medal by Engi and bronze medal went to Seedorf.

The Swiss Championship 2014 organized in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps was a big success thanks to the motivated participants, the kindness of Ueli and Ruth Lamm who sponsored the snacks, fruits and beverages during the rounds, the apéro offered by Kulm GC during the prize giving ceremony and the icing on the cake (literally) of this wonderful day for the Swiss Pitch and Putt friends was the delicious ... "birthday cake" offered by SPPA President Brigitte Albisetti!


Fulsome tributes were paid to Brigitte Albisetti, not alone for her outstanding work as SPPA President but also for a massive contribution as a member of the EPPA Board, a position she stepped down from in March. Brigitte worked hard at development of the sport in Europe and cooperated in the production of the FIPPA rule book, a document Brigitte translated into German. Brigitte was presented with a bouquet of flowers at St. Moritz in deserved recognition of her generous contribution.





Overnight leader Liam O'Donovan (Ireland) scored a 49 in Sunday's final round to comfortably win the II Galician Open at Tambre. O'Donovan, who was runner-up in the event at Pazo da Touza in 2012, posted a 20 under par 54 aggregate of 142. That left the Bruff, Co. LImerick native seven shots ahead of Juan Carlos Iglesias Surribas (Galicia), who scored 51 on Sunday. Juan Carlos finished just two ahead of compatriot Marcos Gomez Dominguez, who was unable to replicate his brilliance of Saturday afternoon in a closing 56. Ireland's Pacelli Darcy added a 52 on Sunday for an eight under par total. That was good enough for fourth slot overall and Best Senior (Over 55).  Galicia's Maria Eugenia Martinez carded 173 to win the ladies open by six strokes from Marilyn Holmes (Catalonia).

Final leaderboard here

Liam O'Donovan led the Galician Open after Saturday play at Tambre. O'Donovan fired rounds of 46 and 47 for a 36 hole aggregate of 93. That was 15 under par and two shots clear of Galician Marcos Gomez Dominguez who shot a brilliant 45 second round. Juan Carlos Iglesias Surribas (Galicia) was third on 98. Irishmen Alan Hanlon and Pacelli Darcy were bracketed on 102 with Sebastian Franco Reinoso (Galicia).

36 hole leaderboard here

Sunday tee times here


The 2014 Galicia Open will be played at the Tambre course, near Santiago de Compostela on July 4th-6th. Top Irish players Liam O'Donovan (runner-up 2 years ago), the most successful contestant in international open history Alan Hanlon and Kieran Earls are confirmed entrants for the event and they will be joined by leading exponents from Andorra, Catalonia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal and of course Galicia.

Get all the details of the Galicia Open here


Heart Foundation benefits from Pitch and Putt Marathon

 Tim and Suzanne complete 25 rounds

A new Dutch and World Pitch and Putt record was created on Friday 20th June. Papendal Pitch and Putt owner Suzanne Bosch and Papendal member Tim de Goede played 25 rounds (450 holes) in one day in a flight of 2. Suzanne and Tim played on Papendal Pitch and Putt near Arnhem, The Netherlands. Strokeplay rules operated and play was only during daylight. The intrepid pair started at 04:30 AM and finished playing at 22:00 (10:00 PM). Suzanne and Tim played for a good cause, the Dutch Heart Foundation.



Suzanne and Tim thank everyone who supported them right through the eighteen and a half hour day. Special thanks go to Esther, Maurits, Lies, George, Sylvia and Donja who helped the pair through final few rounds, when they were understandably flagging, having walked nearly 50 km. Grateful thanks are extended to all sponsors and also to Pitch and Putt Papendal for supplying food and drinks all day.




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