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Ray Murphy proved his Pitch and Putt pedigree yet again at Orvelte. The Irish colossus won the Dutch Open for the third time. A 47 final round gave the ten time Irish champion a 54 hole aggregate of 23 under par 139. Ray finished just a single stroke ahead of Marcel Ahuis' phenomenal performance. Marcel closed with a 48 for his 140 tally. Former two time Irish Open champion Damien Fleming fired a Sunday 45 to place 3rd on 143, five clear of fellow Irishman Trevor Ahern in 4th. Dutch player Stephan Van Den Berg finished 5th on 152.

There was an exciting finish to the ladies open. Liz Bloem (Ireland) was round in 56 on Sunday to tie on level par overall with Herma Klenlugtenbeld (57).  Liz won the play-off. Ireland's Jim Ahern returned a carefully played level par 54 on Sunday to win the senior event. Jim's three round 154 was just a couple clear of fellow Irish player Joe Flanagan. Michael Van Zijl was junior winner on 182.

A tie at the top with a round to go in the Dutch open at Orvelte. Marcel Ahuis fired a fabulous nine under par second round of 45 to post 92 (-16) for 36 holes. That left the Dutchman on the same mark as Irish legend Ray Murphy (46+46). The pair enjoyed a four shot advantage over two other Irish players, Trevor Ahern (round in 46 on Saturday afternoon) and Ronan Callanan, who carded two steady rounds of 48. Two prolific ladies open winners dominate the ladies event. Herma Kleinlugtenbeld of Holland was the leader on 105, a single shot clear of Liz Bloem. Jim Ahern of the Collins club in Cork, Ireland led the senior open on 8 under par 100, one stroke clear of fellow Irishman Joe Flanagan from Glenville in Dublin.

Sunday Tee Times

An eight under par opening round of 46 gave Ray Murphy of Ireland the 18 hole lead at the Dutch Open. Dutchman Marcel Ahuis was just a single shot behind at Orvelte. Herma Kleinlugtenbeld of Holland carded 52 to head the ladies field. Ireland's Liz Bloem was on 53. Dutchman Fred Pachter shot a fine 50 to be best senior heading into Saturday afternoon's second round.

 

Flight grouping round 1 Saturday

Flight grouping round 2 Saturday

Ireland's Ray Murphy won the warm-up Friday Matchplay event on the eve of the Dutch Open at Orvelte. The St. Anne's player defeated fellow Irishman Dave Ahern in the final.

Accommodation is available near the course from the principal event sponsor - Landal Green Parks

 VI Dutch Open website

Dutch Open Form Guide
 

Pos. 2004 2009 2010 2011 2012
1 Murphy Farrelly Kwant Murphy Walsh
2 Collins Luning O'Donovan Luning Murphy
3 O'Donovan Kwant Farrelly O'Donovan Fleming
4 Hanlon Carroll Koetsier Farrelly Slaats
5 Kwant Kavanagh Darcy Kwant Luning

 

 

 
WORLD STROKEPLAY MEDIA COVERAGE

 TV coverage on Galician TV

Radio coverage on Cork 96 FM via www.radiopitchandputt.com

 

 
TRULY AN INTERNATIONAL SPORT - from Forat 18 magazine

TRULY AN INTERNATIONAL SPORT

Irishman John Walsh and James Rogerson of Australia were the principals in an exciting finish to the II World Strokeplay championship at Tambre Pitch and Putt club.

Walsh shot a final round 48 to snatch the championship by a couple of shots, while the cosmopolitan nature of the leaderboard was reflected in the fact that the next three places were filled by a Briton, a Catalan and a Galician.

John Walsh's win and Chrissie Byrne's retention of the ladies crown reaffirm that Ireland is after all the Home of the Game, where it has been played for nigh on 100 years and where it is better understood than anywhere else on the planet. However, the multinational mix on the podium and the presence of fourteen different associations from three continents at Tambre demonstrates that Pitch and Putt is building a truly international element; a common denominator that crosses social and cultural borders to bond its devotees together as a universal group in a way that other sports could only ever dream of.

For the host Galician Pitch and Putt Association, it allowed them to showcase the territory. Economic benefits of showcasing could include attracting foreign investment. The tourism generated by the event also boosted the economy.

Competitors were afforded the opportunity to pit themselves against the best in the world. Spectators got to see a high level of competition, making it more entertaining and encouraging more participation.

The opening ceremony at Galicia immersed us all briefly in another culture, seeing and hearing traditional Galicia dance and song. International Pitch and Putt competitions afford learning experiences that cannot be underestimated.

The atmosphere at the World Strokeplay was competitive and friendly and whilst the championship was seriously contested, the newer competitors gained much experience from the international nature of the event as well as making many new friends in the world of Pitch and Putt.

Friendships, sometimes lifelong, develop during these championships. Meeting with opponents and their families during and socially after the competitions allow participants to start interactions that often result in exchange visits and Pitch and Putt development. Competition often results in the reducing of cultural and language barriers that impede interaction with others. If you can play against someone on the course, you can almost always socialize with him/her off the course.

Before, during and after the championship, the sense of adventure and accomplishment existed. For some, this may be the one of the greatest adventure of their lifetimes, and an experience that will be remembered and talked about forever. Trophies and mementos of this experience, when displayed, will result in a long-term recognition.

Playing against different styles of play in different climates can only enhance the individual skill levels of the competitors. Another benefit is the prestige of having competed in a world championship that results on the participant's return to their home territory. Families, friends and other competitors will pay attention to this accomplishment.

World Pitch and Putt events will grow the game worldwide, particularly in places where it's not that big. In order to jump-start interest and support of the sport in newer countries, you need money. The best way to get that is through your government. There's no substitute for Pitch and Putt continuing to hold viable international events and championships. If the sport doesn't unite in this effort, it's wasted a golden opportunity.

(Originally published in "Forat 18"magazine) 

 
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