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VII Catalan Open

Ireland's Liam O'Donovan carded a brilliant 5 under par 49 final round on Sunday to triumph at Teyco l'Ampolla. O'Donovan's ten under par 152 aggregate gave the Co. Limerick native his first international open win (after two thirds and a a second at the Dutch Open along with runner-up in Galicia last year) . The four time European team champion just outlasted a wonderful effort by Catalan Xavi Ponsdemenech, who carded a third successive 51 to finish just a single shot behind. Fast finishing Irishman Eamon Gibney was round in 48 on Sunday to place third on 154. Another Irishman Ian Farrelly returned a closing 50 for 4th place on 156, two shots clear of Rinus Huberts (Holland) and Chris Gallagher (Ireland). Ponsdemenech and Huberts were the only non Irish players in the top ten, as recent Catalan dominance in the event was reversed. O'Donovan is the first non Catalan victor since William Buckley in 2004.

Herma Kleinlugtenbeld (Holland) won her sixth ladies international Open (and first in Catalonia since 2004) with a 54 hole total of 174. That was three clear of Marilyn Holmes (Catalonia) and four clear of the evergreen Catalan Pilar Montero. Andorran Pepe Garcia just defeated Anders Christian Juel (Norway) in the senior open.

Final leaderboard here.

Xavi Ponsdemenech (Catalonia) led overnight at Teyco l'Ampolla. The leading coach carded consistent rounds of 51 for a six under par aggregate of 102. That gave Ponsdemenech just the minimum margin over Ireland's Ireland's Liam O'Donovan (51+52). Third were Rinus Huberts (Holland), who fired 51+54 and joint first round leader Chris Gallagher (Ireland), who added a 55 to his opening 50. Another pair of Irishmen were poised on 106, the prolific international Open winner Ian Farrelly and Eamon Gibney.

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A TV report of the Catalan Open 2013 has been made by the Unió de Federacions Esportives Catalanes (UFEC) and was featured on the tv channel Esports 3.
To view please click here.

View some more videos
View You Tube here
View Esports 3 here


View newspaper article here


For the 36 hole leaderboard and Sunday tee times, please click here.

For the 18 hole leaderboard, please click here


See tee times for the VII Catalan Open plus list of reserve players in case of withdrawals here.

Results from the Catalan domestic prequalifying round may be accessed here.The top 40 players qualified.

Get all the logistical details here.





II World Strokeplay Championship - Irish qualifier

 The Irish qualifier for the II World Strokeplay Championships was held at Lakeside (Templemore) on 20 April.

The following players qualified:

Frank Dineen (St. Anne's) 95 
Rene van Bloem (Collinstown) 99 
Mark Miller (Shandon) 100
Donal Duggan (St. Anne's) 101
Alan Hanlon (Collinstown) 102
Trevor Ahern (Collins) 103

The II World Strokeplay Championship will be staged on 4/7 July 2013 in Tambre, Sigueiro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

FIPPA and EPPA Council AGM

Teyco l'Ampolla 2013

The 2013 joint Ordinary General Assembly of EPPA/FIPPA was held on Friday, April 5th in the Hotel Flamingo, L'Ampolla (Tarragona).

Membership applications from the Basque Association and South France Association were unanimously approved.

The secretariat has exchanged correspondence with two new courses in Mexico and in Ecuador and encouraged them to form associations with other similar courses in their countries. Both are fully informed as to the FIPPA regulations and membership criteria.

For the World Strokeplay Championship, a competition committee of Myles McMorrow, Victor Rodriguez and Joep van Mourik has been appointed, to be coordinated by the secretary. This committee will oversee the distribution of vacant places among associations, which have requested extra places beyond the original allocation and, if necessary, based on the current European ranking system. With the championship hotel located in the city of Santiago, a bus shuttle service will be in place for transfers to and from the course.

Member associations have been invited to bid to host the VII European Team Championship (2014). Closing Date is June 13th 2013. Proposals will be circulated and voted upon by July 15th. Any bid should be made in writing with details of venue, logistical information and dates.

An updated edition of the FIPPA rules booklet is due for publication in 2014. Members are asked to make proposals of desired rules changes, and moreover, nominate a spokesperson to discuss any such proposals before June 13th 2013. Proposals will be circulated and voted upon by July 15th.



Friday, April 5th at 16:30 hours in the Hotel Flamingo, L'Ampolla (Tarragona).

- Approval of the minutes of the 2012 AGM
- Reports of member associations
- Report on recent contact with new courses in Mexico and Ecuador
- Update on preparations - World Strokeplay Championship, July 2013
- Financial report
- Membership applications - Basque Association, South France Association
- Discussion on possible venue for the VII European Teams Championship 2014
- Discussion in preparation of planned meeting with representatives of IPPA
- Formation of a Rules Committee for Rules update
- Any other business. Proposals should be circulated to members before March 15th.






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