IX CATALAN OPEN
The 2015 Catalan Open was played at Lleida on 18/19 April.
Irishman Liam O'Donovan won the event for the second time, Trailing by two shots overnight, O'Donovan fired a 47 on Sunday for a 20 under par 54 hole aggregate of 142. That gave the 2013 Catalan Open winner a four shot winning margin over his fellow Co. Limerick native Kieran Earls. Earls, who was also involved at the business end of the 2014 Catalan Open, scored 48 on Sunday for his 146 total. That gave Earls second place on the tiebreaker from Catalan coach Xavi Ponsdomenech. Xavi led after two rounds but could only add a 53 on Sunday. Two other former international Open winners, Marcal More (a three time Catalan Open victor) and Enric Sanz, finished on 147, Enric's Sunday 50 clinching 4th slot on the countback.
Pacelli Darcy (Ireland) finished in the top 10 overall and his 12 under par 150 return left another Limerick player a 4 shot victor in the Senior (Over 55) Open. Andorra's Pepe Garcia was second on 154. Esther De Schiffart (Holland) returned 55 on Sunday for a winning ladies aggregate of one over par 163. That was two shots clear of Catalonia's Abby Nachson, who returned 52 on Sunday for a 165 total. Overnight leader Marilyn Holmes (Cataloniafinished third, also on 165 after a Sunday 60.
Final leaderboard here
Xavi Ponsdemenech (who has been 4th and 2nd previously in the event) was poised to win the Catalan Open. The leading Pitch and Putt coach carded a remarkable 44 second round at Lleida for a 36 hole aggregate if 15 under par 93. Xavi led by two overnight from first round leaders and former champions Marcal More and Liam O'Donovan. More and O'Donovan added 49s to their opening 46s. Dutchman Marcel Ahuis was on 12 under just ahead of another couple of former champions, William Buckley (Ireland) and Enric Sanz (Catalonia).
Ireland's Pacelli Darcy continued to lead the Senior (over 55) event on 101, one stroke clear of Pepe Garcia (Andorra) and Josep Martinez (Catalonia). After a brilliant second round of 51 Catalan Marilyn Holmes led the ladies open on 105, three ahead of Dutch player Esther De Schiffart, who also shot 51 on Saturday afternoon.
36 hole scoreboard here
Sunday tee times here
Leaders after the first round were Catalan Marcal More, a former three time winner and Liam O'Donovan (Ireland), the 2013 champion). More and O'Donovan fired fabulous rounds of 8 under par 46 at Lleida. Winner of the event in 2008, 2011 and 2012, More and O'Donovan are just a single shot clear of Eric Puig and Emili Sanmartin. Next leading non Catalan was Holland's Marcel Ahuis on 48.
Ireland's Pacelli Darcy led the Senior (over 55) event on 49, one stroke clear of Pepe Garcia (Andorra) and Angel Martinez (Catalonia). Catalans Carla Puig and Marilyn Holmes finished on level par in ladies and were one ahead of a formidable group of three - Pilar Montero, Herma Kleinlugtenbeld and Abby Nachson.
18 hole scoreboard here
Get the Saturday tee times here
Here is the definitive list of non-Catalan players registered to play in the Catalan Open. Entries are now closed due to the local demand for places.
Get the Catalan Open 5 Year Form Guide here
Here are the results of the Catalan Open domestic pre qualifier. Dani Coleman and Jordi Arenas led with 47 and most scores to 58 qualified.
The 2015 Catalan Open will be played at Lleida in April. Get all the preliminary details of the Catalan Open here
Get the event poster here
2015 CATALAN OPEN
Marcal More leads after opening round...