Starting the final round as 3-shot leader on the challenging 5,846 meter, Svatá Anna and Jerzika course at the Darovanský Dvůr Golf Resort, what would become an emphatic victory was rarely in doubt thanks to the brilliant shot-making and consistency of de los Santos.
He added a second round 73 to his first day 72, ahead of Phillippe Pee of France who fought gamely to close with an 80 to add to his first round 75, and Britain’s Andrew Gardiner in third place (75, 83), whose own championship winning hopes faded with a triple bogey 8 on the par-5 9th hole.
For the champion, de los Santos, an excellent birdie on the challenging 452-meter, par-5 first hole and then a second birdie on the 115-meter par 3 16th, framed another highly consistent round – he played 32 holes in par or better over the two days. His last 7 holes of the tournament included 6 pars and a birdie.
While de los Santos thrived on the excellent greens and in good conditions his nearest competitors couldn’t match his standard in the Category 1 & 2 section (from ‘plus’ figures and scratch, up to 11.4). Britain’s Mick Horsley had the second best score of the day with a 76 for a total of 159 and fourth place. France’s Hassan Chakboub and Maximilien Puget both finished on 164 in 5th and 6th place respectively, with Belgian Adem Wahbi a shot further back in 7th on 165.
In Category 3 (11.5-18.4 handicap) Britain’s Scott Richardson won with an excellent second round 83 and a gross total of 174, one shot ahead of Turkey’s Mehmet Kazan, with Norway’s André Toth a further 3 shots back on 178.
In Category 4 (18.5-26.4) it was a battle of home country players as Jakub Kovařík of the Czech Republic won the Stableford with 64 points (31, 33) ahead of Michal Hošna on 61 (29, 32), with fellow Czech Stanislav Jirásek in third and Nicolas Grossia of France fourth, both attaining 54 points.
The prize for the best female golfer went to Mette Wegge Lynggaard of Denmark, who in the Category 1 & 2 section posted rounds of 84 and 87 to finish in 11th spot, while Holland’s Richard Kluwen won the prize for best golfer using a wheelchair (there were 69 players registered for the event in total, including 7 paragolfers).
The EDGA’s Tournament Series 2015 takes in tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy. The EDGA is an organisation which was set up to help individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf and which now provides advice and guidance for organisations on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.
Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com
In this interview Manuel de los Santos, the winner of the event at Darovanský Dvůr Golf Resort chats with EDGA’s Manon Eggermont. See also Manuel’s YouTube ‘A truly magnificent story’