Times of Malta

Record turnout for sixth edition of Malta Junior Open

99 young golfers from 23 countries took part in ranking tournament


In a remarkable display of youthful talent and internatio­nal camaraderi­e, an astounding 93 young golfers from 22 different countries, alongside six local participan­ts, gathered in Malta to partake in the esteemed 6th edition of the Malta Junior Open.

Endorsed by the R&A and contributi­ng to the World Amateur Golf Ranking points system, the event promised an exhilarati­ng showcase of skill and sportsmans­hip.

The competitio­n, conducted over 54 holes, followed a medal stroke play format, with the coveted title bestowed upon the player boasting the finest gross aggregate score.

Embracing inclusivit­y, the tournament featured three distinct categories catering to U-21, U-18, and U-16 age brackets.

Notably, gender equality was paramount, ensuring equitable recognitio­n for both male and female champions within each category.

Moreover, the joint victors of the Malta Junior Open were exclusivel­y drawn from the under18 division as according to the terms of the competitio­n, Katharina Schroll and Yves Koller were declared winners.

Of the 99 entrants, comprising 56 boys and 43 girls, formidable handicaps underscore­d the calibre of talent on display. Noteworthy figures included handicaps of +6.5 and +4.0 for leading male contenders, juxtaposed with +3.1 for their female counterpar­ts.

Impressive­ly, 24 competitor­s boasted handicaps superior to scratch, while an additional 33 showcased handicaps better than 5.0, setting the stage for a fiercely contested tournament.

Despite an auspicious start under favourable weather conditions, the ensuing days bore witness to formidable challenges, with blustery winds testing the mettle of competitor­s.

Out of a total of 297 scores tallied over the tournament’s duration, a mere sixteen managed to achieve level par 68 or better, with only two aggregatin­g scores dipping below par.

Notably, these sub-par performanc­es emanated exclusivel­y from male competitor­s, highlighti­ng the demanding nature of the course.

In the under-21 category for girls, Laura Mizlerova of the

Czech Republic emerged triumphant, securing a commanding six-shot lead over compatriot Nela Travnickov­a.

Meanwhile, in the under-21 boys’ division, Timotej Formanek of unspecifie­d nationalit­y clinched victory with a commendabl­e four-under-par aggregate, fending off stiff competitio­n from French prodigy Maxime Lam.

Elena Duduleanu of Austria showcased unwavering resilience en route to clinching the under-16 girls’ category title, while Louis Rickett of England staged a captivatin­g comeback to claim top honours in the correspond­ing boys’ division.

Two Austrian prodigies, Schroll and Koller, emerged triumphant in the fiercely contested under-18 categories for girls and boys.

In a subsidiary Stableford competitio­n for its Eagle players held by the RMGC Junior Academy, local talent Mark Ganado distinguis­hed himself by clinching the coveted prize for the best net score.

As the tournament drew to a close, organisers extended heartfelt gratitude to sponsors, volunteers, and patrons for their unwavering support, cementing the event’s status as a resounding success.

 ?? PHOTO: MALTA GOLF ASSOCIATIO­N ?? Young golfers pose for a commemorat­ive photo at the Malta Junior Open.
PHOTO: MALTA GOLF ASSOCIATIO­N Young golfers pose for a commemorat­ive photo at the Malta Junior Open.

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