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Catalan Open 2014

Jordi Saborit wins playoff at VIII CATALAN OPEN

A three way tie at Teia in the Catalan Open. The experienced Jordi Saborit (Catalonia) fired a fine 49 on Sunday to set the clubhouse target on ten under par 152. Playing together in the final group, Jordi Serra (Catalonia) and Ireland's Kieran Earls were both round in 51 to finish level with Saborit. Saborit won the play-off. Former three time champion Marcal More finished fourth on nine under with Eamon Gibney (Ireland) fifth on 154. Overnight leader Pepe Garcia faded with a 55 but his aggregate of 155 won the senior event by three from Catalan Juan Marti. Abby Nachson (Catalonia) won the Catalan Ladies Open for the third time. Abby closed with a 52 for a 54 hole aggregate of 159, good enough for a five stroke cushion over Marilyn Holmes (Catalonia).

Leaderboard here.

Read Alan hanlon's excellent refection on the event here

Andorran Pepe Garcia maintained his one shot advantage after 36 holes at Teia. Garcia scored a second round 51 to add to his opening 49. Garcia's overnight aggregate of 8 under par 100 left him just clear of Catalans Jordi Serra and Josep Garcia, who were bracketed on 101 alongside Kieran Earls (Ireland). Another three players, former winner Marcal More (Catalonia), Manuel Royo (Catalonia) and Ireland's Eamon Gibney were poised on 102. Abby Nachson (Catalonia) led the ladies event on 107, two clear of Marilyn Holmes, who carded a second round 58 after her brilliant first round 51.

See the complete 36 hole scoreboard here.

Sunday tee times here.

Pepe Garcia (Andorra) carded a five under par score of 49 to lead the Catalan Open after the opening round at Teia. Garcia led by a single shot from Andorran compatriot Toni Armengol, Ireland's Eamon Gibney and two Catalans - Manuel Royo and Oscar de Almenara. Marilyn Holmes (Catalonia) fired a fabulous 51 to lead the ladies event after 18 holes. Marilyn was just one stroke clear of Catalan colleague Abby Nachson.

See the complete first round scoreboard here

See the tee times here

Jordi Serra fired 49 to head the field in the domestic qualifying round for the 2014 Catalan Open, which will be hosted on April 4-6 at the Teia, Barcelona course, the host venue for the (inaugural) 2004 Catalan Open.

See the complete results of the qualifier here

A total of 46 Catalans qualified to join the seven exempt players and the impressive total of 91 non Catalan players that have filed entries for the 2014 Catalan Open. See the complete list of non Catalans here

The seven exempt players are: Enric Sanz, Marc Lloret, Abby Nachshon, Amador Rodríguez, Oriol Mas, Marc Ibanyez and Alexandre Albiñana.

Get all the details of the Catalan Open here

View the event poster here




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The irrepressible Australian James Rogerson has announced that he will travel to Europe this spring - with Ethihad Airlines via Amsterdam. Rogerson, who has won five international Opens in his native Australi, plans to contest the Catalan Open at Teia and the Irish Open at Glenville. The presence of James, who was runner-up in the 2013 World Strokepkay at Tambre, will add considerable lustre to the 10th anniversary Catalan Open. Rogerson's return to Ireland, where he was part of Australia's silver medal team in the 2012 World Cup,, will also be eagerly anticipated.


PPUI National Convention 2014

Former EPPA Secretary General honoured

John Manning was inducted into the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland Hall of Fame on 22 February 2014. The former EPPA Secretary General and FIPPA Assistant Secretary General received the accolade at National Convention in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. John is the 28th recipient of this honour. The citation read:

For his dedication to the game of Pitch and Putt. For his outstanding contribution to the development of F.I.P.P.A and E.P.P.A. and his promotion of the game Worldwide. For his brilliant editing and production of Backspin and the P.P.U.I. year books. For his knowledge of historical facts on the game of Pitch and Putt. For his excellent work as P.R.O. reporting on the game of Pitch and Putt. For his efforts in securing several Sponsorship deals. For being always courteous and helpful. For being a Gentleman.

The P.P.U.I. Hall of Fame Award goes to John Manning (Shandon).


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