FINLAND WINS ITS FIRST TAILHADE GOLF CUP
With a total of 565 strokes (140 for the day), the Finish exceeded by a wide margin of eleven strokes to the second, Norway. England finished third with 577 and the Argentine team finished in fourth place with 581.
In the last round, Tapio Pulkkanen signed a card of 69 strokes (the second best of the day) and led the team. Miro Veijalainen his partner was 71 and together they combined avoiding disgusting surprises along the final the day.
“We are very happy, is our first win here. The joy would have been complete if he were to play the play off for the individual category. But I missed some birdie chances and stayed outside, “said Miro Veijalainen. While Tapio Pulkkanen added that “today I did 69 and had some hope of winning the individual classification as well. We are very happy about this win and dedicate it to our coach. ”
Argentina failed to improve the third place where they had started. Cocha Thomas finished with 72 (1), while Jorge Fernandez Valdes totaled 76 hits. “Definitely not the start I needed and then everything was uphill,” said Fernandez Valdes while Cocha admitted: “I am not ending the year as expected. We had high expectations for the World Cup and the Tailhade but did not play well. We must continue working hard, we are still very young and have a long career ahead. ”
In the Scratch category, the English Andrew Sullivan defeated on the third playoff hole the Norwegian Espen Kofstad to take the title. After scoring both par twice in the hole 18, Sullivan got a par in the hole 9 (the third tiebreaker) and Norway’s missed his putt for par on that hole, giving the victory and the direct ticket to the British Amateur in 2011, to Sullivan.
Argentina’s Martin Kim (who started leading the final round) had a bad day endeding with 78 strokes, finishing in fifth position. Kim was leading fter 16th hole, but a triple-bogey with three-putts in 17 buried their chances of winning the individual.
Many of the players who participated in this 39 the edition of the Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade, will be back on Tuesday, when they begin to play the Argentine Amateur Championship at Highland Park CC.