Simon Lizotte of Germany is the 2012 European Disc Golf Champion. Lizotte overcame shakiness early on and held off a number of charges by Denmark’s Karl John Nybo during the final round as the two see sawed back and forth. In the end Lizotte played his game and came out on top posting a 61 (-5) for a -33 total and four throw victory over Nybo who carded a 60 (-6) and finished at -29 for the tournament. Lizotte looked nervous early on and gave up two throws to Nybo on the first two holes of the day before getting his game back on track. Nybo put pressure on all day and closed to within 3 throws more than once during the round.
Denmark’s Karl Johan Nybo had the hot round of the day at the European Championships with a 55 (-11) to move into second place behind Simon Lizotte of Germany. Lizotte made great drives but struggled with his midrange game during round three but he was still able to post a 58 (-8) for a tournament total of -28 to hold onto a five throw lead over Nybo who is at -23 going into the final 18 holes tomorrow. Oscar Stenfelt of Sweden and Arttu Sikanen of Finland will round out the lead group at -21 and -20 respectively. The title of European Champion looks to be young Simon Lizotte’s to win or lose as he has led the event wire to wire thus far.
Round one of the European Championships teed off this morning under cloudy conditions at the Essex University course in Colchester, United Kingdom. One hundred and ninety seven competitors from fifteen European nations are taking part in this bi-annual event, for individual honors but also for the first time in a new team format called the European Nations Championships. This format will have the top 20 players in each of the six divisions earning points for their countries, with the country earning the most points taking the Nations Cup home with them.
The 2012 European Disc Golf Championship will be played on the Classic Course of Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, United Kingdom at the University of Essex on August 15-18. Host to the 2011 British Disc Golf Open, the 18 hole course was redesigned in preparation for hosting the tournament, which will feature many of Europe’s top players competing for continental bragging rights.