What a day. The final round. The crowd. The live TV broadcast. It was one of the most memorable final rounds European Open has ever witnessed. In the end, it was Paul McBeth in MPO and Paige Pierce in FPO who had what it takes to tame the Beast and take the titles of European Open 2013 Champions.
Many had been wondering whether we really had seen the best of defending champion David Feldberg at the European Open yet. Moving Day showed that we definitely hadn’t. Feldberg came to the course determined to change the direction of his game and to secure a spot in the top cards in the final. To prove his point, he shot a new course record of 52 (-12) and showed everyone just how good a player he is, come crunchtime. His stellar round earned him a spot on the lead card on third place.
Overcast skies, rain showers, steady winds, and unseasonably cool weather once again challenged the competitors during Friday’s second round of the European Open in Nokia Finland. The “Beast” course, designed by EO tournament director Jussi Meresmaa, lived up to its name in yesterday’s initial round as an even par round of 64 was preliminarily rated at 1017, and a round of 66 (+2) was 1000 rated. The challenging conditions on Friday would surely test the mettle and mental fortitude of every competitor.
Round 1 of the 2013 European Open was played on Thursday under very challenging conditions. What was only a strong wind during Wednesday’s President’s Cup turned into a cold light drizzle in the morning and steady rain in the afternoon on Thursday. The last groups were able to finish their rounds in beautiful sunny weather, as the ever-changing climate at Nokia pushed the round lengths up to 5 hours.
It was a star spangled final day at the European Open in Nokia Finland, with the Americans “finn-ishing” 1-2-3 in the Open and Women’s Divisions.
Entering Round 4, three time Women’s World and defending Euro Open Champ Val Jenkins had a comfortable 13 throw lead. She would extend her margin of victory to 17 by shooting a steady +5 69 on Sunday. The rest of the Pro Ladies lead card would “finn-ish” as they started with 2010 Rookie of the Year Paige Pierce in 2nd, fellow Tour-ist Melody King in 3rd, and local favorite Anne Matilainen in 4th.
Saturday is known as moving day in golf and while no one made a bigger move at the European Open in Finland today than Sweden’s Jesper Lundmark, whose bogey free 10 down 54 was the low score in Round 3, there was no doubt that the day belonged to the Tour-ists from USA. With Team Europe members KJ Nybo, Simon Lizotte, and Ville Piippo sliding backwards the leader boards at this year’s Euro Major event are now painted in red, white and blue.
The Presidents Cup was held for the 3rd time today, with 2 time Champions Team USA facing off against Europe’s best disc golfers on the par 60 Epila Park Course in Tampere, Finland. While Europe were both the sentimental favorites and the team of choice for the estimated 250 spectators on hand, their task of beating a Team USA made up of 5 World Champions (Feldberg, Climo, Nate Doss, Avery & Val Jenkins) and the defending European Open Women’s Champion (Burl) was a most daunting one.