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Germany wins both Nations Cups

Germany 10 Jun 2014 at 13:15 | Published by: mindthegap | Views: 6540 | News search

Germany wins both Nations Cups
The winning teams in Neubtraubling  (Photo by BGC Neutraubling)

As preliminary tournaments for the European Championships the Nations Cups for men/women and seniors were hold in Neutraubling and Murnau on Whitsun (7th and 8th of June). This year Germany seems to be spoiled by the weather God. It was the hottest Whitsun in Germany in the last 50 years. So nobody could complain about rain or cold weather. For some players it might have been an exhausting week because of the high temperatures. The combination courses (concrete and eternit) in Neutraubling and Murnau are well known in Germany. They have often been used for national or international competitions. The German Bundesliga will have its last match on the concrete course in Neutraubling.

Both Nations Cups were won by German teams and German players in the individual categories for men, women, male and female seniors. This is not surprising as the tournaments were home matches for the Germans. The Nations Cup is always a good occasion to learn about the courses and collect inspiration what can be improved.

Nations Cup for men and women in Neutraubling

9 teams were playing, so two groups were formed, one consisting of 4, the other of 5 teams. The best two teams of each group then played play-offs for the ranking. The first 8 rounds counted for the final's qualification. Points were given to every team each round due to the ranking of the team score of that round. The total in points was decisive for the ranking in the group, not the total score of the team. The winner of group A played a semifinal in rounds 9 and 10 against the 2nd of group B and vice versa. The winners of the semifinals qualified for the final in rounds 11 and 12.

Germany had a team in each group, and both teams won their groups. Switzerland reached the 2nd place in group A and Czech Republic II in group B. So the semifinals were:

Germany I - Czech Republic II and
Germany II - Switzerland.

Both semifinals were won by the German teams who decided the winner in the final. That was Germany I. The bronze final was won by Switzerland.

The best player was Harald Erlbruch from Germany with 288 (ø concrete 26.5, ø eternit 21.5). Switzerland's top player Michel Rhyn followed on the 2nd place with 294 (ø concrete 26.0, ø eternit 23.0). The new German National Team Player Sebastian "Brezel" Heine showed a brilliant performance and reached a 3rd place with 296 (ø concrete 27.7, ø eternit 21.7), in front of the reigning World Champion Achim Braungart-Zink on the 3rd place. Sebastian achieved the best but one result on eternit (130) although he grew up as a minigolfer on a concrete course. Only his team mate Harald Erlbruch was better on eternit (128) as he finished the tournament with a 19. The best Austrian was Christian Gobetz with 306 (ø concrete 27.3, ø eternit 23.7) on the 5th place, only 1 shot ahead of the Swedish top player Filiph Svensson, equal with Oleg Klassen from Germany and the best Czech player Marian Strasko.

The women's category was dominated by the current World Champion Bianca Zodrow from Germany with 296 (ø concrete 27.0, ø eternit 22.3), leading by 21 shots in front of Switzerland's best lady Sandra Wicki who reached the 2nd place with 317 (ø concrete 28.5, ø eternit 24.3). Lucie Pavelkova was the best Czech woman on the 3rd place with 325 (ø concrete 29.0, ø eternit 25.2).

Nations Cup for seniors in Murnau

The seniors Nations Cup in Murnau was run under the same rules as that for men and women. So the team competition ran with two groups of 6 teams each.

Germany had one team in group A and two in group B. Both groups were won by the German teams. In group B even the 2nd place went to a German team. Austria II reached the 2nd place in group A. So the semifinals were:

Germany II - Germany I and
Germany III - Switzerland.

Germany II and Germany III won the semifinals and the winner of the final was Germany III. To complete the victory to a pure German the bronze final was won by Germany I as well. So the first three team places went to the German teams. But the teams of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are not so far behind. In most of the rounds they could keep up with the Germans, only some bad rounds left them behind.

The best player was Roman Kobisch from Germany with 295 (ø concrete 27.2, ø eternit 22.0), followed by his compatriot Dirk Czerwek with 296 (ø concrete 27.0, ø eternit 22.3). The best Austrian was Herbert Bäk with 297 (ø concrete 25.8, ø eternit 23.7) on the 3rd place. The best player from Switzerland was Roger Anderegg on the 6th place, and the best from the Czech Republic Jan Metys on the 11th place. The dominance of the Germans looks overwhelming. 8 out of the 9 German male seniors are on the first 12 places. And it's amazing how close these first 12 players are together. The distance between the winner and the 12th place is only 11 shots in 12 rounds.

The women's category was won by Andrea Reinicke from Germany with 316 (ø concrete 29.2, ø eternit 23.5), followed by Austria's Johanna Knotzer with 322 (ø concrete 29.5, ø eternit 24.2). Germany's Nicole Warnecke reached the 3rd place with 323 (ø concrete 30.0, ø eternit 23.8). Dagmar Hirschmannova was the best Czech lady on the 4th place. She had been playing in Germany for a long time - in particular in Bavaria.

European Championships ahead

The outcome of the tournaments shows that excellent scores are possible on both courses at both venues. There were some blue rounds on concrete and eternit as well, played even by Non-Germans. And the excellent results achieved by the "home players" from Germany show the standard of the courses to be reached by everyone who wants to beat the Germans. So we will see exciting European Championships in Germany in August.

Links to results, reports and photos, all in German language:

»Results men/women Neutraubling
»Results seniors Murnau
»Daily reports from Neutraubling by Achim Braungart-Zink (DMV)
»Online reporting from both Nations Cups
»Photos from Seniors Nations Cup in Murnau




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Germany 08 Jun 2014 at 19:02 | views: 5436 | Comments: 0

The German Felt Masters took place in Niederstetten in the South of Germany (Baden-Württemberg) on the 31st of May and the 1st of June. It's a relatively new competition in Germany, just held for the 2nd time. The whole competition is run in Match Play, so every ...
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Switzerland 03 Jun 2014 at 19:49 | views: 6422 | Comments: 0

Last weekend the Swiss Team Championship took place at the Minigolf course in Bern Waldau. It is one of the special Swiss 80% size concrete courses. The favourites were clear. In men’s teams there was defending champion MC Olten, and as every year Eichholz ...
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MGC Oirschot are again Dutch Team Champions

Netherlands 03 Jun 2014 at 18:25 | views: 5276 | Comments: 0

On Sunday June 1st 2014 MGC Oirschot became Dutch Champion teams (for the 4th time in a row). The 4th match out of 5 was held at the eternitecourse of MGC De Vrije Slag in Wageningen. With just 1 match to go Oirschot can’t miss the title anymore. Before the ...
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