Maike Haupt and Manuel Szablikowski win Youth German Championship
27 Jul 2014 at 00:22 | Published by: mindthegap | Views: 11593 | News search
The winners: Sarah Schumacher, Robin Forsberg, Maike Haupt and Manuel Szablikowski (Photo by Achim Braungart-Zink (DMV))
The Youth German Championship took place on the concrete and eternit courses in Wanne-Eickel near Dortmund in the German "Ruhrpott" from the 10th to 12th of July. The weather conditions were quite good on the competition days, so the tournament could run smoothly. Some players may have had a lack of practice as it was bucketing down all day on the last two days before the competition (Tuesday and Wednesday) in West Germany. So practice was a bit limited. The eternit course seems to be very difficult and challenging. Green rounds (below 25) were more the exception, and rounds below 23 absolutely rare. Only one blue round (19) was played on eternit by Maximilian Frech from Inzlingen. The scores on the concrete course however looked more normal with lots of green and even several blue rounds.
There were 4 combination rounds to play on the first two days to decide the team competition. Another 2 combination rounds decided the winners of the individual ranking on the final day. The individual ranking at Youth Championships in Germany is generally split into four categories - by age and by sex. The younger kids (called Schüler in German) are aged up to 14 and the juniors are aged from 15 to 19 (called Jugend in German).
Last year's winner of the female kids category Patricia Fischbeck from Göttingen and runner-up Rebecca Hoch from Dormagen-Brechten play in the junior's category from this year on. So the way was free for Sarah Schumacher from Inzlingen, on the 3rd place last year. But it wasn't easy to win. Patricia Gras from Millennium Lorsch and Michaela Zwirlein from Murnau formed the leading trio together with Sarah Schumacher, and all three were close together all the time. At the end Sarah Schumacher won with 336 (ø concrete 27.7, ø eternit 28.3) followed by Patricia Gras with 341 (ø concrete 30.5, ø eternit 26.3). Michaela Zwirlein reached the 3rd place with 343 (ø concrete 29.2, ø eternit 28.0).
The male kids category was dominated by two players from the Attendorn club. Their home course is a rare system in Germany: Sterngolf, what can be translated as "star golf". The lanes are made of concrete and similar to the concrete system, but the obstacles are different. The name "star golf" comes from the last lane on every star golf course - a lane which's end circle looks like a star. Look at the pictures in the link list. There are only a few star golf courses in Germany and all the clubs are located in Northrhine-Westphalia. Robin Forsberg from Attendorn was leading from the beginning and won in an absolutely convincing manner with 322 (ø concrete 28.5, ø eternit 25.2). His club mate Jean-Pierre Bonacker finished with 346 (ø concrete 31.2, ø eternit 26.5), the same score as Patrick Barz from Berlin got. So they had to play a play-off for the 2nd place, won by Jean-Pierre. Last year's winner Kilian Horn from Hachenburg and 2nd Max Rosendahl from Neheim-Hüsten play in the junior's category from this year on.
The junior women category was won by Maike Haupt from Herten with 338 (ø concrete 29.3, ø eternit 27.0) followed by Laura Heckel from Arheilgen with 346 (ø concrete 29.8, ø eternit 27.8). Isabell Raschke from Diepholz reached the 3rd place with 356 (ø concrete 32.2, ø eternit 27.2). Last year's winner Annika Dellmann from Neheim-Hüsten didn't play.
The junior men category was won by Manuel Szablikowski from Mainz with 302 (ø concrete 26.5, ø eternit 23.8) followed by Jan Peter Lichtenberg from Homburg (Saar) with 306 (ø concrete 27.7, ø eternit 23.3). Sebastian Piekorz from Mainz, wo plays for the Bundesliga team from Mainz, reached the 3rd place with 310 (ø concrete 27.7, ø eternit 24.0). Last year's winner Philip Lau from Singen now plays in the men's category. He reached a 39th place at the General Class German Championship, so missed the cut for the final only narrowly.
The team competition was also split into two categories: kids and juniors. The kids team from Attendorn won in an absolutely convincing manner with 681 (ø 28.4). This was no wonder as they had the winner and vice-champion in their team. Mainz came 2nd with 744 (ø 31.0), followed by Neheim-Hüsten with 762 (ø 31.8). The leading team trio was the same as last year, only the order was different. Neheim-Hüsten won last year and Attendorn came 2nd. The great performance of the Attendorn kids (apart from Robin and Jean-Pierre their team mate Severin Blümer came 8th, and Raphael Kuschel, who only played for the team, would have reached a 2nd place with his average score after 8 rounds) is somewhat surprising because they play for a "star golf" club which is not involved in the combination league system in Northrhine-Westphalia. But the kids from Attendorn have apparently collected lots of experience on eternit and concrete courses.
The junior team competition was won by Homburg (Saar) with 634 (ø 26.4), in front of Mainz with 648 (ø 27.0). The team from Göttingen came 3rd with 673 (ø 28.0). As the kid's teams, the leading trio of the junior's teams was the same as last year, only the order was different. Göttingen won last year and Homburg came 2nd.
Links to results, reports, interviews and photos, all in German language:
»Online reporting, photos and interviews on DMJ facebook website
»Interview with Jan-Peter Lichtenberg from Homburg
»Interview with Manuel Szablikowski from Mainz
»Interview with Manuel Möhler from Niederstetten
»Report of 1st day by Phillip Lewin
»Report of 2nd day by Phillip Lewin
»Final report by Phillip Lewin
»General newspaper article by WAZ
»Newspaper article about Attendorn team by WAZ
»Newspaper article about Neheim team by WAZ
»Newspaper article about Valerie Wilhelms from Ennepetal by WAZ
»Report of 2nd day by MGC Mainz
»Report of 3rd day by MGC Mainz
»Report by Attendorn star golf club
»List of all star golf clubs
»Photos of a star golf course as an example (the last one shows the star lane)
»Photos by Achim Braungart-Zink (DMV)
»Photos of 1st day by Willi Hettrich (you need to be logged in at facebook)
»Photos of 2nd day by Willi Hettrich
»Photos by Minigolfjugend Bremen / Lower Saxony