APGC squad at the European Young Masters

APGC players claim medal

Weather disrupted the final day of action in the European Young Masters at Golf Kunetická Hora in the Czech Republic, leaving Norway’s Michael Alexander Mjaaseth winner of the boys’ title and Germany’s Paula Shulz-Hanssen the girls’ victor.

With just three holes to play for the final group of the boys, and one hole to play for the final group of the girls, play was suspended due to bad weather.

It was not possible to complete play before the sun set, meaning the third round had to be cancelled, and the championship was decided using the scores from the first 36 holes.

Mjaaseth added his name to the list of winners of the boys’ title, which includes the likes of Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

The Norwegian player added a 66 (-6) to his opening eight-under-par 64 on day one to reach -14 and set a new 36-hole scoring record in boys’ event.

Spain’s Jose Luis Ballester was in the lead when play was suspended in round three, but had to settle for the silver-medal on -12 with rounds of 65 (-7) and 67 (-5).

Germany’s Yannick Malik had also played himself into contention when play was stopped, but ultimately finished fourth.

The Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation contingent, which had two players competing in both individual events for the first time this year, earned a medal in their first appearance.

Pongsapak Laopakdee of Thailand finished the first 36 holes with a score of -10 to earn the boys’ bronze medal.

In the girls’ event, Schulz-Hanssen had extended her lead when play was stopped in round three.

The German moved to the top of the leaderboard after a 67 (-5) in round two took her to eight-under-par, which was enough to claim the gold medal.

One shot behind was France’s Lilas Pinthier, who took home the silver medal after rounds of 68 (-4) and 69 (-3).

Anne Sterre Den Dunnen shot the lowest score, a seven-under-par 65, on day two, to climb 16 spots and earn the bronze medal on -6.

Malaysia’s Mirabel Ting, who co-led after round one, also finished third on -6 after rounds of 67 (-5) and 71 (-1).

In the Nations’ Cup, a team classification which counts the three lowest rounds of the teams’ four each day, the scores were extremely close. Just one shot separated first place from second, and second place from third.

Germany, represented by Yannick Malik, Tiger Christensen, Paula Schulz-Hanssen and Magdalena Maier, finished on top with a combined score of -21. Schulz-Hanssen will take two gold medals back to Germany after winning both the girls and team titles.

France finished just one shot behind on -20, earning Lilas Pinthier a second silver medal, while the Netherlands

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