28 July 2019: Rain washed out a promising final day’s action at the European Young Masters, reducing the event to a decision made based on scores at the end of the second round. Both Arjun Bhati and Pranavi Urs, part of the four member Asia Pacific Golf Federation, played their part in securing a top-5 finish for the team. Arjun Bhati was an even 144 at T24 with Pongsapak Laopadee finishing third at 10-under in the boys event. Pranavi Urs was T16 with scores of 73 & 72, while Mirabel Ting finished T3 at six-under 138.
Michael Alexander Mjaaseth won the honours among boys, scoring a two-stroke victory over Spaniard Jose Luis Ballester. Mjaaseth, a growing list of promising golfers from Norway shot 64 & 66 for his 14-under 130. Ballester shot 67 to add to a 65 in the opening round.
The first round co-leader, Yannick Malik, dropped to 4th position following a 71 in the second round.
Francesca Fiorellini, who had a share of the first round lead with Ting lost space with a 74 in the second round. Paula Schulz-Hanssen was a beneficiary of consistency though, taking a one-stroke victory over French girl Lilas Pinthier. The German added a 67 to her first round 69. Dutch girl Anne Sterre Den Dunnen tied third with Ting.
It was damp finish to an exciting event at the Kun?tická Hora Golf Club, but it did provide a window into the future with several young golfers playing some good golf through the week.
The EGA will be especially happy to have invited a team from the APGC, for the manner in which all four competitors competed with some of the best talent in Europe.
While the APGC has no official entry in the team event, considering that their unit has golfers from three different nations, the performance of the team was good enough for a finish inside the top-5 in Czech Republic.