SIS Golf Students Succeed in the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy
The Almenara Golf Club played host to the 3rd WAGR Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy (SIYTT) from the 27th-29th October, and showed its teeth, exposing the field of talented Amateurs to some brutally windy conditions.
The Almenara is known as a tough test with its tight, water filled and exposed layout on the front nine (Los Lagos) and its narrow tree-lined back 9 (Los Pinos), when adding gusty wind into the mix, it is a test even for the very best players.
In the U12 category, young SIS superstar Jake Valentine made a very impressive showing, with two rounds of 85, a total of 170, putting him in 3rd place in the scratch category and enough to secure 1st place in the Handicap.
The standard of the U16 category was arguably the best the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy has experienced in its three years of existence.
With scores of 77 and 81, SIS and Jason Floyd Golf Academy (JFGA) student Claudia Alnajim entered the final round as leading U16 girl and 4th in the overall category. A tough final round saw Claudia fall back in the field, finishing 8th in total and 2nd U16 girl, a result she should be very proud of.
SIS student Wisty Collins showed some fight and determination with 3 hard fought rounds, earning him 11th spot.
The final round turned into a two-horse race between two 13-year-old talents, from the Czech Republic, Nikolas Stoulil and Germanys Tiger Christensen. Starting the final round on +11, Nikolas obtained a 3 shot lead over Tiger who was sitting in 3rd position.
With flawless golf on the front 9, Tiger made a move, chipping in for eagle on the 8th, putting him 2 under for the round. Nikolas responded with a 17-foot putt for a birdie just moments later, followed by another birdie on 9, giving him a two-shot lead with 9 to play.
Another chip in for Tiger on 15 for birdie, compounded Nikolas bogey, meaning the lead was shared with 3 to play.
Standing on the 18th tee, the nerves showed, Tiger, still tied for the lead with Nikolas, pushed his drive into the tree, leaving him with a blocked approach to the green. Nikolas, cool, calm and collected stripes his ball down the middle, just short of the fairway bunker. His approach shot to the 18th was one of pure class, the 13-year-old purring a 6 iron to 15 feet of the pin.
Tiger, blocked out by the trees, was forced to punch out, and make an up and down for par to force a playoff. With Nikolas in for par, Tiger had an 8-foot par for par to extend. A right to left breaker started on the perfect line, but lacked pace, slowly dribbled underneath the hole, resulting in a 1 shot victory for Stoulil.
With Tiger Christensen due to join SIS and the JFGA in January, we very much look forward to seeing him perform more often.
Despite the hard-fought battle, the two players played with amazing etiquette, high fiving and respecting their opponents play, an amazing sight to see!
Three SIS students made the cut in the U25 category. Beau Coenraad entered the final round tied 14th place, with an 84 enough to move him up 5 spots and securing a top 10 finish along with SIS and JFGA companion Sebastian Collins, who made the cut on the number, shooting a final round of 81.
Jemma Milton began her tournament with a first round 78, placing her in a solid 3rd position. A tough day 2 score of 80 slipped her back to 9th heading in the final day, and arguably the hardest condition of the week, a final round of 81 was enough to secure 4th spot in the u25 Ladies category, another great result for SIS and the JFGA.
The U25 category was controlled by the final group, consisting of 2 Swiss National team members and Spains Hugo Aguilar, whose final round 3 under 69 was enough to secure the Sotogrande International Young Talents Trophy U25 Mens title by 3 shots with a total of +5, 221.
Spains Valentina Albertazzi, shot a final round level par 72, including a triple bogey on 17! Even with this set back she cruised to victory, winning the U25 Ladies category by a whopping 10 shots.
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