40 years after Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson’s duel in the sun, Trump Turnberry was the scene of another tight game to designate the winner of the Links Championship, 3rd leg of the World Amateur Tour 2017.
On an Ailsa course swept by the wind, Philippe Bucheton (France) and Gregory Pipkin (USA) engaged in a hard fought battle throughout both tournament days, ending up in a three-hole playoff to designate the winner. With an amazing par on
n°3, Gregory Pipkin took the lead to victory and claimed the prestigious Jug.
Earlier in the day, Renaissance residents, Jerry Sarvadi and Lee Pargeter were tied for the 1st place, but their game hampered by the weather conditions, led them to a 3rd position tie.
In the 2nd series, Jean-François Jeanne took the lead with a score of 46 in stableford, followed by belgian players Gilbert De Decker & Maxime De Vriendt.
Once again Jean-François Remésy and Florence Descampe, respectively two-time French Open champion and six-time winner on the LPGA Tour and Solheim Cup, offered their very best advice to help our players face the challenges of playing one of the most difficult links courses.
After this week-end the ranking moved quite a bit. Gregory Pipkin joined Harold De Villemandy and Kent Gray on the top of the board, followed by Jacky Casanova, Philippe Bucheton, and Jerry Sarvadi who are looking forward to September to jump on the lead.
From September 4th to 7th, World Amateur Tour players will meet up at spectacular Portmarnock and K Club in Ireland home of the Ryder Cup.
At this venue, The World Amateur Tour will have the pleasure to welcome new players from China and USA to participate in the tournament.