Greg Pipkin takes the Lead at Inaugural Championship
2017 World Amateur Tour Champion Greg Pipkin produced a superb effort this week at stunning Punta Espada Golf Club for the Cap Cana Inaugural Championship.
The players were astonished to discover the best set up in the Caribbean and all agreed that the conditions were outstanding. The WAT was delighted to welcome Texans George Mc Daniel III and Rick Burleson. On the women series Paris’s Anne-Catherine Robin and Estonian Triinu Reinold joined in the women’s field. The American forces quickly surged into the lead during the first round. Pipkin, who benefited from a slight advantage as member of the host club, managed to sign a very decent score in extremely windy conditions. Frenchman Christophe Guedon kept the contact all day long, also signing a good card to secure the leaders’ tee-time for the final round. In the ladies’ series, for her 2nd start after last year’s Andalucia Championsip, Stephanie Chapon produced a good round to secure the first place.
After a challenging day on the course it was time for all the participants to meet up again with World Amateur Tour coaches. Former winner of the European Tour ranking and Ryder Cup Champion Ronan Rafferty and LPGA winner & Solheim Cup Champion Florence Descampe offered their precious advice until sunset.
After a quick rest all the players were invited by Gregory Pipkin for a cocktail and dinner alongside the beach shore. The evening was reminiscent of the Champion’s dinner at Augusta National.