In under 2 years, the PGA Catalunya Resort has gained the reputation of one of the best resorts in the world, able to welcome world class events and a candidature for the 2031 Ryder Cup.
Undoubtedly, it was a great opportunity for World Amateur Tour to host the 2021 opening tournament and play one of the premier golf courses Spain has to offer.
For the opening round of the competition, players enjoyed wonderful organisation and some of the fastest greens ever played.
As the first round kicked off on The Tour Course, everybody was anticipating a head-to-head between the two lead of the ranking; Christophe Guedon and Boris Krasnenkov.
Playing his first event this year La Reserva Sotogrande’s Marc Topiol took an early lead during the round and put himself in the best possible position for the final day of the tournament. With 33 stableford points, Topiol was just one point ahead of Russia’s Boris Krasnenkov, followed by the 2021 “Rookie” Frédéric Sebag with 30 points.
The following day, beneath beautiful sunshine, players headed to The Stadium Course where Switzerland’s Gerard Ber, playing a great front nine, took his chance to play for the title.
Marc Topiol played a very consistent round and left his opponents vying for second and third place, finishing up with a total of 37 points to offer him a first victory.
With 33 points in the final round, Gérard Ber came second, taking the Legend’s Series title whilst Boris Krasnenkov captured the 1st Series. Joining us for the first time, Frédéric Sebag took the 2nd Series prize home.
For the Ladies, the tournament fast became a face-to-face match between two good friends from Russia, Irina Nesterova and Karina Budantseva.
After shooting 33 points the first round Karina found herself just 4 points ahead of Irina. With the Catalunya Championship gearing up to be an incredible match, Irina Nesterova played a great front nine, coming close to Karina Budantseva, forcing her to play her best golf on the last nine to finally end up one shot ahead on the 18th green.
Karina wins her second title of the year and leads the 2020/21 ranking with 200 000 points. Boris Krasnenkov moves into the lead in the mens series with 127 000 points ahead of Chritophe Guedon and Marc Topiol.
The 2020/21 season is looking very promising indeed, with all of our members looking forward to upcoming events to be held at The Bro Hoff Slott (Sweden) in July and, at the home of The Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club in September.