The first day of the International European Mid-Amateur Championship in Estonian Golf & Country Club was successful for Scandinavians – with 71 shots Tony Jensen from Denmark and Christian Nordstedt and Patrik Andresson from Sweden share the first place. Indrek Männik as the best Estonian is sharing 66th place with 81 shots.
First round, which was played in good conditions, was satisfactory for Männik, though headmitted that the first half wasn’t as good as expected. “I didn’t start that well, so I had to make some extra shots on the greens. The second half was better, so I have a good feeling towards the next round,” Männik said.
Eero Sikka was the second best Estonian with 84 shots, which put him on the 86th position. President of Estonian Golf & Country Club, Mait Schmidt hit 85, which gave him the 95th after the first round. Erko Täht shared the exact same result with Schmidt. Rasmus Kivila hit 87, Marko Palm 88, Enn Pääro 93 and Lauri Ulla 94 shots, which respectively put them on 105th, 112th, 120th and 122nd place.
Mait Schmidt, whose result was far from expected, admitted that the first round was emotionally very hard for him to play. “I’ve devoted past years for the development of Estonian Golf and Country Club and I’ve also put a lot of energy in introducing our course to European golf players. It’s an honor to host such a great tournament here in Jõelähtme and therefore it is so much more emotional for me to play on my home grounds,” said Schmidt.
“I really wanted to play well here, but the tension caught me and due to my nervousness shots I played didn’t go as they should’ve gone. By the end of the day the greens got slow, too, but I couldn’t correct my game fast enough,” he added. International European Mid-Amateur Championship is one of the strongest tournaments in the region this year, where altogether 128 competitors from 24 countries are taking part.
According to Golf World magazine, Jõelähtme golf course is on the 84th place in TOP 100 golf courses in Europe. Estonian Golf & Country Club is also one of the ten official European Tour Properties courses in Europe, which provides an opportunity to organize world’s top golf events in Estonia.