The tournament in 2006 not only was a sporty highlight but a historic event because it was the last time that the tournament started with the previous name.
For the third time, the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club and the German Golf Association succeeded in bringing the European top-junior-golfers to St. Leon-Rot. All in all 150 boys and girls from 13 nations tackled the tournament. Therefore the number of national flags at the tribune of the 18th hole increased.
The philosophy of the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club and the German Golf Association to create one of the international junior tournaments in Europe, is getting closer to reality for this reason. On the one hand, the quality of the championship is underlined by the fact of addition to the tournament calender of the European Golf Association as the only junior-tournament, and on the other hand by the status of European qualification Tournament for the finals of the “Optimist” championship in the USA.
Therewith the title sponsor, “WILD Werke” with their brand Capri-Sonne in Eppelheim near Heidelberg is very happy. The development including the performance improvement of the results surely fits perfect to the companies brand philosophy.
The field of participants could not have been better. Not only the German top-players started at this tournament, but also the acting champion Marius Thorp joined the mastership, with four Norwegian companions. They were winnig the nation ranking after two rounds. With beautiful weather and best conditions the performances of the participants were brilliant. 21 rounds beneath Par had been played over the period of three days.
After the first two rounds the competition was exciting like never before at the girls as well as the boys championship. Especially in the boys competition red was the dominating colour because four Norwegians were placed in the top 5.
The finals consequently assured high tension to the spectators in particular two girls, Lara Katzy (Berlin-Wannsee Golf Club) and Caroline Masson (Hubbelrath Golf Club) made sure an extraordinary mood on the tribune next to the 18th-green. They delivered a fascinating fuel and both ended up two strokes beneath Par. On the 18th hole the girls had their “Play-Off”, which Caroline Masson won by the first time. She defended her title with a 71, a 72 and a 71 round.
The final round of the boys competition ended with two Norwegians – Are (“Ace”) Friestad and Marius Thorp, with both played five beneath Par. Ace Friestad started -5 in the last turn and Marius Thorp -1 and therefore Ace won the tournament with 10 strokes beneath Par. Marius Thorp ended up as first runner up with six beneath Par and Anders Kristiansen completed the Norwegian triumph as second runner up with 4 beneath Par:
We would like to thank all the sponsors, all the players, coaches and spectators for the great support, the performance and happiness. They surely contributed to the success of this wonderful event.