The winners of the Capri-Sonne German Boys & Girls Open have been determined: Laura Alexandra Stempfle from the Hamburg-Holm Golf Club and Nicolai Aagaard from Denmark prevailed in a first-class field of 156 young golfers from 14 nations. Laura Alexandra's final score after three rounds was 8 under par and Nicolai was 7 under. The winners and all participants had nothing but praise for the German Boys & Girls Open, which they considered an absolutely top-notch event.
Course conditions were excellent at the start of the tournament, which started with a bang. Local hero Lukas Stockinger, a member of the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club shot a 67 on the first 18 holes and was the front-runner at the end of the first day. How well the 16-year-old was able to maintain his focus and birdie seven times despite an early double bogey was remarkable. The best girl on the first day was only one stroke behind: Sofia Höglund from Finland scored 68 on the first round and thus gained a three-point lead on her challengers.
Second day's jockeying
The second day saw some jockeying among the leaders in the boys competition as Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen shot a magnificent 66 and Austria's Eugen Fürnweger and Benedict Staben from Hamburg's Land- & Golf-Club Hittfeld both finished with a 67. Denmark's Patrick Winther was the overall leader at the end of the first day following 68- and 71-stroke rounds. In the girl's competition, Laura Alexandra Stempfle took the lead by shooting a 67, and ended with a total score of two strokes better than Sofia Höglund.
Aagaard plays a convincing final round
The boys final round started with five golfers tailing the leader Patrick Winther by just two strokes and promised to be a nail-biter. However, the ultimate winner was not from this tight circle of challengers. Nicolai Aagaard came from behind and swept the field after having been in seventh place at the end of round two. In the same flight as Tapio Pulkkanen, he was able to shoot six birdies and only bogey once; none of the challengers was able to match his score that day and the 18-year-old thereby won the tournament amidst cheers from the spectators.
Tension in the girls' leaders' flight
In the girl's competition, the winner and second-place finisher were in the same flight. Although Laura Alexandra Stempfle started her round with a bogey, she subsequently settled down and was able to match Sofia Höglund's score of 69, giving her an overall lead of two strokes and making the 17-year-old the celebrated tournament winner.