What a triumph: Dominic Foos, the 15-year-old top talent at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club, won the 10th Allianz German Boys & Girls Open with an outstanding performance at his home club this weekend.
Foos took the lead from the start and went on to raise eyebrows in the final round. On the 18-hole ‘St. Leon’ course he carded a sensational 62, finally winning after results of 66, 69 and 62 shots with a total of 197 strokes, convincingly outshining Portuguese player Gonçalo Costa (209 strokes) and St. Leon-Rot’s Maximilian Philipp Bögel (210 strokes). Alongside the two aces Bögel and Foos, a third player from the host club also made the cut: Rico Thome. The local trio Marcel Lamadé, Raphael Geißler and Philipp Matlari unfortunately failed to qualify for the final round.
Among the girls, only one player from St. Leon managed all three rounds of the tournament – but she did so with style. Karolin Lampert, last year’s winner, this time came in second. And who knows; if the 18-year-old had had a better opening round she might have survived to play for victory. Instead, after rounds of 73, 68 and 66 she ‘only’ made second place, five shots behind the convincing victor Emily Pedersen (DEN), who finished the tournament with a total of 202 strokes. Third place went to Welsh golfer Chloe Williams, with a score of 209. St. Leon-Rot Golf Club’s two other entrants, Laura Kowohl and Valerie Gress, failed to make the cut.
On the anniversary of its founding, the Allianz German Boys & Girls Open once again stood out with a top field, this year featuring more international players than ever. Altogether, 148 players from 20 nations came to Baden-Württemberg, a good 85 per cent of them with a plus handicap. As usual, the conditions offered to these young European hopes were first-class: a perfectly prepared course with lightning-fast greens kept the level superb right up to the waterlogged final round.
This was accompanied by an all-round package of services for golfers, organisers and officials, plus a large leader board with live scoring for supporters, just like at European Tour tournaments.
‘A big compliment goes to Dominic Foos, who defended his title in impressive manner and at a level of professional golfers. The fact that we could additionally win in a field with 20 participating nations and an incredible performance density, a second place with Karolin Lampert and a third place with Maximilian Bögel for St. Leon-Rot Golf Club shows the hard work and the quality of these players who deserve our greatest respect. The Allianz German Boys and Girls Open now presented themselves in the 10th year of tournaments history as PING Junior Solheim Cup Qualifying Tournament in a personable, professional way and at the highest sportive level.’, smiled Eicko Schulz-Hanßen, Managing Director of St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.
Schulz-Hanßen was especially pleased about the great interest shown in the open day traditionally held by the club on the last day of the tournament, despite the stormy morning. By late afternoon the weather was already at its best once again, attracting well over 1,500 visitors to St. Leon-Rot Golf Club. Just like every year, they were met with a varied programme of attractions for young and old, including bull riding, a bungee trampoline, a crane with a viewing platform offering a spectacular view of the course, tours of the course, rounds of golf for anyone to join in, a fair with a merry-go-round, a bouncy castle, a coconut shy and much more.
A satisfied Schulz-Hanßen summed it up: ‘Despite the wet start, the day was an all-round success. Great golf, deserving winners and excellent visitor numbers: what more can you ask for? We would like to thank everyone who helped make the open day and the tournament a success, especially the German Golf Association and the European Golf Association, along with our great partner and title sponsor Allianz, who played a crucial role in enabling us to run a tournament of this size and class.’