From July 21-23, 2016, Europe’s best players aged 16 and under came together in Golf Club Domaine Impérial in Switzerland to compete over three rounds of stroke play in the European Young Masters.
Each European Golf Association (EGA) member federation is eligible to send two girls and two boys under the age of 16 years as of 1st January to the EYM each year. 112 players from 28 countries competed in the 2016 edition.
In the Boys’ Championship Belgium’s Adrien Dumont de Chassart won gold with rounds of 73, 69 and 70, a total of 212, 4-under-par. Following a front-nine 37, 1-over, in the final round Dumont de Chassart went on to birdie the 13th, 16th and 17th to secure the title.
The silver medal was awarded to Jakub Hrinda from Slovakia who finished one stroke behind the Belgian with rounds of 70, 72 and 71. Hrinda recovered from a double bogey on hole 6 and two more dropped shots on the 9th and 12th with an impressive birdie, eagle, par, birdie finish on the last day.
Third place was claimed by Spaniard Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, who had taken the lead after day one, recording two eagles on holes 13 and 16. Lopez-Chacarra finished the tournament at two-under-par with rounds of 69, 73 and 72.
The lowest round of the Boys’ Championship, 68, was posted by Swede Viktor Hagborg-Asp on day two.
In the Girls’ Championship Finland’s Elina Saksa finished on top of the leaderboard with scores of 77, 72 and an excellent 67 in the final round. The flawless last round including five birdies on hole 1, 4, 7, 9 and 13 led to a championship total of 216, level par and meant the gold medal for the Finnish.
Czech player Sarah Hiricikova finished one stroke behind Saksa with rounds of 69, 71 and 77.
England’s Lily May Humphreys took home the bronze medal with scores of 72, 74, 72 and a total of 218, two-over-par.
Due to long delays caused by thunderstorms the second round had to be finished on the following day.
In the Nations Cup, the Czech Republic (656) finished four shots ahead of Spain (660) and seven shots ahead of England in third, Germany in fourth and Finland in fifth place (all 663).
The team score is made up of the three best scores per round. With a total of 215 Spain and the Czech Republic shared the lead after day one and the Czech boys and girls succeeded to stay on top of the leaderboard throughout the week.