Many of you were able to witness the exciting final of the OK Dutch Junior Open 2016 where Alan De Bondt (BEL) and Zhen Bontan (NED) emerged as winners of the tournament.
This year there were three different nationalities in the last and final flight of the tournament; Alan De Bondt (BEL) and Matthew Jordan (ENG) tied and -7 and Davey Porsius (NED) following at -2. During their last round De Bondt and Jordan changed places several times. With great putts and beautiful chip-ins it was a tight finish up until the 17th. De Bondt then made an eagle and could tee off at 18 with a solid lead of three strokes. Jordan birdied the 18th, but De Bondt made no mistakes and went on to win the OK Dutch Junior Open 2016. Last year, De Bondt was runner-up in the 31st edition of the Dutch Junior Open. While most spectators were following the final three players, Wu (THA) played his best round on the last day of the tournament. On Friday he had made an eagle on 14 and an albatross on 17. With a fantastic round of -7 on the final day Wu jumped to 3rd place for the tournament.
Lots of spectators accompanied the last flight to the 18th hole, enjoying the thrilling moments during the game on the way in. Others were on our beautiful sunny terrace, watching the incoming flights on the 18th. At the 17th green there were a lot of children with banners, to support and encourage Judith van der Voort, member of Toxandria. Thanks to the warm support of our members and guests of all ages, we can look back at a fabulous final of the 2016 OK Dutch Junior Open!
As for the girls, Zhen Bontan (NL) was in a league of her own. Bontan took the lead on the first day and never looked back: she won with a nine shot lead at -4 and as winner received a wild card for the 2016 South African Women's Open to be played in December this year. The final day for the girls was more about who would be the runner up. Three players started the day with a small difference, Amina Wolf (GER) at +4, Judith van der Voort (NL) at +5 and Liu (CHI) at +8. Wolf ended the day with a round of 71 and came in second, Liu played her best round of the tournament, also 71 and finished 3rd in the final scores.
The Nations Cup went to England (boys) due to the scores of Matthew Jordan, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Jach Singh Brar and to the Netherlands (girls) due to the scores of Zhen Bontan, Judith van der Voort and Charlotte Puts.
At the prizing giving ceremony De Bondt and Bontan were awarded their green jackets and wild cards. In his speech on behalf of title sponsor OK, Jan Willem Westerhuis however addressed the players that didn’t win. According to Westerhuis participating in the OK Dutch Junior Open could in the future prove better than winning the tournament as was the case for Nicolas Colsaerts, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Danny Willett and many more.