XXII Niitvälja Karikas by Mandatum Life has 127 participants

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The 22nd Niitvälja Cup by Mandatum Life takes place from Friday to Sunday, 11-13 July 2014. It is the oldest golf tournament in the Baltic States. This year there will be 127 participants from six countries. For the first time in its history, the Niitvälja Cup, as the oldest golf tournament in the Baltics, will have a prize fund of 7,500 EUR. 17 professional golf players will be competing for the prize money, among them Finnish number one and two-time Challenge Tour winner Toni Karjalainen.

During the three-day tournament, competitions will be held in individual categories for both men and women. There will be participants from the Baltics, Russia, Finland, Scotland and England.

The heavy hitters of Estonian golf will also be taking part in the tournament, with the exception of Mark Suursalu, who is taking part in a Nordic Tour competition. Also, Latvia’s Artūrs Krukovs and Finland’s Jonathan Nylén, who until recently were still playing in the amateur category at the Niitvälja Cup (Krukovs winning it in 2004 and Nylén in 2010) have now moved up to the professional league and will be participating in the tournament. The guest player travelling furthest to take part in the tournament, Adam Sagar, is coming from the San Roque golf club in Spain. For him, taking part in the Niitvälja Cup forms part of his preparations for the European Tour qualifications starting this autumn.

Niitvälja Golf CEO Kristo Tohver says that the Niitvälja Cup symbolises Estonia’s golfing history and that every professional player in the country dreams of seeing their name added to the cup. For Estonian golf, this year’s tournament is a landmark event – it is the first time an Estonian golf club has offered cash prizes in the Pro category.

On 10 July, before this year’s tournament kicks off, there will be a Pro-Am competition for amateur players, who will have the chance to play with pros.

The tournament will be broadcast by Delfi TV, starting at 9:30 on Friday and 12:00 on Sunday. Everybody is welcome to come and cheer on the players on the golf course itself.

The XXII Niitvälja Golf Cup by Mandatum Life is a tournament listed on both the European Golf Association tournament calendar and the World Amateur Golf Ranking, where all of the participants can earn points in the world rankings.

 

More information about tournament is found under those links:

List of all participants: http://tinyurl.com/phx7j77

Starting times of all participants: http://tinyurl.com/pbyysyf

You can follow real-time results over the three days of the tournament via livescoring: http://tinyurl.com/pz7tpmk (the first results being published around 9:00 on July 11).

The XXII Niitvälja Golf Cup by Mandatum Life is sponsored by Mandatum Life, Saku, Kalev, Lahe Roos, Prike and Fysiopark.