Spanish player José Maria Ortiz Pinedo Rodriguez, following the good results obtained in the last P&P competitions, counting for the WPPAR – World P&P Amateur Ranking, as were the Spanish P&P Open and the Spanish Ranking Final, played in the last month, managed to rise to the top of the World P&P ranking.
His fellow countrymen, such as Pedro Cielos, Fernando Cabezudo, Juan Soler and Cesar Caleya, also managed to climb the WPPAR table after a great performance in the Spanish Ranking Final played at the beautiful Aloha Golf Club in Marbella (Malaga), Spain.
The former world number 1, portuguese Hugo Espirito Santo, thus dropped to 5th place in the World Ranking, now having a last chance to return to the top of the table, with the last IPPA competition of the year, to be held next weekend in Braga , Portugal, the LEXUS BRAGA INTERNATIONAL P&P OPEN 2019.
At stake is the 1st FARIOLI AWARD, which will be awarded to the player who is in 1st place in the WPPAR – World P&P Amateur Ranking, on December 31, 2019, ie, after this last competition in Braga.
After last week’s competitions played in Tunisia, Spain and Portugal, Tunisia and France put their first players in the men’s and women’s rankings. Tunisian player Sadok Fahem, playing for the first time Pitch & Putt, won the Africa P&P Open and went straight to 19th place in the Men’s World Ranking. Similarly, Tunisian player Abir Fellah won the women’s standings and went straight to the 5th place in the Women’s World Ranking.
Also the French players entered the World Ranking, being its best classified, Jean-Luc Pannetier, which occupies the 26th place in the world. In ladies the French Nicole Wahba, entered to the 10th position, having reached the 4th place among the women.
By country, and now with 8 countries, Spain continues to lead in Men and Women, and in men, it should be noted the entry to the 4th place in the world, from Tunisia a very short distance from Italy, ranked 3rd. In women, it should be noted Tunisia’s direct entry to the 2nd place in the Women’s World Ranking by countries
These results are justified by the great commitment of the Tunisian Golf Federation over the last years, betting onPitch & Putt, as a golf specialty, with several advantages, and in particular being a good method of entry into golf.
In Men´s WPPAR, Hugo Espirito Santo (Portugal) has increase his leading over spaniard Juan Soler Espinosa. In Women’s WPPAR, Laura Batista Mederos (Spain) dug an even bigger difference for runner-up, Spanish Maria Eugenia Martinez Oriola
We expect more changes in this Rankings, after the European Pairs P&P Championship, that will be played this week, in Italy.
Spanish player Laura Batista Mederos became the world’s first No. 1 P&P woman following her participation in the “III Pontuable Nacional de Pitch & Putt 2019”, held on July 27 and 28, at the Rio Cabe P&P course, in Galicia – Spain.
For the first time, five women participated in a competition for the World P&P Ranking, opening up “hostilities”. The next competition counting for the WPPAR Women’s Ranking will be the Portuguese P&P Open, to be played at Paredes P&P Course, Portugal, on 21 and 22 September.
Laura made history, by forever recording her name at the top of the P&P Women’s World Ranking, so we send our warmest congratulations to Laura and look forward to seeing many more ladies in P&P competitions around the world.
Also, after this competition, Spanish player Juan Soler Espinosa reaches the top of the P&P World Ranking, having qualified in 2nd place in the same championship organized by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, and counting for the P&P World Ranking.
He is now the number 1 in the world, waiting for what will happen in Portugal, next month.
Congratulations to Laura and Juan, and all the other players in this new WORLD AMATEUR P&P RANKING.
With his victory in the 17th Open d’Italia, Hugo Espirito Santo rises 3 positions in the World Ranking and is now in the 3rd position. Also, the spaniard Juan Soler Espinosa takes the 2nd position of the World Ranking, being only 7 points of the world-wide top, still occupied by Raul Toca Pedrajo, of Spain.
The Italian Leonardo Panza, with his 4th place in the Italian Open, went up 11 places, being now in 11th place with 206,5000 points. Also Alberto Viotto (Italy) climbed 7 positions, being this week in 18th place of the World P&P Ranking.
However, the “king of climbs” was the Spaniard Ricardo Barroso Trujillo, who with his 5th place in the Open d’Italia, climbed 18 positions in the table, being now ranked 17th by WPPAR.
This group of players was joined by two Swiss players, Mauro Zaninni and Markus Planzer, thus becoming the first two Swiss players to enter the World P&P Ranking. They occupy the 48th and 53rd positions of WPPAR, respectively.
After completing the 2019 Italian National P&P Championship and after updating the WPPAR Ranking, the italian Elio Mazzoco, enters directly to the 16th position of the World P&P Ranking.
Other 9 Italians also join this ranking, such as Leonardo Panza (22nd), Alberto Viotto (25th), Andrea Fusco (27th) and Luigi Evangelista (28th), among others.
This week the 2019 Italian Open P&P will be played, and certainly this Ranking will change a little more, since the best Italian players will be at this Open, among other international participation’s, such as players from Portugal, Spain, San Marino, etc.
During the next weeks 21 and 25, will be organized in Italy, by the Italian P&P Federation – FIP&P, the first two competitions to count for WPPAR.
This competitions will be the Campionato Italiano Singolo e Team 2019 in Isernia on 25 and 26 May and the Open di Italia P&P 2019 in Appiano Gentile near Milan, during 22 and 23 of June 2019.
This will bring the first Italian players to this World Ranking, which will give another “color” and competition to WPPAR. Other nations will be present in these competitions, like France, San Marino, among others.
WPPAR is already moving around the world, and we have had very friendly and very interested reactions from all over the world, as from Australia, Japan, India, Brazil, Russia, Morocco, etc.
Each IPPA associate member should contribute to this World P&P Ranking by proposing their own competitions, that have a minimum of 54 holes (3 rounds) in Strokeplay or 3 rounds in Match Play.
The Northern Portuguese Pitch & Putt Northern Championship was held last weekend at the P&P course in Braga, which also included the Northern Portuguese P&P Mid-Amateur Championships, Seniors and Ladies, with a total of 54 holes played.
PEDRO AFONSO MENDES from Paredes GC was crowned Northern Portuguese P&P Champion, PEDRO, with an aggregate total of -8 under the par .
In second place was GONÇALO RODRIGUES, also from Paredes GC, 11 strokes away from the winner.
In Mid-Amateurs and Seniors the Champion was ADRIANO FONSECA from Citynorte, with an aggregate of +10.
It should be noted that this Championship counted for WPPAR – World P&P Ranking, and integrated in the P&P World Ranking, three more new players from Portugal: Pedro Afonso Mendes, Gonçalo Rodrigues and Rodrigo Santos.
The canary Carlos Vega has won an exciting edition of the Spanish Pitch & Putt Championship, the fifteenth, which has been held in the course of Las Palmeras Golf (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), an emblematic setting of this golf specialty in Spain. The participation of 108 players, a limit established by the regulations, has given great color to a tournament that has everything to be even more greater on the future.
First time winner that has resulted after three rounds of intense game. Carlos Vega, a player with ample baggage in the Spanish Pitch & Putt, has won with a final round of 52 strokes, more discreet than the 49 of his intermediate round but better than the 53 of its premiere. With 154 strokes to the total has reduced in one the record of the Spaniard Raúl Toca, one of the players to beat.
Raul Toca uncovered the best round of the day, 48 strokes; magnificent, yes, but insufficient to finish alleviating the effects of the 59 with which he said goodbye on Saturday of the insular course. Both he and Jaime Herrera – fourth at four strokes behind the leader – have once again highlighted that the Cantabrian Pitch & Putt is on the rise.
It is worth mentioning that the course of Las Palmeras Golf, one of the most active in the organization of official P&P competitions in Spain, has show off the quality of its greens, very fast and with complicated lines.
Raul Toca cemented his leadership in WPPAR, with Jaime Herrera Garcia rising two places in the table, now occupying the 2nd place in the World Ranking. Another thirteen new Spanish players entered WPPAR, thus enjoying the E category of this National Championship.