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 Portugal Open P&P 2019, portuguese Hugo Espirito Santo regains number one in the World P&P Ranking, with its 5th place in Paredes.
Juan Soler Espinosa went down to 2nd place and Raul Toca Pedrajo maintained his 3rd place. With the victory in this Open, Pedro Afonso Mendes went up 4 places, so now occupies the number 7 in the world.
Of note was the direct entry to 25th place of russian Stepan Surzhik and the 25 place rise of portuguese Tomas Ribeiro, who was 3rd at the Portugal Open P&P 2019, now occupying the 19th position of WPPAR.
In Women, the spanish Laura Batista Mederos kept her 1st position, but the russian Ekaterina Karaseva, is now placed directly in 3rd place, waiting for the next opportunity. Another 3 portuguese and 2 spanish players also entered the P&P Women’s World Ranking.
By country, Spain keeps ahead in Men and Women’s Ranking, although Portugal, in Men has come very close. Note the entry of 2 more countries to this P&P World Ranking by countries, Russia and Sweden.
Hugo Espirito Santo won the 2019 Portuguese National P&P Championship, held at the Guardizela P&P course, near Guimarães, in the north of Portugal.
The Portuguese player won for the 5th time the National P&P Championship and with the points accumulated in this Championship, he managed to overcome the Spaniards Raul Toca Pedrajo and Juan Soler Espinosa, who this week did not play.
A triumph that gave him the rise from 3rd to 1st in the World P&P Ranking, under the aegis of IPPA (International Pitch & Putt Association).
“It’s something I never imagined in life, to be the number one in the world, but with a lot of work, believing and perseverance, everything happens because “the dream commands life”, said Hugo Espirito Santo.
The next WPPAR competition will be played in Spain at week 30, so more changes at the top of the table are to be expected.
This I Puntuable Nacional de Pitch & Putt 2019 has been held at the Real Club de Golf de Oyambre, a club steeped in the history of the oldest and most traditional of Spain, when practicing golf at the beginning of the nineteenth century King Alfonso XIII.
This young player leads the Ranking of P&P of the RFEG and has also been winner of the IPPA´s World Pairs P&P Championship held in 2018 in Las Palmeras Golf. We was player of the National team that faced Portugal to beginning of the month. The participation of this “Puntuable” tournament has been a success, more than 30 players were on the waiting list, the handicap cut of the participating players was 11,2
Raúl Toca has outscored Felipe Gómez in two strokes that made 58 on the last round. Sergio Alonso has completed the Top 3 with four more strokes than the winner. The three players mentioned were the only ones who finished under par in Oyambre.
The fourth place was shared by César Fernández de Caleya, José María Ortiz de Pinedo and Jaime Herrera, all of them with the par of the course and six more strokes than Raúl Toca.
This tournament, in addition to being valid for the Spanish P&P Ranking, is valid for the WPPAR – World P&P Amateur Ranking. With this win, Raul Toca has sum more 25,5000 points, giving him the total of 337,5000 and the 1st place on the World P&P Ranking table.
The next appointments for this World Ranking will be the Internacional Senior de España P&P 2019, to be held in Tenerife (Golf los Palos) on the 13th and 14th of April, the II Puntuable Nacional de Pitch & Putt 2019, to be held in Valladolid (Sotoverde Golf) on the 27th and 28th April and the Campeonato de España Masculino Absoluto 2019, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmeras Golf) on 11th and 12th May.
The young Portuguese P&P player, JOÃO MARIA PONTES is officially the first NUMBER ONE in the WORLD P&P AMATEUR RANKING, after his excellent performance in the IX MATCH P&P PORTUGAL-SPAIN, last week.
João Maria Pontes was the only player this weekend who did not lose any match. Of the 3 Matches he played, he won two and drew another, allowing him to get the highest number of points between the 12 players from Portugal and Spain present in this first competition to count for WPPAR.
In second place, with an aggregate of 225 points, are the Spaniards Thomas Artigas and Jesus Casajus.
In terms of Ranking by Countries, Spain is in the lead, with an aggregate of 1070 points, with Portugal ranking 2nd with a total of 995 points.
Next Competition that will count for the WPPAR will be held in Spain, in the last weekend of March 2019