2016 Strudengau Open – a close race to the last breathe


IMG_7449The stage was set perfectly for the 2016 Strudengau Open sponsored by Latitude 64 to host the final event of this year’s PDGA Euro Tour at Austria‘ disc golf spot number one, KUMM Disc Golf Parcours at Sankt Thomas am Blasenstein. Never before this country has seen such a high quality field of pro players as in this event. And so was the sport. The decision about the tournament win just as earning the Euro Tour title was made not until the very last putt between fellow-Finns Seppo PAJU and Juho PARVIAINEN. The total amount of prize money was 5.000€ – another peak in Austrian disc golf history.

the finnish armada at the 2016 Strudengau Open sponsored by Latitude64

the finnish armada at the 2016 Strudengau Open sponsored by Latitude64

Among those two battling for the tour win, Finland sent some more top athletes into the Austrian countryside, like Raimo SOKKA and Teemu MALMELIN in the MPO division, or Master Ari PENTTALA, as well as reigning European Champion Eveliina SALONEN and Anne KETTUNEN victorious at Euro Tour Stage #3 in the UK.

And even Austria mobilized to entertain the crowd. Bernd WENDER, long term captain of the Austrian national team as a Euro Tour old hand as well as Otfried DERSCHMIDT, the nation’s biggest disc golf athlete ever led the home team. Sonja PALMETSHOFER, the upcoming hopeful local lady and the talented youngsters Laurenz SCHAURHOFER and Robin BINDER started motivated to shoot for the moon.

And to complete the sensational starting field European FPO Vice Champion Katka BODOVA (SVK),  2014 Amateur World Champion Vanessa VAN DYKEN (USA) and Swiss evergreen Natalie HOLLOKÖI joined in.

juniors podium

juniors podium

Laurenz SCHAURHOFER crushed his opponents in the finals, shooting an unbelievable 1005 rated round. So just did MPO top cracks Sokka and  Paju. Therefor he took the win ahead of Robin BINDER, another Austrian hope, and Bohdan BILEK from the Czech Republic. At the scale of age’s other end another Austrian had a reason to celebrate. Bernd WENDER raised the MPG trophy after playing the best non-finnish score of the tourney (-7) and thereby left Dutch Rene WESTENBERG in second place. Third place went to George BRAUN who now calls himself 2016 Euro Tour MPG Champion.

Sweden’s Erich ALTORAY won the MPM division. Runner up is Ari PENTTALA and because of spectacular throws on the second tournament day Otfried DERSCHMIDT (AUT) shares third place with fellow-countryman Wolfgang AICHINGER. The MPM tour victory goes to 2014 Strudengau Open Champion Ville Piippo (FIN).

Natalie Holloköi defending her title one more time

Natalie Holloköi defending her title one more time

In the FPO division Natalie HOLLOKÖI demonstrated that the Strudengau Open sponsored by Latitude64 is still one of her favorite tournaments on the planet. She’s still unbeaten in this place and won the tournament the third time in a row. Tied in second place Katka BODOVA and new Euro Tour Champion Eveliina SALONEN.

The Open division saw a close battle from the start between 2014 European Champion Seppo PAJU and 2016 EDGC runner up Juho PARVIAINEN. Both came not only for winning the tourney but rather taking the Euro Tour victory. And those two gave the crowd a grand finale!

Parviainen and Paju in a thrilling battle

Parviainen and Paju in a thrilling battle

Parviainen’s win by one stroke left both players with a total of 382 points in the tour’s overall ranking, so Juho crowned himself as 2016 Euro Tour Champion because of his better performance against Seppo PAJU in the Euro Tour events where they competed head to head. With Raimo SOKKA (Euro Tour overall 6. place) and Teemu MALMELIN (Euro Tour overall 5th) on places three and four Finnland dominated this years Strudengau Open MPO division impressively.

Find all the results as well as great photos. A video from the lead card’s final 9 holes will be published within the next days.

Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters who made this event possible. The unique hospitality at KUMM Disc Golf Parcours meanwhile is as well known as the quality of the course and the beauty of the area it’s located. The 15 spotters, the local crew and the organisation team did a great job and and were rewarded with perfect weather conditions all weekend.

We’ll keep you updated about our plans for the upcoming season.