One wouldn’t have guessed that the Long Drivers European Tour‘s Italy Championship would be one of the most-anticipated and pivotal events at the beginning of the season, but the storylines of 2018 collided at Terre Dei Consoli in Rome last weekend.
Martin “The Beard” Borgmeier faced a slim 200 point deficit in the LDET rankings behind Robin “The Hungarian Hulk” Horvath after Horvath notched another 2018 win last month in his home country of Germany. The two have been exchanging wins seemingly all season long, leaving it up to anyone’s guess at who’ll be no.1 at the end of the year.
The Italy Championship quarter finals began with a number of familiar names and competitive matchups — and rain. Dewald Lubbe and Christo Pretorious went head-to-head in a tight South African showdown with Lubbe squeaking through to the semis 346/OB/346 to OB/360/344. Scotland’s Chris Latta bested England’s Tyler Dangerfield in another close match 356/388 to 335/332. Hope for a marquee match up between Horvath and Borgmeier in the semis held on the other side of the bracket for a while, but the number 1 and number 2 ranked players had to face off against Wales’ Bryan Roberts and Belgium’s Tanguy Marionex, respectively.
Roberts proved the spoiler, ousting the top-ranked Horvath with two 400+-yard bombs (406/403) which were too much for The Hulk’s 390/388 showing to overcome. Horvath’s exit would pave the way for The Beard to claim the no.1 spot in the 2018 LDET rankings, and despite the elements, he made quick work of Marionex 397/382 to 345/312 to advance to the semis.
After his impressive showing in the quarters, Roberts seemed poised to give Borgmeier a run for a spot in the finals, but The Beard survived a close matchup in the first semifinal, going 342/365 to Roberts’ 340/353. Third ranked Lubbe struggled to find the grid a little bit, but so did Latta, and Lubbe’s 360/OB/OB/332 was enough to advance him to the finals over Latta’s OB/340/OB/330 effort. Roberts and Latta then went to battle for the 3rd podium position, with Roberts’ 339/354 easily overtaking Latta’s 293/326.
The question on everyone’s mind heading into the big final was if Borgmeier could close on another victory and add to his outstanding 2018 season, and put himself at the top of the rankings. That soon proved to be an inevitability with The Beard’s strong 352/344/357 showing in the final matchup, cruising past Lubbe for the title. Lubbe’s second-place finish and 333/349/OB effort cemented his no.3 spot in the rankings as well.
Borgmeier, with 5300 points, now holds a 400-point lead over no.2 ranked Horvath. Lubbe sits in the no.3 ranking with 3600 points, and England’s Jordan Brooks and Matt Nicolle round out the top-5 rankings (at 3500 and 2400 points, respectively).
Next on the LDET schedule is the very much anticipated and first-ever Nations Cup. Most certainly one of the season’s marquee events, international teams will compete for glory at the Château de Taulane in La Martre, France, September 21st-22nd in a first-of-its-kind competition. The top-8 ranked LDET players after the Nation’s Cup will be qualified for the Masters LDET Cup, which will be held Saturday, October 20th at Panorámica Golf in Spain.
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The Long Drivers European Tour Germany Championship was sure to be one of the must-see events of the season, with top-tier bombers like Martin The Beard Borgmeier, Vincent Palm, Timo Petrasch, and The Hungarian Hulk, Robin Horvath, all hailing from the great country. Borgmeier brought the tour’s #1 ranking with him to Munich’s Münchener Golf Club, which set the stage for an anticipated showdown with Horvath, a close second heading into the weekend.
Horvath made it clear early he was there to compete launching a 395-yard bomb in the qualifiers to secure his spot in the top 16 Sunday afternoon. The first taste of the The Beard vs Hulk matchup came in the first round of the top 16. 6th-ranked Tanguy Marionex (Belgium) and #16 Tyler Dangerfield (England) joined the duo, and marked a 340-yard blast and one OB, respectively. Horvath reached 374 yards and Borgmeier notched 350 in the first round.
The second round of the top 16 brought the foursome together again, with strong showings from Marionex and Dangerfield (368 and 353, respectively). But Horvath was on a mission, going 377 yards to Borgmeier’s OB, and ending our hopes for the marquee matchup in the finals.
For The Hulk to claim his home country title, though, there was a lot more ground to cover, and a lot more balls to hit. Horvath qualified for the semis after defeating #14-ranked Steve Vandebos (Belgium) 375/382 to 355/356. The second match brought #4 Dewald Lubbe (S. Africa) face to face with #12 Chris Latta (Scotland), and ended with Lubbe punching his ticket to semis as well (375/389 to OB/368). Horvath’s fellow German, Timo Petrasch was ousted from the quarters by Paul Woodcock 376/OB/OB to OB/357/348, and Jordan Brooks topped Marionex 382/390 to 362/360 for his spot in the semis.
In the first semifinal, Horvath continued his march with a 365/OB/375 showing, topping Lubbe’s 345/362/366 and ensuring his spot in the final. Jordan Brooks dominated the second semifinal, ousting Woodcock 352/360 to 342/345. Lubbe and Woodcock went to battle for the third place position, with Lubbe’s 361/OB/368 besting Woodcock’s 357/359/360, and the stage was set for the big final.
With the title in sight, the Hulk came out swinging and dropped a 394-yard bomb. Brooks followed with 374- and 387-yard blasts, but Horvath’s 391-yard finisher secured the title in his home country. Not only that, Horvath overtook Borgmeier’s multi-week reign at the top of the LDET rankings. The Hulk now has a slim 200 point lead over The Beard Borgmeier, which means we can anticipate more matchups between the top two German bombers in the foreseeable future.
Next up, the players head to Italy’s Terre Dei Consoli Golf Club for the Italy Championship, the last regular season event before the marquee event of the season, the Nations Cup, and the Masters LDET Cup season finale. Follow LDET online and on social media to keep up with all the action.
The LDET bombers descended on Zala Springs Golf Resort on July 13, a little early for the Hungry Championship, but not for the reason you’d expect. Second-ranked LDET player Robin “The Hungarian Hulk” Horvath welcomed his fellow players to his home country for the inaugural European Putting Championship, organized by the tour.
A stark contrast from the usual high-flying competition, the European Putting Championship saw the best players on Tour navigating the undulations of the Zala Springs practice green. The competition came down to two notable LEDT names, Jordan Brooks (ENG) and Vincent Palm (GER), vying for the trophy, with Brooks walking off the winning putt and claiming the title of the first-ever LDET European Putting Champion.
But the bombers went right back to business the next day during qualifying rounds for the LDET Hungary Championship. Home country hero Robin Horvath gave a glimpse of what was to come with the longest drive during qualifiers, a 398-yard bomb; and top-ranked tour player Martin Borgmeier (GER) upped the ante in the round of 16 with a 408-yard blast.
Neither slowed down in the quarterfinals, with Horvath’s 399 and Borgmeier’s 407 topping the round of 8. Vincent Palm and Dewald Lubbe (S. Africa) advanced to the semis with 388-yard and 392-yard blasts respectively.
Palm, eyeing a spot in the top-10 LDET rankings, faced Borgmeier in the first semifinal, but his OB/355 couldn’t stand up against The Beard’s 398.1/398.9. Fifth-ranked Lubbe found the grid twice against Horvath, going 332.7 and 379.6, but the Hulk held his ground on his home turf with 369.1- and 388-yard bombs to advance to the final against Borgmeier.
The 2018 LDET season is no stranger to the names Borgmeier and Horvath in the final bracket, but a number 1- versus number 2-ranked player is never a disappointing matchup. The match remained square after the first two rounds, with Borgmeier going 382.9 and 390.1 to Horvath’s 383.8 and 388.3. Borgmeier finished his final round with a 352.8-yard blast, but couldn’t overcome Horvath’s 395-yard bomb to claim the title. Lubbe took the third place position on the podium.
Horvath, and the rest of the LDET bombers make their way to Münchener Golf Club in Borgmeier’s home country for the Germany Championship next, July 28th and 29th, promising another staunch competition.
A couple things that Martin Borgmeier has in common with his beard: Borgmeier’s name is also “Beard,” and his beard is long and impressive, much like Borgmeier hits it long, and his 2018 season has been impressive.
The tour’s no. 1-ranked player added another notch to his 2018 belt after claiming the first-ever Russian Championship this past weekend, cushioning his lead in the fight for the 2018 LDET title. 2017 Champion Matt Nicolle and his fellow countryman Jordan Brooks finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
While Nicolle has remained competitive all season and is always a safe bet, it seemed nothing could have stopped Borgmeier in the final round. The Beard dropped three consecutive 400-yard bombs in the finals (417/402/405) besting Nicolle’s 365/405/389 and adding the Russia Championship trophy to his staunch 2018 resume.
Brooks defeated the tour’s no.2-ranked Robin Horvath, 406/422/390 to 419/401/385, for the last spot on the podium and a top-5 tour ranking going into the last half of the season.
The LDET makes it Russia debut June 2-3 at Peterhof Golf Club. (Photo courtesy LDET)
The first half of the 2018 LDET season has already been a blast, and it’s adding one more exclamation point before entering the home stretch. The tour makes its way to Russia for the Russia Championships June 2-3, at Peterhof Golf Club in St. Petersburg, bringing its energetic atmosphere and jaw dropping competitive long drives to the country for the first time in history.
Martin “The Beard” Borgmeier (GER) and his fellow countryman Robin “The Hungarian Hulk” Horvath will take the top two LDET rankings with them to the event while defending the Euro champion, no.3 ranked Matt Nicole (ENG), looks to close the gap between him and the top spot. As of this writing, un-ranked Inar Kuramshin is the only Russian vying for the championship in his home country (and at his home course).
For Peterhof Golf Club, the Russia championship is something of a birthday celebration. The par-71 course opened in June 2017 near the Peterhof and Konstantinovsky palaces as the only 18-hole course in the city. To mark the event, the 5911-meter course will host a pro-am contest on Saturday, challenging LDET players and amateurs with its water-laden layout, thick rough and wild grasses in friendly competition — an official LDET practice session follows.
(Photo courtesy LDET)
“It is a big honor for Peterhof Golf Club and the city of Saint Petersburg to host a stage of LDET in Russia,” Kuramshin, golf manager and coach at Peterhof, says. “All the [Peterhof] team as well as the golfers are very much looking forward to what is going to be a great golf weekend with a ProAm and the most exciting show in Golf.”
After Saturday’s festivities, Sunday’s not to be missed. Amateur qualifying rounds begin the build up to the main event, followed by the pro qualifier later that morning. After lunch comes the amateur semifinals and finals, and the always exciting Top16 round. From the quarters on, players will take their best of three sets in a matchplay elimination rounds until one player claims the inaugural Russia Championship trophy.
CGB will be updating this post with results and video of the event.
In other news, and speaking to the continuing growth of the tour, LDET has announced a new tour sponsor the week leading up to the Russian Championship. JetVIP, a Russia-based aviation broker, is adding to the winning spoils by offering the top 3 finishers a free charter flight, and a 200-Euro check to the champion in addition to its support for the tour. See more on the new partnership here.
Emil Rosberg’s dominant performance ensured the Sweden Championship stayed in his home country. (Photo courtesy LDET)
What was anticipated to be one of the best events of the Long Drivers European Tour season didn’t disappoint. The Sweden Championships saw the tour’s strongest field ever in Europe, according to tour CEO Xavier Eusebio, and the hometown crowd has something else to cheer about too.
Emil Rosberg of Gothenburg, Sweden, joined a number of familiar names in Saturday’s match plays at Täby Golf Klub, ultimately securing the title for his home country.
Robin “The Hungarian Hulk” Horvath looked to add another podium finish to his strong 2018 season against C.J. Hellstrom, but his 337.5/349.3 showing fell short of Hellstom’s 351.6/359.9 in the first match. Then, 2018 Belgium Champion Martin Borgmeier faced off against the U.K’s Bry Roberts, who started slow with a 318.9 before finishing 352.2/OB. The Beard Borgmeier’s 355.1/OB/339.3 cemented his meeting with Hellstrom in the semis.
Match three came courtesy of Finland’s own Aleksi Kivini and Saku Korhonen. Korhonen (OB/270/348.8) qualified for the semifinals easily after Kivini failed to land one in the grid. and in the matchplay finale Rosberg met defending tour champion Matt Nicolle. Rosenberg dropped a pair of 357-yard bombs (357.9/357.1), besting Nicolle’s 335.2/356.6 and punching his ticket to the semifinals to face Korhonen.
Borgmeier began the semis in a bit of a shaky spot, landing OB in his first two sets against Hellstrom, but his 358.5/349.8 finish proved too much for Hellstrom’s 348.8/OB/357/325.5 to overcome. Rosberg and Korhonen dropped a pair of 338.9- yard bombs in their first semifinal set. But Rosberg raised the bar with 344.7 blast which was more than enough to best Korhonen’s OB finish.
And thus the stage was set for another superb LDET event: The home country hero Rosberg versus Belgium Champion, “The Beard” Borgmeier.
Rosberg came out swinging with a 353.9-yard bomb in the first set, just safe from Borgmeier’s 350.6 effort. Rosberg backed his first set up with a 350.5-yard blast of his own, and after 344.2-yard finish from Borgmeier, ensured the Sweden Championship stays in its home country.
Hellstrom secured the final podium position against Korhonen 296.7/343.8/353 to 357.8/323/341 for his first top-three finish of the season. And Borgmeier has something else to celebrate on top his second-place finish — with the first third of the 2018 season in the books, The Beard’s now the no.1 ranked LDET player.
With still so much more to come, including one of the most-anticipated events of the year, the Russia Championships at PeterHof Golf Club, next on the the schedule, this season continues to exceed all expectations. We’ll be previewing the tour’s debut in Russia and updating the LDET player rankings prior to the June 2nd-3rd event.