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2012 Beko Classic9 min read


Posted on: 17th Nov 2012

November 15-17, Cornelia Golf Club, Turkey

This year’s BEKO Classic will once again return to Cornelia Golf Club in Belek, in southern Turkey, for the first time since 2007, with a host of top players, including 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke that will battle it out for the US$80,000 prize fund.

News:

  • BEKO Classic 2012 Review – Welshman Edwards Claims Third BEKO Classic Title
  • Round 3 BEKO Classic 2012 – Edwards Claims BEKO Classic Hat-Trick in Turkey
  • Round 2 BEKO Classic 2012 – Enoch’s 66 Makes it a Welsh-Topped Leaderboard
  • Round 1 BEKO Classic 2012 – Edwards’ Storms to Early Lead after Stunning 66
  • Open Champion, Darren Clarke, To Play in BEKO Classic 2012
  • Stellar Field Gets Ready for 2012 BEKO Classic

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BEKO Classic 2012 Review – Welshman Edwards Claims Third BEKO Classic Title

After leading through Round 1 of this year’s BEKO Classic 2012 at Cornelia Golf Club, Turkey, Simon Edwards won his third BEKO Classic title after posting a ten-under par 206 (66, 72, 68).

Edwards set himself up at the beginning of the tournament with a first round score of six-under par, followed up by an understated level-par 72 in Round 2 to ensure he was within touching distance of the top of the final day leaderboard.

The Welshman started steadily with birdies at five and seven to go into the back nine at two-under par. A small blip bogey at ten didn’t get him down as he replied with three consecutive birdies. A bogey at fourteen was duly cleared with a birdie at sixteen, and a par-par finish gave Edwards the four-under 68 required to take the tournament by one shot to fellow countryman Garry Houston, whose initial pair of 70s, along with a five-under par 67, left him at nine-under par (207) for the tournament.

Third place fell to Englishman Jamie Little, finishing on an eight-under par total of 208, with a closing four-under 68, just one shot ahead of fourth place Rhys Enoch, the overnight leader who sadly couldn’t capitalise on his move yesterday, finishing with a one-over par 73 to end at six-under (210) for the tournament.

Round of the day undoubtedly goes to past Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart, whose seven-under par 65 consisted of six birdies, an eagle and sadly a bogey at the final hole, but ensured he earned a place at tie-ninth for the tournament.

Alongside Coltart, Stuart Little crept into the top-10 with a closing four-under 68, also finishing tied with steady sub-par player Zeke Martinez.

The winners of this year’s Amateur team prize was ‘Panpuri’ made up of Kadir Esen, Fehmi Zorlu, and Zeki Zorlu, with a team score of -48 (384).

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For updates, results and news from the BEKO Classic 2012, visit www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page. 

For more information on the Cornelia Golf Club visit www.corneliaresort.com.

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Round 3 BEKO Classic 2012 – Edwards Claims BEKO Classic Hat-Trick in Turkey

After leading through Round 1 of this year’s BEKO Classic 2012 at Cornelia Golf Club, Turkey, Simon Edwards (Wales) came out on top after carding a ten-under par 206 (66, 72, 68).

Edwards set himself up at the beginning of the tournament with a first round score of six-under par, followed up by an understated level-par 72 in Round 2 to ensure he was within touching distance of the top of the final day leaderboard.

The Welshman started steady with birdies at five and seven to go into the back nine at two-under par. A small blip bogey at ten didn’t get him down as he replied with three consecutive birdies. A bogey at fourteen was quickly cleared with a birdie at fifteen, and two pars to finish gave Edwards the four-under 68 required to take the tournament by one shot to fellow countryman Garry Houston.

Houston began the tournament with a pair of 70s to lie at four-under going into the final day, and came out fighting with a five-under par front nine, followed up with an up and down back nine to finish the round still at five-under, but nine-under par (207) for the tournament.

Third place fell to Englishman Jamie Little, finishing on an eight-under par total of 208, with a closing four-under 68, just one shot ahead of fourth place Rhys Enoch, the overnight leader who sadly couldn’t capitalise on his move yesterday, finishing with a one-over par 73 to end at six-under (210) for the tournament.

The ties at fifth place (211) included previous BEKO Classic winners Phil Golding and Liam Bond, shooting 70 and 69 respectively, together with Mark Murphy (final round 68) and Englishman Michael Stewart (72).

Round of the day undoubtedly goes to previous Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart, whose seven-under par 65 consisted of six birdies, and eagle and sadly a bogey at the final hole, but ensured he earned a place at tie-ninth for the tournament.

Alongside Coltart, Stuart little (England) crept into the top-10 with a closing four-under 68, finishing tied as well as with steady sub-par player Zeke Martinez (Italy/USA).

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For updates, results and news from the BEKO Classic 2012, visit www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the Cornelia Golf Club visit www.corneliaresort.com.

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Round 2 BEKO Classic 2012 – Enoch’s 66 Makes it a Welsh-Topped Leaderboard

The Welsh have made their mark after two rounds of the BEKO Classic 2012, with Rhys Enoch sitting as overnight leader at -7, closely followed by fellow countryman and Round 1 leader, Simon Edwards, as well as host of the United Kingdom’s top players.

Enoch’s second 18 started a little more subdued than yesterday’s birdie frenzy across the front-nine, but today reversed his fortunes by shooting a five-under back nine in stark contrast to his first round three-over par closing nine holes.

Birdies on fourteen and fifteen and a sensational eagle 3 on the par-five seventeenth hole means Enoch sits pretty at the top of the leaderboard entering the final day of play.

Round 1 leader, Simon Edwards, continued to show good form carding a solid level par 72 to remain at six-under for the tournament and second place heading into Round 3.

But hot the heels of both Enoch and Edwards is another pair of United Kingdom players – Englishman Andrew Butterfield’s fantastic five-under par 67 for round two, together with a solid level-par first round sets him at tied third with Scotsman Michael Stewart whose steady play earned him a second round one-under 71 to lie two back from the lead.

Ties for fifth place from Jamie Little (England), a previous winner of the BEKO Classic, and another Welshman in the form of Garry Houston mean that six players lie within three shots of Enoch – a recipe for a stunning final day of play tomorrow across Cornelia Golf Club’s Kings Course.

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For live updates, results and news from the BEKO Classic 2012, keep checking www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the Cornelia Golf Club visit www.corneliaresort.com.

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Round 1 BEKO Classic 2012 – Edwards’ Storms to Early Lead after Stunning 66

The first Round of the BEKO Classic 2012 culminated with Wales’ Simon Edwards topping the leaderboard after shooting a fantastic six-under par 66 at this year’s host venue, Cornelia Golf Club, in Belek, Turkey.

With little wind and not a cloud in the sky, scoring conditions were near perfect as this year’s stunning field got underway on the Faldo design layout, and previous BEKO Classic Champion Edwards got off to a slightly unsteady start with a bogey on the first hole. However, he ensured he fought back with four birdies by the turn, and another three by the end of his round, to card the leading score of the day.

Edwards is by no means running away with things at this early stage, having been closely followed by the four-under par (69) Michael Stewart – an uncharacteristic double-bogey at the ninth was cancelled out by no less than seven birdies ensuring a second place overnight position.

Four players lay tied for third position at three-under par (69) – Mark Murphy, previous winners Jamie Little and Liam Bond, as well as Stuart Little who made an eagle two on the par-four seventh hole.

Tomorrow sees the competitors tee it up alongside different amateur teams to those in the first round, as well as a different 18-hole loop in play, meaning things will undoubtedly hot up, but with conditions clearly lending themselves to some significant sub-par rounds, the leaderboard could well change after Round 2.

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For live updates, results and news from the BEKO Classic 2012, keep checking www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the Cornelia Golf Club visit www.corneliaresort.com.

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Open Champion, Darren Clarke, To Play in BEKO Classic 2012

2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, will compete in this year’s PGAs of Europe endorsed BEKO Classic from November 15-17, joining a host of top players that will battle it out at Cornelia Golf Club in Belek, near Antalya in southern Turkey.

Clarke brings with him the experience of almost 500 career starts on the European Tour since 1990 as well as his break-through major winning performance at the 2011 Open Championship, where he stormed to victory by three shots over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

Clarke, a five-time Ryder Cup player himself, has had a season that has also included a Vice-Captain role with the victorious Ryder Cup Team Europe, and no doubt his experience was passed on to the winning 12 players as they fought back for a record-equaling final day turnaround.

The BEKO Classic will already host another two European Ryder Cup players in the form of Andrew Coltart and Paul Broadhurst, making for a combined seven appearances, together with 24 European Tour wins, and 21 Challenge Tour wins between all the competitors.

Notable other entries include two-time Challenge tour winner, and one-time European Tour winner, Phil Golding, hoping to defend his BEKO Classic title after the stunning finish from the 2011 tournament; previous champions Simon Edwards, Jon Bevan, Jamie Little, Erol Simsek, Raymond Rusell, and Liam Bond; and winner of the 2004 Volvo PGA Championship, Scott Drummond.

The field will contest the Pro-Am over the Faldo design, 27-hole course, with a different 18-hole layout being played on each day, for a prize-fund of US$80,000, from November 15th to 17th 2012.

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For live updates, results and news from the BEKO Classic 2012, keep checking www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the Cornelia Golf Club visit www.corneliaresort.com.