The 2015 Kempinski “The Dome” Pro-Am culminated with a steady and consistent level-par final round from seasoned PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Liam Bond, as he ended a wire-to-wire performance at six under par, taking home the €4,000 first prize.
Bond began the final round two shots ahead of the field requiring a strong defence against his chasers, but two bogeys in the first two holes on Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course were not perhaps the ideal start.
However, birdies at holes three, five, seven and eight swiftly dealt with the early deficit taking the Englishman to eight-under par.
His back nine was less eventful and two bogeys at 11 and 16 brought Bond back to six-under (208), enough to win the event by two shots.
“Today was good,” explained Bond. “I dropped a couple early on in the first two holes, but managed to scramble them back, and then dropped a few towards the end again.
“But I’ve played steady all week and not made many mistakes – I think that’s what you’ve got to do with the course and, as we’ve seen with the Turkish tournament on the European Tour, it’s a tough test of golf and you’ve just got to keep your ball in play.”
In second place was the PGA of Italy’s Gregory Molteni [pictured right] who began the day four shots off the pace and his quick start with three birdies and two bogeys to go out in one-under gave him momentum to move in the right direction.
The Italian’s 12th hole proved to be a high point as he holed a second shot five-iron for eagle on the 433m par four, but an immediate bogey at the next took him to back to four-under and a birdie at 16 and bogey at 18 kept him there finishing with a two-under 69 for an overall four-under par total (210).
“I’m quite happy with today’s round,” said Molteni. “I knew that with Mr Bond there I would have to play well from the beginning. I am here with my Italian team and I must thank them for giving me the opportunity to train…here on the fantastic facilities.”
Third place went to the PGA of Israel’s Itamar Cohen who fell away relatively early in his final round after three bogeys and a double-bogey in his front nine. Two birdies late in the back nine were useful in pulling him back up the leaderboard to be stand-alone third with a final round one-over par 72 and an overall total of one-under (213).
The two round Team Pro-Am event was won by Lukasz Szadny (PGA of Poland), and amateurs Krysztof Burdalski, Mariusz Konieczny and Waldemar Kowalczykowski, having carded 91 points in Round 2 added to their previous total of 86 points for a 177 points total (-33).
In second place was the PGA of Czech Republic’s Alan Babicky and amateurs Peter Stranak, Alzbeta Fulopova and Imed Abdellaqui, after a second round 91 points bettered their first round effort by 10 points for a total of 172 points (-28).