NK onder 21
Eind mei heb ik het NK onder de 21 gespeeld op de schitterende baan van de Noord Nederlandse in Glimmen.
Mijn eerste 6 holes van het toernooi waren dramatisch, +9. Daarna heb ik me gelukkig kunnen herpakken met een super 2e ronde van +1.
Helaas was de 3e ronde weer wat minder gevolgd door een redelijke 4e ronde. Uiteindelijk +24 voor het toernooi en een 26e plaats.
Over mijn 2e en 4e ronde ben ik erg tevreden, ook gezien de omstandigheden. De andere 2 rondes waren leerzaam maar ga ik snel vergeten.
NK onder de 18
Op de baan van De Haar bij Utrecht heb ik begin mei het NK onder de 18 gespeeld.
Na 4 keer 18 holes golf had ik totaal +17, een flinke verbetering ten opzichten van vorig jaar en mijn doel van Top-15 gehaald.
Tot aan de green ging het prima, maar het putten was minder. Weer genoeg om de komende weken aan te werken samen met Rob en Guido.
Op naar het volgende toernooi, het NK onder de 21
5 en 6 April heb ik het Jeugd Quadrangular gespeeld met de leden van de Nederlandse selectie onder 16, op de Kennemer Golfclub.
We speelde tegen teams van Wales, Schotland en Ierland. Na 2 singles en 1 foursome wedstrijd, won het Nederlandse team.
Tijdens het toernooi was ik de enige jongen die al zijn wedstrijden had gewonnen. Een prestatie waar ik enorm trots op ben.
Nederlands School Kampioenschap
Op 19 maart heb ik het Nederlands School team kampioenschap gespeeld, samen met Kayden Chang. Tijdens het kampioenschap vertegenwoordigen wij het SSGN.
Ondanks dat we niet gezamenlijk hadden kunnen oefenen, was onze prestatie er niet minder door.
Na 18 holes eindigden wij op de 1e plaats met een score van -10, 8 slagen voorsprong op de rest van het veld.
Training camp in Spain
End of January I went to Spain, together with my coach (Guido Loning) and my father. Under very good circumstances I was able to train at La Cala Golf Resort in Mijas.
I the morning we went to the gym of the hotel for a physical training followed by a lot of practicing at the driving range and the short game area.
A special thanks to my sponsors who made this training camp possible. Hopefully this will bring very good results in the tournaments of this year.
A fantastic 2022
2022 was a great year for me, I won all the major senior championships at my club, had a very successful ReidCup, won the 2 Golf Master Tournaments I participated in and had a great time with the Dutch team in Waterloo, winning the country ranking.
I am already preparing for the 2023 season together with my coach, physical trainer and putting coach. End of January we will travel to Malaga to have a great training week in fantastic circumstances, made possible by my sponsor.
Looking forward to all national and international tournaments in 2023!
2nd win on the Junior Golf Masters Tour
From the 11th until the 14th of October, I played the SBYT – SCHOLARBOOK YOUTH TROPHY on the Junior Golf Masters Tour in Germany.
After 3 rounds at the Bochumer Golfclub, I ended at 1st place in my age category, with a 5 stroke lead on the number 2.
Special thanks to my sponsor’s who made this great result possible.
Dutch Championship under 15
On the 17th and 18th of September the Dutch Championship under 15 was held at the Edese Golfcourse near Arnhem.
The tournament consists of 3 rounds of 18 holes with a cut after the first round. I played 3 consitent rounds of 74-71-73, after which I finish 4th in the championship.
With only 3 boys in front, of which all of them are 15 years old, I am very proud of this achievement, which also brought me back on the top of the EGR ranking for Dutch boys under 14.
Club Strokeplay Champion
The 10th and the 11th of September I played the Strokeplay championship at Het Rijk van Nijmegen. After becoming second in the Junior Matchplay Championship last week, I had my sights set on this one.
Due to the bad weather the first day we only played 11 holes, after which I already led the field by 4 strokes. During the 18 holes on Sunday I was able to extend my lead by an additional one stroke.
With that 5 stoke lead on the 2nd and 10 strokes on the 3rd place, I became the Strokeplay champion of Het Rijk van Nijmegen, after already winning the Matchplay championship a few months ago.
English Boys’ Open
First week of August 2022, I played the English Boys Open under 14, at the Lincoln Golf Club in Great Britain, the Reid Trophy.
This year, 133 of the top golfers under 14 from all over Europa, participated. First day, I played +5 but after that, I only got better. -1 and -2 on the other 2 days.
With an overall score of +2 I won 3rd place in this prestigious tournament.
Club Champion Matchplay
End of July, I participated in the Rijk van Nijmegen Matchplay club championship, for the 2nd year.
Last year I became 3rd, this year I am the Club Champion Matchplay Champion. With a fantastic shot from the fairway bunker, that ended up within 2 meters of the hole, I won the final 5&4.
It makes me even prouder, when seeing the name of Robert Jan Derksen on the Trophy, as the first winner in 1994.
Belgium Championship Under 14
Early Juli 2022, I played the Belgium Championship under 14, at the Lion course of Royal Waterloo.
My first round was a +8, which was disappointing. Next 2 days I was able to recover with a +1 and level round, with a total of 7 birdies.
Individually I ended 15th, and with the Dutch Team, we won the Nations Cup, for which we received a nice trophy in the form a golden smurf
Kennemer Open 2022
End of June 2022, I played the Kennemer Open at the Kennemer Golf Course in Zandvoort. The last official tournament before the Belgium Championship under 14 at Royal Waterloo, early July.
The Kennemer is a beautiful, but very challenging golf course. The course was in top condition, but the wind made it extra difficult.
I finished 25th overal, in a strong field with all Dutch Top Golfers, and 1st in the under 14 category, too bad it was not an official category.
Starter at the DutchOpen
During the DutchOpen 2022, I was asked to help with starting the player on the 1st Tee of the Bernardus Golf Course.
Together with a referee of the NGF I started the first flights on Sunday morning, this included great players like Joost Luiten, Darius van Driel and Bernd Wiesberger.
In the afternoon, I played Beat-The-Pro. Although I reached the green, both pro’s were able to hit their ball closer to the pin.
Beat the Pro Club Challenge
Early May2022, I participate in the Beat-The-Pro Club challenge at The Goyer. I was invited by my club to represent the junior golfers of our club, as I was the Junior Club Golfer of 2021.
During the Challenge I was able to beat the pro, Wouter de Vries, with a nice shot toward the pin, with a lot of back spin.
I will be competing in Beat-The-Pro at the DutchOpen on Sunday the 29th of May 2022. I will compete against Ross Fisher and Jordan Smith
Junior Strokeplay Championship
Mid May 2022, I participated in the Junior Strokeplay championships at my club Het Rijk van Nijmegen.
After the first round on Saturday, I was leading the field with a 5-stroke lead. On Sunday I was able to extend that lead to 13-strokes!!
On the terrace of the clubhouse, I received the 1st price trophy for the 3rd year in a row.
Junior Golf Masters
Mid April 2022, I played the Junior Golf Masters on the very good course of Issum.
It was a 3 day tournament with on each day 18 holes. After the 2nd day, I was on the 2nd place 2-strokes behind the 1st place.
With a great final round of +1, I was able to reach the 1st place in my first Junior Golf Masters tournament.
It was a very good experience, which I hopefully can repeat in the coming months.
February 2022, I started the season with a trip to Barcelona and PGA Catalunya. Great course in fantastic condition.
I played both courses, the Tour and Stadium course. Both were in perfect condition because of the Ecco Tour, which was held at the same time as our stay.
Very nice to see such good players on the green of the 10th hole, just of the terrace of our house. Next time, I want to participate.
Junior Golfer of the year
Early January 2022, I was nominated for the junior golfer of the year 2021, at my home course Het Rijk van Nijmegen.
During a ceremony at the terrace of the clubhouse I was given the first price for the second year in a row.
This time the title come with an official golden parking stand, for my bike. Right in front of the clubhouse.
January 3rd, 2022, I played my 1st round at the fantastic golfcourse of The Rosendaelsche as an official member.
I will be playing many rounds at this course and spend a lot of hours at their excellent training grounds.
A special thanks to the members of the Rosendaelsche who made it possible for me to become a member!!