The Aegean Cyprus Amateur Men’s National Championship was staged at Secret Valley Golf Club over 36 holes on the weekend of 13-14 January, 2018, promoted and organised by the Cyprus Golf Federation (CGF).
Although the number of players participating for a national championship was disappointing, the competition was keen, while it was encouraging to note several Juniors taking part.
At the end of the first day in the Championship, Savvas Michaelides (SVGC) scored a very creditable 75, closely pursued by Andy Koulaouzos (SVGC) with 77. This made an interesting contrast, with Andy a seasoned campaigner, whilst Savvas is a promising up and coming Junior.
The old head against the young buck.
On day two, the field split into two competitions. The top third of the field on day one continued in the Championship, whilst the remainder took part in the National Plate Stableford Competition.
Winner of the Aegean National Plate Competition was Andreas Baltsoucos (AHGC) with an amazing score of 46 points. Andreas is one of several promising juniors – his handicap was adjusted accordingly.
Runner-up was evergreen Chris Christophorou (NGC) with a score of 37 points, pipping on countback Oleg Kalinin (AHGC) into third place with also a score of 37 points.
The Championship was a closely fought affair, with Andy Koulaouzos and Savvas Michaelides all square coming down the last hole.
Andy played an excellent approach shot to six feet, which proved too much for Savvas, who ended Runner up. Andy was a worthy and popular winner with a score of 153, adding to his previous three wins of 2009, 2010 and 2013. Vasilis Theophanous (NGC) came in Third place with 163.
At the presentation ceremony following lunch, trophies for the National Plate 2017 were presented by Sam Lawson, Captain of Secret Valley, whilst trophies for the Aegean Amateur Men’s National Championship 2017 were presented on behalf of Aegean by Demetris Papapetrou, President of CGF.
Also invited for lunch, and presented with their trophies, were the Winners of the five Divisions of the 2017 Aegean National Order of Merit (NOOM). This is a series of eight competitions staged at the four grass courses in Paphos during 2017. This enables CGF Members to play for a very reasonable green fee and to also compete in the NOOM.
Details of the winners and runners up in all categories are available on the CGF website http://www.cgf.org.cy