PGA of Holland Professional, Joost Steenkamer, battled through tough conditions at the La Manga Club’s West Course in Spain, carding a one-over par 73 to total one-under par for the tournament (144) and one ahead of the chasers.
Steenkamer’s round was once again up and down with four bogeys and two birdies on the front nine, but managed his back nine much better with only one bogey and two birdies.
But hot on the Dutchman’s heels is Spain’s Carlos Rodiles whose advance on the tournament was solid throughout his second round until the 17th hole when a double bogey seven halted the charge. But an instant birdie response on the 18th hole helped to ease the pain of 17 and leaving Rodiles on even-par for the tournament (145).
Round 1 leader, Mikael Lundberg (PGA of Sweden), wasn’t able to emulate his first round at the South Course with a string of bogeys in both nines for a second round of ten-over par. But yesterday’s round ensured he didn’t end up too far off of the pace, sitting at two-over par for the tournament.
In the Team Pro-Am event, PGA of Spain Professional, James Ferraby, and his team of Pavel Shestopalov, Vitaly Samsonov, and Alfonso Grijalva, lead after a consistent eleven-under, 83-point total, matched with their first round of 84 points, leave them one ahead with 167 points (-23).
Whilst Lundberg’s individual score for the day was not as hot as Round 1’s, his team score was enough to hold second place at 166 points, followed by Brendan McGovern’s team on 163 points.
For full Round 2 scores visit http://eur.pe/1cdjmcX. The Final Round’s play returns to La Manga’s South Course and gets underway at 08:30 CET.
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IMAGE CAPTION: 2014 La Manga Club International Pro-Am Round 2 Leader, Joost Steenkamer (-1), pictured alongside his amateur team mates [L-R], Chris Steenkamer, Marc Van Overbeek, and Hans de Roos. (Image courtesy of La Manga Photos – www.lamangaphotos.com)
Notes to Editors:
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La Manga Club
La Manga Club is an unrivalled sports and leisure paradise which sits between the low hills that separate the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor Sea, just 20 minutes from Murcia airport and an hour from Alicante.
Set out over an area of some 560 hectares (approx. 1,400 acres), it enjoys a mild year-round Mediterranean climate and offers visitors a prestigious five-star hotel, luxury vacation apartments and extensive sports facilities, including three championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and eight grass sports pitches. The resort is also home to innumerable leisure facilities, such as the 2,000m2 Spa La Manga Club with its 13 luxurious treatment rooms, comprehensive fitness centre and 25m indoor swimming pool; meeting, banqueting and incentive facilities, and more than 20 restaurants and bars.
As well as hosting both Davis and Fed Cup tennis matches, La Manga Club has signed a long-term deal to be the overseas training resort of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) until 2016. It has also staged the Spanish Open golf championship and regularly attracts professional and international football teams to the first-class year-round training facilities which are also used by rugby and cricket sides.
As a result of more than 40 years of continued investment, innovation and commitment to excellence, La Manga Club is widely recognised as Spain’s flagship resort and as one of the finest sports and lifestyle destinations in the world. Evidence of this is provided by its numerous awards and accolades.
La Manga Club was the proud recipient of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, for the facilities and service on offer at its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe. The resort has long been a staunch supporter of women’s golf, being the official overseas resort partner of the English Women’s Golf Association for three years as well as hosting the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School from 2009-12. La Manga Club is also the venue for the Ladies Murcia Open, an LET Access Series event, and regularly hosts top women’s amateur events and teams. [www.lamangaclub.com]