Virto Astudillo conquered the second annual D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge

In dramatic fashion Spanish player, Borja Virto Astudillo, clinched his first title at a Challenge Tour on the last hole. He played a fantastic chip in from the rough just below the green. In a direct duel for the victory with Ricardo Gouveina, a player from his own flight, Gouveina was forced to produce a birdie putt. Gouveina couldn’t pull it off and it was up to Jeff Winther in the final flight to possibly land an Eagle on the par 4 send the tournament to a playoff. This did not happen.

Virto Astudillo, born in Pamplona, has played for a card on the European Tour. He finished 18th in December Q-school and if wasn’t for a glut of overseas players, he would have started at the Scottish Open. He does not regret flying to Slovakia.

“I’m on the golf course and usually calm and without emotion, but after winning, I pumped with my fist. It was probably the first time in my life I ever did such a thing. The first win is always something special, I did it thanks to the round of 66 and topped it off with this chip. This is exceptional, “summed up his triumph Virto Astudillo.

As a winner he cashed 26,400 Euro. Now his program will focus exclusively on the European Tour.

“I do not know what it is, but in the Challenge Tour I play much calmer, it is different from playing on the European Tour. This victory will help me. It’s a significant step forward. For the rest of the season I want to play only on the European Tour and I will try to keep the card,” added Virto Astudillo.

A shot behind found our Portugal player, Ricardo Gouveia. After his victory in Germany last Sunday, he added a second place and thus swung him to a leading position in the Challenge Tour! He played his tenth tournament of the season. In all of them he made the cut and finished in seven of them among Top 10.

The third position belongs to Danish player Winther, he also finished third last week in Bad Griesbach

“We had a great week of golf and it is a tradition in our tournaments that with great weather, abound great achievements, another hole in one. Additionally, the tradition states that there was never a playoff, although today we came really close.” Said Petr Dedek, the owner of RELMOST summing up the tournament during the closing ceremony.

“Throughout the world, people are writing about the D + D REAL Slovakia Challenge and the Penati Golf Resort in the connection with a novelty, we proposed to have a 6par in London for about a year. There is no other tournament on the European Challenge Tour with anything like it. I’m glad we pushed through this change. The players were excited, “added Petr Dedek.

For RELMOST this was this its seventh tournament. There was a fifth hole in one, yesterday played by an Englishman Garrick Porteous on hole number 12. The eighth event for Relmost will be the top event of Czech-Slovak golfing season. It is part of the European Tour tournament series. The second edition of D + D Real Czech Masters and it will be held August 24 – August 30 at the Albatross Golf Resort.


Borja Virto Astudillo – the winner

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Virto Astudillo with Alvaro Velasco

Ricardo Gouveia

Ricardo Gouveia

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Jeff Winther

Virto Astudillo _green Borja Virto Astudillo2