Djerba Golf Club hosted the second edition of the Djerba African Pitch & Putt Open 3-5 October 2019. Just like last year, the players were all enthusiastic at the conclusion of three rounds of intense competition.
Here are the 2019 DAPPO winners:
- Guest player: Sadok FELLAH (Tunisia) (2 under par on a demanding course)
- OPEN CHAMPION: Jean-Luc PANNETIER (France)
- VICE-CHAMPION: Aziz BEN OUIRANE (Tunisia)
- 1st LADY: Abir FELLAH (Tunisia)
- 1st JUNIOR: Hamed ABDALLAH (Tunisia)
- 1st SENIOR: Jean-Marc HESEL (France)
- 1st SUPER SENIOR: Hechmi HENDILI (Tunisia)
With this victory Jean Luc Pannetier is the first French player to enter the WPPAR-World Amateur P&P Ranking. With him also the first Tunisian players will enter the WPPAR, with special emphasis on Hamed ABDALLAH in men and Abir FELLAH in women, who are currently the most rated Tunisian players in P&P, at the World Ranking level. Another 22 French and Tunisian players joined WPPAR following the completion of this Djerba African P&P Open 2019.
Great atmoshpere in the evening at the gala dinner in a superb oriental setting, with delicious food and good music and dancing. Pitch & Putt is definitely here to stay in North Africa!
Three days of fine weather, perhaps too hot for some, and a course in tip-top condition thanks to Saber Mami who, in 12 years of dedication as head greenkeeper here, has improved the course to true championship condition, having replaced all 27 greens.
The Tunisian Golf Federation is now a fully fledged member of IPPA and it is thanks to the hard work of the team of volunteers of the Djerba Golf Club Sports Association that this event is such a success.
Their president, Patricia Hendili, is now working to make our annual event a permanent fixture on the TGF calendar; she received a special reward when her husband, Hechmi, took time off work to win the Super Seniors section, thanks to a splendid sub-par second round.
All three rounds went off like clockwork with no delays of any nature. If there were so few sub-par scores, it was because some holes can be very tricky and as we are close to the sea, the wind was changing constantly.
Pitch and Putt is a game of skill and adaptability and the Djerba Open is a good test for players of all levels.
We are now working with travel agencies and golf associations to ensure that next year’s event will attract the field it deserves.
We will probably evolve towards a package comprising flights, accommodation, tourism and special activities to make this into a trip of a lifetime for true aficionados of golf and its young sister, Pitch and Putt!