Challenge Tour: two Poles in one tournament
The Turkish Airlines Challenge is the third stop in this year’s 2nd European League. It is a special moment for Polish golf – after 9 years, the starting list of the Challenge Tour includes two Polish names: Adrian Meronk and Mateusz Gradecki.
“It is a historic moment – since Thursday, I’ve been taking part in the Turkish Airlines, which is part the Challenge Tour, together with my friend, Mateusz Gradecki. (…) We’ll double our efforts to compete for high places. We’d like to invite everybody to keep trace of the results and keep their fingers crossed” – wrote Adrian Meronk, who has the full right to play in the Challenge Tour this season, on his Facebook profile.
The second professional golfer playing in white and red colours, Mateusz Gradecki, won a chance to play in Turkey when he was still an amateur by winning the MKV Turkish Amateur Open in October 2017.
On Monday, both the Poles, as well as other competitors, ran a clinic for young Turkish golf novices. The Turkish Airlines Challenge returned to the golf calendar for good in 2014 after a three-year break (the first edition in 2010).
The pool of prizes is 200,000 euros, 32,000 of which is a prize for the first place. Livescoring will be available HERE
Notably, it is not the first time when (at least) two Polish names appear on a starting list of the European league. It is worthwhile to mention the DHL Wrocław Open (2009), played in Poland, featuring 12 Poles, as well as the SK Golf Challenge (M. Stelmasiak, J. Person, 2009), the Allianz European de Lyon (M. Stelmasiak, M. Sałuda), the Ypsilon Golf Challenge by Alex Cejka (M. Stelmasiak, J. Ossowski, 2008) and the Telenet Trophy (M. Stelmasiak, J. Ossowski, 2008).
Livescoring will be available HERE.