10th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am

Having won the Challenge Tour’s ‘Aegean Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort’ event in July 2014, Roos made it a double Aegean win with victory at the 10th anniversary of the popular pro-am event.
 
After a birdie on the 18th hole, Roos tied with playing partner, Nicolo Gaggero (PGA of Italy), at eight-under (205) to force a playoff. But it only took a single repeat of the Dunes course’s 18th hole for the winner to be decided after which Roos’ was surrounded by Costa Navarino’s very own Junior Golf Academy members that had come to watch the event’s culmination for autographs and pictures.
 
“It feels brilliant to be the winner of this prestigious event,” explained Roos.  “I am very chuffed to have won it in the end - it was a very up and down day, but I feel blessed to come out on top.
 
“It’s a massive tournament with 64 teams - I thought the event was exceptional and I’d love to be back in the future. I’d certainly encourage players to come to the event because it’s got world-class entertainment and 5* resorts, it’s a great experience. Both golf courses are extremely strong and for a coastal course the greens are quick, quality surfaces and are really true.”
 
Having begun the day one ahead of the PGA of Italy’s Nicolo Gaggero, Roos immediately acted with a birdie at three to push further ahead of the pack but Gaggero held on to close the first nine again one behind Roos.
 
After both players moved back and forth with birdies and bogeys it was Gaggero who had the opportunity to take victory needing to hole an eight-foot putt for birdie for the win.  After the Italian’s putt slid by, Roos converted his birdie opportunity finishing with a level par 71 forcing the pair into a playoff.
 
Back on the 18th tee Gaggero played first but put his drive left of the fairway in scrubland and after two penalty drops he eventually had a putt for a seven.  But Roos had already made the green in regulation and after just missing a putt for a birdie, Gaggero conceded the hole.
 
“I feel sorry for Nicolo, he was right there and unfortunately he hit a bad tee-shot in the playoff, but I’m happy to come out on top in the end,” added Roos.
 
“Nicolo was leading with three to go so I was trying to put some pressure on him…then it was tight up the last.  I hit a really good bunker shot that lipped out for eagle and he had about an eight-footer for the win and unfortunately he hit it a little bit firm.”
 
Third place in the Individual Professional tournament went to the PGA of Germany’s, Sebastian Buhl, whose tied low score of the day of 70 allowed him to end at five-under par (208).
 
The Team Pro-Am competition finished after Day 2 but the victorious team of Itamar Cohen and amateurs Guy Benhamou, Hezi Magan, and Yehudah Levy were revealed as winners during the event’s Gala Dinner anniversary celebrations. Cumulative rounds of 87 and 85 points for a total of 172 (-28) were just enough to clinch the first prize by a single point.
 
Second in the teams was local PGA of Greece Professional, Themis Ginis, and his amateurs, John Paraschis, Yannis Criticos, and Nikos Koulis, with a total of 171 points (-27), followed by the 168 points (-24) of PGA of South Africa Chairman, Paul Marks, and his amateurs, James Johnson, Andre Hugo, and Harry Christofi.
 
The competing Amateurs also played in the 2015 Aegean Cup during round three and prizes were awarded to the following Block and Category winners:
 
Block 1 – Dunes Course

Category 1 - Yiannis Paraschis (40 points)
Category 2 - Tobias Kahre (44 points)
 
Block 2 – Bay Course AM

Category 1 - James Johnson (43 points)
Category 2 - Rena Papadopolous (48 points)
 
Block 3 – Bay Course PM

Category 1 - Elisabeth Kloodt (39 points)
Category 2 - Vangelis Chaniotakis (48 points)

For full final Individual Professional & Team Pro-Am results visit: http://eur.pe/2015Aegean
 
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Notes to Editors:
 
An Association of 36 National PGAs (31 European and 5 international) with a collective membership in excess of 21,000 golf professionals, the PGAs of Europe is committed to the advancement of golf, golfers and the golf profession across Europe.
 
The Association is also a partner in Ryder Cup Europe as the sole member of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, and is widely acknowledged as a lead body in the delivery of golf development expertise on a global basis through its collaboration with The R&A in its "Working for Golf" programme.
 
About Aegean Airlines
 
Aegean Airlines, a member of Star Alliance network, is Greece’s largest full-service airline. The company invests on strengthening its international presence and on supporting the Greek tourism both in Athens and in regional airports. The Aegean fleet consists of 31 Airbus of A320 family aircraft with an average age of 4 years.
 
In 2013, Aegean was awarded for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in total, as the “Best Regional Airline Europe” by the international awards SKYTRAX. In its 13 years history, Aegean has been awarded six times by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Furthermore, the company has been repeatedly awarded by the Athens International Airport as the greatest contributor to the airport’s passenger volume increase.
 
Following the recent acquisition of Olympic Air by Aegean there will be a series of benefits for the passengers and a great potential for the tourist growth of the country. Recently, Aegean announced a bundle of initiatives that focus on the increased connectivity with destinations abroad, and a new pricing policy for the remote areas network.
 
Aegean Airlines has been strongly committed to supporting the development of Golf in Greece and has been successfully organizing, since 2006, the international golf tournament “Aegean Airlines Pro-Am”, which has established itself as one of the most important golf events both in Greece and abroad.
 
Furthermore, Aegean Airlines, is officially named as the “Preferred Airline of the PGAs of Europe”, the “Major Sponsor and Official Carrier” of the PGA of Greece and the “Official Air Carrier” of the Hellenic Golf Federation and the Cyprus Golf Federation respectively. In addition, the company favours air travel for all golfers by offering free of charge carriage of golf bag and equipment for every Golfer.
 
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About Costa Navarino
 
Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury 5-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino; The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece- Anazoe Spa, a 4,000sq.m. spa & thalassotherapy centre; the state-of-the-art conference centre House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; as well as a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course.
www.costanavarino.com
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