The 9th Aegean Airlines Pro-Am culminated in a storming performance from the PGA of Italy representatives with three Professionals finishing in the top four, but most notably with Nicolo Gaggero securing his third Aegean Airlines Pro-Am and successfully defending his title from 2013.
All three of Gaggero’s Aegean Airlines Pro-Am victories have been at Costa Navarino and it was his eight-under par 63 first round at the Dunes Course that set him in good stead for the week. A second round two-under 69 at the Bay Course left him three ahead of the chasing pack, but a solid level-par 71 back on the Dunes was just enough to take the winner’s cheque for €7,000.
Second place fell to PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional, Liam Bond, who finished just behind Gaggero for the second year in a row with a nine-under par 204 total. Bond’s first round 68 and second round 70 kept him in the game for the first two rounds but a final 66 and low round of the day on the Dunes course was enough to advance him to second and a cheque for €5,000.
Third and fourth place went to Akim Hassan (68+67+72=207; -6) and Zeke Martinez (67+69+72=208; -5) respectively. Both these PGA of Italy players remained in contention throughout the week supporting fellow countryman Gaggero at the top but couldn’t quite advance enough in the final round allowing Bond to move to second.
Gaggero also completed a tournament double leading his team of Emanuel Georgoudis, Orlando Grondona and Marco Villa to victory with a 96 point first round and an 86 second round in the Team Pro-Am competition to finish on 182 points (-38).
Second place in the Team Pro-Am went to Giles Johnson (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) and his amateurs, Marina Vasylyeva, Maria Yakovleva Pavel Yakovlev, with a -37 total of 181 points (85+96 points).
Three teams tied for third place – Team Heard, Team Shippey, and Team Martinez, however third place alone went on countback to Danny Heard (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland) and amateurs David Hallows, Matthias Geissler and David Topping with a two round -32 total of 176 (88 + 88).
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Notes to Editors:
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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.
For more information on Aegean Airlines visit www.aegeanair.com.
About Costa Navarino
Costa Navarino, the new prime destination, is located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese, one of the most unspoiled and breath-taking seaside landscapes in the Mediterranean.
Upon completion Costa Navarino will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star resorts, luxury high-end residences, state-of-the-art conference facilities, world-class thalassotherapy and spa centers, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of memorable activities and unique experiences for adults and children.
For more information on this year’s host venue, Costa Navarino, visit www.costanavarinogolf.com.