Niitvälja Karikas

The first and the oldest competition in the Baltic States — Niitvälja Karikas will take place for the 27th time on June 28-30.

Tournaments

Niitvälja Karikas

XXVII NIITVÄLJA KARIKAS

The first and the oldest competition in the Baltic States — Niitvälja Karikas will take place for the 27th time on June 28-30. It is held in “the home of Estonian golf” Niitvälja Golf, enjoying its 27th golf season as well. Competition is organised solely by Niitvälja Golf and it offers R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking points.

Maximum number of participants is 144. Form of play – stroke play 54 holes.

In each group the winner will receive the first prize and the runner-up a runner-up prize. The name of the amateur winner and PRO winner of XXVII Niitvälja Karikas will be engraved on the oldest golf cup in Estonia. Prize money for PRO winner is 4000 euros and PRO runner-up 1000 euros.

XXVII NIITVÄLJA KARIKAS WINNERS

Men’s professional count:

  • I Mark Suursalu (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia
  • II Egert Põldma (Rae Golfiklubi), Estonia
  • III Sander Aadusaar (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia

Men’s amateur count:

  • I Ilari Saulo (Keimola Golf), Finland
  • II Tyko Tuohimaa (Pickala Golf), Finland
  • III Mattias Varjun (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia

Women’s count:

  • I Anete Liis Adul (EGCC), Estonia
  • II Mariliis Palm (EGCC), Estonia
  • III Annika Koitmaa (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia

Men’s senior count:

  • I Marko Palm (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia
  • II Juhani Fält (Tammer Golf), Finland
  • III Raivo Velsberg (Niitvälja Golfiklubi), Estonia

INFORMATION

Conditions of competition

Date and place: Niitvälja Golf, Park-course, June 28-30, 2019.

Format: Stroke play – 54 holes.

Participation: Amateur players who own EGA, CONGU or USGA HCP can participate in the competition. Men and senior men HCP should be 18 or better. Ladies or senior ladies HCP should be 28 or better.

WAGR (The World Amateur Golf Rankings) points will be awarded in this competition.

Entry fee:

140* euros (includes green fee)

*Player of Niitvälja Golf with seasonal ticket 75 euros.

260 euros (includes 3 hotel nights)

25 euros – Practice round on June 27.

Entry fee bank account details:

Beneficiary: AS Eesti Golfikeskus

Bank account no: SEB Bank, IBAN: EE901010002019833007, SWIFT: EEUHEE2X.

Entry fee includes:

  • limitless number of driving range balls 28.-30.06.2019)
  • competition rounds from Friday to Sunday
  • Lunches, fruits and drinking water/sports drinks during competition rounds
  • trolleys
  • locker-rooms and saunas

Classes and tees: 

PRO – white tees.

Men –  white tees.

Ladies –  blue tees.

Senior men – yellow tees.

Senior ladies – red tees.

Maximum number of participants is 144. Minimum size of the classes – 8 registered players. The main selection criteria for getting into the tournament is lower HCP. The competition committee leaves itself a right to decide on the final list of competitors.

Registration:

Registration deadline June 19th at 8 p.m. at Niitvälja Golf caddiemaster, e-mail info@niitvaljagolf.ee (your name, date of birth, home club, nationality, HCP, phone, class, accommodation yes/no) or Niitvälja Golf homepage.

The final list of players and the start list will be sent to all participants via e-mail and will be available on the website www.niitvaljagolf.ee on June 25, 2019.

Program:

June 27, Thursday

7:00-17:00 Practice rounds

June 28, Friday

7:00 Opening of the tournament Office and practice facilities. Registration.

8:00 Starts for the first competition round

11:00 Lunch for all participants at the clubhouse (after finishing your round)

21:00 Tee times for the next round will be available on the website.

June 29, Saturday

7:00 Opening of practice facilities.

8:00 Starts for the second competition round

11:00 Lunch for all participants at the clubhouse (after finishing your round)

21:00 Cut procedure (3/5 of the field gets through), tee times for the final round will be available on the website.

June 30, Sunday

7:00 Opening of practice facilities.

8:00 Starts for the final competition round

11:00 Lunch for all participants at the clubhouse (after finishing your round)

17:00 Award ceremony, closure of the tournament

Rules:

The official R&A Rules, local golf rules and conditions of competition apply. On the first day of the competition, players tee off in flights of three in the following order: ladies senior ladies, senior men, men, PROs. All players qualify for the second round and the players tee off in the opposite order in the competition groups. On the third day 3/5 of the top players in each competition group (+ tied results) will tee off, starting from the highest total scratch score.

In case of a tie for any of the first 2 places, a sudden-death playoff on holes 1 and 18 will be held. If the rest of the places remain dividend by two or more competitiors, then the rankings will be explained by the best course last 36, 18, 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes. If there is still a tie, then the better score is decided by lot.

Award ceremony:

In each group, the winner will receive the first prize and the runner-up a runner-up prize. The name of the amateur winner and PRO winner of XXVII Niitvälja Karikas will be engraved on the oldest golf cup in Estonia. Prize money for PRO winner is 4000 euros and PRO runner-up 1000 euros.

Competition Committee: chief referee Sander Vallaots, referee Anu Kendra, Jaanika Käärst and Aivar Riimets.

Cancellation of participation after the competition registration deadline (June 19, 2019 at 20:00) entry fee is not refunded.

Information:

info@niitvaljagolf.ee, +372 678 0454

Niitvälja Karikas local rules

Out of bounds (Rule 18.2) – out of bounds is defined with white stakes and/or white line, fence posts are used on the left side of hole 4 and right side of hole 13. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17) – penalty area is marked with yellow or with red markers /or line. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.

Movable obstructions (Rule 15.2) – next tee signs, distance markers to the centre of the green (red 100m, yellow 150m, blue 200m).

Immovable obstructions (Rule 16.1) – built roads, wells, benches, tee markers, tee signs, ball washers, penalty area markers, sprinkler heads, wooden perimeter of the island green of hole 15 and the wire net fence surrounding the perimeter (excluding from fence posts), 10th tee snack bar, toilets, advertising banners and flags .

Ground under repair (Rule 16) – a) Ground under repair is marked with blue stakes or blue line. When both stakes and line is used, marking line applies.; b) Ground under repair from which playing is prohibited, is marked with blue-white stakes; c) The latter ground under repair includes ants nests, flower beds and marked (with planting stick) planted trees and it is not allowed to play the ball from there.

Penalty for breach of local rule – two strokes.

ADDITIONAL LOCAL RULES AND CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

1. When playing hole no 9, all closely mown areas (fairway height or less) of holes 10, 11 and 12 are out of bounds.

DROPPING ZONES

Players may take relief on holes 9 and 15 using dropping zones marked with “DZ” as provided in Model Local Rule E-1.1.

PREFERRED LIES

When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing a ball one folded scorecard length from its original spot, not nearer the hole. Player must mark the spot before lifting the ball.

IN CASE OF THUNDERSTORM

  • In the event of a thunderstorm one prolonged note of siren indicates suspension of play.
  • The player must discontinue play immediately, mark his/her ball (e.g. with tee/tees) and leave the course. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he/she is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 5-7b.
  • Resumption of play is indicated by two short notes of siren, repeated.

Penalty for breach of local rule – general penalty.

HEAD REFEREE:  Sander Vallaots, +372 525 9714

REFEREE:  Anu Kendra, +372 527 6825

Accommodation, transfer

Accommodation during XXVII Niitvälja Karikas is offered either at Hestia Hotel Europa (in Tallinn’s city centre) or Hestia Hotel Laulasmaa Spa (located on a sandy beach, only 7 minutes drive from the course).

Entry fee package with accommodation for 3 nights (in a twin room) costs 260 €.

Transfer service from the airport/port to the hotel and back is available upon request for an additional cost (30 € /one-way drive). Transfer service between Niitvälja Golf and Hestia Hotel Laulasmaa Spa is offered upon request (10 € /one-way drive).

For bookings, please contact our caddiemaster, info@niitvaljagolf.ee, ph. +372 678 0454.

Previous winners
Year Men Ladies PRO 
2019 Ilari Saulo Anete Liis Adul Mark Suursalu
2018 Eetu Isometsa Marija Luize Jucmane Henri Satama
2017 Carl Enn Hellat Linda Dobele Peter Gustafsson
2016 Rymer Smith Linda Dobele Peter Gustafsson
2015 Egeti Liiv Annika Meos Niclas Dahlgren (FIN)
2014 Casper Simberg Mari Hütsi Toni Karjalainen (FIN)
2013 Karlis Broders
2012 Egeti Liiv
2011 Jonathan Nylen
2010 Egert Põldma
2009 Egert Põldma
2008 Paul Põhi
2007 Paul Põhi
2006 Robert Pärna
2005 Mark Suursalu
2004 Arturs Krukovs
2003 Marko Palm
2002 Marko Palm
2001 Mait Schmidt
2000 Marko Palm
1999 Jaan Martinson
1998 Tiit Kask
1997 Jaan Martinson
1996 Yrjö Vanhanen
1995 Charles K. Park
1994 A-M. Kivimägi, R. Luomäki
1993 J. Rohumaa, A. Hiis * mängiti üheksal rajal