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Aspiring German amateur Matthias Schmid, who won Atalaya’s von Limburger Open in 2017 at the tender age of 19, has a new feather in his cap. Schmid qualified to play in the 148th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP in mid-July. This year’s championship was held at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
Schmid’s invitation to compete in THE OPEN was cinched when he won the European Amateur Championship in late June. This year’s tournament was held in Austria at the Diamond Country Club, approximately 50 kilometres from Vienna.
Speaking about his ticket to participate in THE OPEN, the 21-year-old said: “I want to be the best amateur or survive the cut.” … “I want to practice with Tiger and Rory, those are my heroes!”
Unfortunately, a portion of Schmid’s goal was not realised, as he narrowly missed the cut. To his credit his rank on the two-day leaderboard at +5 was higher than that of several greats, including Woods and Phil Mickelson.
In the winter of 2017 after winning the von Limburger at Atalaya, Schmid practised and played on our facilities and courses for two additional months to prepare for the remainder of the year’s tournament season. Atalaya President Michael Pollak still fondly remembers the kind thoughts Schmid expressed about the friendly manner by which he was treated by the Atalaya family during his stay with us.
With a history that spans more than 20 years, the von Limburger Open has grown to become Atalaya’s most important tournament of the year. It is named to honour the memory of Atalaya's Old Course architect Dr. Bernard von Limburger (1901-1981). Dr. von Limburger to this day remains Germany's most productive and internationally acclaimed golf course architect.
Hopefully, Atalaya will see the aspiring Schmid again very soon. Fingers are crossed that he has planned a stopover with us to compete in the 2019 von Limburger challenge!