Promising young German amateur Matthias Schmid, with a gross score of 138, is the 2017 von Limburger Open champion.

The 36-hole tournament, offering both Best Gross Score and Best Net Score categories, is one of the Costa del Sol’s most prestigious annual golfing events and was held on Atalaya Golf & Country Club’s Old Course on Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th. Difficult pin positions and blustery winds on both days created most challenging playing conditions for even the tournament’s lowest handicappers.

Second and Third place overall tournament honours went to Ken Spencer of La Quinta and Julius Kreutzer of El Paraiso. Each carded a total gross score of 145, after the 36 holes of play.

Prizes were, also, awarded to the golfers with the Best Overall Net scores. In the Men’s Division, First Place went to José Andres Mena Mena of Golf Estepona, with an overall net score of 141. Vladimir Ivanov took Second Place with an overall net score of 147, and Third Place was awarded to Michael Ritchie with an overall net score of 148. For the ladies, Julie Harris of El Paraiso placed First with an overall net of 144. Doris Mueller was Second and Bumi Mueller was Third; both are from Atalaya, and each carded an overall net of 151.

Through it’s more than 20 year history, the annual event has become Atalaya’s most important tournament of the year and is named to honour the memory of Atalaya’s Old Course architect Dr. Bernard von Limburger.

This year’s competition attracted approximately 100 aspiring golfers, a record number, with more than 30 from European clubs other than Atalaya.

On Sunday evening the Atalaya Park Hotel sponsored the awards ceremony for all players and their guests that included a scrumptious buffet and open bar. Verena Thost, daughter of architect von Limburger, awarded over 3,000 Euros in prizes to the tournament’s best players.

These prizes included six months of unlimited play at Atalaya Golf & Country Club, golf bags and golf shirts from Fairway + Blue, high quality wines from Vinopolis Wines, free golf lessons from the Enjoy Golf Academy, and a 250 Euro voucher from Golfriend’s. Further, Golfriend’s very generously gave every participant at registration a “Goodie Bag” that contained an embroidered cap commemorating the event, plus two golf balls.

Images and videos by Tia Duerrmeyer.