One armed Swede takes title at Ballater

The Swede
The Swede

Sweden’s Alex Hjalmarsson completed a hat-trick of World One-armed Championship successes at Ballater Golf Club this afternoon when he beat Reinhard Schuhknecht (South Africa) by 4 and 2 in the final.

Hjalmarsson, the No 2 seed, took a grip on the match in the early stages and was four up after seven holes against Schuhknecht, who was the leading qualifier for the match-play stages.

Hjalmarsson’s morning semi-final opponent, Darren Grey from Darlington - winner of the title in 2010 - had a hole in one with a seven-wood at the 13th hole (158yd). But the Swede progressed to the final by a 3 and 2 margin.

Schuhknecht beat Robert Paul (England) at the 20th in the other semi-final.

A handicap championship was introduced this year and

that competition was won by Declan Burns who beat John Condie 6 and 5 in an all-Ireland final.

WORLD ONE-ARMED CHAMPIONSHIP

Ballater Golf Club, Aberdeenshire

Semi-finals - A Hjalmarsson (Sweden) bt D Grey (England) 3 and 2, R Schuhknecht (South Africa) bt R Paul (England) at 20th.

Final - Hjalmarsson bt Schuhknecht 4 and 2.

Handicap Final - D Burns (Ireland) (24) bt J Condie (Ireland) (24) 6 and 5.