Team Europe finalized after SDGO
The last qualifying event for team Europe, Stockholm Open, was held last week at the beautiful Järva Disc Golf Course. Currently on European tour, the U.S. players dominated the competition, but final spots for the Team Europe were settled nevertheless.
Team Europe roster for Presidents Cup 2011 looks like this:
- Markus Kallström (Division: MPO, current rating: 1028, representing country: SWE)
- Karl-Johan Nybo (MPO, 1021, DK)
- Ville Piippo (MPO, 997, FIN)
- Jussi Meresmaa (MPO, 1026, FIN)
- Simon Lizotte (MPO, 1027, GER)
- Camilla Jernberg (FPO, 925, SWE)
- Anne Matilainen* (FPO, 914, FIN)
- Captains Choice: Jesper Lundmark (MPO, 1035, SWE)
*(Anne was qualified to the team since players placed higher in the qualification will not attend the Presidents Cup)
Team Europe captain Hans Tegebäck used his Captains Choice to pick EO2009 winner and currently the highest rated player in Europe, Jesper Lundmark, to the team. Changes in the Team Europe roster are still possible, since Markus Kallström hasn’t yet confirmed whether he will be able to make it to the Presidents Cup. Jussi Meresmaa’s attendance is also yet to be confirmed. In case these two palyers choose to withdraw their spots, Seppo Paju (age 16!) and Teemu Nissinen (age 17!) would make the team. The European Open Blog will keep you updated if these possible changes take effect.
Ulibarri joins the Team USA by Captains Choice!
The European Open blog published last week the roster of the Team USA, which was finalized a week earlier than team Europe in the U.S. National Tour event Beaver State Fling. The last member of the team was announced today, as Captain David Greenwell picked Paul Ulibarri to the team by Captains Choice. Ulibarri is a solid addition to a solid team with a current PDGA rating of 1030 and a great season underway this far.
Here’s what Team USA captain David Greenwell had to say about the Captains Choice:
“My Captains Choice was even harder this year, than last, especially given the fact that the best player of all time has an injury. I have so many good players to choose from, and I like all of them like they are my sons. I do not want my Captains pick to be a popularity contest, and I hope all future Captains will follow the same plan. With that being said, the person that I am going to choose, has played better than anyone not already on the team. His point total is almost twice as much as anyone not on the team already, and his current world ranking is #3.”
So there you have it - the injured player David is referring to is Ken Climo. Certain is that “the Champ” won’t be participating in the Presidents Cup, but it’s yet to be determined whether the 2007 European Open champion will be able to take part in the European Open. We certainly do hope he’ll heel from his injury and that we’ll see him at the European Open.
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