SGA amateur Ilari Saulo conquered the first place in the Finnish Match Play Championships played in Tammer-Golf on 1.-3.7. On his way to the championship he was able to beat Challenge Tour player Oliver Lindell among others. The final was an even match between Ilari and Jesse Waaralinna both playing extremely high quality golf. The match stretched until the last putting green where Ilari finally recorded the win.
Players who reached the finals played a lot of golf in three days, with six matches for men and five for women. “It was a tough mission. I was very tired but managed to stay focused until the end. I want to give a big recognition to Jesse, who played really well,” Ilari says.
Having won the stroke play championships in Vaasa last year, Ilari is now a double champion. He has not made any decisions about going professional yet. “I’ll first focus on the big amateur tournaments this fall, such as the British Amateur, where match play is a part of the program. After that I will make decisions with my coaches.”
Head coach David da Silva is very happy but not surprised about Ilari’s win. “I am really pleased with Ilari’s development in the past couple of years. He works hard and is an intelligent player. He maintains his composure in tough places, which settled the tournament in his favour. As a whole, however, we expected better results from the nine SGA players participating,” David sums up the match play championships.