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SGA and Niitvälja Golf join forces to develop Estonian golf

Oy Season Golf Ab’s Season Golf Academy (SGA) has for the past five years been an important factor in the success of Estonia’s up-and-coming golfers. Five juniors, Kevin Jegers, Carl Hellat, Mattias Varjun, Markus Varjun and Ralf Kivi, from the Niitvälja Golf Golf Club have been practicing in SGA’s International Program. Besides winning all their national elite titles over the past years, they have accomplished several outstanding international results.

Kevin Jegers – 2019 British Boys Amateur: 7th in strokeplay and 9th in matchplay, In 2020 33rd in Mens British Amateur and 28th in Mens European Amateur, current WAGR ranking 503.

Mattias Varjun – In 2019 1st in Estonian Matchplay, Tallin Open and Estonian Junior Open, in 2020 Top 20 in Copa Andalucia and 5th in Erkko Trophy Finnish Amateur, current WAGR rank 873.

 Carl Hellat – In 2017 4th in European Young Masters, in 2019 7th in European Teams Strokeplay, In 2020 2nd in Erkko Trophy Finnish Amateur and 3rd in Finnish Tour at SGH, current WAGR ranking 1542.

Markus Varjun – In 2019 2nd in Latvian Amateur, in 2020 2nd in Tallin Open, 5th in Estonian Amateur and Estonian Matchplay, Top 20 in Erkko Trophy Finnish Amateur, current WAGR rank 2834.

“Kevin, Mattias, Carl and Markus joined the SGA early as juniors. Through hard work, unrelenting work ethic and structured development program, they excelled in boys and already show great promise at men’s elite level”, head coach David Da Silva describes the potential of the young Estonians.

Kevin, Mattias, Carl and Markus have now advanced into USA college golf on full golf/academic scholarships as a part of their SGA development program. The 16-year-old Ralf Kivi continues in the pre-elite amateur programme and has been joined by three other young Estonians, Hannah Õunap (12 y), Hart Oskar Aoveer (12 y) and Karl Kreevs (15 y).

The co-operation between SGA and Niitvälja Golf is now expanding. From January 2021, Hanna-Maria Tammo, Great Britain and Ireland PGA Golf Professional, who coaches Niitvälja Golf ’s juniors, has joined the SGA coaching team of David Da Silva and Niklas Dahlgren. She will further develop Niitvälja Golf juniors to elite youth level and create scholarship options for them at US colleges. The goal of the deepening co-operation is to develop the next wave of Estonian junior talent and guide the first Estonian to the European and PGA Tour.

“I’m delighted to work for Niitvälja Golf and SGA in advancing Estonian golf. I believe that our concept of co-operation has great potential “, says Hanna-Maria Tammo.

 

Additional information:

David da Silva, tel. +358 50 343 3121, david.silva@seasongolf.fi

Hanna-Maria Tammo, tel. +372 5037782,  hannamaria@niitvaljagolf.ee