World Cup


Ireland won the 2008 World Cup of Pitch and Putt at Papendal, near Arnhem, the Netherlands on Saturday 18 October. Leading the host nation by 1.5 matches to 0.5 after the opening round of one foursome and one singles, Ireland garnered 2.5 points out of the three afternoon singles to win 4-1 overall. Star of the tournament Paul O'Brien (Lakeside) beat Jan Tijhuis 4&3. Derek Courtney (Glenville) birdied two of the last three holes to edge out Dutch star Patrick Luning while Ray Murphy gave a generous half to Rolf Kwant with the overall result decided. Catalonia finished third with Great Britain fourth.

Patrick Luning (Netherlands) recorded an impressive 93 to be the leading scorer in the Strokeplay qualifying round while Ireland's captain on the course Ray Murphy was next on 97. Fair play award of the tournanent went to the ebullient Aussie Stewart Genge.

Wednesday 15 October - Am-Am Team Event. 1 player from each of the 18 teams playing a Texas Scramble Team format with celebrities and corporate teams - 2.30 p.m.. Opening Cermony wlll take place on Wednesday evening at 6.00 p.m.

Thursday 16 October - 36 hole Strokeplay Qualifying Round for World Cup from 9.00 a.m.; Matchplay Opening Round in the afternoon.

Friday 17 October - Matchplay Rounds from 8.00 a.m.

Saturday 18 October - Finals from 9.00 a.m.

The 3rd World Cup of Pitch and Putt was held near Arnhem, The Netherlands, at the Papendal course and was won by the team from Ireland. Final Placings:

1st Ireland
2nd Netherlands
3rd Catalonia
4th Great Britain
5th Chile
6th France
7th Andorra
8th Australia
9th San Marino
10th Switzerland
11th Norway
12th Italy
13th Germany
14th Belgium
team player rank player 1st 2nd tocattal
NETH 1st P. Luning 45 48 93
IRE 2nd R. Murphy 50 47 97
AUS 3rd J. Rogerson 51 47 98
IRE 4th D. Courtney 48 50 98
IRE 5th P. O'Brien 50 48 98
CAT 6th F. Cano 50 48 98
GBR 7th J. Deeble 52 47 99
NETH 8th R. Kwant 52 49 101
CAT 9th D. Gimenez 50 51 101
AND 10th A. Armengol 52 50 102
GBR 11th A. O'Brien 53 50 103
AND 12th J. Escabros 54 50 104
AUS 13th S. Genge 53 51 104
GBR 14th S. Deeble 53 51 104
AND 15th G. Escabros 52 53 105
SWI 16th C. Spescha 51 54 105
FRA 17th J-C. Richard 53 53 106
FRA 18th P. Rongier 53 53 106
NETH 19th J. Tijhuis 53 53 106
CAT 20th S. Garangou 53 54 107
CHI 21st D. Valenzuela 53 55 108
CHI 22nd M. Valenzuela 55 54 109
NOR 23rd T. Eder 58 55 113
ITA 24th A. Fusco 61 53 114
NOR 25th J. Andersen 59 56 115
ITA 26th F. Frassoldati 61 55 116
CHI 27th G. Arabcibia 60 56 116
FRA 28th C. Auziere 62 55 117
FRA 29th M. Gallassi 59 58 117
SMR 30th L. Riccardi 60 58 118
SMR 31st G. Caramaschi 59 59 118
GER 32nd S. Dietz 62 57 119
NOR 33rd A. Olsen 60 60 120
BEL 34th J. Debacker 65 58 123
ITA 35th E. Ciuffarella 65 58 123
SWI 36th M. Bernadini 62 62 124
GER 37th R. Kerkeling 67 58 125
SWI 38th O. Schumacher 65 60 125
GER 39th H. Tigges 63 67 130
AUS 40th M. Hutchison 67 64 131
BEL 41st J-F. Cornez 68 67 135
BEL 42nd A. Ferdin 72 64 136

Runners-up on their debut in 2006, the Andorrans will journey to Papendal with great expectations. The team manager is Francesc Gaset and the reserve player is Iván Sanz. Boasting two survivors from the Teia trio, the 2008 Andorra team is:

Toni Armengol

Runner-up World Cup 2006

Guillen Escabros

Runner-up World Cup 2006; Andorran Pairs Champion 2008

Josep Escabros

Andorran Pairs Champion 2008


Here is the team of three that will make one of the longest trips to the 2008 World Cup. The team manager is Charlie Hutchison.

James Rogerson

ACT state titles 2001, 2002, 2007.
NSW, SA, Queensland state titles 2007.
Australian national titles 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007.
Australian Masters 2008.
5 times club champion Canberra International.

Marie Hutchison

Marie is among the top 3 Women players in Australia. She recently had her 70th birthday.

Stewart Genge

Currently ranked second in Australia.
Has won the Canberra Southern Cross Club Club championships 4 times out of 9 years since the club opened.
Won the ACT State championships twice and was runner up once.
Won the 2008 South Australia Open with the best 4 round total score in the championship's history.


Newcomers Belgium will make the relatively short journey to Arnhem for the World Cup. The team manager is Matthieu Donnadieu. Their team is:

Antoine Ferdin

Age 13. Playing out of Mont Garni, this young player is one of the best juniors in Belgium.

Jonathan Debacker

Age 22. Another Mont Garni member and having his best season to date in 2008.

Jérome Boutique

The most experienced Belgian player for Papendal. Has been Belgian cross-handed champion on a number of occasions. On the even of the championship Jérome Boutique has been replaced by Jean-François CORNEZ.


Holders Catalonia were leaving nothing to chance in their preparation for next month's World Cup. The Catalans held their final trial at the World Cup venue - Papendal. The team manager is Xavi Ponsdemenech.

Fernando Cano

A World Cup winner with Catalonia in 2006.

Daniel Giménez

Played for Catalonia against Ireland in the historic win earlier this year.

Salvador Garangou

Another victor over the Irish at Platja d'Aro


Our South American friends have named their team for Papendal. The team manager is Max Valenzuela. Their line-up is

Max Valenzuela


Daniel Valenzuela


Guillermo Arancibia



France has announced an experienced team for the World Cup in Papendal, Arnhem from 16-18 October 2008. The team manager is Bernard Dinnat.

Jean-Claude Richard

Age 58. Club: Forêt de Montpensier.
He played for France at the Euopean championship at McDonagh in 2003 and at Chia Laguna in the 2004 World Cup.
Winner of the Italian Open in 2005.

Christian Auziere

Age 53. Club: Domaine de Barres.
Represented France in the European championship at McDonagh 2003, Overbetuwe 2005 and at Chia Laguna 2007.
He was winner of the French "Challenge National" 2008.
Winner of San Marino Open in 2004.

Pierre Rongier

Age 44. Club: Jean Club.
Profession: Greenkeeper.
Third in French "Challenge National" 2008.


The team manager is Max Hergt. This is the team selected by newcomers Germany:

Silvio Dietz

Date of Birth 19.06.1968

Ralf Kerkeling

Date of Birth 12.10.1957

Heiko Tigges

Date of Birth 21.02.1974


The team manager is Ron Cope. Great Britain will be hoping to make a strong impact at this year's World Cup. The British trio for Papendal is:

Steve Deeble

Has played regularly for Britian at international level, including European championships and past World Cups.

Anthony O'Brien

Reigning British Strokeplay champion.

John Deeble

Former British Strokeplay champion and successful campaigner on the Irish Scratch Cup circuit.


The team manager is Breda Brophy. Favourites Ireland will be represented by some of the most experienced players in the country in the 2008 World Cup. They are:

Ray Murphy

Club: Templebreedy
Holds seven Irish individual titles - an all time record.
1994 Munster Matchplay champion.
2002 Munster Strokeplay champion.
Ireland debut in 1994 v. Australia.
Helped Ireland to the 2001 and 2007 European Team championships. International Record: Foursomes: W9 L1 H0. Fourballs: W4 L3 H1. Singles: W16 L2 H1
Total Points: 30

Derek Courtney

Club: Glenville.
1994 National Matchplay champion.
Runner-up in 2007 National Strokeplay championship.
Leinster Matchplay champion 2005.
First played for Ireland in 1993.
Played on Ireland's 2003 and 2007 European Team championship winning sides.
International Record: Foursomes: W7 L0 H1. Fourballs: W1 L0 H1. Singles: W13 L1 H1
Total Points: 22.5

Paul O'Brien

Club: Lakeside.
National Matchplay Runner-up 2007.
Munster Matchplay champion 2005.
Munster Juvenile Strokeplay champion 1993.
Munster Juvenile Matchplay champion 1994, 1995, 1996.
His first international appearance came at Papendal in the Willie Parker Challenge Cup in 2006.
Helped Ireland to the European championship in Chia last year.
International Record: Foursomes: W2 L1 H1. Fourballs: W2 L0 H0. Singles: W5 L1 H1
Total Points: 11


The team manager is Fabrizio Frassoldati. The Italians will bring an experienced team to Papendal:

Enrico Ciuffarella


Angelo Fusco


Vanni Rastrelli



The team manager is Rinus Huberts. The home country Holland has selected a very strong team for the World Cup in Papendal, Arnhem from 16-18 October 2008. It is:

Rolf Kwant

Date of Birth 5 March 1966. Club: Koekange
Netherlands Strokeplay Champion: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Nederlands Matchplay Champion: 2004, 2005
Ranking titles: 37
Runner-up French Open 2008

Patrick Luning

Date of Birth 7 March 1973. Club: Overbetuwe
Netherlands Strokeplay Champion: 1999, 2002
Nederlands Matchplay Champion: 2007
Ranking titles: 7
Leading qualifier European championship 2003 (joint), 2005

Jan Tijhuis

Date of Birth 7 January 1965. Club: Koekange
Ranking titles: 1
Course Record Holder at French Open (Le Grande Motte) - 46


The team manager is Jo G Brand. The Norwegians used the 2008 Pitch and Putt Cup on 23 August to select their team of three for the 2008 World Cup. Norway's team is:

Jan Andersen

Third in Pitch and Putt Cup 2008 on 113.

Anders Olsen

Winner of the Pitch and Putt Cup on 107.

Tony Eder

2nd place Pitch and Putt Cup on 111.


The team manager is Giulio CARAMASCHI. San Marino has been a proud participant in every World Cup to date. The San Marino team at Papendal will be:








The team manager is Oliver Schuhmacher. The Swiss team will aim to improve on their position of 9th at the Teia event when they arrive in Arnhem for the 2008 World Cup. Switzerland's team is:

Claudio Spescha

Swiss Champion 2008.

Oliver Schuhmacher

2nd place Swiss Championship.

Marco Bernardini

3rd place Swiss Championship.

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