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Allen John celebrates first victory in 2018

Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten 2018 presented by Elation Travel

With a total 15 under par (65, 66, 67) German Allen John is the winner of the Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten 2018 presented by Elation Travel. The amateur wins a two-stroke-advance towards Polish Mateusz Gradecki and Gregory Wiggins from Great Britain (each -13).

by Christian Langer

St. Pölten/Austria – A perfect game plan, precise shots and an improved short game: According to Allen John those are the reasons for his first victory on the tour in seven years. The 30-year-old used to be a professional an won as such a trophy on the Pro Golf Tour in 2011. Since 2014 he’s an amateur again and gained reputation as German Champion, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist for Deafs. In this season the player of the GC St. Leon-Rot tees off again with the pros, with a season-best result as fourth at the Haugschlag NÖ Open 2018. In St. Pölten the next tournament in Austria went even better for Allen John as he took his chance to win: After a 65 in round 1 and a 66 on day 2 the German got to start as shared leader into the final round, and he retained on top of the leaderboard until the end. A 67 on the par-71-course of the Golfclub St. Pölten made him finish two strokes ahead of Mateusz Gradecki and Gregory Wiggins (-13).

„I’ve practiced a lot in recent weeks to get my game onto a new level. I’m so glad it paid off that well and fast“, John said. „My game plan was very detailed and worked out just fine. I knew exactly on which holes I could use certain clubs and where to risk something. By that I got good chances which I used to score. Especially my short game was perfect and that’s what made the difference today.“

By finishing as shared 25th Benjamin Rusch from Switzerland captured the first rank in the Order of Merit which had been held by Scotsman Liam Johnston. Johnston had recently won a Challenge Tour event and will from now on only compete on the next higher level. The players will get a two-weeks-break until the Tour will return to the Golfclub Glashofen-Neusaß at the McNeill Open 2018 sponsored by KUHN Maßkonfektion. The last time the tour hosted an event there was in 2016. The champion of that event, Max Kramer from Germany, has already announced to compete again.