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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Himmerland Hill  (Getty Images)
Himmerland Hill (Getty Images)

This week the European Challenge Tour visits Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort and we have taken a look at five key facts before the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by Ejner Hessel gets under way. 

Champions aiming for further success

The Made in Denmark Challenge presented by Ejner Hessel field features two of the past three winners of the event.

Bernd Ritthammer claimed the title in 2016 with a four under par 67 on the final day to claim his first Challenge Tour victory on his way to graduating to the European Tour at the end of the season.

The German will be aiming to win his second Made in Denmark title alongside the 2017 victor Oscar Stark.

The Swede was triumphant 12 months ago when he shot rounds of 66-67-72-69 to claim a two-shot victory on 14 under par. It was Stark’s first Challenge Tour success and the defending champion will be looking to double his win tally this week.

On form

After claiming his first Challenge Tour victory since 2013 by triumphing at the Hauts de France Golf Open, Stuart Manley is in scintillating form.

The Welshman has carded three top five results this season as well as seven money finishes out of his eight tournaments on the Challenge Tour. He also led going into the final round at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts last week.

The winner in Scotland, David Law, will be aiming to become the first player to record back-to-back Challenge Tour victories since Kristoffer Broberg in 2012 when he tees it up in Denmark this week.

Ellis turns the page

Harry Ellis will make his Challenge Tour and professional debut this week after leaving the amateur ranks behind following his debut at the U.S. Open Championship.

The 2017 British Amateur Champion was the youngest winner of the prestigious award and became only the third player to win both the British Amateur Championship and English Amateur in their career.

Ellis’ success last year enabled him to play in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale before he headed across the Atlantic Ocean to make his debut at the Masters Tournament in April, and the U.S. Open earlier this month.

Now, Ellis will be aiming to make the transition from his impressive amateur days to the Challenge Tour.   

Home favourites

Joachim B. Hansen leads the raft of Danish players set to take on Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort this week.

The 27 year old has already claimed a victory on the Challenge Tour this year and sits second on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

The Dane won the Turkish Airlines Challenge by three shots in April and has made five cuts from his six Challenge Tour tournaments this season, including runner-up finishes at the Belt & Road Colourful Yunnan Open and last week’s SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge presented by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

Aside from Hansen, Jeppe Pape Huldahl will be aiming to put in a strong performance in his home country. The 25 year old sits inside the Road to Ras Al Khaimah top 30 after finishing third at the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf.

Fourth edition, fourth venue

It will be the fourth edition of the Made in Denmark Challenge and the fourth different venue to host the event.

Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort is known for its special atmosphere from its passionate supporters, especially around the unique par three 16th hole, dubbed ‘Himmerland Hill’ by local fans.

The Made in Denmark Challenge has previously been played across Denmark in Aalborg, Copenhagen and Rødding. It now heads back up north to Farsø and to Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort where the European Tour’s Made in Denmark event has been held over the last four years. 

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