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Sydney Seelen of Stuttgart hits an approach shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The course will play host to the European championships next week as well.

Sydney Seelen of Stuttgart hits an approach shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The course will play host to the European championships next week as well. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Sydney Seelen of Stuttgart hits an approach shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The course will play host to the European championships next week as well.

Sydney Seelen of Stuttgart hits an approach shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The course will play host to the European championships next week as well. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Trey Bowles of Bitburg hits a drive during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Golfers from Stuttgart, Ramstein, Wiesbaden and Bitburg got to play the same course where the European championships will be held next week.

Trey Bowles of Bitburg hits a drive during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Golfers from Stuttgart, Ramstein, Wiesbaden and Bitburg got to play the same course where the European championships will be held next week. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Daniel Shin of Ramstein hits a chip shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The event was the last chance for some golfers to qualify for the European championships, held Oct. 8, also at Rheinblick.

Daniel Shin of Ramstein hits a chip shot onto the green during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The event was the last chance for some golfers to qualify for the European championships, held Oct. 8, also at Rheinblick. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Jonathan Ciero of Ramstein hits an approach shot during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Golfers from Ramstein, Stuttgart, Bitburg and Wiesbaden got a sneak preview of the course, which will also be host to next week's European championships.

Jonathan Ciero of Ramstein hits an approach shot during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Golfers from Ramstein, Stuttgart, Bitburg and Wiesbaden got a sneak preview of the course, which will also be host to next week's European championships. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Jarred Edwards of Wiesbaden prepares to hit a drive during a golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 1 at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden. Edwards and his Wiesbaden teammates faced off against competition from Stuttgart, Ramstein and Bitburg ahead of next week's European championships, also at Rheinblick.

Jarred Edwards of Wiesbaden prepares to hit a drive during a golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 1 at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden. Edwards and his Wiesbaden teammates faced off against competition from Stuttgart, Ramstein and Bitburg ahead of next week's European championships, also at Rheinblick. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Leigha Daryanani of Bitburg hits an approach shot during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Daryanani, last year's girls' runner-up, will be looking to do one better at this year's championships, also at Rheinblick on Oct. 8.

Leigha Daryanani of Bitburg hits an approach shot during a golf tournament at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Daryanani, last year's girls' runner-up, will be looking to do one better at this year's championships, also at Rheinblick on Oct. 8. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

Jordan Holifield, a junior at Stuttgart, lines up a putt during a golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden. Holifield is the two-time defending boys' European golf champion.

Jordan Holifield, a junior at Stuttgart, lines up a putt during a golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at Rheinblick golf course in Wiesbaden. Holifield is the two-time defending boys' European golf champion. (Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes)

WIESBADEN, Germany— Some of the continent’s best players were able to try their hand Thursday at the course where the DODDS-Europe championships will be held Oct. 8 – Rheinblick golf course, set in the hills above the city.

Golfers from Stuttgart, Bitburg, Ramstein and Wiesbaden all participated in the final tournament of the three-week regular season, held on a glorious fall day.

Jordan Holifield of Stuttgart and Leigha Daryanani of Bitburg, last year’s boys’ champion and girls’ runner-up, respectively, showcased their impressive games just before it really counts. Holifield shot a 50, just one under his season best of 51 from Sept. 17 and Daryanani a 25 to lead their groups.

“It was definitely an advantage for us that we get to play here so close to get a feel for the course and see how the greens work and everything,” Daryanani said after her round, noting that the greens on the course were tricky for most players despite the calm conditions overall. “I definitely want to improve on my putting, work on two-putting because these greens are really fast and it’s really easy to three-putt.”

Holifield likewise enjoyed the fact that he was able to get a taste of how the course played just before the championships.

“Once you get a couple times around here you definitely get used to it,” he said. “Some of the trickier parts here are some of the hills and the greens – most of them are almost impossible to read.”

It was common to see experienced golfers having trouble with the greens, which played extremely fast, and the pin placement on some holes was diabolical, leading to lower scores under the Stableford system, in which high scoring is the goal.

Other experienced golfers who will appreciate the experience come next week include Ramstein’s Noah Shin and Josh Daffin, Bitburg’s Trey Bowles, Wiesbaden’s Jarred Edwards and Stuttgart’s Sydney Smith and Lexi McLellan.

They will likely all hope the weather conditions then are as favorable as they wereThursday.

Stoutamire.dan@stripes.com


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