Argentine Estanislao Goya heads the field at the AGF-Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne this week as The European Challenge Tour stages its first tournament in Europe on the 2008 Schedule.
Goya, who has won €34,231 after the first six events of the season, will be hoping to extend his lead at the top of the Rankings at the Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, France, from April 23-26.
He is currently €2,786 ahead of Finland’s Antti Ahokas in the Challenge Tour Rankings after Ahokas finished runner up at the ll Club Colombia Masters at the Country Club de Bogotá in the Challenge Tour’s last event.
The South American teenager gained his maiden Challenge Tour win at the 77° Abierto VISA del Centro 2008 presentado por Personal at the Córdoba Golf Club in his home country at the end of March and enters the tournament on the back of a tie for fifth place in the ll Club Colombia Masters.
So far the Challenge Tour has visited South America and Kenya but it reaches Europe for the seventh tournament of the year.
The AGF-Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne also represents Goya’s debut in the continent on The Challenge Tour.
With three top five finishes to his name already this year, the 19 year old will be looking to extend his lead at the top of the Challenge Tour Rankings by following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, former Ryder Cup player Peter Baker of England.
Baker, who was Vice Captain to Ian Woosnam at The 2006 Ryder Cup, celebrated his 40th birthday in
the 2007 event by beating fellow Englishman Ross McGowan at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off to secure a return to The European Tour.
Baker’s 1993 Ryder Cup teammate Joakim Haeggman is also included in the field as he continues his attempt to revive his career which has been affected by injury in recent years.
Denmark’s Anders Schmidt Hansen, England’s Ben Mason and Ireland’s Colm Moriarty all head to the AGF-Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne looking to add to their only victories on the Challenge Tour, which were gained last year.
They will be joined by Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey and Belgium’s Nicolas VanHootegem, both Challenge Tour winners last year, in the field which will compete for a €140,000 prize fund.