Monday, 15 July 2019

The European Challenge Tour was in France for the second time this season at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week. Here are five things you might have missed from another exciting visit to France.

English domination

Steven Tiley became the third consecutive Englishman to lift the trophy at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, following in the footsteps of Richard McEvoy 12 months ago and Aaron Rai in 2017. Last year, Tiley finished runner-up to McEvoy, as he went wire-to-wire to claim his third Challenge Tour win, and this season it was Tiley’s turn to go wire-to-wire, clinching his debut Challenge Tour victory.

Besseling breezes round

Wil Besseling was the first player to tee off on Saturday morning and made quick work of his 18 holes. The third round is commonly known as ‘Moving Day’ and it was defined in style by the Dutchman at Le Vaudrueil Golf Challenge. Racing round in only two hours and 40 minutes, Besseling moved from the cut line to tied 14th after a six under par round of 65, including a birdie-eagle finish.

He was one of four players to card a 65 on Moving Day, alongside Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, Cormac Sharvin and Duncan Stewart.  

Bastille Day

Every year on July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day – their day of independence – where an armed mob stormed the prison of Bastille in 1789 to start the French Revolution. To commemorate the celebrations, teams took to the 147 metre par-three tenth for a ‘Bastille Day Challenge’.

Two players on each team, a selection of seven clubs per team, and three shots per pair. A point for reaching the green and nearest the pin if there was a tie. France’s Grégory Bourdy and Grégory Havret met Ryan Evans and Jack Senior in the final…

Daux does it

The first albatross of the season was made at Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil with Franck Daux holing out from 215 yards with a five iron on the par-five eighth hole during the second round. It was the first albatross on the Challenge Tour since Gavin Moynihan dialled one in at Kazakhstan last September.

Strong start

Wilco Nienaber made his professional debut at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, following a stellar amateur career where he claimed over 20 amateur titles. The hotly tipped South African opened his account with a round of 67, four under par, before rounds of 73-70 ahead of the final day. The 19-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Dylan Frittelli, Brandon Stone, Trevor Immelman and signed for a final round of 69, two under par, to finish in a share of 11th place on his maiden outing in the paid ranks.

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