Our man on the ground at Golf Club de Genève takes another look behind the scenes at the Rolex Trophy…
Parry pleased as punch
Kristoffer Broberg may be leading the tournament, but undoubtedly the playing with the big smile on Thursday was John Parry, after his hole in one on the third hole. His first professional ace was undoubtedly the highlight of his second round 65, as it earned the Englishman a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, worth in excess of €3,000. As it stands, Daniel Vancsik is also in line to receive a watch as the player posting the lowest score of the week (he opened with a round of 62), and the winner – in addition to the €24,400 he collects in prize money – is also awarded a watch. With such generosity from the title sponsors, it’s hardly surprising that the Rolex Trophy is one of the most keenly-anticipated tournaments of the year! A winter wonderland
No expense is spared on the evening entertainment this week, and for Thursday night’s Swiss theme the club was converted into a winter wonderland, with fake snow and alpine outfits abounding. After being treated to some pre-dinner yodelling, the guests sat down to sample the typically Swiss feast, with the Raclette stand proving particularly popular. Once the food had settled, the evening was brought to a comedic close with the appearance of Marie-Thérèse Porchet. A regular performer on Swiss Television, she provoked much mirth with her gentle ribbing of Bertrand Gros, the Rolex Chairman of the Board, who took it all in very good spirit.