Gabella plays with heart in La Cala
Swiss Arthur Gabella (photo : Elisabeth Carabelli), who had a heart transplantation in August 2014, is leading on Europa course with brilliant 67.
Swiss Arthur Gabella-Wenne is one of the leader after first round of stage one Q School in La Cala resort. But his story is worth being told. Gabella is 27 year old and just turned pro. A bit late ? Maybe, but Gabella had to wait and to recover his form.
The player from Geneva had a heart transplantation in August 2013 and his plan was to come back to competition in 2015. He sticks to the schedule. He signed for a great 67 four under par on Europa course, the longest of the 3 courses on the first stage. Italy’s Agustin Bardas is neck and neck with him. Former European Tour player, Spain’s Ivo Giner, is 7th ties and the cut for the 30 spots is currently +5.
On Asia course, the shortest of the three, 5850 meters, another Italian guy leads with -5. There are 28 spots available on this course and the line is as well +5.
Finally, on the America course, where there are only 15 spots to go to the finale, Italy’s Carlo Guarraldi is leading thanks to a colourful card. No less than eight birdies but 4 shots dropped as well. Former Swiss European Tour star, Julien Clément is one of the four players under par on this course. He is third tie with -1.
Seve Ballesteros’ son, Javier, who turned pro a few weeks ago, shot 77 and Ryder Cup star’s son, Francesco Rocca had a difficult day with a 83 card.