Qualifying School 2021 – Final Stage Round 1- Oihan Guillamoundeguy Leader
November 10th, Rome, 2021 – At the end of play today, the amateurs took the honours. Leader on -6 (66) is the French amateur, Oihan Guillamoundeguy, 16, who had six birdies and zero bogeys at the Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.
“I’m very pleased. I played really well. I didn’t do any bogeys which helped a lot. My irons’ game was great, so I managed to do a few birdies. The course was good and not as wet as the Golf Nazionale.”
Two more amateurs are among the three players in second place on -5 (67). Alongside the Italian pro, Alessandro Notaro, is Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez from Spain and Martin Couvra from France.
Notaro, like the leader, played at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club and started in style with an eagle on the 10th. Straight pars to finish the outward nine and then three birdies coming in.
“I started from hole 10 at Terre and holed the second shot for an eagle so that was a good start, then I had 3 birdies and played regular. I played very well from tee to green”.
The two other amateurs in third place were out on the Golf Nazionale where conditions were complicated by the wind. Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez had six birdies and just one bogey in his round. He intends to turn pro in January and hopes to gain a full Alps Tour card here:
“My day was perfect. I did good drives, great putts. I had seventeen greens in regulation which I think is really important here. I had the wind on the last five holes but managed to keep my concentration”.
Martin Couvra, the 18-year-old amateur from Terre Blanche Golf Club, also had six birdies and a bogey in this, his third Alps Tour tournament:
“I played pretty well all day. I was quite far from the pin but tried to stay patient and holed some good putts for birdie. It’s not an easy course and you have to put your drives on the fairway as many of them are tight and then different sized greens, so you need complete game skills. I’m happy to have done well on it today. I’ve already played two Alps Tour events by invitation in France, the Mirabelle d’Or, where I made the cut one out of two times but here it’s different as we’re playing for a whole season slot, so the pressure is higher.”
Only five players broke par at the Golf Nazionale today, and the remaining three were all French amateurs: Guillaume Chevalier -3 (69), Maxence Giboudot and Nicolas Calvet -1 (71). Whereas, over on Terre dei Consoli Golf Club, twenty players came in at one under or less.
The playing field will be levelled tomorrow as the players switch courses for the second round and windy conditions expected again on the Golf Nazionale. Both courses can expect light showers in the morning. Tee off begins at 8:00 am from the 1st and 10th at each club.
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