27th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Coussaud wins battle of nerves in Paris
France’s Ugo Coussaud defeated Spain’s amateur Adri Arnaus after 5th extra hole and grabbed his maiden win as a pro. He started the day 9 shots back of the lead, produced the best score of the day 66 and eventually after more than an hour of play-off, lifted the trophy of inaugural Golf Open Clément Ader.
It was a tough day for the overnight leader. Young amateur from Spain could not do better today than 74 and holed for a birdie to gt into a play-off. On the other hand, Ugo Coussaud kept on surfing on his good form – he finished second last week- and signed for stunning 66.
« I did not expect this win this morning. I was 9 shots back. But I started well but I knew I had to go low if I wanted to get closer to the podium. During the play-off it was really difficult as the 8th is a short par 4 but not so easy to make a birdie and on the 18th Adria made a mistake ending in the water so I took advantage of it. My golf now is to win the Alps Tour Ranking. »
The third player on the podium is last week winner, Austria’s Lukas Nemecz. Thanks to back to back good results, he enters Alps Tour ranking top 3. Coussaud is the new leader is second. Former leader Lars Van Meijel slept the fourth place and Julien Brun is 5th.
26th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Arnaus on a highway to maiden win in France
Spain’s Adria Arnaus dug his advantage thanks to 69 second card for -9 total. He will have a huge margin of 6 shots heading to final day and trying to get his maiden win. His challengers are two former Alps Tour winners, Belgium’s Kevin Hesbois and last week winner, Austria’s Lukas Nemecz, former European Tour player.
The young amateur from Spain kept the rhythm during second round in Paris. He managed to tame the tricky course of Clément Ader Golf Club. Only three players in the total field shot under par back to back, the leader 66-69, Lukas Nemecz 70-71 and Thomas Grava from France 71-71.
The cut is fixed at +5, five shots higher than the average on the Alps Tour.
Arnaus said he kept the same strategy to play the course.
“Same as yesterday, I did my best to keep the ball in play. On this course, it is really important to hit the fairways, then the greens to have chance to roll some putts. I managed to hit 9 greens on the front which gave me a lot of opportunities. And then on the back, I missed a couple greens but I had some good ups and downs.
Obviously, I took some experience 3 weeks back in Madrid when I was in the group behind the leading group and that was a really cool experience. What I will take is just to play my game. Basically my game plan won’t change for tomorrow.”
25th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Spanish Amateur Adria Arnaus storms clear in Paris
Spain’s amateur Adria Arnaus, 60th at World Amateur Golf Ranking, signed for opening 66, 6 under par card during first round of inaugural Open Golf Clément Ader Paris. France’s Ugo Coussaud, is one shot back and David Morago of Spain is two shots further.
The 22 year old just won last week the Spanish Amateur Championship and his good form followed him in France. He was -8 until the last too holes, the 8th and 9th but unfortunately he dropped back to back shots heading to the club house. The young man, recently graduated in finance by Mays Business School TEXAS A&M University, won his first big title as amateur in France in 2009, the Evian Masters Junior Cup.
On his toes, Frenchman Ugo Coussaud who finished second last week in Austria.
« The course is pretty tough. There is no hole to relax. A missed shot is almost a big price to pay so I am really happy with my day. »
22nd May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Inaugural Clément Ader Open to make history again
The Alps Tour is very pleased to be in France for the first time this season for inaugural Clément Ader Open. Owned by Ireland’s Tom O’Driscoll, the golf course has a great history to share.
Clément Ader (2 April 1841 – 3 May 1925) was a French inventor and engineer who was born in Muret , Haute Garonne (a distant suburb of Toulouse), and died in Toulouse. He is remembered primarily for his pioneering work in Aviation .
Using the studies of Louis Pierre Mouillard (1834–1897) on the flight of birds, he constructed his first flying machine in 1886, the Éole. It was a bat-like design run by a lightweight steam engine of his own invention, with 4 cylinders developing 20 horsepower (15 kW), driving a four-blade propeller. The engine weighed no more than 4 kg/kW (7 pounds per horsepower). The wings had a span of 14 m (46 ft). All-up weight was 300 kg (650 lb). On 9 October 1890 Ader attempted to fly the Éole. Aviation historians give credit to this effort as a powered take off and uncontrolled hop of approximately 50 m (160 ft) at a height of approximately 20 cm, (8 in).Ader also claimed credit for getting off the ground in the Éole.
This first flight happened on the first fairway of the 18 hole championship course. One of the most difficult in France, Rating Slope 139 SSS 73,2, the 6069 meter golf course will be a true challenge for Alps Tour players.
Last week winner, Lukas Nemecz and current Alps Tour leader Lars Van Meijel are obviously in the mood for a great week.
Source Wikipedia EN and www.golfclementader.com