Like every year, the best amateurs in the country, with a large majority of young golf hopefuls, come together for four rounds of competition. The 120 men and 36 women will first have a first objective, to clear the “cut”, a cleaver where, after two days of competition, half of the players are eliminated, before the best fight for the title on the next two .
A player board at the height of the event
The Sports Association of Biarritz golf courses which organizes the event once again brought together a very interesting field of players. On the men’s side, there are no less than forty players ranked in the top 100 of the French amateur rankings, including Biarrot Nathan Trey; Adam Bresnu, who has just returned from the U18 European Team Championships, or even Maxence Mugnier, defending champion. “It’s the best French tournament to win and I’m very happy to have done it, testifies the latter. It’s a great challenge to try to do it again”.
Several foreigners also made the trip. The Spaniards Nicolas Evangelio Caballero and Joseba Torres Olazabal, grandsons of the illustrious José Maria Olazabal, winner of the 1983 edition, continued the Spanish tradition in Biarritz. There will also be an Egyptian and a Slovak.
On the ladies’ side, all the players (except the 5 invited) are part of the world ranking. More than just a detail that testifies to the very high level of the women’s version of the event. “This Biarritz Cup is looking good even if we have still not been able to invite foreign nations with the pandemic, puts Jean-Jacques Senac, president of the association, into perspective. There are still some foreigners who have registered by themselves. There is a small question about the heat, but we hope there will be no ban”.
A real springboard
The competition is strictly reserved for amateurs. But it’s last are for many the pros of tomorrow. The majority of former winners have one day taken the step of professionalism. They will even be several this week at The Open (grand slam tournament) to have tried their luck one day at the Golf du Phare like the tricolor Victor Perez or the Basque Jon Rahm, current third best player in the world.