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Training Tournament Landes Solidarité: 24, 25 and 26 June
The French pros were back after three months of lockdown to play a three-round tournament on Golf de Seignosse, Golf de Moliets and Golf d’Hossegor in Les Landes in south-west France.
A tournament open to the public
The idea came from the directors of Seignosse, Moliets and Hossegor golf courses (Christophe Rondelé, David Atruc and Christophe Raillard, respectively), with the involvement of Sébastien Vivé—physio to Ben Hébert and Julien Guerrier—and Tom Ayling, Alexander Levy’s caddy.
The aim of this initiative was to stage a tournament to help French pros get back onto the fairways. It would be a chance for them to cross their irons again in perfect play conditions and take home a prize. 72 golfers rose to the challenge and faced up against each other on 24, 25 and 26 June. The current health provisions meant that spectators were allowed to attend this thrilling event at Seignosse, Moliets and Hossegor.
Antoine Rozner prevails at the playoff
After two days of competition, it was two players from the European Tour who battled it out for the title on the technically challenging Seignosse golf course. Grégory Havret had shot 63 on Moliets (-9). He arrived at the 17th tee four strokes ahead of Antoine Rozner, before getting into difficulties at the water hazard on the second stroke of this par 4, followed by a fat shot that led him to an unlikely double bogey. When he reached the tee of the 18th—a long par 6 of 666 m (converted into a 5 for the tournament) with a double dogleg—he bogeyed again. So it was Antoine Rozner who took the final hole with a birdie. The Parisian beat the Rochelais with scorecards of 64, 68 and 66. Third place went to Julien Brun who finished 13 under par and Alexander Levy took fourth place, one stroke behind. The young player Emma Grechi took the women’s pro title with a total of 2 under par (72, 68, 72).
The players have already agreed to meet up again next year for another crack at this exciting tournament, nicknamed the TTLS or Landes Solidarité.