Changed and later postponed due to the pandemic, the 2020 Grand Final of the doubles match championship was held in Mauritius in a sporty and joyous atmosphere.
Almost a year and a half of waiting imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic before we can meet again… The four teams qualified for the Grand Final of the 3me edition of the Beachcomber Golf Cup were finally able to put up a fight in the north of Mauritius, from Friday 13 to Tuesday 18 May. It is in the paradisiacal setting of the Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa 5* luxury hotel, as well as on the fairways of the Mont Choisy course, that the representatives of the clubs of Palmola, Chantilly la Forêt, Norges Dijon-Bourgogne and Isabella turned the page together for 2020 at the National Six Hole Doubles Matchplay Tournament.
“Hope to see you on the greens and in the Mauritian sun”, resumed in chorus on WhatsApp before taking the Air Mauritius Airbus from Paris… The eight finalists and their companions were not going to be disappointed with the trip. As in previous editions, the reception given to them for four days, including two competition days, was of exceptional quality. Once again, the organization team led by Antoine Robin, Pierre Couzinou and Jean-Renaud Lutt, accompanied by Rémi Sabarros, chief organizer of Beachcomber France, rolled out the red carpet… and more. “They welcome us like princes and the playing conditions are worthy of those reserved for professional players”unanimously recognized the finalists.
“Oh, Palmola, you could make an effort in bermuda “, exclaimed the Tarn-et-Garonnais Rémi Sabarros regarding his “favorites” Toulouse, on the morning of the recognition day. Hearing himself answer, in a great laugh: “It would have been easier if we had our bags, which didn’t arrive!” The tone was marked: warm and direct, sporty and smiling. At the end of the first day of competition, Paul and Simon (Norges Dijon Bourgogne) joined Clément and Patrick (Chantilly la Forêt) in the Grand Final, while Nicolas and Xavier (Palmola) faced Laura and Pascal (Isabella) in the small end.
Ranked at an index of 30.3, Laura, the only woman in the race in the duos, acknowledged that the pressure had been a bit strong: “We were the lowest ranked team and we had a tough short game. No big deal.” We had already won our tournament by qualifying for Mauricio…” The next day, the representative of the Yvelines club and her partner got on the 3me step from the podium, winning the last two heats (2&1, 2up) ahead of Palmola Toulouse, after sharing the first (A/S).
Monday’s Grand Final pitted the two friends from Norges Dijon Bourgogne against the father and son of Chantilly la Forêt. At the end of the afternoon, Paul and Simon won ahead of Patrick and Clément. The Burgundians won on the 17th hole of the Mont-Choisy course after a game rich in comings and goings: 2 up for them in the first match in the first 6 holes, equality (A/S) in the 2me match from hole 7 to 12, and finally 2&1 during the 3me play. On the par 3 of the 17th (179 meters to the hole, uphill headwind), it didn’t take long for Clément to prolong the suspense by jumping a few centimeters from the flag… ” With my father, he trusted, we are a little disappointed because we believed in it. That’s the game. Maybe we’ll come back one day! »
Paul, passionate about poker aside from golf, and Simon, eternal smile on his lips, thus won the 3me edition of the Beachcomber Golf Cup. Accomplices even in their exotic outfits. “We wanted when we signed up for this tournament, the two friends pointed out after their success, but we were far from imagining that this competition would be rich in so many sensations and strong moments! » Paul and Simon wanted to share their joy with all the finalists during the beautifully organized award ceremony on the beach by the Beachcomber teams, generously handing out the XO bottle of Mauritius rum…
Last sponsored by Julien Xanthopoulos, the Beachcomber Golf Cup, en route to Mauritius, was also enriched by two “clinics” from the former Challenge Tour player, now a TV consultant, who distilled his advice and some drills into the big game. , before offering several workshops dedicated to small game hunting on the putting green of the Trou aux Biches hotel, which undoubtedly hides many resources. From the end of this year 2022, for the Grand Final in Mauritius on 4me edition scheduled from November 10 to 13, it is the former professional player Antoine Schwartz, converted into a coach, who will take over. By then, thirty-two clubs in France will have hosted the qualifiers for the Saint-Germain national final (78) on the golf calendar on Monday, October 10.