Swiss women’s professional golf is experiencing a prosperous period. The Genevan Albane Valenzuela and the sisters from Lausanne Morgane and Kim Métraux fly the colors of the country.
All still in their twenties, the Swiss Ladies have recently written two pages in the history of their sport. First, Morgane Métraux (25) won the Italian Open near Asti, ending a 32-year wait. The last Swiss woman to win a tournament on the European Women’s Tour was Evelyn Orley from Zurich.
A week later, Vaudoise confirmed her good intentions on the American continent. In Galloway, New Jersey, he ranked 12th, while Albane Valenzuela shone even brighter by finishing 4th, two shots from victory. Two Swiss women in the top 12 of an event on the main women’s world tour, this had historical value for Swiss professional golf.
The LPGA Tour brings together the best players on the planet. Thus, Albane Valenzuela (24) shared her 4th place in Galloway with the Australian Lydia Ko, former number 1 in the world.
The American tour also has the advantage of paying a lot. Therefore, there is a kind of “equal pay” for the US Open. Like the US women’s soccer team, female golfers receive almost as many bonuses as men during their US Open.
And all non-Grand Slam tournaments come with seven-figure bonuses. It is therefore gratifying that two Swiss women manage to shine at the highest level. The peak of their development is also far from being reached, because they are at a relatively young age to play golf.
Also in Switzerland, the exploits of the champions have aroused interest for a long time. Morgane and Kim Métraux (27) thus have the support of ASGI, the Swiss association of independent golfers, with 20,000 members.
waiting for the men
It would be desirable for Swiss golf if men could imitate their female counterparts. But imagining a Swiss player on the US PGA Tour is like science fiction.
It would be remarkable if a Helvetian could settle on a second level circuit, such as the PGA European Tour now known as the World Tour. Since the end of 2004, no Swiss player has obtained the card that allows him to play on the European circuit. The last was the Genevan Julien Clément, who ended his career six years ago.
However, hope is not extinguished. Grison Jeremy Freiburghaus (26) has had a run of good results on the Challenge Tour, the second-tier European circuit. The top twenty at the end of the season will receive the card that gives access to the 2023 World Tour. If the Freiburghaus succeeds, it will be exactly 20 years after Clément.