Shadbolt, Guzman and Cuquejo lead the race to Final Stage
The second and last round of first stage was completed in a windy atmosphere. The three courses of La Cala did defend themselves well and players struggled to stay focused to the target : the Final Stage. England’s Tom Sahdbolt and Spain’s Xavier Guzman and Gervasio Cuquejo are the winners on each course.
Guzman, 31 year old, is the most experimented player of the trio. He used to play on Peugeot Tour in Spain and won The Madrid Open in 2009. « I did not play perfectly and my feeling could be better but it was enough to play solid and I am satisfied with my game. » He scored 72 and 69 for -3 total on Asia Course.
On America course, England’s Tom Shadbolt confirmed overnight supremacy. He fired 68 after overnight 67 and won with -9 total. Shadbolt’s exploit as young pro was to qualify to the 140th Open. He played in Royal Saint Georges in 2011. His goal is obviously to get a category on Challenge Tour and Tour. « I expected the course to be more difficult today cause the wind. My game was regular and I hit a lot of greens. I am very happy and confident for Final Stage.”
Then, on Europa course, local Andalusian player Gervasio Cuquejo took the first place. The 23 year old player from Marbella took advantage playing almost in his garden. Europa course is the most exposed course to the wind and he managed to signed for a great 67 -4, he finished -3 total.
” Yesterday my putter worked perfectly, but today all my game was perfect, I played solid and I really didn’t feel the wind, I made 6 birdies and 2 bogies and I had a good feeling during all the round.The Europa course was a though test today with this wind condition but when you play well you don’t feel it.The course was in perfect conditions and I think the course guys worked hard to prepare it.The Alps Tour organization is very good, a lot of referees are on the courses and shuttles to reach all the important points in this big and beautiful complex.I’m very happy and I hope to continue to play in the same way next week in the final stage.
Time now to rest and practice during the week end as the Final Stage starts on Monday.
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By Agathe Séron