Vacarisas Victorious on Day 1
Metz, 11th September 2020 – The Spanish player Lucas Vacarisas came in at -10 (61) at the end of the first round of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or here at the Golf de la Grange aux Ormes.
Teeing off this afternoon from the 10th, he started with a birdie on the par 5:
“I started playing very good golf from the first hole. The course is very difficult as you have to hit a good tee shot and also putt well as the greens are tricky. Happily, all my clubs worked for me today”.
An excellent start for the player who has been on the Alps Tour since 2016 and has yet to savour a win, he declared it a “perfect day”.
Two shots behind him at -8 (63) is his compatriot Alejandro Del Rey. The Madrid native recently turned professional after four years at Arizona State University where he finished with an impressive collegiate record. He teed off in the morning flights and entered the clubhouse at the top of the leader board.
“I started a little slowly as it was tough in the morning with the ball not flying too much. I just stayed patient and birdied a bunch of holes in the middle stretch with a final one on the 15th. It was definitely a good round today.”
With an eagle, six birdies and not a bogey in sight, as the afternoon session unfolded, he watched various players climb up the board, but he kept his lead. That is until Lucas Vacarisas moved into overdrive. He had started the tenth at -5 (31) and played par until hole thirteen where three birdies in a row put him joint leader. A par followed but his final flourish of two more birdies secured him the top place on the leader board.
In joint third position at -7 (64) is Lukas Nemecz, from Austria this year’s winner of the Gösser Open and the Chilean player, Matias Calderon. It was eight birdies and a bogey for Nemecz and seven birdies and pars for Calderon who was more than pleased with his play:
“A really good day. I’ve been struggling over the past couple of years with my mental side of the game so to have a good solid round on this first day makes me feel pretty good. So, yes, very happy about it.”
Right behind them at -6 (65) is the Italian player, Guglielmo Bravetti. This veteran Alps Tour player had a bogey-free round and three birdies on each nine.
Rounding out the top ten at -5 (66) are five players including local professional Jules Coupade who previously held the course record of -9 (62) until today and his compatriot Franck Medale who was third here last year. Bradley Bawden from England, winner of the Alps Tour 2019 Q School is also there with his fellow Englishman, Marcus Thomas Mohr, victor at the 2018 Open de Saint-François Région Guadeloupe . The Irish player, Jonathan Yates, completes the group.
Making the count for the top twenty at -4 (67) are nine players. Among them the promising Spanish amateur, Joel Moscatel, WAGR 87th and Julien Quesne, two-time European Tour winner who admitted to problems with his driving:
“I’m pretty happy with my score as my tee-offs were not so good so I missed quite a few fairways which made it difficult to do better than -4. I just want to make the most of my time at the moment, to play in tournaments and play under pressure. I want to play, I need to play, so I’m very happy to be here.”
The weather conditions today were practically perfect. Despite a nippy early morning start, the day turned gloriously sunny and warm. The forecast is for more of the same tomorrow. Play starts at 7:45 am from tees one and ten.
Results Day 1: click here
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