The event has disappeared from the calendar for ten years, has been relaunched by Bernard Pacasio and will be contested at the Chateau Tournament from 15-18 June 2022. With great ambition.
From our special correspondent in the Medoc statement,
The French professional golf tournament is preparing to come back to life. Organized by Kalika with the stamp of the French Federation, the only one authorized by the Ministry of Sports to issue a national title, the four rounds of the 2022 tournament will take place from 13-18 June at the Châteaux du Golf du Médoc resort tournament. “I strongly believe in this event because the title of French champion is very symbolic”, notes Bernard Pacasio, at the initiative of the project. We’ll have to find the Jean Garaïalde cup in the vaults and dust it off before giving it to the next winner…
With a suspension of up to 150,000 euros, the French Pro League will receive a stadium with 90 players from 2022, distributed as such: the top 40 players in the national ranking at the beginning of June, and the 25 players present in the same previous ranking. While 20 invitations will be issued and 5 fans will be accepted. The final list of players in attendance will be known at the beginning of June.
“We chose the date according to the international calendar, Notes the founder of Kalika. This takes place during the US Open. Players are the main actors. We depend on their presence. But for me, the tournament has to be stronger than the players…” In other words, the Jan Garayaldi Cup, which was last played in 2009 and won by Gary Stahl, is legitimate enough to attract the best players. If the French who play on the European Tour don’t attend and other circuits, the organizers will not take into account next year’s circuit dates.” “We intend to relaunch the event on a long-term lease, as Denis Faber, head of this relaunch along with Bernard Pascasio, outlines. We don’t move, we want to see her time-recorded and played on a Médoc Resort golf course for at least the next three years. »
If such a relaunch is possible from 2022, the organizers owe in large part to the arrival of the main sponsor: Maisons MCA (a construction company based in New Aquitaine, which has about forty agencies in Landes, in Pays Basque …) directed by Serge Melchior For the next four years, they committed themselves to “being the champion of France is being the best of the best”, assures Thomas Delage, Director of Communications, using the words of his boss, a fan of golf (index 2), a member of the Arcachon club with which he was crowned champion France’s first amateur.
“When you are a professional golfer, you have to take risks. You do not work in management!”
“Without bragging, Bernard Pacasio resumes, never skimping on kind words, The Ryder Cup could have been held in France thanks to the Open de France grant of €4 million. By the way, I never paid any players to come in, because I’d rather put the money into the endowment. When you’re a professional golfer, you have to take risks. You do not work in management! My wish today is to help the young French players. » To follow up: “I received a note from Raphael Jacqueline that gladdens my heart. He writes, among other things: “I will be available. I am happy to come and play this tournament and respect the efforts made to revive it.” I want the players to be proud of being the French Champion! With the challenge presented by the Golf du Médoc Resort and the good staff, I believe we have the legitimacy to believe in it. »
Hosting the Lacoste Women’s Open France on its three-year track (which will take place in 2022 in Deauville), today Vincent Paris is delighted to see the French pros land in Medoc. The general manager of a golf hotel complex that is regularly among the most beautiful in Europe explains, “The question has not been asked for a long time whether or not to go there. Since inception, there has not been a year here without a professional golf tournament, except for four years of work that In addition to the women’s French Open from Lacoste, there were the men’s French Open, the Challenge Tour finals, the Alpine stages and the PGA Schweppes Championship…”
The Golf du Médoc is appreciated by the many French players (Havret, Pavon, and many others) who make it a standout place for training, and it is also the perfect setting for an event that promises to be a beautiful annual festival of golf. “We plan to invite Jan Garayaldi to present the trophy that bears his name, accompanied by the President of the Federation”, notes Philip Sabros, who advocated strengthening by Pascassio and Fabre within the organization. In this context, a blue, white and red border could appear on the winner’s sleeves – similar to what exists for the champions of France in cycling or skiing – just as the departure of the “French legends” could begin in the morning of 4And And the last session of the event, such as junior to master.
In 2023, we could have a field of 90 men and 50 women, with the same endowment. »
In 2023, the French championship should also be mixed. “We wanted this to be the case from 2022, Bernard Pacasio explains, But the Women’s European Tour calendar had a date in mid-June (Aramco’s Team London Series, Ed.). Too bad this year. In 2023, we could have a field of 90 men and 50 women, with the same endowment. This is our goal. The gift of the ladies will be the same as that of the gentlemen, in proportion to the female participation. » The project is clearly supported by the main sponsor, MCA, open on the topic: Hugo Delag concluded: “If, in the long term, MCA can cooperate with other partners to develop the diversity of the French professional championship, we will encourage it. Golf is a mixed sport and carries the values of equality.” Notice to…professionals.