French Pro Championship: A new version in Medoc, mid-June, after 10 years of hiatus

Good news for French professional golfers: The French Champion title, which has been missing for more than 10 years, is making a comeback and will be awarded at Médoc Golf Course in mid-June. At the beginning of this new renaissance, Calica Council was headed by Bernard Pacasio and managed by Dennis Faber, accompanied by their partner MCA, the home builders.

Fédé and the PGA have given the green light for this initiative that will bring together 90 French players from 15-18 June at Golf du Médoc ResortDirected by Vincent Paris, Also partner of Kalika Konsel. Naturally, the magnificent Châteaux course designed by Bill Coore served as the venue for this French Pro Championship.

All players present will be French: in ten years Gary Stahl Whoever wins Hossegor, the winner will be crowned champion of France and will raise jan gararealdi cup, From the name of the greatest French hero must be present at Médoc.
Then the champion of France will wear the blue, white and red colors which, as in other sports, will remind us, for a whole year, that he is the number one Frenchman in golf.

The total prize money is €150,000, which is higher than the Alps Tour or Challenge Tour tournaments.

Finally, remember that this French championship was created 111 years ago!

Create a championship for the French and revive the title of champion of France

During the press conference, from right to left: Denis Fabre, Bernard Pacasio, Vincent Paris, Hugo Lafitte (MC Algiers) and Thomas Delage (MC Algiers).

Bernard told Golf Planet why he decided to relaunch this French championship

Golf Planet: After a 10-year hiatus, Kalika decided to reclaim the French Pro Golf Championship title. Why this idea? To what extent are the federation and the PGA involved?

Bernard Pascasio : Our partner MCA’s will was to favor French golf professionals and create a tournament for them. Since then, we’ve contacted the French Golf Association to see what we can imagine together. The fact that the title of the French professional champion had been left vacant for more than 10 years quickly and naturally established itself. The FFGolf Professional Committee made up of PGA France members gave its approval.

I am Basque, French and European. As a Frenchman, I wanted to do something for my country, in particular by promoting a competition that brings together our French players and allows our young champions to express themselves alongside the old, as the competition did at the time. Schweppes.
I immediately had the support of professionals like Raphael Jacqueline and many other young professionals.

What format was chosen to relaunch this French professional championship?

The tournament targets French players.

Format: 72 holes played in half / 18 holes per day in 4 rounds with cut-offs after 2 rounds (40 players and a tie).

The field will be limited to 90 eligible players in the following order:

– 40 players in the final national standings 2021.

– 25 players in the order of the national classification published on Monday, May 30, 2022, are not exempted from this.

– 20 invitations.

– 5 amateurs in the Gentlemen’s Order of Merit dated June 2, 2022 in the top 30 ranks.

The endowment is up to 150,000 euros. Registration is 300 euros inclusive.

Why was the Médoc golf course chosen for this first edition? How was your first special partner chosen?

The Golf du Médoc, to which I am particularly committed to being in the initiative in the early 1990s, is a site that lends itself particularly well to organizing amateur and professional tournaments.

As Vincent Paris said at a press conference, except for a few years of work, the Golf du Médoc resort hosts a professional tournament every year.

After breaking free from hosting the Lacoste Women’s Open in France, the last of which took place in Médoc in 2021, it was important for us and our company to do everything we could to continue this tradition.

The meeting with Serge Melchiori, President of MCA located in the Bordeaux region, naturally led to this project.

Looking at the upcoming release, will Médoc golf course continue to host this competition? Will there be a French Women’s Championship?

It is our will as the promoter of this tournament but it depends on the partners who will join us and the different episode calendars. We hope to see the best players develop in the same way as the best players. Finding a compatible and common date is still a complex matter.

But we’ll get there: the goal will always be to cement the title of French champion. While maintaining the festive and friendly aspect of this competition.

As for Serge Melchiori, President of Maisons MCA, when asked why his company decided to sponsor this competition, he told us:

I have been passionate about golf for years and play in amateur mode with some competitions under my belt.
Having experienced the previous Grand Prix Schweppes, I would like to revitalize this prestigious event essential to our sport.
So it is only natural for Maisons MCA to join this French Pro Championship and pass on shared values ​​around participation and passion!

Golf de Médoc – Castle course. Mark Alexander’s photo

The story is 111 years old!

The reaction of our columnist, Philippe Paley, former member of PGA France,
1988 French National Omnium Champion and French golf historian

I am looking forward to the wonderful return of the French Pro Championship, which is soon to be held at the Golf du Médoc from 15-18 June. In addition, the title of champion is awarded the Jan Garayaldi Cup.

Between 1951 and 1987, Jan Garayaldi won the French professional champion 12 times. He also has 12 victories in the PGA France Grand Prix formerly known as the APGF Grand Prix and was a 17-time French Auluminium Champion.

With the Open de France, which he won in 1969, Jean Garayaldi put his name on the list of all the essential events in French professional golf.

After Jane, only Thomas Levitt has these four events to his credit.

Arnaud Massy, ​​France’s first pro champion, four years after winning the Open

111 years ago, on the initiative of Pierre Deschamps, President of the Poli Golf and first president of the future French Golf Federation (FFGolf), the French Pro Championship was born.

On May 25, 1911, Arnaud Massey became France’s first professional golf champion. He had won the British Open in 1907.

From 1926 the National Pro took the name of the National Omnium Championship and the best amateurs in France could participate. From 1932, the Arnaud Massy Cup was awarded to this event.

In 1968, a new French championship was created exclusively for professionals. It was initiated by Pierre-Etienne Joyot, President of PGA France and future President of FFGolf.

Massey, Gassat, Lafitte … Garayaldi … Levitt, Van de Velde, Jacqueline … and others, were professional French champions, while Dalimand, Boyer, Subabre, Cavallo, Alsugorin, Morgiart, Addo and Gregory Haverite were an amateur in 1998, just like Bernard Pacasio, the initiator of this brilliant return to this French Pro Championship, was the “French Omnium Champion”.

For several years, the best amateurs in France in general continued their career playing as professionals.

So why not one day award two titles in one event: the French Pro Champion and the French Omnium Champion?

May 2022 in Médoc be a good booze!

Contact Kalika Consul: Denis Fabre, and 01 47 95 18 19

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Sources: Ffgolf, Photos DR

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