French amateur hopeful Martin Couvra won the South African Stroke Play Championship on Thursday after four controlled rounds. He becomes the third Frenchman in seven years to win this prestigious tournament. The nugget of the Federation’s Performance Center, Martin Couvra, did not hesitate to make the long trip to South Africa to try to take advantage of three high-level amateur tournaments and thus climb the world amateur rankings.
After taking 16th place last week at Leopard Creek, the Terre Blanche player brilliantly won the South African Stroke Play Championship on the Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate course in Durban. In the mid-term shot, the winner of the Arcachon Open had taken a four-point lead at the end of the third round.
He confirmed this Thursday with a good card of 66 (-6) to triumph six strokes ahead of Briton Joshua Hill. Note that Ugo Coussaud and Edgar Catherine had also entered their names on the list, respectively in 2015 and 2017.
Martin Couvra, statements
“It was a great week, especially since Olivier Elissondo was with me to caddey me, explained Couvra on the FFGolf website. He was really supportive! I played very well during the four laps, although the second was a little more complicated due to the wind.
But on the last two, I managed to unwind”. The experience at the highest level of the former cadet of Grégory Bourdy obviously contributes to the good results of the member of the French team at the last World Championships.
Their complicity is obvious and had already borne fruit during the French Open last September, which Couvra finished in 45th place. The two men will return to the same course on Sunday since Couvra will line up in the match-play variant of this tournament.
Before the head-to-head clashes, we will have to go through two days of qualification. “It would be cool to achieve the double during the match-play next week! “. After beating the course four times, Martin Couvra will inevitably be one of the favorites and therefore particularly awaited.
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