Dramatic Final gives Tour Championship Title to Sam Irving as Christophe Guedon cruises to 2018 World Amateur Tour Champion’s title.
Christophe Guedon, 2018 World Amateur Tour Champion
he Links at Fancourt was chosen to be the home for the Tour Championship, 6th and final leg of the 2018 World Amateur Tour. The n°1 Gary Player’s golf signature offered the players the most beautiful conditions for a unique South African experience.
As the players started the first round on the Links course under a beautiful sunshine, we could feel an extreme tension in the air when the last few teed off.
Frenchman Christophe Guedon, 2nd place in the order of merit, just needed a 4th place to secure the Annual Title as Parisian Yann Robin could still make it with a Tour Championship win.
The Championship quickly turned into a one-to-one match between Yann Robin shooting 34 points on the first round ahead of Englishman Sam Irving with a 33 points score.
During the second and last day, both Robin and Irving where playing a great golf and nobody could tell how it was going to end. Sam Irving was scoring birdies on 3rd, 12th and 14th, as Robin only birdied the 17th giving himself the tie for lead going in the last and final hole.
Royal Lytham resident Irving was going to be the first one to putt for birdie on the 18th and made a wonderful 15 footer putt as Robin lipped out also for birdie and let the title go.
In the hunt for the 2018 World Amateur Tour Title, Christophe Guedon said he couldn’t believe that he would feel such pressure teeing off for the last round. He finally made a 4 footer putt on the 18th to shoot a final round of 27 points just enough to secure top three finish in the tournament and 2018 World Amateur Tour Champion Title.
For his third participation, François De La Villardière won for the first time in the Senior series.
In the Ladies Series, Anne-Catherine Robin, member at Le Prieuré Golf Club in Paris, was the favorite to win at Fancourt with a lot of advance on Stéphanie Chapon. But England’s Elizabeth Agha produced a very consistent game over the two days and came to finish in front of Anne-Catherine Robin who secured the 2018 World Amateur Tour ranking.
Elizabeth Agha 2018 Tour Championship winner Ladies Series
“I was so happy to discover the beautiful Links at Fancourt” said Agha “and also found a great new Irish coach to help me on my game the last few weeks”.
No doubt that Elizabeth will be a serious contestant for next year’s World Amateur Tour Title.
After a great effort and cumulating 180 000 points at the final championship, Anne-Catherine and Yann Robin, both members at Le Prieuré Golf Club, captured the Club Ranking over Paris International Club.
The players will now meet in Dubai for the 2019 Inaugural tournament from March 3rd to 6th.