Angel Hidalgo. © Golffile | Oisín Keniry Jordi Garcia (-3) and Angel Hidalgo (-3) occupy the ninth position
Angel Hidalgo. © Golffile | Oisín Keniry
Jordi Garcia (-3) and Angel Hidalgo (-3) occupy the ninth position after the first day of the Big Green Egg German Challenge powered by VcG (Wittelsbacher Golfclub, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany). The leader of the tournament is the double European amateur champion, the German Matthias schmid (-8), a player we have talked about at length in recent months due to his rapid adaptation to the professional circuits. Schmid has embroidered it at this start, presenting a card of eight birdies without errors, and leads his compatriot by two strokes Michael Hirmer (-6).
Thursday arrives and the question is beginning to be pleasantly compelled, who will it be this week?
At the moment two proper names: Jordi Garcia and Angel Hidalgo. Castellonense and Malaga have signed 68 shots (-3) in two traced cards, with four birdies and a single error. And the errors this week is very important because we are talking about a demanding course, with very long shots and greens that are not easy.
gentleman He told us at the end of the lap that training with Alfredo García Heredia had been very good for him. “I have hit the ball very well and having trained with Alfredo has also helped me a lot, especially on the subject of strategy.
This is a very demanding course and what I’m putting into practice is playing scatters (Alfredo and Samuel have taught me this). For example, if I have a stroke of 160 meters and my dispersion is 8 meters, if the flag is 4 to the right or to the left I have to play 4 of that flag, that is, forget about looking for it and playing by zones . With this system it may be that you make fewer birdies, but this year my problem is that I was making a lot of bogeys ”, the Spaniard closed.
This dispersion system that Hidalgo explains is called DECADE.
The day also leaves us the good start of Javier Sainz (-2). We commented on his good form in the preview and, for now, he continues to confirm it. It is his sixth consecutive card under par and he is in 20th position.
And for the first line of ours, those who are within the best 45, the tournament has started a little more stopped. The best is Ivan Cantero (-1). The Spaniard had a pristine lap of three under par until the fifteenth hole, but on the 7th (his 16th) he punctured twice. It occupies the 28th position.
Santiago Tarrio and Alfredo Garcia they have finished with 71 strokes (Par) and occupy the 36th position. Tarrio had a return without many surprises, as is usual in the Galician, with two birdies and two bogeys. Alfredo, for his part, had a score of -2 but, as happened to his countryman Iván, he punctured twice on 7. A hole that was the fourth most difficult of the day.
The rest of the Spanish: Manuel Elvira (+1), Samuel del Val (+2), David Borda (+2), Emilio Cuartero (+3), Scott Fernández (+4) and Borja Virto (+5).
Sensational staging of German golf
This good start of ours is somewhat overshadowed by the card (63 strokes) of Matthias schmid. The 23-year-old German has already accumulated good results in these scarce two months as a professional. He was 11th in the Dutch Challenge and on the European Tour he was already seen in the ISPS Handa in Northern Ireland (19th). Not counting the tournaments he played as an amateur, which were quite a few and very good. For now, a brilliant start for a player who is called to do important things.
Schmid was not the only local player to shine at this tournament start. In second position we have Michael Hirmer (-6), and closing the top ten are Alexander Knappe, Max Rottluff and Freddy Schott, all of them with -3.
Among the favorites, those who have made the best start are the French Julien Brun (-5) and the Norwegian Espen Kofstad (-3). Also extending his streak is Chilean Hugo Leon (-3), winner last week in England.
Bad day for Oliver Bekker (+4), second last week, Chase Hanna (+4) and Ewen Ferguson (+5).