Article by Ben Evans of Cutting Edge Golf
Cedric Lescut of Belgium won through in the rain on Sunday (May 3) to win the European Disabled Golf Association’s (EDGA) Open de France Handigolf, held at Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, in Northern France.
Lescut, playing from a handicap of +1, was always one of the favourites to win this second championship of the EDGA Tournament Series 2015. However, the Belgian, with rounds of 81 and 80 and a total of 161, was battled all the way by 5-handicappers Manuel de Los Santos (83, 79) of the Dominican Republic, and Adem Wahbi (78, 84) of Belgium, who both finished the event a single stroke behind Cedric on 162.
Some 65 golfers with a disability from Europe and beyond teed it up in the different categories of this event on the Aa Saint-Omer golf course. After a first round played in dry and cloudy conditions on Saturday, the final round on Sunday brought persistent rain throughout to create a tough challenge for the players on this hilly test with tricky greens.
Chasing the top 3 players were a trio of Englishmen, as Mark Smith (166), Mick Horsley (168), and Mark Helm (171), all put in convincing performances, but it was Cedric Lescut who was being toasted on Sunday evening by friends, family and fellow competitors for his fantastic effort.
In the Series 1 Nett Category (handicap), The Netherlands’ Martin Wijsman won with a nett score of 150 for two rounds (80, 70), followed by Manuel de Los Santos on 152 in second, and Adem Wahbi on the same score (152) placed third.
Readers can see some of the shots of Adem, Manuel, winner Cedric Lescut and other players in three excellent short video pieces created specially for the event by the organisers. These illustrate the great skill of these players as they display some wonderful shots during the tournament. Find them on the EDGA website now with the following link.
The Stableford division was won by Ahmet Ozyazici of Turkey with a fine 69 points, playing off 24, with Patrick Mojeikissoff of France with 61 points off a 23 handicap in second place and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Grossia scoring 60 points off a handicap of 25.