French Youth Championship: The French elite at the Gov

Who will succeed on the list of Lana Guyot, Martin Rizzon, Zoe Rubichon and Raphael Jusseaume, crowned last year? The answer will be known on Friday July 29, at the end of an intense week of competition which opens this Saturday, that of the famous du French Youth Championship. The event, familiarly referred to by its initials of CFJ, is the annual high mass of the best French hopefuls, qualified via national merit for some, and by league tournaments for others. It takes place in two phases: a qualification in strokeplay over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday, then an elimination table in match-play from Monday to Friday, with the particularity that the eliminated from the 16th finals on Tuesday will play classification matches until end.

Like adults

This week, they are 291 to take the start of this tournament which brings together two age categories, themselves divided into two gender categories: the U12 girls and boys (born in 2010 or later), as well as the Benjamines and the Benjamins (born in 2008 or 2009, in other words U14). With respectively 60, 80, 63 and 88 entered, the CFJ 2022 therefore displays one of the most extensive fields in its history, with the same rule for everyone: to behave like adults. “Caddies are not allowed, and parents or accompanying persons must keep a distance from players and are not allowed to give them advice”noted Vincent Houtartthe tournament director. “The goal is simple: to ensure that young people learn to fend for themselves. »

In fact, the spirit of competition reigns supreme at the CFJ, with its sights set on the prestige of a national title won in the recent past by current pros such asEmilie Alonso, Lucie Malchirand, Edgar Catherine, Jeong-weon Ko or Victor Veyret. “It’s really the elite of young French golfers who are there”summarizes Vincent Houtard, “even if two very good ones are missing: Alice Kong who is currently competing in the European Ladies Championship at Saint-Germain, and Hugo Le Goff who is in Finland with the French team for the European Young Masters. »

The Governor’s box

As in 2020 and last year, it is the Governor’s Golf which hosts the CFJ, to the great satisfaction of its director Germain Ruste : “Host a major French tournament is an objective for our club, it allows our teams to increase their skills in the preparation of courses and reception, so it’s really the event of the year for us”indicates this former professional player, in office since 2017. The vast and elegant domain, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will therefore live an entire week to the rhythm of the event, and will offer hopefuls of French golf the challenge of its two routes, Breuil for the U14s and the Montaplan for the U12s. Two routes prepared with small onions, despite the watering restrictions currently in force in the region due to drought…

Finally, the CFJ benefits from the support of a renowned partner in Titleistpresent for ten years. “Contributing to the development of golf, particularly through young people, is part of the brand’s DNA. Naturally, supporting the best young people in France from an early age delights us”noted Romain Soulasthe equipment manufacturer’s Mainland Europe marketing director, who provides caps to all participants and will offer additional gifts to the first three in each category. “I participated in this event more than 20 years ago, and I carried the gift I had at the time for a long time! When you return to your club, you are very proud to have participated in the CFJ. »

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