56e Memorial Oliver Barras

My first three round PRO tournament after the COVID break is coming up. With Philippe Freiburghaus I’m still working on the last small swing optimizations, so that I know what to look for on the practice area. We also simulated the difference in altitude by changing the altitude on the trackman to 4900ft so we get the distances for Crans Montana. The difference of nearly 3300 ft gives me approximately/more or less a 10% further ball flight than in Domat-Ems.

With high confidence I played a practice round in Crans Montana (PAR 71) on Sunday and Monday to get used to the altitude and to get a feeling for the course. The best 25 PROs and the best 25 amateurs will qualify for the final round after two rounds.

On Tuesday morning I started off my first round and play a solid golf without any big mistakes. My putting is not the best and I miss some great birdie chances. I finish the first round with 71 strokes (PAR), I am happy so far and find myself in the front mid-field (15.) of the amateurs. The field is very tight and with +2 you are already in the back-field of the amateurs.

In the second round, the goal is to get the best possible result to qualify for the third round and to have the best possible starting position for the final round. I start in the afternoon group and can prepare myself well rested and well recovered for the second round. The start is perfect and after nine holes I am already 5 under PAR. On the second nine holes I have trouble hitting the greens and have to deal with some unnecessary bogeys. I can still finish my round with a very good score of three under PAR (68) and make up a lot of ground. After the second round I am on the 10th rank as fourth amateur and qualified for the final round without any problems.

With 3 strokes behind the best amateur I start into the last round. At the beginning I manage to make some birdies again and my approach shots were close to the pin. After nine holes I am two under PAR and on a good track. Again I have trouble on the second nine and make a few stupid bogeys but also very good birdies. I finish the round with two under PAR (69) which means overall I played five under par for the whole tournament.

I was able to catch up with the leading amateurs and finished on the second place only two strokes behind the best amateur. With that 2nd place I managed to be the best Swiss Amateur player and made the 7th place over all the participants.

I am very satisfied and relieved that I was able to finish my first tournament so well. The month of July will be a very intensive training month before the rush of tournaments in August and September. -> Calendar

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