Amateur Matthis Lefèvre wins first pro victory

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Amateur Matthis Lefèvre wins first pro victory

Thanks to a sumptuous last card on a route he knew on the end of the clubs, Matthis Lefèvre won last week the IPS New Mexico Open, a professional tournament of the local section of the PGA America. It was at the cost of an incredible last card of 62 (-9) that Matthis Lefèvre snatched victory.

Two bogeys, but above all an eagle and nine birdies, the last of which was at 18, allowed the player who learned all his skills in Hossegor to win this tournament counting for the local PGA. He was just one point ahead of two American professionals.

Dressed in an outfit identical to that of his idol Rory McIlroy, in the last round, when he won the Race To Dubai, the young golfer coached by Laurent Poncelet, a pro in the Landes golf course, put his very good knowledge to good use.

of the course. Indeed, he studies at New Mexico Junior College, located a few kilometers from the Rockwind Community Links where the tournament was played.

Matthis Lefèvre, statements

"It's a great achievement for me to win, I'm very proud of it," reacted the 21-year-old.

I know the greens well, they were faster and firmer than usual but it definitely helped me for this tournament to know the course”. Winner this summer of the Grand Prix des Landes at his home in Hossegor, Matthis Lefèvre is the first amateur to win this IPS New Mexico Open since the end of the 1960s.

He is also the first Frenchman to accomplish this feat. He will join the college of TCU in Fort Worth next year. A university through which Julien Brun and Paul Barjon also passed. New Mexico is a state in the southwestern United States whose vast and varied landscapes include the Chihuahuan Desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The capital, Santa Fe, founded in 1610, is famous for its luxury spas and Spanish colonial architecture. The city is also the center of a vibrant art scene, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, which houses the artist's iconic paintings, and the open-air Santa Fe Opera.