Hopps Open de Provence for Joel Sjoholm


Hopps Open de Provence for Joel Sjoholm

Joel Sjoholm won with a total of 271 (68 71 65 67, -17) strokes the Hopps Open de Provence, a Challenge Tour tournament held in France, on the course of the Golf International de Pont Royal (par 72) in Mallemort. The Swede won ahead of the English Daniel Brown and the South African Deon Germishuys, second with a score of 274 (-14).

Among the Italians competing, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (69 72 73 70) and Aron Zemmer (71 75 70 68) finished 34 / o with 284 (-4), while Matteo Manassero finished 39 / o with 285 ( 70 71 71 73, -3). He did not pass the cut, however, Lorenzo Scalise, 101 / o with 150 (74 76, +6).

Joel Sjoholm, results

For Joel Sjoholm this is the second career success on the circuit after the one obtained in 2017 at the Italian Challenge Open. Thanks to this victory, the 37-year-old born in Santiago, Chile, but naturalized Swedish, cashed a check for 40,000 euros on a total prize pool of 250,000.

The Challenge Tour now travels to England for the final two events prior to the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A (November 3-6): the British Challenge, scheduled for October 6-9, and the English Trophy, which will take place from 13 to 16 October.

Mallemort is a French commune with 6134 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2019) in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The community lies between Cavaillon, 17 kilometers away, and Salon-de-Provence, 18 kilometers away.

The place is on the Durance, which forms the border with the Vaucluse department. The origin of the place name is not clear. According to the oldest sources, one of the local lords was Pontius de Malamorte, First Consul of the Counts of Provence in 1150.[1] In 1092 the place was given the name "Castro Malemortis".

In the twelfth century that was changed to Mallemort. Not far from the hill on which the town was built, the remains of a Roman rampart and coins from that period were discovered. Caesar seems to have mentioned this hill in his memoirs.

Around 1150 Mallemort was already of considerable size. Knights of the Order of St. John owned lands, a chapel and a hospital there. During the construction of the Canal EDF in 1964, it was discovered that some of the houses were connected by underground passages.

In 1257 jurisdiction passed to the bishops of Marseille, who owned Mallemort from 1260 to 1789. A ferry across the Durance brought the place importance as a trading center in the Middle Ages. In order to strengthen trade, the ecclesiastical lords settled Jews around their castle.

Extensive remains of their synagogue were still visible in 1820. In 1545 the persecution of the Waldensians began in Mallemort. The Canal des Alpines was opened in 1772, supplying water from the Durance to agriculture in the area.

It begins on the outskirts of Mallemort and flows into the Rhône in Arles. The rule of the Marseille prince-bishops ended in the course of the French Revolution. The castle was plundered and destroyed with the exception of the keep.

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