Oihan Guillamoundeguy turns pro at just 18

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Oihan Guillamoundeguy turns pro at just 18

15 days after celebrating his 18th birthday, young Landes hopeful Oihan Guillamoundeguy has decided to take the plunge into professionalism. He will be at the start of the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open on the DP World Tour next week.

Oihan Guillamoundeguy turns pro and already receives an invitation for a DP World Tour tournament He didn't last long.

Oihan Guillamoundeguy, situation

At the end of a very good 2022 season between pro tournaments and major amateur events, Oihan Guillamoundeguy has decided to terminate his status as an amateur player.

Easy winner at the beginning of the year of an ALPS Tour tournament in Egypt for simply his second outing on the satellite circuit, René Darrieumerlou's protege in Seignosse hatched in the eyes of the general public during the French Open in September when he was in a fabulous 11th place after 36 holes.

Not bad for a player barely 17 who won the Jacques Léglise Trophy a few weeks earlier, reserved for 18 and under, with Continental Europe. Replacing in the French men's team for the Amateur World Championships at Golf National and St-Nom-La-Bretèche last August, Guillamoundeguy will therefore not defend the French colors in 2023 in Dubai as hoped.

To show off his new status, the young Frenchman obtained an invitation from the organizers of the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open. He will therefore be at the start of the DP World Tour stage at Mont Choisy le Golf next week. The Dubai World Championship is the annual golf tournament that marks the end of the European PGA Tour golf season.

The tournament will be played on the 'Earth' course of Jumeirah Golf in Dubai. Participants are the best sixty of the European Tour of that year, possibly supplemented with winners of tournaments from other Tours that also count for the European Tour.

The prize money for 2011 is $7,500,000 with the winner receiving $1,500,000. He can also play on the European Tour for five years. The first edition was from 19 to 22 November 2009. In that year the European Order of Merit was replaced by the Race To Dubai.

In 2010, two Dutch players were in the top 60 of the Race To Dubai for the first time: Robert-Jan Derksen and Joost Luiten. They finished in 11th and 26th place respectively in this championship, Derksen went home with more than € 100,000 and Luiten with more than € 50,000.

In October 2011, Luiten was in 41st place in the Race To Dubai, but Derksen was still in 75th place. Luiten had qualified, but Derksen was no longer able to get into the top 60.