U18 French Open, Oscar Couilleau triumphs

French success at the Internationaux de France U18 Garçons/Trophée Michel Carlhian et Trophée Pierre Massie, where in the final, Frenchman Oscar Couilleau defeated Finnish player Leevi Hellberg 3&2

by Andrea Gussoni
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U18 French Open, Oscar Couilleau triumphs
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French success at the Internationaux de France U18 Garçons/Trophée Michel Carlhian et Trophée Pierre Massie, where in the final, Frenchman Oscar Couilleau defeated Finnish player Leevi Hellberg 3&2.

In the semifinals, the winner ousted German Tjelle Rieger 1 up, while Hellberg defeated British player Charlie Rusbridge 2&1.

Golf, results

At the Golf de Courson Stade Français (par 72) in Courson-Monteloup, Île-de-France, two Italians made it among the 32 players admitted to the match play: Bruno Frontero and Carlo Roman.

However, they found themselves facing each other in a draw not favorable to the Italian colors. Frontero emerged victorious with a 5&4 win, but in the next round, he was defeated by Charlie Rusbridge. The match unfolded in two phases: in the first, Frontero found himself 2 down after seven holes but recovered by the 13th, and the encounter continued in perfect balance until the 18th, and then for two additional holes.

At that point, it was suspended due to darkness. When play resumed, the British player quickly sealed the deal on the 21st hole. In the 36-hole stroke play qualifying, Icelandic Markus Marelsson (75 69) and Rusbridge (73 71) tied at the top of the leaderboard with 144 (par), with Marelsson taking the top spot on the draw.

They were followed by British player Drew Sykes, Frenchmen Oscar Couilleau and Callixte Alzas, and Swiss player Miles Wennestam, all tied at 145 (+1). Carlo Roman placed 15th with 148 (75 73, +4), while Bruno Frontero finished 18th with 149 (79 70, +5).

Federico Randazzo missed the cut, finishing 60th with 156 (77 79, +12), followed by Lapo Francesco Bisazza (84 74) in 67th place, Luca Rimauro (83 75) in 69th, and Giovanni Manassero (81 77) in 71st, all with the same score of 158 (+14).

Further down, Alessandro Giovannini placed 104th with 168 (89 79, +24). Alessandro Bandini and Giorgio Grillo served as coaches for the Italian team. The Rules of Golf serve as the standard regulations and guidelines for the conduct of golf.

They are collectively developed and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which governs golf worldwide except in the United States and Mexico, where the responsibility lies with the United States Golf Association.

A specialized commission comprising members from both the R&A and USGA periodically reviews and refines these rules every four years. The most recent update took effect on January 1, 2016. Revisions to the rules typically aim to enhance clarity and understanding while also, in certain instances, reducing penalties to ensure fairness.

The rulebook, titled "Rules of Golf," is regularly published and encompasses regulations regarding amateur status as well. In Italy, Federgolf assumes the responsibility of overseeing competitions by enforcing the rules established by the R&A.

This includes ensuring compliance with these regulations by clubs, associations, and their members, as well as managing any resulting disciplinary actions to safeguard their interests both domestically and internationally.

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