Martin Couvra managed his first on the European circuit perfectly. From the height of his 20 years, the amateur from Terre Blanche signed an excellent 66 (-5) which places him in 4th place after the first round.
Golf Planète Do you still imagine yourself happy after this first day?
Martin covered: Super happy, afterwards we really knew the course well having played the World’s Championships two weeks ago here. So I was pretty calm on the game plan. My game is very very good at the moment, I felt ready. You had to recite the poetry and I managed to do it.
GP How do you feel at the start of 1?
CM: I was stressed at the start of the 1, I had a ball in my stomach, my heart beating quite hard but that’s what we like. I tried to manage it well, I hit a first medium shot, but it was there in play and the game was created.
GP A first in the deep end of the DP World Tour, what does it mean?
MC Frankly it’s “phew”, on a desire to be there every week. We are where we want to be when we turn pro later, it’s a dream to be here among the best. The fact of really putting your foot in it, you can only be happy.
I’m going to try to approach the course in the same way, it’s just trying to do “Couvra” again from 1 to 18 and that’s it!
GP Tom Vaillant and Oihan Guillamoundeguy are also under par, how do you explain the good performance of the French amateurs?
CM The staff of the French team, with us, they do their job very well. We are all also working very well on our side and the level of play is present among the amateurs, but also among the French pros. And we play at home, we know the course very well, the public is there for us, we are really well surrounded. If we show up with the right intensity and do things well from the 1st, it can go well!
All the amateurs say to themselves that a good performance can allow us to be invited next week and that can happen very quickly.
GP How do you see this second round?
CM It’s difficult to follow up after a very low card, after that it’s the same poetry that I’m going to have to recite tomorrow. The game plan will be the same although the flags are different. I’m going to try to approach the course in the same way, it’s just trying to do “Couvra” again from 1 to 18 and that’s it!
GP The Worlds two weeks ago was different, different pressure, do you feel more relaxed today?
CM I think I had as much pressure but not there even. At the World Championships, there was a real cool pressure, we were there, we felt that we were ready, all together, it was a very pleasant pressure. There it was more tension, I felt more comfortable at the start of the 1st of the Worlds. It was less pleasant today, I was tense with a lump in my stomach. There, we play our career, the Worlds were huge, we wanted to win but it’s at the amateur level, we knew it was the end and we wanted to “kiffer” as much as possible. All the amateurs say to themselves that a good performance can allow us to be invited next week and that can be linked very quickly….
GP Is there also the objective of finishing as the best amateur?
MC It is sure and certain (smiles)! We are the 6 in competition to be the best amateur. We all know each other very well, we see each other often and we are all friends, so we want to give the best of us. There is no bet but it’s a matter of being able to chamber the others!
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