The Great International Week of Sporting Vichy (Allier) back until August 15

Ten days when the little white ball will be queen of the city of waters, from August 6 to 15. Jean-Louis Briat, history of the club if there is one, licks the babies in advance. With his colleague, Jean-Rémi Clavelier, they worked upstream to ensure that everything was in place for this great mass of the discipline which represents La Grande Semaine Internationale du Sporting.

Ten-day week, friend Jean-Louis smiles. “We have to make room for all our loyal partners. So, go for a break of ten days. International?

Sporting club de Vichy golf course (Allier): a centenary still very green

“The big week is above all a tradition at Sporting. Our own Roland Garros! »

Jean-Louis Briat (historic member of Sporting)

“We have to go back to the origins. The English, the Americans, the great figures of the former French colonial empire associated cures, golf and other festivities. We will still have for this edition some participants who come from beyond the borders. ” Of the participants, Jean-Louis and his team of organizers expecting more than 1,500 – around 150 per day – despite the pandemic and the current heat wave which could cool some of them.

With its 400 members and more who are waiting for the event, Sporting knows how to recruit “throughout the Auvergne and wider on the AuRa, as well as from a whole audience of faithful among the faithful. We are thinking of our friends from the Basque Country, members of works councils who regularly attend meetings and many others who are present every year,” insists Jean-Louis Briat.

Vichy sports golf course, hole n°3. Photo Dominique Parat
“The big week is above all a tradition at Sporting. Our own Roland Garros! We ignore the stuffiness of very official tournaments and we play for fun by mixing levels. Of course there will be rankings – behind every golfer hides a competitor – but the essential is not there or not only there. »

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So each day will bring its suspense and its award ceremonies “in a hoped-for very friendly atmosphere”. The big week can then end with the traditional “Gallic” meal served in the shade of the catalpas. Guests will then only have to turn their heads towards the lake, after dessert, to enjoy the fireworks.

The program from August 6 to 15

Saturday and Sunday August 6 and 7. Thévenet-Lagarde Cup (stroke play and stableford).
Monday August 8. Bellerive Cup (2-person scramble).
Tuesday August 9th. Partouche Cup (stableford).
Wednesday August 10. Celestins Cup (stableford).
Thursday August 11. Eden Park Cup (stableford).
Friday August 12. The Mountain Cup (double, four ball, best ball).
Saturday August 13. Vichy City Cup (stableford).
Sunday August 14. Medical Firm Cup (stableford).
Monday August 15. Auvergne Tide Cup (chaplain).

A bit of golf vocabulary

The game by strokes. All strokes played between the tee and the final putt are counted. The winner is the player with the fewest number of moves. This formula can be played as a team.
The stableford. The formula is to score points based on the number of strokes played at each hole.
The scramble. Both players from each team play their first pitch. At each shot, the team will choose the better of its two balls and the two players will start from this location.
The Chapman. On the second stroke, player A plays player B’s ball and vice versa. From the third shot, the better of the two balls is chosen.

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