Biarritz Cup

Biarritz Cup

Every year during the month of July, the most important and the oldest French tournament, reserved for amateur players takes place in the Biarritz Golf Club.

This high profile event has been attracting passionate golfers to the « Golf du Phare » for more than a century. Every year more than 500 participants from many different countries come to the Biarritz Cup, and it attracts a general public of about 5000 persons.

The famous story of the « Old Lady » starts with the number 117. This number refers to the first official record on the Biarritz Golf Course by the first winner of the "Lord Shand Medal" on April 13th 1888.

The Lord Shand Medal became the "Biarritz-Cup" in 1898 to permanently link it to the history of theBiarritzcourse and win its “sports spurs”. Since that summer in 1898, the "Biarritz Cup" is the highlight of every tournament season and has become the favourite gathering of the best French amateurs, in 72 holes, as in the biggest international tournaments.

Jacques Léglise (1934), Henri de Lamaze (1948), Guy d'Arcangues (1956), Gaétan Mourgue d'Algue (1961), Alexis Godillot (French Amateur Champion in 1962) represent the very "chic" records of that period and by adding their names to the Biarritz Cup list of winners, they contributed to make this event which unofficially many people consider as the biggest and best French rendez-vous for amateurs golfers.

Slide show  of the Biarritz Cup

It’s a historical fact, the Biarritz-Cup is more than a hundred years old. It spans its third century of existence in top sporting shape and spiritual health, stimulated by the brilliant success of its 100th edition, by all accounts its world consecration. Nowadays, which "amateur" competitions can claim to such passion for life, to such good health, to such longevity? And we affirm, to such a future? It seems that everything started in sepia tones, in the early stages of “daguerreotype”, of the gramophone and of the cinematography. The first record of a certain J.S. Clark was written with a quill pen in flowery calligraphy, in the 1898 register. From then on everything speeds up to the current reality, with digital pictures, laptops and Macs. And despite these technical details, nothing has really changed on the age-old platform. Same craze for the resort, same pleasure with the ocean breeze, same sense of achievement, same cosmopolitan flavour, somewhat modified truth be told, by a greater “basque” and even more extended regional “gasconne” representation. The original British founders and golf aficionados can take credit for having created so many vocations in the region.

At the same time beacon and display case of Biarritz, summer rendez-vous, hot-spot for the golf crowd, springboard of the future generation, the Cup is a prestigious stage of ongoing shows where professionals as well as beginners convivially confront their talent. For most of them, this festive event is so totally captivating, that they will succeed – even though it takes some doing - to manage both the night-life and morning punctuality. Vacation, relaxation and concentration. Grandeur and constraints of this game of skill, moments of silence, and of inner elation when comes the time of supreme success: a hole in one. The daily “news” edition is like a diary for the players, as it captures their progress through the series.

Their good shots will be described and commented, as will their shortcoming and failures. It will be their tournament memento, also kept by the organising committee, subcommittee of the “Association Sportive”. The daily news edition also provides the weather forecasts, and as we have seen in the past, the coastal weather does not always submit to the wishes of the "Old Lady". Welcome to all competitors and their fans!

Past records of the Biarritz Cup

Men

2015 : Emil SOGAARD

2014 : Alejandro DEL REY

2013 : Ryan Evans

2012 : Thomas ELISSALDE

2011 : Térémoana BEAUCOUSIN

2010 : Baptiste Courtachon

2009 : Carlos Pigem

2008 : Sébastien Gros

2007 : Jorge Campillo

2006 : Pedro Oriol Sanchez-Blanco

2005 : Alvaro Velasco

2004 : Alvaro Quiros

2003 : Mickaël Lorenzo-Vera

2002 : Thomas Prévot

2001 : M. Fdez Castaño

2000 : Julien Van Hauwe

1999 : Matthieu Van Hauwe

1998 : David Montesi

1997 : Juan Carlos Aguerro

1996 : Alvaro Salto

1995 : Alvaro Salto

1994 : Fransisco Cea

1993 : A. Barber

1992 : B.Cicé

1991 : A. Valenzuela

1990 : Franck Aumonier

1989 : J-Charles Cambon

1988 : F. Ortiz

1987 : D. Edlund

1986 : J. Artiach

1985 : Eric Beline

1984 : N. Subrin

1983 : Jose-Maria Olazabal

1982 : Emmanuel Dussart

1981 : A. Valenzuela

1980 : Frédéric Martin

1979 : F. Perreau Saussine

1978 : F. Perreau Saussine

1970 : Michel Tapia

1969 : René Darrieumerlou

1968 : Georges. Leven

1967 : Ch. Haas

1966 : Goran Sellander

1965 : I. Urquijo

1964 : A. Rezzola

1963 : R. Wattine

1962 : Alexis Godillot

1961 : G. Mourgue d'Algue

1960 : J. Visseaux

1959 : J. Bourin

1958 : M. De Urresti

1957 : G. Mourgue d'Algue

1956 : Guy d'Arcangues

1955 : Guy d'Argangues

1954 : Henri de Lamaze

1953 : Henri de Lamaze

1952 : Henri de Lamaze

1951 : H. Carlhian

1950 : Henri de Lamaze

1949 : Henri de Lamaze

1948 : Henri de Lamaze

1947 : Jacques Léglise

1934 : Jacques Léglise

1933 : D.H. White Heau

1931 : J.P. Hutchins

1930 : Major Coker

1929 : C.R. Darridson

1928 : S.D. Mockler

1927 : A.H. Vincent

1924 : Marquis Del Muni

1923 : Cpt Lloyd Jones

1922 : Major Saunderson

1921 : G. Barry

1920 : G. De Candamo

1913 : Cpt Lumdsen

1912 : N. Fergusson

1911 : A.A. Jamieson

1910 : J.S. Mollor

1909 : A.V. Ambro

1908 : D. Currie

1906 : Cpt P. Brun

1904 : Hon Oiscott

1903 : J.M. Harchdale

1902 : W.M. Corrie

1901 : J.S. Clark

1900 : E.M. Smith

1899 : J.S. Clark

Women

2015 : Camille CHEVALIER

2014 : Anais MESSONNIER

2013 : Emiie Alonso

2012 : Laure Castelain

2011 : Alexandra Vilatte

2010 : Morgane Bazin de Jessey

2009 : Nerea Salaverria

2008 : Céline Herbin

2007 : Emma Cabrera Bello

2006 : Caroline Alfonso

2005 : Tania Elosegui Mayor

2004 : A.L. Caudal

2003 : S. Soubiron

2002 : V. Beauchet

2001 : L. Mar

2000 : V. Auffret

1999 : C. Ravetto

1998 : S. Beautell

1997 : A. Larraneta

1996 : L. Kreutz

1995 : A. Larraneta

1994 : E. Nocera

1993 : L. Navarro

1992 : M. Campomanes

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