KLM Open 2017

I can be short about the KLM Open 2017.

It was a great experience again. The weather was awful an unfortunately I didn't have my best game last week, so I missed the cut. I will try to do it better next time! Xavier

 

 

 

Dutch PGA Champion!

Last weekend my game was pretty good, but I missed qualifying for the Dutch open by one shot. Today I grabbed the ticket on The Lage Vuursche! But even better I won the Dutch PGA Championship for the second time! 

After a long rain delay on Wednesday the organization canceled the first round and decided to cut the tournament to 18 holes.
My start today was sloppy and with a double bogey on hole 2 and a 3-putt bogey on hole 7 I was +3 for my round. From that stage I started to play really well! With birdies on 8,12,13,16,17 and 18 I finished on 69! Big thank you to my caddie Jean-Paul Duits for his help today!

The KLM Open will be played from 14-17 of september!

Looking forward to it!

Close Call

This weekend I came close to a wildcard for The KLM Open. In the 9 holes event at the ING golfweek at Prise d'eau Golf I made a bogey-free 34 (-1) to just miss out on the play-off.

Next week I will play the Dutch PGA Championship at The Lage Vuursche!

Xavier

Trip to the Gecko Tour

A few weeks ago I travelled to Spain to play in four Gecko Tour events and to work with my shortgame coach Dani. The purpose of the trip was to prepare myself for the upcoming season, but also to have some fun. I could stay in an apartment of a friend in Benahavis and Dave Willemse travelled with me to caddy the whole trip.

The Gecko Tour is a good Tour organised in the Marbella area on courses that are generally short but tactical. The standard is pretty high. It's a good praparation for your season under pleasant conditions.

My game was decent. After the "failed" trip in december and a few months without competition I wasn't very unhappy with my game. There were parts, specially on my shortgame, that I need to make bigger steps on to have a chance to compete for a win! But hopefully I can make those steps this spring when the tournaments begin here!

Scores: 
Gecko Tour El Paraiso Golfclub 73-73 (49th)
Gecko Tour Atalaya Golf Club 73-71 (37th)
Gecko Tour Marbella Golf & CC 76-74 (32e)
Gecko Tour La Quinta Golfclub 77-75 (36th)

*A week after the Gecko Tour tournaments I also played The PGAE Fourballs Championship at Lumine Golf Resort with my brother and we unfortunately just missed the cut with 71-71. It was a great and fun tournament!

See you soon!

 

Some strange weeks in Spain

Almost two weeks ago I traveled to Spain to play in two Gecko Tour tournaments and The Alps Tour Qualifying School. After a very busy period at IJsselweide, organising Friendsdays and other sponsor activities I was very much looking forward to two weeks of playing golf again!

I arrived in Alcaidesa (San Roque) having a cold. And with the torrential rain that fell in the South of Spain both tournaments were cancelled. It was disappointing, but considering how I was feeling maybe not that bad after all!

After a week of resting and doing nothing, I felt a bit better and played a few rounds on La Canada, Calanova and a practice round at La Cala, the venue for The Alps Tour Q-School. My form was good and my game felt pretty solid.  

The day of the first round I woke up feeling very weak and with a major headache. For people familiar with la Cala,  it's a course most people can only play with a buggy. But we as professionals need to walk during tournaments. After a few holes already, it was clear to me it had absolutely no sense to play golf in this condition so after the round I withdrew from the tournament. I spend the next few days in bed with the flue and I flew back to The Hague yesterday. So instead of playing 4 tournaments I played 0!

View at La Cala

 

 

 

Trying to practice at Alcaidesa Golf Resort during the torrential rain!

Drive at Calanova Golf

Twente Cup 4th place

Last weekend I finally had a tournament where my game was pretty solid for the whole 36 holes. In the first round at The Twentsche Golfclub I had a good backnine to finish on a 70 (-2) to be in contention during the final round and still have a chance for the last KLM Open wildcard.
The second and last round, in very windy conditions, I played pretty good. I gave myself a lot of birdie chances but unfortunately only converted three for a 71 (-1)

With 70-71 (-3) I finished fourth. That wasn't good enough to qualify but I am happy with this good result and the progress! :-)

2016 European Tour Qualifying School entry

Yesterday I have decided to enter this years Qualifying School. The last time I played  the Q-school was in 2013.

The tournament will be played in october, you can see my course preferences on my application form. I would really like to play the first stage at Frilford Heath, as I heard many good things about this course.

From now on, I'm aiming to play as many tournaments as possible in order to be well prepared for October. Also there are still two qualification tournaments for the KLM Open left: The Dutch Futures (15-16 August) and The Twente Cup (3-4 September). It would be great to qualify for the biggest tournament in Holland again!

But first I will play the Benelux PGA Trophy next Wednesday and Thursday on the beautiful course of Houthalen in Belgium! Looking foward to that as well!

See you soon!

Monday Tour Naarderbos and Dutch PGA Championship

72 72 72 those were my scores. It's not bad, but not good enough!

On the Monday Tour I finished T2nd. I made 6 birdies what's good, but unfortunately too many mistakes.

At the 36 holes Dutch PGA Championship where the winner gets a wildcard for the KLM Open my game was decent, but I did not manage to make a better score! I had a lot of chances for birdies that I didn't convert and it felt like every mistake resulted in a bogey. I finished the tournament in 16th place.

I just need to keep hitting good shots and give myself chances for birdies and in the end it will result in good finishes.

Par 3 14th at ZL Golf

See you soon.....

Renocar Czech PGA Austerlitz and Lauswolt Open

Renocar Czech PGA Austerlitz and Lauswolt Open

Last week I played two tournaments. One in the Czech Republic and one in Friesland (Netherlands).

In cold and windy Brno we played on Golf Resort Austerlitz. I started pretty good. I was -2 after nine holes, but unfortunately lost my game completely after the turn, resulting in six bogeys in a row and a score of 76. During the second round my first nine was ok again (level) and after the turn I lost too many shots again.

I finished in 29th place what was a bit dissapointing.

The Lauswolt Open that we played on a beautiful golfcourse last weekend was luckily much better. My game from tee to green was decent and my putting ok. Only a few bad decisions and a few bad chips were standing in the way of competing for the win. With a total of +2 I finished in 8th place. I was satisfied with my performance! 

 Bilderberg Landgoed Lauswolt

Bilderberg Landgoed Lauswolt

See you soon.....