Benelux PGA Trophy

Last Wednesday and Thursday I played The PGA Benelux Trophy, a tournament for the best pro's in Belgium and The Netherlands. The club made big changes to the golfcourse by reshaping most bunkers and putting 5 new backtees in play to make the golfcourse play much longer. The two days were really hot, We played in 33-38 degrees.

I finished the tournament in 6th place with scores of 73-68 (-3) A good result although I played much better then my scores suggest. The first round I played really good, created a lot of chances for birdie and was only -2 for the round after 13 holes. Then I made 3 silly bogeys coming in for a unnecessary 73.
In my second round my ball striking was even better. With 17 GIR and 5 birdies and only a single bogey I made a score of 68 to climb to 6th place.
But also in this round I had a lot of chances for a much lower score.

My game feels great. Next week I play the Dutch Futures at The Dutch. Looking forward to it
See you soon..... 



In the bunker at the 18th on Royal Limburg Golf

In the bunker at the 18th on Royal Limburg Golf




Dutch PGA Championship 2018

Yesterday I had a good titel defense at the Dutch PGA Championship. Unfortunately it wasn't good enough to get a win, but I am happy where my game is. There is still much room for improvement. A T5 place with two rounds of 74 is a good result on the difficult golfcourse of The Lage Vuursche! 

From tee to green it was ok for two rounds. The first round I putted poorly and missed a few short ones. The second round my putting was much better. It was a pity that I finished the tournament with a double bogey on the last. Next up Benelux Trophy at the beautiful course of Houthalen.......

The green hole 14 on the Lage Vuursche

The green hole 14 on the Lage Vuursche

PGA Foursome Champions 2018

What a fun day we had and what a great round we played at Golfclub Kleiburg last Friday.

Eduard Schwarz and I made a round in 72 strokes to beat the field by two strokes. 

Funny fact is that precisely 20 years ago (1998) I won the National Amateur Foursome Championship.


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!


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!

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! :-)