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Gugler secures third win of the season in Poland

Gradi Polish Open by Emeralld 2024

Cédric Gugler takes his third win of the season at the Gradi Polish Open by Emeralld 2024 and secures promotion to the Challenge Tour. After rounds of 61, 61 and 62, the Swiss player finished six strokes ahead of Jean Bekirian and Yente van Doren.


Brzeźno, Poland – Cédric Gugler once again demonstrated his great playing skills and impressive form at the Gradi Polish Open by Emeralld. Under excellent conditions on the parkland course of the Gradi Golf Club near Wroclaw, the Swiss player safely maintained his lead, which he had built through two outstanding rounds of 61, on Friday.

The 24-year-old started the final round with a birdie on the 1st hole and extended his lead with three more birdies on the front nine. Although a bogey on the 14th hole prevented a completely bogey-free tournament week in Poland, Gugler played in his own league.

During the third and final round, nine more birdies were added to his score. At the end, after a 62 in the final, he brought his total score to an impressive 26-under-par - such a deep winning score has not been seen in a Pro Golf Tour tournament for a long time.

"These are the moments for which the hard work pays off," commented the winner of the €5,000 winner's check. "I had my difficulties for many years, but I stuck with it, and it's nice to see that the work is now bearing fruit. I am overjoyed - and very satisfied with my mindset on the course."

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Promotion to the Challenge Tour

For Gugler, who trains at the Golf & Country Club Zurich, this masterful performance could equally be his last appearance on the Pro Golf Tour for now. Because after his victories at the Allegria Open in March and most recently at the Iron Duke Belgian Open, the third win of the season in Poland is equivalent to an immediate promotion to the Challenge Tour. As for the tournament schedule in the coming weeks, the new number one in the Order of Merit hasn't made any plans yet. "I will celebrate briefly and enjoy it now. Then we'll see how things go."

The Swiss player praised the 18 holes at the Gradi Golf Club. "It's not the longest course, but it's very varied. You have to carefully consider where to hit the ball." The team around owner Krzysztof Gradecki (father of Challenge Tour player Mateusz Gradecki) once again managed to prepare the 18 holes perfectly for the tournament week.

Yente van Doren (Belgium) and Jean Bekirian (France) shared second place, seven strokes behind the winner. A positive note for van Doren: the number four in the season rankings secured one of the two coveted starting spots for the Challenge Tour stop in Poland (Rosa Challenge Tour) at the end of August, thanks to a better final round performance compared to Bekirian.

After a short break, the Pro Golf Tour aces will be back in action in Germany. From July 22nd, the Fairway Labs Open at the Country Club Schloss Langenstein is on the agenda.