Ivory Coast Open

The Ivory Coast Open or Open de Côte d'Ivoire was a golf tournament in the Ivory Coast. It was founded in 1980, and was an event on the Safari Circuit the following year. It was an event on the European-based Challenge Tour schedule in 1990 and 1991, and from 1996 to 1999. It has been held at President Golf Club, Yamoussoukro and Ivoire Golf Club, Abidjan.

Ivory Coast Open
Tournament information
LocationIvory Coast
Established1980
Course(s)Ivoire Golf Club
Par72
Tour(s)Challenge Tour
Safari Circuit
FormatStroke play
Prize fund€70,000[1]
Final year1999
Tournament record score
Aggregate265 Gary Player (1980)
To par−23 as above
Final champion
England Ian Poulter
Location Map
Ivoire GC is located in Ivory Coast
Ivoire GC
Ivoire GC
Location in Ivory Coast

The title has been won by some of the world's top golfers, including Vijay Singh, Ian Poulter, and Gary Player. The most successful player is England's Gordon J. Brand, who recorded three victories between 1981 and 1988.[1]

The tournament was revived in 2017 after an 18-year hiatus and was won by the Ghanaian golfer Vincent Torgah.[2]

HistoryEdit

The first event in 1980 was to inaugurate the President Golf Club, Yamoussoukro. It was an invitation event with 27 professionals competing. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of the President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who attended the event.[3] Gary Player and Peter Townsend tied at 265, 23 under par and nine strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Townsend was bunkered on the first playoff hole and took a bogey 5 to Player's par 4.[4]

In 1981 the event became the Ivory Coast Open and was added to the Safari Circuit schedule.[5] It was won by Gordon J. Brand, who beat Martin Poxon at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, after the two had tied on 271.[6]

WinnersEdit

This list is incomplete. The 1999 event was advertised as the 18th edition.
Year Tour[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Venue Ref.
Open de Côte d'Ivoire
1999 CHA   Ian Poulter 284 −4 2 strokes   Sébastien Delagrange
  David Park
  Marc Pendaries
Ivoire [7]
1998 CHA   John Mellor 281 −7 3 strokes   Fredrik Lindgren
  José Antonio Sota
Ivoire
1997 CHA   Knud Storgaard 274 −14 Playoff   Anssi Kankkonen President
1996 CHA   Massimo Florioli 284 −4 4 strokes   Michele Reale Ivoire
1993−1995: No tournament.
Ivory Coast Open
1991 CHA   Michel Besanceney 279 −9 Playoff   Paul Carman President [8]
1990 CHA   David Llewellyn (2) 275 −13 2 strokes   Jeff Pinsent President [9]
1989 SAF   Vijay Singh 274 −14 1 stroke   Jeff Pinsent President [10]
1988 SAF   Gordon J. Brand (3) 275 −13 2 strokes   Richard Fish President [11]
1987 SAF   Jean Garaïalde President
1986 SAF   Gordon J. Brand (2) 273 −15 2 strokes   Brian Marchbank President [12]
1985 SAF   David Llewellyn 277 −11 1 stroke   Brian Gunson President [13]
1984 SAF   Bill McColl 275 −13 5 strokes   Gordon J. Brand
  Craig Maltman
President [14]
1983 SAF   Bill Longmuir 271 −17 1 stroke   Curtis Strange President [15]
1982 SAF   John Morgan 272 −16 2 strokes   Ian Woosnam President [16]
1981 SAF   Gordon J. Brand 271 −17 Playoff   Martin Poxon President [17]
Trophée Félix Houphouët-Boigny
1980 SAF   Gary Player 265 −23 Playoff   Peter Townsend President [4]
  1. ^ CHA − Challenge Tour; SAF − Safari Circuit.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Challenge in the Ivory Coast, European Tour, 13 April 1999
  2. ^ "Golf : Vincent Torgah grand vainqueur du Trophée Félix Houphouët-Boigny 2017". mondialsport.net. 16 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Player playing ambassador's role in Ivory Coast event". The Times. 6 March 1980. p. 15.
  4. ^ a b "Player ends duel with Townsend by snatching win in play-off". The Times. 10 March 1980. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Off on Safari!". Newcastle Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne, England. 5 February 1981. p. 18. Retrieved 16 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Brand wins Ivory Coast open playoff". The Times. 2 March 1981. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Poulter keeps cool to take Ivory Coast title". European Tour. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Tee talk". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Aberdeen, Scotland. 11 December 1991. p. 20. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Cassells collects his first pro cheque". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Aberdeen, Scotland. 19 December 1990. p. 21. Retrieved 9 June 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "For the Record". The Times. 27 November 1989. p. 45. Retrieved 7 February 2020 – via The Times Digital Archive.
  11. ^ "Yorkshire's Gordon J. Brand". The Glasgow Herald. 8 February 1988. p. 7.
  12. ^ "A Brand double as Marchbank falters". The Glasgow Herald. 24 February 1986. p. 9.
  13. ^ "A Last-round 69". The Glasgow Herald. 18 February 1985. p. 17.
  14. ^ "Scotland's Billy McColl". The Glasgow Herald. 5 March 1984. p. 16.
  15. ^ "Longmuir coasts to victory". The Glasgow Herald. 7 March 1983. p. 16.
  16. ^ "John Morgan". The Glasgow Herald. 15 February 1982. p. 17.
  17. ^ "Gordon Brand". The Glasgow Herald. 2 March 1981. p. 18.

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