Swiss Team meets in Les Bois for the Swiss-Ski Golf Trophy
The fourth Swiss-Ski Golf Trophy is once again history. The event took place last Friday at the beautiful, idyllic setting of Les Bois Golf Club located in the Bernese Jura. Individuals or companies could buy a flight for three people for 5,000 francs thereby supporting the skiing youth. The fourth man, the flight leader, was assigned and was usually a former or current ski star.
While Swiss skier Marc Berthod was already back on snow training for the next ski season, many of his teammates gathered in Les Bois to play some rounds of golf. Didier Cuche was not able to use his home advantage. Instead the net score was won by Bruno Kernen. The Lauberhorn champion of 2003 claimed victory together with Ruth Aemisegger, Jörg Moser and Kai Baumann.
Second was his namesake Bruno Kernen, Kitzbühel winner of 1983. The Flight of Paul Accola finished third and nudged Fränzi Aufdenblatten and her flight of the podium to the fourth place. Aufdenblatten's performance was nevertheless impressive as she tore her cruciate ligament only about 4 months ago.
After a wonderful day on the Green, including a BBQ break offering regional specialties at hole 14, the evening ended in the clubhouse with a fine aperitif and dinner.
The Swiss ski jumper and double Olympic champion Simon Ammann was flown in from Schindellegi to Les Bois by helicopter so he could keep his many appointments. After a two hour stay during which he did not play any golf, he left again accompanied by Nadia Styger. The Swiss female skier joined Ammann for the helicopter flight back to Central Switzerland trying to make the most out of the picture perfect day.
The guests were all in high spirits and clearly enjoyed the sunshine and the warm temperatures. The biggest laughs occured at the drawing of the raffle prizes when the VIP invitation for two people at the Adelboden World Cup went to none other than Didier Cuche. "I cannot accept this," said the skier of Neuchatel, laughing, "I am therefore giving the prize back into the lottery."
Thanks to this year's Golf Trophy, 76 '000 francs will go towards the development of talented young skiers.