Kaleka eyes home win
Article posted: 19 September 2012
A win is always the goal, but especially this week because it’s in France
Alexandre Kaleka plays in the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole this week, the first time he has returned to his native France since winning the Russian Challenge, his second Challenge Tour title, two weeks ago.
Kaleka, who is fourth in the Rankings after following that victory with a tied tenth finish at the Kazakhstan Open last week, is targeting victory on a course where he once won as an amateur.
"I am definitely confident entering the week," he said. "A win is always the goal, but especially this week because it’s in France.
"I’ve played solidly for the past two weeks. In Russia, it just happened for me and I won and then last week I played well but just didn’t score as well as I could have. I hope I’ll be in good shape for this week."
Kaleka has fond memories of Golf de Toulouse-Seilh course, where this week’s tournament - the third of four ALLIANZ-sponsored events on the Challenge Tour schedule - is held.
"I hope it will be a little bit windy because I have good memories of windy weather on that course," he said. "I won a French Junior International Strokeplay Championships there. It was one of my first wins as a kid and I beat Floris de Vries in the final.
"It’s a nice place and I’ll have my car so I’ll have the chance to see my friends in Toulouse. It’s a really nice city and the food is great which is very important when you are on tour.
"If it’s windy it’s going to be a good test; if not, sometimes there is no rough so it can be low scoring and it can become a putting contest but I think it’s going to be a good week.
"There is a big field from France there so you will see a lot of new, younger guys coming along which is great."