Stalter and Laird qualify for US Open at Erin Hills

Frenchman Joël Stalter has secured a place at this week’s US Open after coming through an international sectional qualifier in Walton Heath, on Monday 29th May.

The 24-year-old finished the 36 holes of qualifying on 11 under par, to secure a T5 finish. He had a first round of 68, followed up by a flawless 65 to secure a spot at his maiden major.

Martin Laird became the third Scot to qualify after coming through a 120 man field in Ohio Colombus. He shot a pair of 67’s at Brookside and Lakes courses to finish his on 10 under par. This was enough to give him a T4 finish, just two behind leading qualifier, JT Poston.

“It was pretty windy but shooting five-under on my front nine meant I was taking less risks on the back nine as I knew 10-under was probably pretty good,” said Laird.

Joël and Martin will join Brooks Koepka and defending champion and World Number 1, Dustin Johnson at Erin Hills to compete on this tough track.


Joël Stalter announces partnership with Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Joël Stalter has today announced that he will be partnering with Banque Internationale à Luxembourg. Joël will display the BIL logo on the belly of his golf bag as he competes around the world this year on the European Tour.

Joël has gotten off to a quick start in his maiden season on the European Tour and is currently 54th on the Race to Dubai rankings. His best finish has been tied for 7th position at the BMW SA Open. This was following a tied 14th finish at the UBS Hong Kong Open. On his European Tour debut at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, he finished tied 23rd. The French star will compete this week at the World Super 6 Perth, followed by the Joburg Open the week after.

Founded In 1856, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg is the oldest multi-business banking group in the Grand Duchy. Recognised as being a true cornerstone of the Luxembourg financial market, BIL plays a key role in developing the local economy, operating in retail banking, private banking and corporate banking activities.

‘To partner with Luxembourg’s Bank of the Year for 2016, BIL, is an honour for me. Banque Internationale à Luxembourg is so well respected in the banking industry and I am excited about this partnership over the next few years.’ said Stalter.

Hans-Peter Borgh, Head of Wealth and Investment Management at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg said, ‘To have French golfing star and Luxembourg resident, now associated with BIL is incredibly special for us. We have followed Joël and his golfing progression over the last number of years, so to now be working very closely with him is very exciting for all at BIL. We look forward to continuing to follow Joël’s journey on and off the course for many years to come.’

About Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL):

Founded in 1856, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) is the oldest multi-business bank in the Grand Duchy. It has always played an active role in the main stages of development of the Luxembourg economy. It currently operates in retail, private and corporate banking, as well as on financial markets. Employing more than 2,000 people, BIL is present in the financial centres of Luxembourg, Switzerland (since 1984), Denmark (since 2000), the Middle East (since 2005) and Sweden (since 2016).

Stalter signs multi year equipment contract with Srixon

Srixon Golf c1ftkglwqaijho8-jpg-largehave announced the addition of European Tour player Joël Stalter to their Tour Staff, entering into a multi-year equipment contract.

Stalter will be making his 2017 debut on the European Tour at this weeks BMW SA Open Championship in Glendower Golf Club, where he will put his new Srixon equipment into play.

French born Stalter, turned professional in June 2014. After securing his European Tour card for the 2017 season from the Road to Oman rankings in 2016 , Joël has made a comfortable start to his maiden season on the main tour and is currently 23rd in the Race to Dubai and 298th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

He claimed his maiden professional victory when he won the 2016 Swedish Challenge last summer on the European Challenge Tour and has made 18 cuts in 21 events with 6 Top 10 finishes. This included a fourth place finish at the Swiss Challenge, T4 at the Bridgestone Challenge and a T6 finish at the Rolex Trophy. He also claimed victory at the 2016 French Open Doubles in December.

‘Srixon/Cleveland is one of the most globally recognised golf brands and is highly respected.” said Stalter. ‘For me, to be able to work so closely with a company that are extremely focused on developing the best products to help me perform to my best, is an honour.’

Stalter keeping cool in the Ras Al Khaimah Heat

The Ras Al Khaimah Challenge is the penultimate event of the season, with players jostling for position in the top 46 to earn a spot in next week’s NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and, ultimately, a place in the top 16, all of whom will earn European Tour cards for next year.

One man currently in touching distance of the 2017 Race to Dubai is Joël Stalter, who is currently in 14th spot on the Road to Oman, almost 15,000 points ahead of Ben Stow in 17th place, but with a lot of points on offer in the final two tournaments, nothing is yet guaranteed.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a very consistent season, with six top ten finishes, including a maiden Challenge Tour title at the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson, and he is trying not to think about what is at stake over the next fortnight in the Middle East.

“I’m feeling really good,” said the 24 year old. “For the first time I’m going to play Grand Final, I’ve never experienced it, but I can see guys being a bit more nervous, a bit more tense than usual – the top 16, the guys trying to get into the top 16 and the guys trying to qualify for next week.

“For me it’s the same as every tournament and I’m here to do the job, just focus on what I can do, try to do my best – I’m obviously aiming to win, this week and next week too – but more importantly I’m here to do the same routines as I have all year because they’ve been working.

“I’m trying not to think too much about the importance of this two weeks. Even if you’re trying not to look at the Rankings, you’re still looking at it, you can’t really help it.

“I’ve had a really good season and I don’t see any reason to change what I’m doing now, and the extra pressure shouldn’t be influencing me for these last two events because I’ve been very consistent all year and playing good golf.

“I’m going to try my best, fight for every shot, but it is a bit nerve-wracking, especially the last two weeks in China and now these two in the Middle East, it’s like you’re in the circus and you just change the décor every week.”

The décor this week is the stunning Al Hamra Golf Club, which promises to provide an enjoyable test of all 105 players in the desert heat.

“The UAE is a great for golf, with so many great courses out here, and conditions are perfect, especially when we get to leave Europe where it’s almost winter now, so I really like being here and it’s a great place to end the season.”

This has been something of a breakthrough season for Stalter, following two solid if unspectacular years on the Challenge Tour where he was adjusting to the life of a professional golfer.

Now, with a victory under his belt and a European Tour card in his sights, he is trying to retain some perspective as all around him fixate on the various permutations surrounding this week’s tournament.

“I would be disappointed not to finish in the top 16, but the year wouldn’t be a failure,” he said. “I haven’t pictured not finishing in there, to be honest, and I’m trying not to imagine it, but it would be a disappointment.

“But whether you make it this year or not, it’s not what’s going to define your career. It’s far more important to look at how you’re going to keep improving – and you never know, you can miss top 16 but go to South Africa and win an early European Tour event, and end up with better status.

“Looking at the bigger picture, it’s all about keeping on learning and improving, and this is just a step. It would be a big achievement to get the top 16 but I think this season is already a great achievement in my career and I’m really proud of it – now I’m just trying to have fun and finish the job.”

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Stalter crowned Katrineholms champion

Joël Stalter claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion, holding his nerve during a two-hole play-off to win the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson.

The Frenchman started the day five behind overnight leader Jeff Karlsson, but reduced the deficit over the front nine with four birdies at Katrineholms GK.

The 24 year old then picked up a further birdie on the 17th, but then bogeyed the 18th, to draw level on 12 under par with Wales’s Oliver Farr and England’s Ben Stow.

After all three made par at the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, it was Stalter who raised his game, hitting an exquisite second shot for a birdie chance which he took full advantage of.

And the Frenchman, whose victory takes him to ninth place in the Road to Oman Rankings, was delighted to have achieved his first professional win.

“At the start of the day wining was not on my mind at all,” said Stalter, who also earned an invite for next month’s KLM Open with today’s win.

“I was trying to put myself out there but I never thought about winning until I saw my name at the top of the leaderboard. I stayed really steady, and I was really proud of my mentality today.

“I played really, really good golf. The putts weren’t going in down the stretch and I bogeyed 18 when if I had made par I would have won the tournament. But I managed to get into a play-off, and my friend Julien Gurrier told me ‘just got out there and enjoy it’, so I did.

“It is why we work so hard all year to put ourselves in these positions and that left to right putt I had to win was probably the hardest putt I have had in my professional career.

“Even though it was close to the pin all I was thinking about was ‘it’s your moment now, it’s now or never’. When I saw the ball roll in it was awesome.

“It will push me up in the Rankings I am sure but the important thing for me today was that I managed to hold my nerve in the play-off. It has been two years where I have stayed patient and felt like I was getting close, but never getting rewarded, so it felt like all my hard work paid off.

“The best feeling is when you have a victory over yourself and I am really proud of that, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me. Today is just a great day of celebration.”

Joël Stalter talks golf, life on tour and tries his hand at baseball

The Challenge Tour TV series recently caught up with Joël Stalter in Finland to talk to him about his transition from top amateur to aspiring professional. It’s easy to see why Joël is tipped to have a bright future with how he handles himself both on and off the course.

Check out the video below as Joël shows off his skills at Finnish Baseball!

Top French Amateur Joël Stalter joins Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports Group is pleased to announce the signing of young French star Joël Stalter. Joël graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business. He will turn professional after a highly successful 4 years with Cal Bears. One of the highlights being when they won the 2013 Pac-12 championships, making it 10 victories from 12 events.
Joël recorded five individual College victories, was a member of the 2013 Palmer Cup team, a Byron Nelson Award finalist and was selected for the prestigious All American 1st Team for 2014. He has shown huge potential throughout his amateur career, culminating in his rise to the top spot of the French Amateur rankings.
Making his professional debut in St. Omer this week, Stalter said: “I am delighted to be beginning the journey into the professional game knowing that I have the best team around me. Hambric Sports know exactly what it takes to assist and nurture a young amateur turning professional and guide him all the way through his career. I am looking forward to the journey ahead and I have peace of mind knowing that I have the best in the game supporting me.”
The CEO of Hambric Sports Group, Rocky Hambric, said: “It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to work with Joël at such an important stage in his career. Joël has proven his ability throughout his impressive amateur career and I have no doubt that he can carry this form into the professional ranks. Players like Joël do not come around that often and it is humbling that he looks to Hambric Sports to assist him in his transition into the professional game. We are all very excited about the future.”