The Societe Generale Group has been the official partner of the French Golf Federation since 2001, and of the French Open since 2004. It is a sponsor of the Evian Masters international women’s tournament and is committed to supporting golf at both professional and amateur level.
With the Group, Societe Generale Private Banking organises many golfing events, and sponsors two professional players: Julien Quesne and Rafael Cabrera Bello.
Julien Quesne took up golf at the age of 17. He rapidly progressed through the amateur ranks and turned professional in 2003, just six years after he started playing golf.
He earned his cards and began his professional golfing career on the Alps Tour. Thanks to his strong performance he quickly joined the Challenge Tour where he picked up two victories, the first at the Rolex Trophy in Geneva in 2009 and the second at the ALLIANZ Golf Open de Lyon in 2011.
He joined the European Tour in 2012 and after just four events he claimed his first top level European Victory at the Andalucia Open, winning with a two-shot lead against Matteo Manassero. The year was also punctuated by five top 20 finishes, which allowed him to end the year in 63rd place in the Race to Dubai.
2013 was also a good year for Julien Quesne where he established his position among the European elite with six top 10 finishes and a triumph at the 70th OPEN D'ITALIA LINDT, ending the year in 42nd place in the Race to Dubai.
Rafael Cabrera Bello
Rafael Cabrera Bello turned professional in 2005 at the age of 20, having narrowly missed obtaining a European Tour card at the Qualifying School final. However, his performance did ensure a place for the second tier Challenge Tour.
In his debut year he won the MAN NÖ Open 2006 on the Challenge Tour in Austria and finished 13th on the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
He narrowly missed retaining his European Tour playing privileges, but secured an immediate return to the elite level courtesy of a tremendously consistent 2008 season on the Challenge Tour, during which he claimed his second title at the Credit Suisse Challenge.
Rafael claimed his maiden European Tour victory breakthrough in the late summer of 2009 at the Austrian Golf Open, where he produced one of the year's best rounds with a final day score of 60.
In 2012 Rafael won the Dubai Desert Classic and established his position as one of the world's best players reaching 3rd place at the Malaysian Open and the Volvo World Match Play, and 2nd place at the Irish Open.