23rd February 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

2009-2012, When UK discovered the Alps Tour

And then came a time when the Alps Tour started to become more and more international, and it was no longer a match between Italians and French players, as representatives from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were climbing the steps up to the top of the leader boards – and the rankings.

In the year of our 20th anniversary we continue our series of interviews to the past winners with the words of Andrea Perrino (2009), Matteo Delpodio (2010), Guillaume Cambis (2011) and Gareth Shaw (2012). Enjoy! 

Class of 2009

ANDREA PERRINO (Italy)

2009 was the best year of my professional career. I turned pro in 2008 with a good amateur record, and I started off very humble, trying to make cuts and earning my first euros, but after losing the playoff in Riva dei Tessali – the 4th tournament of the season – something switched in my game. 

I started being very confident and aware that I could win every tournament. All of a sudden everything was simple and good results were coming along. In fact, I won twice in June – the Peugeot Loewe Tour in Spain and the Allianz Open de Strasbourg in France, and eventually I won the Order of Merit and earned my rights to play on the Challenge Tour. 

I had the chance to play with some great golfers – among the winners that year there were José Manuel Lara, Pedro Linhart, Joost Luiten, Benjamin Hébert, Mike Lorenzo-Vera – and this helped me a lot in my professional career. 

I suggest to any young professional to join and take the challenge on the Alps Tour, both for the quality of its players and for the organization of the events”.

Class of 2010

MATTEO DELPODIO (Italy)

Personally, I have only beautiful memories of the Alps Tour: simply, it is the tour where I learned what it meant to be a golf professional.

I won three times that year (in March, the Peugeot Tour Escorpion in Spain, in June the Open International de Normandie and in October the Masters 13, both in France) and this allowed me to top the ranking with a large margin and get the ticket to the Challenge Tour. 

We lived so many good moments, and in particular the memory of the atmosphere of friendship and sportsmanship established between Italian and international athletes will remain indelible. That context of healthy rivalry, mutual respect, and desire to improve has allowed the entire 2007-2010 generation to grow a lot and enrich our wealth of experience into something that turned out to be essential in the following steps of our careers”.

Class of 2011

GUILLAUME CAMBIS (France)

I remember very well that great year, 2011, when I discovered the pro world. The season I have spent on the Alps Tour was a great learning for my future. The atmosphere was brilliant, and during that year I met some great people who turned into great friends for my whole golfing career.

Among all, my deepest thoughts go to Ricki Neil-Jones, one of the guys I would always hang out with; he used to call me with a funny nickname, “MM” (Massive Mess). He sadly passed away in October 2018, aged 35. He was an exceptional person and is still very sorely missed.

The Alps Tour was for me, as for many other players, a springboard to the European Tour. It is a great training ground to learn the life of a pro player, the level is good, and the courses are often challenging.

It will always be among the best memories of my golfing career, which stopped in 2018 because of physical problems after a few years on CT and ET.

My advice for the younger generation is to debut in the pro world through this tour. If you want to finish in the top 5 you need severity and consistency, two essential factors to succeed at the highest level.

Thanks to Estelle and her team for making this possible. Good luck to you all!”

Class of 2012

GARETH SHAW (Northern Ireland)

The Alps Tour for me will rank as one of the best times and experiences of my life. I played some in 2011 and did okay but in 2012 I was so consistent and ended up winning the Order of Merit without actually winning a tournament. I lost a play off in the Gosser Open (my most favourite event every year) but I had loads of top 5’s finishes. I do wish I had won an event though!! 

What gives me fond memories of the tour was how friendly everyone was and some of the great places we got to see. The event in the Italian Alps at Cervinia is by far a standout. The view playing 17 was incredible. I will always remember driving to the event and at the foot of the mountain it was 24 degrees but when we got to the course it was 12 degrees. And the sun was still out!! Another attraction along the way was stopping by in Monaco to have a look around and then paying 15 euro for a Big Mac meal… 

I was lucky in that in those 2 years there were four Irish guys (Richard Kilpatrick, Dara Lernihan, Brendan McCarroll) playing the tour and we would all travel together. We would meet in Dublin, normally fly to Milan or Munich and rent the biggest car we could get and be on the road for 4 weeks straight. We got pretty good at packing cars and we would all take turns driving. Sometimes for 10 hours at a time.  Luckily, we all got along very well… most of the time!! 

I am very thankful for the time I spent playing the Alps Tour and I am very proud of winning the Order of Merit in 2012. It’s a great tour”.


16th February 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

In their words: 2005-2008 ranking winners, when France was ruling the Alps Tour

During those years 2005-2008, France was ruling the Alps Tour by far. After the first 4 seasons when the winners of the ranking were all Italians, there came Cedric Menut (2005), Francois Calmels (2006), Julien Quesne (2007) and Julien Grillon (2008).

In 2006 and 2008, all top 5 at the end of the season were French players, leaving little space to other foreign contenders. Here they share their memories about that golden era.

Class of 2005

CEDRIC MENUT (France)

My first season on the Alps Tour in 2005 is the best memory I have of my professional golf career. I always had the dream of being a golf pro, and the tournaments I’ve played and the wins I had on the Alps made my dream come true.

I remember I became good friend with Francisco Valera, a Spanish player six years older than me who would go on playing on the Challenge and European Tour for many years; we had finished the season first and second respectively in the Alps Tour ranking, and that same year we played the European Tour QSchool all the way to the final round, how exciting and so many good memories!

Playing an Alps Tour tournament is always a great pleasure for me and I will always feel at home there. I’m proud of having written a part of the story of this Tour!”.

 

Class of 2006

FRANÇOIS CALMELS (France)

I started playing on the Alps Tour by chance as at the time I had not really decided whether I would turn pro, and I did it only a few weeks before the start of the season. 

We kicked off in March with three tournaments in a row in Morocco, and I finished respectively 10th – 1st – 1st. This was super important for my confidence and it was the real boost for my golfing career, also because I did not have any sponsors at the time – actually I had never really thought about how I could find the money to play as a pro – and by winning so soon, I was able to self-finance my season. Thinking about it now, if I had missed those first cuts, I might as well stopped playing because I had no money! 

Since then, even though I haven’t been the most consistent player, I realized that I was able to win whenever I put myself in the situation to do it. This is something I’ve learnt playing the Alps Tour. And thanks to the self-confidence I had gained during that year, I was able to get a European Tour card at the QSchool, which was something completely unexpected only a few months earlier.

The French Federation had created an Alps Tour Team for all the players involved, and we would train and travel together; this certainly helped me to progress fast, and to accumulate lots of very good memories”. 

Class of 2007

JULIEN QUESNE (France) 

The Alps Tour has been the springboard for my golfing career. It helped me to learn my job in a serious atmosphere, which was at the same time friendly and convivial. 

I have so many pleasant memories connected to this tour, especially the four victories I had (the first one in Morocco in 2004, the Trophée Maroc Telecom, and then the three in France in 2007: the Open International de Normandie in July, the AGF Allianz Open Trophée Preven’s in August and the Open International Stade Francais Paris in September) and the season ranking, after a quite disappointing year on the Challenge Tour. 

I can say that the Alps Tour has launched my career at first and then again, revamping it. I even came back to play one tournament last year as a preparation for some bigger events. 

I would like to sincerely thank all the people that make this Tour possible, all the sponsors and the number of volunteers who participate in the unfolding of the tournaments.

I made a lot of friends on this tour and I keep only good memories about it. Only my driving licence was at risk: at that time we used to travel all over Europe by car, and this would cost me some points and some fines!”.

Class of 2008

JULIEN GRILLON (France)

The Alps Tour has been a fundamental stage for me. I was a good amateur player and I had tried the European Tour QSchool in 2006, but I had gained a weak category, so the Alps Tour was kind of an obvious choice for me. When I started in 2007, I had a consistent season finishing 7th in the ranking, although with no wins; the following year I won in Austria – the Uniqa FinanceLife Open – with a margin of 4-5 strokes, and this gave me a lot of confidence; the rest of the season I had a series of top-10s and a second win in Italy – the Open Golf Padova – which allowed me to lead the ranking with a large margin and start a new chapter on the Challenge Tour, knowing that my game was strong enough. I have been on the Challenge Tour for 5 years then, sometimes having the chance to play the European Tour, too, all this thanks to the Alps Tour which was the right training ground for my game.

I remember the jolly atmosphere with many other French players, and the fact that many tournaments were in France helped to limit the expenses. The level of the game improved a lot year after year, I can say it by experience because although I was on the Challenge I used to train by playing some Alps tournaments and the cuts were lower and lower. The organisation as well has moved forward over the years, and the quality of the venues, too.

I think the Alps Tour is an excellent school for the future pro golfers, one that gives you the right weapons to face the Challenge and the European Tour, a really formative experience”.

More stories will follow in the next few weeks, stay tuned! 

 

The Alps Tour in numbers since 2001:

€ 15.240.000 prize money distributed;

365 tournaments;

14 countries visited;

152 different venues;

217 different tournament winners

 

Please click:

here for the full list of Schedules and Winners 2001-2020 

here for the alpha list of winners 2001-2020

here for the Top 5 OoM 2001-2020


5th February 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

In their words: the winners of the Alps Tour rankings share their memories

The Alps Tour is turning 20 years old: as old, as young, as some of our members. Its story is strictly connected to those of the 20 remarkable players who have won the Order of Merit, year after year. That’s why we thought that one of the best ways to celebrate our 20th anniversary is to let them talk about their experiences, and their memories.

We start from the beginning, with the words of the first four winners 2001 – 2004, all of them Italians – at that time the tour was not as cosmopolitan as it is now! More will follow in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Class of 2001

STEFANO REALE (Italy)

“The Alps Tour has been the springboard for my professional career. I remember very well the first year when we would wander around Europe by car, looking for the golf courses which sometimes were literally in the middle of nowhere!

I was coming from some golden years as an amateur, I was 19 and decided to try my chance as a pro with this new-born tour, which granted the card for the Challenge Tour to the top 5 in the ranking – I thought it would be a good training ground to start tasting that world bypassing the European Tour QSchool.

I started on the right foot and had some good results very soon, then won my first pro tournament in Crans, the Memorial Olivier Barras, which also gave me an invite to play the Omega Masters, wow!

I remember a wonderful year, full of gratifications and new friendships. The Alps Tour has given me the possibility to play the following year the European Challenge Tour where I’ve been a regular for 12 consecutive seasons, but as soon as I had the chance I would go back and play some Alps tournaments. For me, it was like coming back home!”.

 

Class of 2002

ALESSANDRO NAPOLEONI (Italy)

“Playing the Alps Tour has been the best golf experience of my life. It was like living in a family and it made me feel good – that is why I was playing so well!

With the French players, the Spaniards, and all the others, we were not just playing together the same tour, we were all friends. After the last putt, all the players would run to the winner spraying water and hugging and congratulating, it was like having a party!

I remember when towards the end of the season I was already leading the ranking with a large margin and was in a good position for also winning the last tournament, but at a certain time in the last round I hit a horrible shot and started to lose my focus. I had my father on the bag and he got mad at me, saying that I was going to hand the trophy to Lionel Alexandre, with whom I was sharing the match. I said to dad, ‘And so be it!’! I had already secured my card, and I was happy for Lionel to have a chance to climb the ranking – which he did eventually, as he finished 3rd that year.

Since then, I have always missed that friendly atmosphere and the sportsmanship we had on the Alps Tour!”.

 

Class of 2003

EMMANUELE LATTANZI (Italy)

“Playing the Alps Tour was undoubtedly the best possible choice for a young pro, and it was a no-brainer for me since its beginning, in 2001. I was 25 at that time and I remember that first year I made the cut in 9 tournaments out of 10.

In 2003 the schedule would count 19 tournaments in five different countries, and six of them were hosted in Italy: I won three times within one month, in summer, and went on to be the best in the Order of Merit that year in front of some remarkable players who then had great results in the European Tour like Felipe Aguilar, Gregory Bourdy and Felipe Lima. Really, it was a super experience!

After my experience on the Challenge Tour, I’ve been back playing the Alps for many years after – I have been a member until 2011 – and I keep so many good memories about it all!”

 

Class of 2004

ANDREA MAESTRONI (Italy)

“2004 was a year to remember for me, my golden year! And also the jumping board for my career. Until then I had never won a pro tournament, I had played some Alps events before, but never full time. But when I realized that with 20 tournaments that tour was the best path for me to forge and strengthen my experience, I was able to collect my first Open – the Open de Marcilly, I remember a very tough five-way playoff!

Since then, everything has changed. By realising that I was able to win, my game evolved and so did my mindset, and my scores reflected my new awareness. I ended up by winning the Order of Merit and my card for the 2005 Challenge Tour, but this was not the end as with Alessandro Tadini we brought Italy back in the World Cup, and then I also conquered a card for the European Tour at the QSchool.

For me the Alps Tour has meant a fantastic opportunity and a stairway to the international golf world. And the story repeated 11 years later, when I returned to the Alps QSchool in Spain at La Cala and went on to win the Open de Guadeloupe in 2015, then finish 7th in the ranking which resulted good enough to gain another Challenge Tour pass and from there, my third season on the European Tour.

After 20 years I can undoubtedly give credit to the Alps Tour for always evolving and for being a solid landmark in the international golfing world. Congratulations to all the staff and… long live the Alps Tour!!!”.

 

More stories will follow in the next few weeks, stay tuned! 

 

The Alps Tour in numbers since 2001:

€ 15.240.000 prize money distributed;

365 tournaments;

14 countries visited;

152 different venues;

217 different tournament winners

 

Please click:

here for the full list of Schedules and Winners 2001-2020 

here for the alpha list of winners 2001-2020

here for the Top 5 OoM 2001-2020


21st January 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Celebrating our 20 Years of Raising Golf Stars

It was the year 2001 when the Golf Federations of France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria first launched a new professional tour. They called it, appropriately, Alps Tour – from the mountain range that stretches across those four countries, from west to east – and its purpose was clearly established since the very beginning: to provide Europe’s best young talented players with the opportunity to build a fundamental professional tournament experience and to use it as a springboard towards higher levels – Challenge Tour, European Tour, and beyond.

In the last twenty years the Alps Tour has been expanding its borders and visiting more countries – Slovenia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal, and – regularly since 2009 – Spain, which quickly became an essential pillar of the organization with its Federation; beyond Europe, the Alps Tour has flown over the Mediterranean Sea to Morocco, Israel, Tunisia, and Egypt cumulating an impressive list of tournaments – and winners.

There have been highs and lows in those twenty seasons, great golfing stars blooming from the rankings and world economic crisis which unforgivingly hit the tournament schedules; but the past year was undoubtedly the most challenging we all had to face. The COVID-19 pandemic was about to destroy all the efforts that had been put in building a successful tour, brick by brick, and therefore deprive many rising golf stars of their future careers. This was not the case, in 2020 the Alps Tour was able to organize a season of tournaments, a final ranking and have three players promoted to the 2021 Challenge Tour.

On the strength of this difficult experience, Alps Tour wants to look at 2021 as a new era capitalizing on the success of the past and celebrating this important anniversary in style with a new tagline – “Raising Golf Stars”, which stresses its role of training ground for future golf stars – and a new logo: an A which represents a stylised peak of a mountain, or the ambition to climb the golf rankings for the players.

I am extremely proud of the Alps Tour family”, says Alps Tour President Marco Durante, “including directors, staff and players, all together, for their strong response to the COVID-19 crisis. Together we faced, and overcame, an unprecedented situation which forced some difficult – sometimes hard, or bold – decisions, such as postponing with short notice the second Winter series in Egypt or anticipating and moving the Qualifying School to Italy. We had the understanding of the Challenge Tour for keeping at least three spots for our top players next season, despite the “freezing” of their order of merit, and we had the continuous support of our founding Federations, together with sponsors and organizers, to keep the Alps Tour alive and in good health. Especially I must thank Estelle Richard, Alessandro Rogato and Alessandro Pia for their extraordinary efforts throughout the season, and my Board for its unparalleled commitment for the sake of offering playing opportunities to our members”.

It was also our paramount concern to have a safe environment for our players and staff: and we can now proudly state that all our precautions were successful in keeping all our tournaments Covid-free”.

The Alps Tour is turning 20 years old: as old, as young, as some of our members. Our commitment continues to be to raise future golf stars: and we are sure that we shall find some more between our players in the new season. All the best to all of you!

While we need to wait a little more to announce a definitive schedule, this is the link to the first draft of an early provisional schedule of tournaments for the first part of 2021; we plan to organise 16 tournaments overall, with 8 dates in Italy, 3 in France, 2 in Spain, 1 in Austria and 2 in Egypt.

The Alps Tour in numbers since 2001:
€ 15.240.000 prize money distributed;
365 tournaments;
14 countries visited;
152 different venues;
217 different tournament winners

Please click:
here for the full list of Schedules and Winners 2001-2020

here for the alpha list of winners 2001-2020

here for the Top 5 OoM 2001-2020


19th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 Final Round – Trio of Winners at -7 (209)

November 19th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – A tightly fought final round saw three winners of the Final Round of the Alps Tour Qualifying School 2020; Blaire McKeithen from the USA, Philip Bootsma from the Netherlands, and the French amateur, David Ravetto with -7 (209) for the three rounds.

The Frenchman was first into the clubhouse with the lowest score of the day out on the Golf Nazionale course. An eagle, five birdies and a bogey saw him card a 66 (-6) today.

“Perfect playing conditions with 20°C, sunny and no wind. I came here with the goal of winning the QSchool but after a mediocre first round it looked complicated. So, I just decided to aim for as high a classification as possible. Today, the greens were receptive, and I hit all the fairways which is essential on a course like this. The putts dropped on the back nine and the eagle on the 7th helped. A great day.”

Last years’ winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, the first French player to do so since 2007, the amateur is considering turning pro next year.

Next in was the Dutchman, Philip Bootsma, with a bogey-free 67 (-5) and five birdies. A particularly satisfying win for him as he had just come back from injury when the Covid-19 crisis hit meaning his season did not start until July at the Gosser Open.

“During the downtown I decided to work on my swing to try and pick up some distance from the tee.  So, I went back to the drawing board and made some changes. That’s why in the previous events my results were not too good but now it’s finally paid off which is great. It’s just a shame that the season’s over now but it’s a good motivation for the coming months.”

Last in was the American, Blaire McKeithen on par 72 with two birdies and two bogeys. On the green for two on the 18th hole par 5, he nearly emerged as outright winner.

“The feelings were good today. The course played a lot more difficult today and it was a bummer to finish off with a three putt but it  was so much fun to even have a chance to win. Obviously, it’s great to get the tour card for next year because I love this tour and want to come back again”.

The Californian resident is a long way from home and had quite a challenge to get here:

“I actually had to go to London, quarantine for two weeks, take a test and then flew to Vienna and played at the event in Graz. Obviously then I couldn’t go back home so, I’ve been a kind of nomad for the last five months. But it’s been a wonderful year, a great life experience for me to do all this travelling and then overcome the disappointment of the season”.

Indeed, the American had a long series of missed cuts and just edged into the Qschool Final Stage:

From there it was like the monkey was off my back, so the confidence skyrocketed. Now I feel like a world beater out of nowhere, going from the lowest to the highest so I’m very excited about next season. I love Europe, love all the countries I’ve been able to spend time at, love the people that I met out here and everyone who runs the tour. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m coming back”.

In total for the field, 36 players secured cards in category 6 and 37 players secured category 8 for the Alps Tour 2021 season.

Final Results : click here

 

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18th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 Final – Round 2 – Will Heffernan Fires 65 To Take The Lead

November 18th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – With the best score of the day on both courses, a resounding 65 (-7), Will Heffernan from Australia took the lead with an overall -9 (135) after 36 holes.

Teeing off on the Terre dei Consoli Golf Club course from the first, the player from Down Under started in style with a birdie. He finished the first nine with three more, started the back nine with another birdie, dropped a shot with a single bogey but recovered with three more birdies coming home.

“I’m confident with the putter. The putter and the driver in fact but it’s all about the putting here as it’s quite wide off the tee. I holed a lot of putts today and that’s always gonna get it done, isn’t it? So far, I’m doing everything pretty well so I can’t complain”.

Winner last week on the Golf Club Parco de’ Medici course, he heads into the final round at the Golf Nazionale with the same approach:

“You’ve got to plot your way around the course. It’s going to be soft as I’m sure the grass is still wet there. So, just put yourself on the fairway and try to give yourself as many birdie opportunities as possible”.

Two strokes behind him on the same course, preserving his second place from yesterday is the American Blaire McKeithen. He had a grand total of 7 birdies and would have been joint leader if not for two bogeys on each nine to give him a 67(-5) for the day and an overall -7 (137).

Over on the Golf Nazionale, the Englishman Jack Trewhitt signed a 68 (-4) with just one bogey today to put him in third place with -6 (138).

In joint fourth place, Paul McBride from Ireland on the Terre dei Consoli Golf Club and Javier Gallegos Marsal from Spain on the Golf Nazionale are both at -5 (139). The two players came in at 69 (-3) for the day.

Tied for sixth after their rounds on the Golf Nazionale, yesterdays leader, the Irishman, Simon Bryan, and Will Porter from Scotland sit at -4 (140). Three birdies and two bogeys for Bryan for a 71(-1) today, whilst the Scotsman had six birdies and a lone bogey for a 67 (-5), six shots better than yesterday.

The highest amateur on the leader board is the French player Paul Margolis, at -3 (141) in eighth position. He had another steady round today on the Golf Nazionale with two birdies and a bogey for a 71 (-1).

Also on the Golf Nazionale, a trio of players share ninth place at -2 (142). The two Dutchmen, Philip Bootsma and Koen Kouwenaar both shot a 69 (-3) who are joined by the Italian player, Giovanni Craviolo.

The cut came at +7 with 16 amateurs among the 73 players coming through. The Final Round tees off tomorrow from the 1st and 10th tees of the Golf Nazionale to decide who gets category 6 (top 35 and ties) or category 8 (from 36th to 73rd) on the Alps Tour next year.

Those players who did not make the cut will be eligible for membership in category 9 of the Alps Tour for the 2021 season.

The weather forecast looks to be smiling on the Final as sunny skies and light winds are forecast for tomorrow.

Results Round 2 Final Stage: click here

 

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17th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 Final – Simon Bryan Leads After Round One

November 17th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – Blustery conditions made play difficult today but after the first eighteen holes, the Irishman, Simon Bryan is in the lead by one stroke from his nearest contender at -3 (69).

The 28-year old player from Druids Heath Golf Club in County Wicklow is not unfamiliar with such meteorological conditions:

“It was very windy; it was basically like being back at home but just with much warmer weather. So, keeping the ball’s flight down was pretty handy and with some of the greens being soft we could get at some of the flags, but you had to pay attention with being short sided. It was good, I kept ball in hand pretty much most of the day and when I was out of position on the greens, I just tried to put it close”.

Playing on the Terre dei Consoli course, Bryan teed off from the 1st making one bogey on each nine and a total of 5 birdies.  Having arrived early in Italy, he has got to know the course well:

“I’ve been here for three weeks. As soon we went into lockdown, I straightaway got onto the Alps Tour and then I got the General Manager’s email and we asked if we could come over and practice and they were more than happy to have us over. So I’ve been playing this golf course for three weeks solid. There were a couple of times today that I didn’t even look at the yardage book and just hit the shot. So, it was really nice to have that and it helped big time. We also got in a couple of practice rounds on the Golf Nazionale, so that’s tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. I have a good game plan in place which is key on that course.”

There is a bit of a bottleneck in second position with seven players sitting at -2 (70). Three of them also played the Terre dei Consoli course; Javier Gallegos Marsal from Spain and two English players; Jack Trewhitt and Thomas Thurloway. The other four players were on the Golf Nazionale course today including the leader’s compatriot, Paul McBride. From the USA, we see Blaire McKeithen who briefly took the lead during the day and Will Heffernan from Australia, winner at Golf Club Parco de’ Medici in the First Qualifying round. The final slot is filled by the French amateur Paul Margolis.

In joint ninth place at -1 (71), is the top-ranked amateur present, Eduard Rousaud from Spain who had the only bogey-free round of the day.  He is joined by Alan De Bondt from Belgium, Alessandro Notaro from Italy and Victor Trehet from France.

Eagles were few and far between today, but the French amateur, Carl Bertrand, finished his round at the Golf Nazionale with one on the par 5 18th .  He is among the next group of five players at Par (72). The other eagle was from the Italian Guglielmo Bravetti who scored a hole-in-one on the par 3 9th. He is in the dozen players at +1 (73).

The players switch courses tomorrow for the second round at the end of which comes the cut to 65 players. The weather promises to be sunny and the wind should drop.

Results Round 1 Final Stage: click here

 

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14th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 – All Set For The Final Stage

November 14th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – With the play-offs of the First Stage completed yesterday, the 144 players in the Final Stage of the Alps Tour Qualifying School 2020 are registered. And we can look forward to some great golf given the players in the field.

Notably, among the 42 amateurs, there is David Ravetto from France currently 23rd on the WAGR who raised the Brabazon Trophy in August of this year by winning the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

From Spain, there is Eduard Rousaud ranked 4th on the WAGR who became only the fifth ever Spanish player to play a Major as an amateur when he participated in the US Open in September 2020. Just last week he finished joint fifth at the Andalucía Challenge de España, the only amateur to make the cut at the Challenge Tour event.

The Portuguese amateur, Pedro Lencart E Silva, recently distinguished himself with a win at the Portuguese Federation Cup last month.

Another rising French amateur is Charles Larcelet winner of the 2019 French Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Murat Cup) who also did himself proud at the 2019 Amundi Open de France by making the cut.

And within the home-grown amateurs, two Italians to watch, Gregorio De Leo and Davide Buchi have already participated in three Alps Tour events this year with their best results at the Cervino Open, 6th and 17th respectively. Plus, of course, Alessandro Radig who was second in the First Stage on the Golf Club Parco de’ Medici course.

Several former, top, amateurs, recently turned pro, join the qualifiers. Matyas Zapletal from the Czech Republic won what is considered the pinnacle of amateur golf competitions in his home country with victory at the Czech International Amateur Championship in August.

Conor Purcell from Ireland, a former Walker Cup player, won the Irish Golfer Shootout this July, staged at the K Club in Ireland, site of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

The Dutch player, Koen Kouwenaar, and the Belgian player, Alan De Bondt both had wins in 2019, one at the Dutch National Open Championship and the other at the King’s Prize.

There are also a number of previous Alps Tour tournament winners lined up. From the 2018 season we have the English player, Marcus MohrOpen St Francois Region Guadeloupe, and from Italy, Michele CeaEin Bay Open. Frenchman, Franck Daux, was a two-time winner in 2016 at the Ein Bay Open and Red Sea Little Venice Open. Whilst, in 2011, the Italian, Cristiano Terragni won the Feudo di Asti Open.

The Final Qualifying Stage is scheduled to be played over 54 holes. The players will play two rounds, one each on the Golf Nazionale and Terre dei Consoli Golf Club courses.

After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 65 players and those players tied on the final qualifying place score, who will then play one further round on the Golf Nazionale golf course.

At the conclusion of the 54 holes, the leading 35 players (and those players tied on the final qualifying place score) will be ranked according to score.  Players holding these positions will be eligible for membership in Category 6 of the Alps Tour for the 2021 season.

Players making the cut of the Final Qualifying Stage and finishing between the 36th and the 65th position will be eligible for membership in Category 8 of the Alps Tour for the 2021 season.

Players between the 66th and the 144th position will be eligible for membership in Category 9 of the Alps Tour for the 2021 season.

Official practice rounds start tomorrow with the weather threatening some heavy showers over the next two days. Hopefully, things should improve on Tuesday with the sun returning and gentle breezes.

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12th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 – First Stage Second Round – Partial Results, Play-off Tomorrow

November 11th, 2020 – Rome, Italy –Despite play being delayed for two hours by fog at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club everyone finished before nightfall. All the rounds were concluded at the Golf Nazionale as well. However, on both courses there are six players tied at 33rd position meaning a play-off is necessary tomorrow to determine the official announcement of all the qualified players.

After the withdrawal of an exempt player from the Final Stage an extra slot was added to the Golf Club Parco de’ Medici number of places for a total of 14 for which the qualified players list is official.

Golf Club Parco de’ Medici course: 14 spots available for the Final Stage:

The first winner of the day into the club house at -3 (141) was Will Heffernan after a round of 70 (-2). The sole Australian player at the QSchool, the Melbourne native explained his presence so far from home:

“I’ve been living in the UK for the past 3 months playing golf there since Australia’s in lockdown. I play on the Asian tour as well but they’re not up and running at the moment, so hopefully I can get some status on the Alps Tour”.

With four birdies and two bogeys, his game showed regularity over the 36 holes:

“My game was solid. I hit my driver really well, which obviously helps. The putter was a little bit cold today. I hit it a lot better than what the score suggests but I played pretty solid, hit the middle of most greens and made some nice up and downs”.

In second place at -1 (143) is yesterday’s leader, the Italian amateur, Alessandro Radig. After shooting 69 (-3) yesterday, two birdies and four bogeys saw him finish the day with a 74 (+2).

Coming in at Par (144) to take the third position is the Austrian player Robert Molnar. Despite a double bogey on the par four 4th hole, five birdies and a bogey saw him card a 70 (-2) for the day.

Of the fourteen places available for the Final Stage there are four amateurs and ten professionals qualified.

Golf Nazionale course: 37 spots available for the Final Stage:

It was a three-player share of the first place at -2 (142). Alessandro Notaro from Italy, and the two Spanish  pros,  Sigot López and Roberto Garagorri. The Italian, who has previously played on the Alps Tour, carded a 69 (-3) today with five birdies and a double bogey. Lopez had two birdies and three bogeys for a 73 (+1) whilst his compatriot, Garagorri, had one of the best scores of the day on the course with a 68 (-4) after six birdies and two bogeys.

The play-off tomorrow morning will see six players vying for five spots.

Terre dei Consoli Golf Club course: 36 spots available for the Final Stage:

David Morago from Spain headed the leader board at -4 (140). A former Alps Tour player, he last played the circuit in 2017 and was happy with conditions here in Rome:

“The course was great, it’s long and wide so after three years of no competition it was perfect for my game. My game the last couple of days was great. I missed a lot of chances but in general it was really, really good and steady. So, I’m ready for the next stage”.

One stroke behind him in second place is the Austrian player, Jurgen Maurer on -3 (141). An eagle, two birdies and two bogeys saw him in for a 70 (-2) for the day.

In third place with the best score on the course in the second round, is the Italian player Marco Archetti on -2 (142). Five birdies and a single bogey gave him a 68 (-4) today.

Six players will be competing in the play-off tomorrow for the remaining 4 spots.

 

Results Round 2 Golf Nazionale: click here

Results Round 2 Terre dei Consoli Golf Club: click here

Final Results Golf Club Parco de’ Medici: click here

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11th November 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Qualifying School 2020 – First Stage Round One Results

November 11th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – After all the players had teed off this morning on each of the three courses in the First Stage of this year’s Alps Tour Qualifying School, the official announcement of the number of places available to qualify for the Final Stage was made. Of the 161 players today, there will be a total of 86 slots to join the 58 others already qualified by exemption.

Interestingly, the leaders on each of the three courses today carded identical scores of 69 (-3) over the first eighteen holes.

Golf Nazionale course: 37 spots available for the Final Stage:

A total of seven players hit under par today. At the end of play, at 69 (-3) joint leaders are Leo Andeer from Switzerland and the Spaniard, Sigot López. The Swiss player, with three birdies and no bogeys, carded the only bogey-free round of the day on all of the three courses.

In second place at 70 (-2) are two amateur players, Odin Antonino Urso from Italy, and Sam Dumez from France. And in joint third at 71 (-1) another duo of amateurs from Spain, Victor Garcia Broto and Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela alongwith Henry K Simpson from France. Hernandez Cabezuela was the author of one of two eagles on the course today, the other going to Paul Foulquie from France currently lying 24th. We then have a group of four players at par,

Terre dei Consoli Golf Club course: 36 spots available for the Final Stage:

A total of nine players broke par today. Joint leaders from Spain, David Morago and Javier Gallegos on -3 (69). Morago had one of the three eagles scored here today, alongside three birdies and a double-bogey. Gallegos had five birdies and two bogeys.

Joint second place goes to two Austrian players on 70 (-2) who have previously played on the Alps Tour; Clemens Prader winner of the 2008 Czech Open, who also had an eagle on his card and Bernard Neumayer. The third eagle of the day went to Augustin Hole from France currently in 25th position.

We then have a pack of five players at 71 (-1) including two amateurs, Henri Battilani from Italy and Hugo Legeay-Gaucher from France. They are joined by Alvaro Veiga Pena from Spain, the Austrian Jurgen Maurer and Alessandro Aloi from Italy.

Parco de’ Medici course: 13 spots available for the Final Stage:

Only two players came in under par. Leading after 18 holes is the Italian amateur, Alessandro Radig on 69 (-3). Two strokes behind him is Will Heffernan, the only Australian player present, on 71 (-1). Both had steady rounds as Radig carded five birdies and two bogeys, whilst Heffernan had two birdies and one bogey. Two more Italian players are next at par 72, Filippo Bernabe and Matteo Massitti. The rest of the field are at 74 (+2) or more.

The players tee off tomorrow morning in the decisive round at 8:00 am on the Golf Nazionale and Terre dei Consoli Golf Club courses and at 8:30 am on the Parco de’ Medici course. Should there be a tie on any of the courses, then a hole by hole playoff will be used to determine the players for the last qualified spot and alternates.

The weather will be a little less favourable than today being forecast to be cloudy and with the possibility of occasional showers in the afternoon.

Results Round 1 Golf Nazionale: click here

Results Round 1 Terre dei Consoli Golf Club: click here

Results Round 1 Golf Club Parco de’ Medici: click here

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