30th September 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Barnes leads in Italy
Tough day for this first round of Acaya golf Open. England’s Jason Barnes shot 67, -4 to lead by one and be part of the 6 players who beat the par today. The golf course of Acaya is in great shape and the wind did not help players to shot low scores. Rough is dense and “eats” the ball as seen on big European tour events. Only a few of them managed to adapt. Barnes did play very solid and Alan Bihan, his playing partner said he got impressed by Barnes putting:
« I really improved my game compare to the beginning of the season. I play much more solid. Today I only missed 3 fairways and I hit 16 greens. I deal better with pressure and it is this kind of feeling I had when I played first stage of Q school too. »
Barnes, 26 year old, is on top of the leaderboard for the first time in 2010 but strong players are very closed. Fellow Matthew Cryer is only one stroke behind. Then come Italian Matteo Delpodio and Frenchman Kenny Le Sager. They both played in the same group and the level of the game was really nice to watch. Delpodio, second at the Alps Tour order of merit, missed the last two cuts. He confessed his game was getting better and good sensations were back.
At 5th place, 3 shots back of the lead, Frenchman rookie Romain Schneider and young Italian Amateur, talented Emanuele Sesia, 18 year old. Sesia is a good friend of European tour rookie Matteo Manassero.
The projected cut will be around +8 or 9.