Italian Edoardo Lipparelli, 22, finally claims first win after three 2nd places in the previous 9 tournaments of the season and has narrowed the gap with the leader of the Order of Merit, Garcia Rodriguez. Credit: Simax Communication
9th June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Italian rookie Lipparelli claims first title at Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe

June 8th, 2019 – Saint-François (FWI) – It didn’t take long to Italian rookie Edoardo Lipparelli until he could claim his first title on the Alps Tour: on his 10th tournament, and after finishing three times in 2nd place, Lipparelli held back his nerves and could finally grab the 6,235 Euros cheque as 1st prize for the 9th Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe, after co-leading the two previous rounds on beautiful Golf International de Saint-François, on the Eastern point of Guadeloupe island, in the French West Indies.

Lipparelli, 22, never left the top of the leaderboard and with solid and consistent rounds in 66-68-67 (201, -12), ended the tournament with a 2-strokes advantage over compatriot Giulio Castagnara, 24, also in his rookie season as a pro, author of the best round of the tournament with a final 65 (-6) that made him climb from 10th to 2nd place. “I’ve been playing good for a while now, and the win finally arrived! I am very very happy and obviously satisfied of getting my first win after three second places”, said Lipparelli, who had a strong amateur career with the Italian team before turning pro in 2017, and won the French Qualifying School last March. “Today it was a tough match out there, with a lot of wind the course was playing difficult; there was a bit of pressure towards the end because many players were doing well, especially Giulio (Castagnara) with 10 under; I was 11 under with four holes to play and I knew I had to finish strong. I tried to stay focussed on my game and actually I did, I made a couple of bad shots but I recovered well with the short game, I made no bogeys today. I’m so happy I’ve made it through! It was a fantastic week here in Guadeloupe, this place is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Castagnara is also playing his first season on the Alps Tour, and has finished now five tournaments in-money out of the nine he played, cashing his biggest cheque – 4,235 Euros out of a total prize money of 43,000 Euros: “I started the day at -4, four strokes off the lead, and I thought that -10 or -11 could be good enough to win the tournament. It was a bit windy in the morning but I’ve started well, I made three birdies in the first six holes, then I went on playing well with two more birdies on 10th and 13th, I was close on 14th but I did not make the putt; at that point I was -9, I hadn’t looked at the leaderboard yet but I thought I was close to the leaders. My goal was going as low as -11, but unfortunately I’ve three-putted the 15th; I could recover well with two final birdies – at the 18th I even holed the chip shot! – so in all, it was a good day and I’m very happy of my second place and for Edoardo’s win, it is much deserved after the good results he had before. I’m very much loking forward next week in Italy!”.

Argentinian Leandro Marelli, 28, co-leader after the second round, could only add a final 70 (-1) to finish solo in 3rd place: “It was not a good day on the greens for me, I was not able to save pars in four holes, so three birdies and one eagle were not enough to challenge Edoardo, he played very well and he deserves this win very much”.

Promoted by TV Sport Events, the 9th edition of Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe could count on a pool of sponsors : Région Guadeloupe, Riviera du Levant, Commune de Saint-François, Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC, Corsair, Conseil Départemental de la Guadeloupe, Monetik Alizés, Arcelor Mittal, Comité du Tourisme des Iles de Guadeloupe, Jaguar Land Rover, Golf International de Saint-François, Mont Blanc, Capès, Xeria, Lynx Optique, CANAL+, Damoiseau, Oasis, Heineken, 20 sur 20 by Damoiseau, Nespresso, Dubois Imagerie, Samsag, Villa Jasmin and Villa la Coulée Bleue.

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