La Cala Resort is hosting the Alps Tour Qualifying School for the 8th time
14th December 2019 | Alps Tour Golf
Q School First Stage Tees Off Tomorrow
Malaga (Spain), December 14, 2019 – This year’s Qualifying School at La Cala Resort in Malaga, Spain, sees 181 entrants from 22 different countries vying for one of the 35 places that will give them a full category (category 6) for the Alps Tour 2020 season.
110 professionals and 71 amateurs from across Europe, Asia and the Americas will tee off for the First Stage at 9:15 local time, tomorrow morning, 15th December. Play will be over 2 days, counting 36 holes on 3 different courses.
The three hillside, championship courses at La Cala Resort are all Cabell Robinson designed with each one posing its own unique challenges.
The oldest of the courses, the Asia Course is a 5925 metre, par 72 with four demanding par 5’s. The course requires precision play especially on the approach shots with several elevated greens and strategically placed greenside bunkers.
Small, elevated greens are also one of the features of the America Course, a 6009 metre, par 72 with five par 5s. Wider fairways make it relatively easier for driving than the Asia Course but the multiple changes in elevation and need for plenty of carry add their own difficulties. The view from the par 3 elevated 16th tee is breath-taking, with a vista over the whole resort and across the countryside as far as the coast.
The Europa Course, whilst still hilly, has slightly larger greens and flatter topography than its sister courses. The River Ojén wends its way across the course coming into play on eight of the holes and cutting across three of the fairways. The river runs along the right hand side of the signature hole 14 which plays to the maximum limit for a par 3 at 233 metres.
Those players making the cut at the end of the 36 holes will play the Final Stage of the Qualifying School from 19th to 21st December over 54 holes on the America and Asia courses.
With the weather forecast promising sunshine, a gentle breeze and temperatures in the mid to high teens, all that remains is to wish all the aspiring golfers, our future rising stars to enjoy their rounds and keep it in the short stuff!