26th October 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Italy Alps Open Draws the 2020 Season to an End

October 26th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – The ninth and final tournament of the Alps Tour 2020 season is due to start in two days, here at the Italian Golf Federation course, the Golf Nazionale. And it is going to be a battle of titans  to secure one of the three available places on the Challenge Tour next season.

All ten of the top players on this year’s Order of Merit will be on the starting blocks. The leader, Jordi Garcia Del Moral, with a win at the Cervino Open and four other top ten finishes this season will be looking to keep his number one position. However, his four Spanish compatriots in the top ten will be giving him a run for his money: Lucas Vacarisas, Alps de Andalucia Open victor, in second place, Angel Hidalgo Portillo in sixth, Jacobo Pastor fresh from his first international victory at Alps de Las Castillas Open in eighth and Alejandro Del Rey in ninth, winner of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or.

Needless to say, the Italian field will be out in force too. Third on the OofM, Stefano Mazzoli, winner of the Red Sea Little Venice Open this year, joins thirty-one players looking for a home win. Notably, last year’s winner, Enrico Di Nitto, who finished second on the OofM 2019 qualifying him for the Challenge Tour in 2020 alongside another strong contender, Edoardo Lipparelli, winner of last year’s OofM.

But two more top ten 2020 OofM players are sure to be ready to go down to the line. Lars Keunen from the Netherlands with a win at the Ein Bay Open and two more top ten finishes this year and the experienced Alps Tour player, Englishman Sam Robinson, looking for his elusive first victory. Fifth and fourth respectively on the OofM, they have everything to play for. Just like the French rookie, Jeong Weon Ko from France, currently sitting seventh.

This is the second time that the Golf Nazionale has hosted the tournament and the 84 players, 73 professionals and 11 amateurs, should start the tournament with sunny weather, pleasant temperatures in the afternoon if a little nippy in the morning, and not too much wind. However, they still have to face a course considered to be one of the most challenging in Italy. Let’s hope they can still take the time to savour the beautiful Lazio countryside vistas and the distant Cimini mountains on the horizon.

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30th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Thomas Elissalde Two Shots Ahead Day 1

Salamanca, (Spain), 30th September 2020 – A great birthday present for Thomas Elissalde as he tops the leader board after the first eighteen holes of the Alps de las Castillas here at Salamanca Golf & CC – Zarapicos. The French player, who turned 28 yesterday, entered the clubhouse as leader after his morning round at -8 (64). He previously won the tournament in 2018, albeit on a different course.

« A great day. Not a single bogey. I teed off well, putted well, made certain shots, so no complaints, an excellent day. The greens are sloping and fast which I like. You need to be on the fairway for your second shot here, so my good driving was a plus and then get to the green and sink the putt, obviously, it all helped. It’s a good start to the tournament but it’s only the first round so let’s wait and see. The wind is picking up so conditions will be different tomorrow.”

He carded a birdie on the opening holes of both the front and back nines and with three more on each, he came in with a perfectly balanced -4 (32) in and out.

A threesome are two strokes behind him at -6 (66): Tomas Bessa Guimaraes from Portugal, Jacobo Pastor from Spain, and Mathias Eggenberger from Switzerland. Bessa Guimaraes had a flawless, bogey-free front nine and four birdies. With three birdies and a bogey putting him at -6 arriving at the 18th, he parred to just miss moving into second place. Pastor started with a bogey on the 10th but recovered nicely with four birdies on the first nine. He opened the incoming nine with a magnificent eagle on the par 4 neatly avoiding the countless bunkers on the fairway and around the green. He completed the round with two birdies and just one more bogey. Eggenberger started on the 1st in style with three birdies in a row. He threw in two more for good measure but a bogey on the 9th reined him in. Three more birdies and another bogey on the back to be comfortably placed for tomorrow.

A group of five players are sitting at -5 (67) including last week’s winner of the Alps de Andalucia, the Spanish player, Lucas Vacarisas with seven birdies and two bogeys. Michele Ortalani from Italy holed five birdies on the front nine and two more on the back nine before two bogeys saw him drop back. Lars Keunen from the Netherlands, this year’s Ein Bay Open winner, had all pars and a birdie going out. Started heading home with two more birdies, wobbled with a bogey, sprang back with a birdie then an eagle, another bogey and finished with a birdie. Two rookies make up the count, Ryan Lumsden from Scotland and Alexander Kopp from Austria who have both had two top ten finishes this season and who each carded six birdies and one bogey.

Making up the top ten at -4 (68) is Jeong Weon Ko the rookie from France with three top ten places under his belt so far and an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys today.

The weather forecast is for a sunny day again tomorrow but not quite as warm as today with strong wind gusts. Play commences at 9:00 am from the 1st and 10th tees with today’s leader, Thomas Elissalde off at 2:14 pm.

The Alps de la Castillas enjoys the support of Federación de Golf de Castilla-Leon, Federación de Golf de Castilla-La Mancha, Salamanca Golf & CC – Zarapicos, Consejo Superior de Deportes, EDP Solar, Kyocera, Tag Heuer, Bodegas Barbadillo (official wine), Agua En Caja Mejor sostenible, pura y natural, and Jgolf.

 

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25th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Vacarisas seals his first win on the Alps Tour

Tomares, Sevilla (Spain), 25th September 2020 – Lucas Vacarisas is the winner of the Alps de Andalucia at Club Zaudìn Golf in Sevilla with a total of 199 strokes (-14), one better than compatriots Jordi Garcia del Moral and Mario Galiano Aguilar who share the second spot at 200 (-13).

It is a dream come true for Vacarisas, 22, as he finally grabs the first title which had been so elusive in the last few weeks. The young Spaniard – one of the three Mena Tour players who got an invite to Alps Tour tournaments thanks to the agreement sealed by the two organizations last December – had a top-10 in Austria at Gosser Open last August, was 2nd in France at Open de la Mirabelle d’Or two weeks ago, and now – thanks to a solid final round in 64 – has climbed the Alps Tour Order of Merit up to the 2nd spot, behind the leader Garcia del Moral.

“I’m very happy, first of all for the job I’ve done and for today’s round”, said Vacarisas, “I knew I needed a good one in order to have a chance as anybody could win among the top ten. I’ve lost some focus between 10 and 12 with one bogey, but I reacted pretty soon. Of course I was a bit nervous waiting for the finish of Jordi and Mario, but I knew that the last three holes are very difficult on this course”.

In fact Garcia del Moral had been leading for most of the day while starting T3rd, as he sealed three birdies and one eagle in the front 9, and going as low as -16 on the 16th tee; then, two disastrous double bogeys (and one birdie on 17) broke his chance of winning for the second time in less than one month.

“This first win gives me a lot of confidence”, said Vacarisas, who wins a cheque for €5,800, “but for sure I will go on working more, this is just the start for me. There are two more tournaments in the Alps Tour season and I need to keep on scoring well in order to grab one of the three spots for the Challenge Tour”.

The best round of the day was 63 (-8), signed both by Spanish amateur Joel Moscatel and by Austrian pro Alex Kopp, who finished his round in style holing a 6-iron on hole 9 for a spectacular hole-in-one, and climbed up to 4th spot shared with Portuguese Tomàs Bessa.

Alps de Andalucia has enjoyed the support of Real Federación Española de Golf, Real Federación Andaluza de Golf, Zaudín Golf ClubConsejo Superior de Deportes, EDP Solar, Kyocera, Tag Heuer, Bodegas Barbadillo, Agua En Caja Mejor sostenible, pura y natural, JGolf.

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16th June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Frenchman Alexandre Daydou wins the Alps de Andalucía

Alexandre Daydou (FRA) won the Alps de Andalucía today at La Monacilla Golf Club in Aljaraque, Spain, with a total of -10. 

It was Daydou’s first victory on the Alps Tour. Daydou turned in the best card of the day at -6. 
 
Miguel Gaspar (POR) finished in 2nd place with a total of -8 while Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA) came in 3rd place with a total of -6.  
«  I’m very happy because I spent 2 year in the Alps Tour and I lost twice in the playoffs. It’s really hard, there are lots of good players on the circuit, so I’m very happy with this win » 21-year-old Daydou, a native of La Réunion island, said. «  I started perfectly with 4 birdies on the first 5 holes. I putt very well, made some good shots. And then I made a real bad double bogey on hole 8. After that, I just kept playing, trying to make some birdies. In golf, you never know what happens, so you just keep playing, try to make some birdies and you see what happens » Daydou explained. 
 
«  For me, today was just perfect. I really enjoyed the course. It’s really hard to drive on this course as the fairways are very small. You just have to be really focused on the tee and then make some putts and today, it was incredible » he concluded. 
Daydou made a total of 8 birdies and a double bogey in the final round.  

«  I’m a bit unhappy because I felt I had a good chance. But that’s the way it is in golf » Portugal’s Miguel Gaspar said. «  I feel pretty good about my game in general. I played really good on the first day, I did not make any mistakes. I did not play very well in round 2. And today it was about the same, I did not hit the ball very well. I had a provisional today and I did not hit the ball quite well in the last 4 or 5 holes » he explained. Gaspar made 3 birdies and a bogey in the final round. 

«  I’m happy with my result. The day went well, I played well, so it’s rather positive for me » Frenchman Louis Cohen Boyer said. «  I would have liked to get closer to Alexandre but he played very well today. I missed an important putt for birdie on hole 17. I think it’s one of the only holes on the course where you can make a break from the others. My putt was 2m50 long but I missed it » he explained. Cohen Boyer made 4 birdies and 2 bogeys in the final round. 

Marcus Mohr (ENG) still leads the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking. Louis Cohen Boyer moves up to second place with today’s finish while Alexandre Daydou jumps to 4th place on the Order of Merit after his win today.  

Weather conditions were sunny with some wind and temperatures in the mid 20s. 

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will now travel to Metz, France, for the Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or starting on June 21st.  


15th June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Scrimshaw enters final round as sole leader

Andrew Scrimshaw (ENG) took the lead of the Alps de Andalucía today at La Monacilla Golf Club to enter the final round of the tournament at -7 total. Miguel Gaspar (POR) and Alex Esmatges (ESP) are both one stroke behind Scrimshaw.
 
«  I played nice and solid. It could have been a lot better to be honest if all the putts had gone in. Hopefully they’ll go in tomorrow » Scrimshaw said. «  I was happy with how I felt today. I did not feel nervous, I think I did what I’ve been doing in the last couple of days. Hopefully, it will be most of the same tomorrow, we’ll see what happens » he continued. 
 
Scrimshaw had a total of 7 birdies and 4 bogeys, 2 of them on the last 2 holes. « I got up to 9 total with 2 holes to play. They were 2 tough holes, 2 long holes, par 4s. You have to get a good tee shot otherwise you’re going to struggle. I was out of position both times off the tee and unfortunately, I made 2 bogeys » he explained. 

«  The course is not easy and I hit the ball well. I made a couple of mistakes that led to some bogeys but I’m pretty satisfied with my game » Teremoana Beaucousin (FRA) said after finishing round 2 tied for 4th place at -5. 

Antoni Ferrer Mercant (ESP) turned in the best card of the day at 66 (-6) to finish round 2 also tied for 4th place at -5 total.

 
43 players made the cut set at +2 and will play the final round of the tournament on Saturday.  
 
Weather conditions were sunny with winds picking up in the afternoon and temperatures reaching 30°C. 
 
Final round will tee off on Saturday at 8h30 local time. 

11th June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Rising golf stars head to Andalusia

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour are back in Europe for the Alps de Andalucia starting June 14th through June 16th.

The Alps de Andalucia is played every year on a different golf course in Andalusia. This year, 139 players, including 56 Spaniards, are scheduled to gather at La Monacilla Golf Club outside Huelva, Spain. The golf course features a 18 holes, par 72 Championship Golf Course, designed by World Golf Hall of Fame’s José María Olazábal, one of the great Europeans in the history of the game.
The Alps de Andalucia is the first tournament played in Spain this year. The Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera and the Alps de Las Castillas will follow in July.
England’s Marcus Mohr, leader of the Alps Tour’s Order of Merit and recent winner of the Open de Saint-François Région Guadeloupe, is participating in this year’s edition.
Defending champion Clemens Gaster (AUT) as well as winners of the different Alps Tour tournaments since the beginning of the season, except England’s Jack Singh Brar, are also playing this week in Andalusia. Other participants include a few former Challenge Tour players as well as Javier Ballesteros, son of the late Seven Ballesteros.
The €48,000 prize money tournament, making it one of the biggest events of the season, is played over 54 holes of traditional stroke. Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final title day of the tournament.
The tournament is organized by JGolf18.0 with the support of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and Royal Andalusian Golf Federation.

14th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Gaster won maiden trophy in Andalucia

Austria’s Clemens Gaster claimed maiden win on Alps Tour despite charge of Spanish players. Gaster shot final round 65 for -13 total as overnight leader has trouble to keep his nerves of steel heading to final round. Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez dropped 3 shots in first two holes before holing for birdie on the third. He finished at second place one shot back of the winning score.

A group of three Spaniards shared third place, David Borda, Ignacio Sanchez Palencia and amateur Angel Hidalgo, all with -12 total and finally, two other players from Spain are one shot further, former Challenge Tour player Ignacio Gerard Piris Mateu and Alfredo Garcia-Heredia.

Thanks to this win, Gaster made a huge jump at the ranking from the 70’s to the 20’s position. He earned his place to the Grand Final.
Adria Arnaus eventually took the lead of the ranking over passing France’s Ugo Coussaud who missed the cut this week. The two men are only less than 150 points away.


13th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Garcia storms one shot clear in Andalucia

Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez shot brilliant 65, -5 to go to -11 total in Alps de Andalucia. He’s heading to last day with one shot advantage over France’s Thomas Grava, -10 thanks to best score of the day 64 and Spanish amateur Angel Hidalgo.

Garcia Rodriguez is very confortable playing on home soil. He won Alps de Las Castllas last May and is in contention for second win on Alps Tour this season. The 28 year old player had a solid second round with only one bogey but an eagle and 4 birdies.

Alps de Andalucia is the last regular event before the Grand Final and final top 5 to access Challenge Tour. Ugo Coussaud, Alps Tour leader misse the cut this week and could loose his leadership as Adria Arnaus, second at the ranking, is 5th tie, 4 shots back of the lead.

The drama is on as the top of ranking could swing after tomorrow’s results.


12th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Borda shot flawless 63 on home soil

Spain’s David Borda shot flawless round 63, 7 under par in Alps de Andalucia on Santa Clara golf Granada course. His compatriot amateur Victor Pastor Rufian joined him after holing nine birdies versus two bogeys for same score.

This is the last chance for Alps Tour players to enter the Grand Final. Alps de Andalucia is the last regular event of the international Alps Tour schedule. Borda, 8th at the ranking can hope for more and enter top 5.

David Borda has been plying really well for the last month. He finished 4th in Abruzzo Open, two weeks back and third in France, beginning of September in Citadelle Trophy Preisch.

A group of 3 players are one shot back, Spanish amateur Angel Hidalgo, fellow countryman Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez and France’s Robin Roussel. The later has a pretty nice season, was in contention a couple of time but still in the hunt for maiden win.

After one round, 47 players shot -1 or better to secure their provisionnal place after the cut.


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Alps de Andalucia in Santa Clara Golf Granada

Much more than the victory at stake in Santa Clara Golf Granada

With just two tournaments to finish the 2017 season, the calculators are smoking. A victory in the Alps de Andalucia could be a key in the aspirations of many players who are in Granada this week. There are several names that have to prove their good form to ensure that top 5 final in the Order of Merit, among them Adrià Arnaus or Navarrese David Borda.

“I came to win because the victory would allow me to enter the top 5 of the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour 2017 and, therefore, have almost assured my passport for the Challenge Tour 2018 which is one of the objectives of the season” sharp and confident was a David Borda who is very clear what to do in Granada. “Santa Clara Golf Granada has a design with a couple of very long par 3s that will benefit this week those who are better with the long game and, perhaps, can be one of my strengths this week with good greens and that sure will make the difference, “said the Navarrese player who has decided to forget the results of last week in the Spanish Championship of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

Sebastián García Rodríguez, the new winner of the Spanish Championship of the Spanish Royal Spanish Golf Federation or Alfredo García Heredia have the opportunity to take advantage of their good form and rise to a win.

This week is also special for a young Miguel Ángel Jiménez Jr. The son of the several times winner on European Tour arrives in Granada with an overwhelmed illusion and with the desire to enjoy a great week of golf. “Step by step I am assimilating and getting used to the professional world in which it is clear that it is necessary to take a lot of experience and in which, obviously, there are many differences with respect to my amateur stage; I am playing with a lot of head and knowing that the good punches are there, that I have a solid game and that I have nothing to envy in the game to anyone with what the objective is clear: go out to enjoy and let the golf that I carry inside flow “, argued a Miguel Angel Jiménez Jr who knows, perfectly and first hand, the professional world in which it begins this year.

Among the favorites to win are several names marked in red. The first of them, the Frenchman Ugo Coussaud, current leader of the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour, 2nd the Spanish Adrià Arnaus, followed by Antoine Rozner and Lars Van Meijel. Maximum excitement before the 54-hole race that can greatly change the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour 2017.

The Alps de Andalucia is possible thanks to the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, the Royal Andalusian Federation, the Higher Sports Council and the collaboration of Kyocera and Reale Seguros. JGolf18.0 organizes the Alps of Andalusia.

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