21st October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Spain’s Borda wins Grand Final; Tarrio ends 2018 season in first place overall

David Borda (ESP) won today the Alps Tour Grand Final with a total score of -19. It is Borda’s second victory on the Alps Tour this season. 

Hugues Jr Joannes (BEL) finished in 2nd place (-17 total) while Ivan Cantero Gutierrez (ESP) and Leo Lespinasse (FRA) tied for 3rd place with a total score of -13. Lespinasse turned in the best card of the day (64, -7) making an eagle, 6 birdies and a bogey.  

«  I’m feeling really really good, I could not be happier, I think it was my best week ever. I’m so happy » Borda said. «  For sure, I felt the pressure, everybody was feeling the pressure this week, but I managed it and I played very very good during the last 4 days. I’m looking forward to next year on the Challenge Tour ». Last year, David Borda failed obtaining a Challenge Tour card by a few points. 

Santiago Tarrio (ESP), who played this week at the European Tour’s Valderamma Masters in Spain and thus did not take part in the Grand Final, finishes the 2018 season first in the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, with 26,702.45 points. With today’s win, David Borda moves up to second place in the Oom. Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA) and Marcus Mohr (ENG) complete the top 5 of the Oom and will all be playing on the Challenge Tour next season. Marcus Mohr, who had a very disappointing Grand Final finishing tied for 33rd place (+3 total), makes the top 5 by less than 700 points. « I feel very lucky to finish 5th in the Order of Merit. I did not play very well at all this week » Mohr said. 

«  First, I would like to congratulate my friend David Borda for his second victory of the season » Tarrio said. «  I was disappointed not to be able to play the Final because it is a course that I love and I feel welcome at the Golf Des Iles Borromées » he continued. «  Finishing first in the Order of Merit is very important for me because there were many very good players this year on the Alps Tour and to beat them means that I can reach the European Tour as I think they will also do » he added. «  Finally, it’s great to follow the footsteps of Adriá Arnaus who won last year’s Alps Tour season ranking. This shows that I am on the right track » Tarrio said. 

As an amateur, Adria Arnaus won the 2017 Grand Final and finished first in the Order of Merit. Arnaus is currently ranked 9th on the Challenge Tour and will play on the European Tour next season. 

«  I would like to dedicate this season to my whole team. Without them, I would not be at the top. I’d like to thank my friends and my sponsors, my whole family, Joaquín Dosil for making me improve and for supporting me from the first day in many aspects and of course, my caddie and girlfriend, Noelia Garcia. Much of the successes are because of her » Tarrio concluded.  

The Alps Tour would like to thank the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées for their wonderful hospitality and all the sponsors of the tournament for their strong support.

The next Alps Tour event will be the Qualifying School at La Cala Resort  in Malaga, Spain, December 9th through December 15th, 2018. 


20th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Borda retakes the lead before decisive final round

David Borda (ESP) regained the lead today of the Alps Tour Grand Final with a total of -14
Borda finished round 3 with a score of 67 (-4), with 5 birdies and a bogey. 
 
The Spaniard is followed by the overnight leader Hugues Jr Joannes (BEL, -12 total) and by Conor O’Rourke (IRL) who also thanks to an eagle on hole 17 finished the day at -11 total. 
Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Leo Lespinasse (FRA) and Gato Bertinotti (ARG) turned in the best cards of the day (65, -6) at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées
«  I played pretty solid today on the front 9, everything came together. I hit good tee shots, good second shots and I putted well. Things were kind of under control but this is golf and I missed a few shots on holes 12 and 13. I finally made a good birdie on hole 17 so I’m pretty happy, I’m looking forward to tomorrow » Borda said. «  Everybody is feeling the pressure this week. Tomorrow is going to be the day. I’ll just go out there and try to play my best and we will see what happens » he concluded.  
 
«  My day did not go as well as yesterday obviously. I did not hit the ball as well, I imagine I felt a bit of pressure at the start of the round » Joannes said. «  But I made some good pars at the beginning, I made a good birdie on hole 6, that’s the only one I made today. I did not make any mistakes and I’m rather satisfied with my day knowing I did not hit the ball as well as yesterday » he explained.  «  I still have a chance tomorrow, I’m 2 shots behind the leader and there is still something to be done » he added.  
 
Tomorrow’s much anticipated final round will crown the winner of the last tournament of the 2018 season. But it will also determine the top 5 of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, that will obtain a full category to play on the Challenge Tour next year. 70 000 points are due to be distributed tomorrow to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to move up in the ranking. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points.
 
Today’s weather conditions were overcast in the morning before the sun came out with pretty warm temperatures and some wind gusts throughout the day. 
 
Tomorrow’s final round will tee off at 09h20 local time.

19th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Joannes takes control of Grand Final

Belgium’s Hugues Jr Joannes took the lead of the Alps Tour Grand Final today with a total of -11. Joannes made 8 birdies turning in the best card of the day (63, -8). 

The overnight leader David Borda (ESP) is one stroke behind (-10) while another Spaniard, Ivan Cantero Gutierrez, completes the podium (-9). 

« Today was just a day where everything fell into places I guess » Joannes said.  «  I did not start very well, I made 4 pars to start. Then, I made birdies on holes 5, 6 and 9 so I was 3 under through hole 9. And then I made birdies on holes 10, 11, 13, 14 and on 17 where I nearly made an eagle » Joannes explained. «  It was actually a really good day, I’m very pleased with it. The course is very nice, it can be tricky at times but it’s a really fun course to play. You have to hit good tee shots and obviously you have to putt well which I did today so it was a lot of fun » he continued.  «  We’ll see what happens in the next few days, the tournament is still long, there are still 2 more rounds to play, I’ll try to keep doing what I’m doing and if I do what I did in the last 2 days, it should be good » 29-year-old Joannes concluded.  

«  I did not play very well the front 9 as I made 9 pars, I missed a lot of putts » Borda said. «  It was a tough day, I struggled all day. I made a good birdie on hole 11 and then I got my good game back and made 2 birdies at the end. I’m pretty happy about the result today » he explained. «  I think I had a good round to head into the weekend and stay in contention » the Spaniard concluded.  

The top 50 players of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, are competing against each other through Sunday to determine the overall winner of the season.  The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points. Following this week’s Grand Final, the top 5 of the ranking will take a full category on the Challenge Tour next year. 

Weather conditions were again sunny today at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées with warm temperatures in the afternoon and practically no wind.

Tomorrow’s round 3 tee off is at 08h30 local time.


18th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Spain’s David Borda leads Grand Final

David Borda (ESP) turned in the best card of the day today at -7 to take leadership of the Alps Tour Grand Final at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées in Italy. 

Borda finished round 1 of the tournament with 1 eagle, 6 birdies and a bogey. 

He is followed by Frenchman Victor Marchiset who finished his round one stroke behind (-6) and by a group of 3 players all at -5: Leo Lespinasse (FRA), Timon Baltl (AUT) and Tom Shadbolt (ENG).

«  It was a really good round, I started really good with 2 birdies on the first 2 holes. I finished the front 9 with 5 under so I’m pretty happy » Borda said. «  We know the course well because we’ve played it several times already. It’s a good course, you need to be all the time with the ball in play to be able to make birdies. If you putt well, I think you can have a good round » he explained. «  This is the most important tournament of the year, it’s the Final, it’s a long tournament so I’ll try to keep myself in contention to be there at the end of the week. I’m in 6th position in the Order of Merit but there are more points to take in the Final and everybody can get in the top 5. I want to win, that’s the objective for this week, to try to get into the Challenge Tour » Borda, who missed the top 5 last year by a few points, concluded. 

« I’m very satisfied with my day » Frenchman Victor Marchiset said. « I’m not used to play that low on the first day. I played well in all compartments of my game. I used the same game plan than when we played here in July.  I like this course, there is no stress at the start of each hole » he explained. « It’s a bonus for me to be here as I was not sure I would make the top 50 at the end of the regular season. It was a pleasure to play here today » Marchiset concluded. 

The Alps Tour Grand Final is the culmination of the 2018 season. The top 50 players of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, are competing against each other through Sunday to determine the overall winner of the season. Following the Grand Final, the top 5 of the ranking will take a full category on the Challenge Tour next year. 

The €45,000 prize money tournament is played over 72 holes of traditional stroke. But because it is the Grand Final, 70 000 points will be distributed to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to jump in the top 5 with this last tournament. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points. 

Weather conditions on the shores of Lake Maggiore were sunny with warm temperatures in the afternoon and some wind gusts throughout the day. 

Tomorrow’s first round 2 tee off is at 08h30 local time. 


16th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour Grand Final concludes 2018 season

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour are heading this week to Lake Maggiore (Italy) for the culmination of the 2018 season, the Alps Tour Grand Final. 

The top 50 players of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, will compete against each other starting this Thursday to determine the overall winner of the 2018 season. 

On top of being in the top 50 following the last tournament of the regular season (the Abruzzo Open), players must also have played in at least 6 tournaments in 3 different countries this season to be able to take part in the Grand Final. 

At the end of this week’s Grand Final, the top 5 of the ranking will take a full category on the Challenge Tour next year. As an amateur, Adria Arnaus won the 2017 Grand Final and finished first in the Order of Merit. Arnaus is currently ranked 9th overall on the Challenge Tour and will play on the European Tour next season. 

Santiago Tarrio, the leader of the Order of Merit with 26,702.45 points, will not participate in this week’s Grand Final as he’s been invited to play in the European Tour’s Valderrama Masters in Spain. « I’m sad not to be able to play in the Grand Final. I like the course very much and I feel very welcomed there. But there are tournaments I can’t turn down » Tarrio said.      

«  I can’t wait to start playing on a course where I have played well there twice finishing tied for 6th (Des Iles Borromées Open 2018) and tied for 9th place (Grand Final 2017) » England’s Marcus Mohr, who is ranked in 4th place in the Order of Merit, said. «  I said at the start of the year that I wanted to give myself a chance and I have » he continued. «  I will be nervous and excited when the Grand Final starts on Thursday but I know that if I play my game, I will come out where I deserve to be at the end of the week » Mohr concluded. 

«  I just want to end the season with the same state of mind I’ve had all year long, that is determined and at the same time serene » Frenchman Xavier Poncelet said. Poncelet is ranked 5th in the Order of Merit but is closely followed by David Borda (ESP) who is 133,44 points behind him.  

The €45,000 prize money tournament will be played over 72 holes of traditional stroke. But because it is the Grand Final, 70 000 points will be distributed to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to jump in the top 5 with this last tournament. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points. 

This is the second year in a row the Golf Des Iles Borromées is hosting the Grand Final. It is also the second time this season the Alps Tour makes a stop at the Golf Des Iles Borromées after a tournament played there at the end of July. 

The Golf Des Iles Borromées, a 18-hole par 71 golf course located 500 meters above sea level, is surrounded by beautiful nature and an exceptional flora. The course has spectacular views of the Swiss Alps and of the Ticino Plain. From the 18th tee, one can see the skyline of Milan and four lakes: Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese, Lake Monate and Lake Comabbio. The Golf club is also the home of a very dynamic junior school managed by a former player of the Alps Tour, Federico Colombo.


22nd October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Arnaus Does the Double!

22/10/2017 Alps Tour, 2017 Grand Final, Golf Ilse Borromees, Brovello Carpugnino. Italy.19-22 October. Adria Arnaus of Spain celebrates as he wins the Grand Final. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Credit: Tristan Jones.

Adria Arnaus ended the season in sparkling form coming from five shots behind to take the Grand Final title and create history as the first amateur to win Alps Tour Order of Merit at Golf Des Iles Borromees.

He shot his best round of the week, 65, to move to -14 for the tournament, then has a nervous wait while the last two groups finished their rounds. As it was, no one was able to match him over the final stretch and he was delighted to take his second win of the season.

“The Grand Final has been a really special event for me, coming here as number on in the Order of Merit, I just wanted to enjoy it and I definitely did that. The course condition was fantastic and I fell in love with the greens, I felt like the ball had a true roll of the time.”

22/10/2017 Alps Tour, 2017 Grand Final, Golf Ilse Borromees, Brovello Carpugnino. Italy.19-22 October. Adria Arnaus of Spain with the Alps Tour Order of Merit trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Credit: Tristan Jones.

Arnaus, ranked 25th on the world amateur rankings, played 9 events on the Alps Tour this year, has managed four top ten finishes as well as his two victories and has now added a Challenge Tour card to his achievements this season.

“I started in the first event in Madrid, with no expectations came to have fun and compete, I ended up in a playoff and that gave me the chance to take part in the rest of the season and it has been amazing.”

Joint runner up, Christophe Koerbler of Austria, -12, recorded his highest ever finish on the Alps Tour, finishing his season with a faultless 65, which included four birdies and an eagle.  His performance means he jumps nine places up the Order of Merit to be inside the top 30 giving him category 4 on the Alps Tour for next season. Leo Lespinasse also on -12 shot his second consecutive 69 to share second place with Koerbler and also record his highest finish of the year.

 

Top 5 OoM_TSJ10440miniThe top five players on the Order of Merit after the Grand Final all receive their Challenge Tour cards, and as it was today, the Order of Merit remained unchanged.
Congratulations to Adria Arnaus of Spain, Ugo Coussaud and Antoine Rozner of France, Lars Van Meijel of the Netherlands and Robin Roussel of France who will all be playing on the Challenge Tour next season.

 

Thanks a lot to the Golf des Iles Borromées for their wonderful hospitality. A special thank to the Federazione Italiana Golf and Italian Pro Tour for their strong support all year long and all the sponsors of the tournament.

 


21st October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Antoine Rozner Moves Ahead

A foggy start to the third round meant that play was delayed until 11:00 and then again until 12:15. Tournament Director, Alessandro Pia took the decision to start the round from both first and 10th tee to make sure that the round was completed in daylight.

Round of the day was a faultless seven under par, 64, from France’s Julien Foret who jumped from tied 19th to tied 6th position. Ugo Coussaud of France shot a flawless 65 to jump from 9th to second place.

It was however, another Frenchman, Antoine Rozner who produced his second 65 of the week to take a three shot lead heading into the final round.  A strong start for the Parisian allowed him to focus on his game.
“I started really well, with 4 birdies in my first 4 so that helped me get in the birdy mood. I hit the ball really well and my putting was good so I am very happy with it. The course is great, you have to be pretty smart at times because if you put the ball in the wrong spot it is not good so you have to think a lot and be aggressive sometimes but smart other times.”

A rookie on the Alps Tour, Rozner has achieved five top five finishes this season but is still looking for his first win. “I’m just going to go all out to win the tournament tomorrow.”

A Challenge Tour card looks almost certain for Rozner at this stage of the tournament, this would allow him to join his older brother, Olivier, who has been playing there this season.

 

The top five players on the Alps Tour Order of Merit, not otherwise exempt, will receive a Challenge Tour card next season. So far the top four players, Adria Arnaus, Ugo Coussaud, Antoine Rozner and Lars Van Meijel look set to gain keep their top four spots. France’s Robin Roussel who currently occupies 5th place on the ranking could be in danger from either Spain’s David Borda or Austria’s Lukas Nemecz who could out Roussel with a strong finish tomorrow.

Overnight leader Maxime Radureau had a torrid time on the course and dropped to 21st place, shooting a 79, +8, 16 shots worse than yesterday’s score.

The final round begins at 9:20, teeing off from the first and 10th holes, with the final tee time being 10:50 local time.


20th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Radureau Takes Charge in Borromees

Perfect golfing conditions prevailed again today during the second round of the Grand Final at Golf des Iles Borromées, and it was Maxime Radureau who capitalised with a flawless 68 (-8) backing up his first round 68.

Radureau, 24 from Poitiers in France, started with two pars before shooting five birdies on the front nine, adding a further three more on the 11th, 12th, and 14th holes taking him to the top of the leaderboard on -11, three shots clear of the rest of the field.

“I am very satisfied today because I did not make any bogeys.”

Radureau, who won earlier in the season at the Open de Mirabelle d’Or, is all too aware of the consequences of the week; a win would propel him into the top five on the order of merit, earning him on of the Challenge Tour cards. He, however, is not focused on that stating:

“My aim tomorrow is to try to do the same and have a lot of fun on the golf course”

 

In joint second place, on -8, are Frenchmen Amaury Rosaye and Leo Lespinasse along with overnight leader, Scotsman Jack McDonald.

McDonald shot  -2 after posting a six under yesterday and had an interesting card, including 7 birdies, 3 bogeys and a double.  Lespinasse managed an eagle two birdies. The only blot on his card was on the par four 12 hole, where he managed to hole a shot from a greenside bunker to save bogey.

 

Rosaye started with a bogey on the first hole having got into difficulties but having steadied the ship produced a bogey free 17 holes of golf.

“ I am very happy, the first three holes were not good, I made miracle bogey on one, then a birdie on the fourth. My strength was with my putting, I had 23 putts today and 13 greens in regulation so some solid stats. The greens are firming up and you have to think hard to play well here. I like it is very tranquil on the course. I am looking forward to playing with Maxime, (Radureau), tomorrow.”

Rosaye is looking for his first top 10 finish of the season; his best result so far is 11th at the Open St Francois Guadeloupe

The third round starts tomorrow at 08:30 local time with the leaders, Radureau and Rosaye teeing off at midday.


19th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

McDonald and Rozner co-leaders

Perfect golfing conditions prevailed during the opening round of the Grand Final at Golf des Iles Borromees. The lightest of breezes and sunshine met the 43 players battling for the last tournament of the season.

It was the 24-year-old Scotsman Jack McDonald who took the clubhouse lead early on with a six under 65. The colourful scorecard included three bogeys, 5 birdies and two eagles, coming on the 6th where he chipped in from the front of the green and  the 11th where he put a 5 iron to 20 feet and holed the putt.

McDonald said: “I got off to quite a poor start, I was a couple over after 5 and then eagled 6 and birdied 7 which got me going. I managed another eagle on 11, then made some solid birdies and tap in pars.
I like the course, it’s nice, there are a few tricky tee shots but if you get through them, there are a lot of chances, and the greens are great as well.”

McDonald had a glittering amateur career, and followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by being part of a victorious Walker Cup team in 2014.

 

By coincidence, sharing the same birthday as McDonald, 12 February 1993, Antoine Rozner also carded a six under 65 including one double bogey, three bogeys and an incredible 11 birdies.

“It was a crazy round, I don’t know if I have made that many birdies in a round before. I made too many mistakes and put the ball in wrong spot and you just can’t do that on this course. I am very, very happy to make 11 birdies, tomorrow I aim to cut out the errors.”

Rozner, an Alps Tour rookie this season, who is currently third on the order of merit heading into this week, is looking for his first win of the year having achieved five top ten finishes from 13 tournament starts in 2017.

Frenchman Rozner is in good company at the top of the leaderboard with compatriots, Leo Lespinasse in third place on -5 and Leonard Bem in fourth on minus 4.

The top five players on the order of merit at the end of the Grand Final will receive their Challenge Tour card, which adds to the excitement of the last tournament of the 2017 season.

Rozner and McDonald will be playing the second round together, teeing off last as there is a daily re-draw. Tee times start at 8:30 with the final match teeing off at midday local time.

 

 


18th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Tomorrow, Grand Final’s start

The last event on the 2017 Alps Tour season gets under way this week at the picturesque Golf des Iles Borromees, a tree lined course perched on the mountainside above Lake Maggiore with views of both the lake and the Alps.

The Grand Final marks the culmination of an exciting season on the Alps Tour and is the last opportunity for players to secure one of the 5 Challenge Tour cards on offer to the top 5 players after this event. Mathematically, any player currently inside the top ten could take one of the coveted cards with a win this week, adding to the pressure and excitement of the event. As well as the 5 Challenge Tour cards, there is the opportunity for players to improve Alps Tour category for the 2018 season, with the top 30 players gaining category four and 31-50 gaining category seven.

The competition this season has been intense with 15 winners form 15 events proving the strength in depth of talent playing on the Alps Tour. This year for the first time, there have been three amateur winners, including Spaniard Adria Arnaus, whose stellar season includes a 7th, 4th, two 2nd places and a win at the Villaverde Open. This sees Arnaus leading the order or merit with Frenchmen Ugo Coussaud and Antoine Rozner occupying second and third place, Dutchman Lars Van Meijel in 4th and Robin Roussel of France sitting in fifth place heading into the week.

There is a long history of players from the Alps Tour going on to achieve success at higher levels, demonstrating the strength of the Alps tour as a proving ground for young, aspiring golfers. Names such as Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts, and European Tour winners Gregory Bourdy, Jose Filipe Lima, Julien Quesne, Marco Crespi and most recently Matthew Wallace have all plied their trade on the Alps Tour en route to victory. Wallace, the 2016 Alps Tour Order of Merit winner, took his maiden European Tour win in Portugal earlier this year and narrowly missed out on his second victory in the Italian Open just three days ago.

The first round starts on Thursday 19th October with two balls starting form the first tee at 08:20 A.M. local time with the last tee time midday.

Many thanks to the Golf Club des Iles Borromées for its wonderful hospitality, the sponsors and last but not least,  the Italian Golf Federation and Italian Pro Tour for their strong support in this event.

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