13th December 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Hauchard leads Q School Final Stage after round 1
With 5 birdies and a bogey on America course, Frenchman Clément Hauchard turned in the best card of the day (67, -4) today to take the lead of the Final Stage of the Alps Tour Q School at La Cala Resort, Spain. Juan Carlos Osorio (ESP), Enrico Di Nitto (ITA) and Jack Clarkson (ENG), all on America course, are one stroke behind Hauchard.
On Asia course, where the other half of the field has played the first round, three players are sharing the top spot at 70 (-2): Javier Ballesteros, 28, son of legendary Severiano; Argentinian Maxi Godoy, 30, who plans to try his career in Europe after some good experience in the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica, where he has collected 10 top ten places in 2018; and Canadian Callum Davison, who has recently decided to turn pro after a good amateur career.
At the end of the Q School’s final stage, 35 players will obtain a category 6 which means for them a guaranteed spot in all the tournaments of the Alps Tour during the 2019 season.
Weather conditions deteriorated today compared to the last few days. Rain, gusty winds and clouds prevailed in the morning before the sun came out in the afternoon with some wind still present. Temperatures reached about 15 degrees.
Round 2 will tee off tomorrow at 09h30 local time, with players swapping courses: those who played America today will play Asia tomorrow. At the end of the day, the cut will have the best 65 players and ties finish the tournament on Saturday, on Asia course, trying to get a “category 6” or “8”, while all the others will have a “category 9” for 2019.