13th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

A Golden Win for Alejandro Del Rey at the Mirabelle d’Or

Metz, 13th September 2020 – The battle went right down to the line today between the two Spanish players, Alejandro Del Rey and Lucas Vacarisas here at the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or at the Golf de la Grange des Ormes. But the final putt on the 18th secured victory for Del Rey by just one shot, his first victory since turning professional earlier this year.

Teeing off together at 11:15am, Vacarisas held the advantage after nine holes with three birdies and a -3 (32):

“I started by playing very good golf and although I didn’t hole all my putts, I just tried to stay focussed on my game.”

Del Rey on the other hand did not fare so well going out with just one birdie and two bogeys:

“It was pretty tough. I didn’t play great the first nine holes. I couldn’t hole anything with the putter. I struggled a bit and shot 36 (+1) on the front and wasn’t too happy about it.”

So, on the tenth, the scores stood at -17 for Vascarisas and -13 for Del Rey. Over the next four holes, Vascarisas missed a couple of birdie putts and then bogeyed the 13th. Meanwhile, Del Rey was making his comeback with three birdies and a par to leave them level at -16 teeing up on on the 14th.

Par for both and then Del Rey bogeyed the 15th to go to -15, but Vascarisas followed with an unfortunate double-bogey to fall back to -14 and give Del Rey a one stroke lead. Three holes to go and the two players stayed extremely focussed with three pars for each of them, enough to secure victory for Del Rey  with 198 (-15).

“I played really good, way better than the front so I managed to get a 34 on the back, just barely enough to beat Lucas. I’m happy now but it’s been a stressful day so I tried to stay really focussed and I was still in it when I finished so I didn’t celebrate too much at the end of the 18th but now I’m happy, I’m realising it more.”

Lucas Vacarisas, despite his disappointment showed his sportsmanship and his fighting spirit:

“Congrats to Alejandro for making the putt on the 18th to beat me and we’ll see at the next event.”

Alejandro Del Rey savoured his victory particularly in view of some recent tough times:

“It was a really nice week to get back to being on the top. I’ve been struggling the past couple of months and this is my first cut as a pro, so not a bad way to start the season.”

In joint third place at 202 (-11) it is good to see two rookies: Jeong Weon Ko from France and Matias Calderon from Chile alongside Jonathan Yates from Ireland. Ko, from the Golf de Bussy-Guermantes in the greater Paris region, makes this his third, and best so far, top ten finish of the season. For Calderon, this is his first tournament of the season and marks a good debut. Yates, in his second Alps Tour season, cards up top-ten-finish number two this year and seventh overall.

For the next tournament, the Alps Tour players return to Italy and the beauty of the Tuscany countryside for the Toscana Alps Open from 17th to 20th September at the Golf Club Toscana in Grosseto. The Pro-Am takes place on Wednesday the 16th.

 

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12th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Vacarisas and Del Rey Joint Leaders Day 2 Open de la Mirabelle d’Or

Metz, 12th September 2020 – An exiting climax to the second day here at the Golf de la Grange aux Ormes with two Spanish players co-leaders at 128 (-14).

Lucas Vacarisas was first into the club house having teed off in the morning from the tee one. Yesterday’s leader had another good first few holes with three birdies and three pars up to the 6th.

“Today, I started playing very well like yesterday. I’m very calm and I’m playing my golf. I enjoyed the day. The course is good for my game because it requires good tee shots and my drives have been good”.

One bogey on the front nine saw him with a -2 (33). Everything went swimmingly on the back nine with three more birdies and five pars and just one bogey on the 18th for another -2 (34) and a daily total of -4 (67).

Alejandro Del Rey who started the day two shots behind his countryman, teed off in the afternoon from the tenth. As he admitted, it took him time to get into gear:

“Today was a bit different from yesterday. I had to grind around a little bit more. I started really slow and made a couple of mistakes. I didn’t hit the shots close enough so I made just one birdie and one bogey. My short game worked which is what kept me in the round I guess.”

However, things really started looking up on the back nine and right until the 18th he looked poised to take the lead:

“I started the back nine and played really, really, well. I took advantage of the good opportunities on the short holes, made four birdies in a row and an eagle and finished with a pretty good round so I’m happy about it.”

That gave him a superb -6 (29) coming in and -6 (65) for the day and joint first position.

In third place at 133 (-9) is the Italian player Michele Cea, winner of the Ein Bay Open in 2018, he started the day with a bogey-free front nine and a -4 (31) with four birdies. He started the back nine with a bogey on the par five but recovered with two birdies afterwards. Another bogey and a birdie saw him finish at -1 (35) for a daily total of -5 (66), a shot better than yesterday’s round.

My day was really solid. Yesterday I had a solid long game. I didn’t make too many putts. Today I made more putts and was not as good on the long shots but still on the fairway and playable every time, so I had some fun.”

In joint fourth place we have a pool of five players at 134 (-8) among them another Spanish player, Jordi Garcia del Moral, last week’s winner of the Cervino Open. He opened in style with birdie, eagle, birdie and finished with a -5 (66) for the day.  Lukas Nemecz, from Austria and Matias Calderon from Chile, in third position yesterday, kept in contention with today’s scores of -1 (70). The Irish player, Jonathan Yates and the Frenchman, Franck Medale, with scores of -3 (68) remain in the top ten as they were the day before.

The groups behind see six players at 135 (-7) and five players at 136 (-6) so we should see some movement on the leader board for the final round.

The cut came at 140 (-2) which sees 57 players teeing off tomorrow, 50 professionals and 7 amateurs.

The first flight of three goes out at 7:41am and the last one at 11:41. More blue skies and sunshine forecast for the last day of this year’s Open de la Mirabelle d’Or.

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11th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Vacarisas Victorious on Day 1

Metz, 11th September 2020 – The Spanish player Lucas Vacarisas came in at -10 (61) at the end of the first round of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or here at the Golf de la Grange aux Ormes.

Teeing off this afternoon from the 10th, he started with a birdie on the par 5:

“I started playing very good golf from the first hole. The course is very difficult as you have to hit a good tee shot and also putt well as the greens are tricky. Happily, all my clubs worked for me today”.

An excellent start for the player who has been on the Alps Tour since 2016 and has yet to savour a win, he declared it a “perfect day”.

Two shots behind him at -8 (63) is his compatriot Alejandro Del Rey. The Madrid native recently turned professional after four years at Arizona State University where he finished with an impressive collegiate record. He teed off in the morning flights and entered the clubhouse at the top of the leader board.

“I started a little slowly as it was tough in the morning with the ball not flying too much. I just stayed patient and birdied a bunch of holes in the middle stretch with a final one on the 15th. It was definitely a good round today.

With an eagle, six birdies and not a bogey in sight, as the afternoon session unfolded, he watched various players climb up the board, but he kept his lead. That is until Lucas Vacarisas moved into overdrive. He had started the tenth at -5 (31) and played par until hole thirteen where three birdies in a row put him joint leader. A par followed but his final flourish of two more birdies secured him the top place on the leader board.

In joint third position at -7 (64) is Lukas Nemecz, from Austria this year’s winner of the Gösser Open and the Chilean player, Matias Calderon. It was eight birdies and a bogey for Nemecz and seven birdies and pars for Calderon who was more than pleased with his play:

“A really good day. I’ve been struggling over the past couple of years with my mental side of the game so to have a good solid round on this first day makes me feel pretty good. So, yes, very happy about it.”

Right behind them at -6 (65) is the Italian player, Guglielmo Bravetti. This veteran Alps Tour player had a bogey-free round and three birdies on each nine.

Rounding out the top ten at -5 (66) are five players including local professional Jules Coupade who previously held the course record of -9 (62) until today and his compatriot Franck Medale who was third here last year. Bradley Bawden from England, winner of the Alps Tour 2019 Q School is also there with his fellow Englishman, Marcus Thomas Mohr, victor at the 2018 Open de Saint-François Région Guadeloupe . The Irish player, Jonathan Yates, completes the group.

Making the count for the top twenty at -4 (67) are nine players. Among them the promising Spanish amateur, Joel Moscatel, WAGR 87th and Julien Quesne, two-time European Tour winner who admitted to problems with his driving:

“I’m pretty happy with my score as my tee-offs were not so good so I missed quite a few fairways which made it difficult to do better than -4. I just want to make the most of my time at the moment, to play in tournaments and play under pressure. I want to play, I need to play, so I’m very happy to be here.”

The weather conditions today were practically perfect. Despite a nippy early morning start, the day turned gloriously sunny and warm. The forecast is for more of the same tomorrow. Play starts at 7:45 am from tees one and ten.

 

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8th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

The Alps Tour Forges on to France

Metz (France), 8th September 2020 – The busy month of September continues for the Alps Tour players at the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or in Metz. Less than a week after the final of the Cervino Open in Italy, the French stage sees the 17th edition of the competition here at the Golf de la Grange aux Ormes.

And once again, we have a full field of players eager to hit the fairways. Nine of the top ten players on the Order of Merit count present including the four winners of the 2020 season tournaments so far: from Spain, Jordi Garcia del Moral fresh from his Italian win last weekend; from Austria, Lukas Nemecz, Gösser Open champion; from Italy, Stefano Mazzoli, victor at the Red Sea Little Venice Open and from the Netherlands, Lars Keunen, winner of the Ein Bay Open.

Last year’s Open de Mirabelle d’Or champion, the Dutch player, Lars Van Meijel, is absent but there are two other former Mirabelle winners here, both French. Hubert Tisserand won the competition in 2016 as an amateur and returns this year after turning professional in 2019. He is joined by Xavier Poncelet, an Alps Tour veteran who raised the trophy in 2012 and had a recent win in August at the Arcachon Open in France.

They will be facing some stiff competition within the French contingent with the likes of Julien Quesne. In 2007 he topped the Alps Tour OofM and went on to have two victories on the European Tour at the Andalucia Open in 2012 and the Italian Open in 2013. His compatriots, Victor Riu, second in the Alps Tour OofM in 2008 and Franck Daux currently compete on the Challenge Tour.

And amongst the amateurs, it is good to see the up and coming Spanish player, Joel Moscatel, currently 87th in the World Amateur Rankings and recent winner of the Catalunya Absoluto Championship this summer.

Out on the course the players face a par 71, 6664 yard/6094 metre parkland terrain lined with century old trees. The fairways are broad, on the whole, but with dense rough running the length to grab any wayward drives. However, the par four 11th hole has a very tight fairway which slopes down to the river that runs alongside it with an elevated green at the end surrounded by out of bounds. All of the greens are well-defended by bunkers and quite a few doglegs add to the interest. The 18th provides a whole array of challenges, from the fairway bunker on the left just before the dogleg, a second shot demanding precision to carry the water hazard in front of the green and also avoid the greenside bunker. It will be interesting to see how the players tackle this one.

One bonus will be the weather. After the very cold conditions at Cervino the players will be able to enjoy their practice rounds and tournament in a warmer climate. It also bodes well for the Pro-Am on Thursday 10th as the forecast for Metz is warm and sunny with temperatures reaching a high of 27°C/81°F on Sunday.

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23rd June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Gold for Victorious Van Meijel at the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or

Metz (France), June 23rd, 2019 – Top of the board over the three days, Lars Van Meijel maintained a steady hand to win the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or 2019 by 4 strokes.

Van Meijel admitted to having struggled to find his rhythm going out as the windy conditions today made play more challenging than yesterday. He put the bogey on hole 2 down to this rather than nerves as he had a good drive but missed the approach shot: Van Meijel “I had a short pitching wedge  shot and I got the wind maybe slightly wrong so I went just over and had a tricky lie”. He rapidly mastered the weather conditions as he finished the front nine with 2 birdies and five pars for a -1 (34).

His confidence was reinforced on the back nine as he birdied the first 4 holes followed by 4 straight pars.  The wind again played a role in the only glitch coming in as he finished short of the green on the par 4 hole 18 and saw his first putt just slide past the hole for bogey. But victory was in the bag along with the 6,235 € prize money.

Lars adds this 2019 trophy to the one he won at the Red Sea Little Venice Open in 2017. His win sees him move up 10 places on the Order of Merit to number 5.

In second place, 24-year-old Frenchman Nicolas Platret improved yet again on yesterday’s result with an excellent round of -6 (65) which included 7 birdies that more than compensated for the sole bogey on hole 1. His overall -14 (199) for the tournament gives him his first top ten finish of this, his rookie season.

Completing the podium at joint third were Frenchman Franck Medale and Austrian Timon Baltl at -12 (201) for the 54 holes.

Medale had started the round two points behind the leader and opened with a solid front nine to narrow the gap to one stroke between him and Van Meijel on the front nine. But two bogeys on the back nine saw his advantage eaten away and he finished with a -2 (69) for the day.

Whilst Timon Baltl, recent runner-up at the Acaya Open and winner of the 2019 Gosser Open, showed his fighting spirit again, carding a -5 (66). He started with a somewhat eclectic front nine: two bogeys, four pars, a birdie and an eagle. But settled down on the back nine to give him his third top ten finish of the season and keep him at fourth on the Order of Merit.

Next stop for the Alps Tour is the 2019 Saint-Malo Golf Mixed Open with LET Access Series in Brittany, France, from 4th-7th July 2019. This first in European professional golf will see 72 male players from the Alps Tour and 72 female players from the Ladies European Tour Access Series competing for the same trophy and the same 45,000€ prize money.


22nd June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Mirabelle d’Or, Van Meijel continues his solid performance to take the lead on Day 2

Metz (France), June 22nd, 2019 – With a repeat of the previous day’s -7(64) to finish at -14 for the two days, the Dutch player Lars Van Meijel takes a four-point lead going into the final day of the Open de Mirabelle d’Or in Metz, France.

There was no faltering today as Van Meijel carded 7 birdies and 11 pars for another 64 over the 18 holes. He had credited his result yesterday to his strong driving and today was a repeat performance with him missing only one fairway. Having made all the greens in regulation he demonstrated a keen eye on the greens as well. Van Meijel said “I was happy with my putting today as well. I putted well”. His impression was that from tee to green he had played even better than the day before.

Yesterday’s joint leader, French player Franck Medale had teed off in the morning and was the morning leader coming off the 18th with a -3 (68) for the day to give him a -10 overall. However, the tight pin positions today posed some problems for him: Medale “The flags were a little bit more in the corners and I made a few club choice errors approaching the green which cost me a few bogeys.” Overall, he left the course confident that his second place -10 leaves him in a good position for the final round where he aims to “be patient, play it hole by hole and wait for the birdies to fall.”

Right behind Medale was the Italian Michele Ortolani, who soared up the leader board today moving from joint 19th to third place with a great round of -7 (64) including 8 birdies to leave him at -9 for the 36 holes. An experienced Alps Tour player, Ortolani has had three top ten finishes but has yet to taste victory.

And hard on his heels are the two French rookies Pierre Pineau and Nicolas Platret both on -8 for overall joint fourth place. Pineau continued to play consistently with a -4 (67) as he did yesterday whilst Platret improved his result today by two strokes, carding a -5 (66).

The three players in joint 6th place,coming in at -7, are Frenchman Teremoana Beaucousin and Austrian Markus Habeler who both played -4 (67) today. They’re joined by Habeler’s compatriot Timon Baltl who carded an impressive -6 (65) for the day.

The cut was at -2 (140) for the 36 holes so 42 professionals and 2 amateurs will head out for what looks like being a closely contended final day of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or.

 


21st June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Open de la Mirabelle d’Or, Van Meijel and Medale lead the field at the end of 1st Round

Metz (France), June 21st 2019 – The Dutch player Lars Van Meijel and the French player Franck Medale both carded a -7 (64) for the first round of the Open de Mirabelle d’Or to be on top of the leader board of the 136 players competing in Metz, France.

Meijel teed off in the morning and moved into the lead with 3 birdies and an eagle on the front nine. He continued his solid performance on the back nine with another birdie and an eagle. He put his strong showing down to his driver above all: Meijel ”I hit my driver straight and long to give me short iron shots on the approaches to the par fives”. Indeed, his tally for the three par 5s on the course was birdie, par, eagle.

But as Meijel was nearing the end of his round, Medale teed off in the early afternoon and gradually ate away the Dutchman’s advantage. Medale’s approach was to concentrate on constructing his game with good tee shots: Medale “My objective was to start each hole well to allow me to be aggressive but constructive and create birdie opportunities.” An approach that worked as with seven birdies, three of which were also on the par fives, he turned in mirror nines with a 32 both out and in.

Van Meijel, 25, is an experienced Alps Tour player having had one victory in the 2017 Red Sea Little Venice Open and 9 top ten finishes, and having played one season (2018) on the Challenge Tour. Franck, 23, is still hoping for his first illusive victory on his second year as a professional.

Both players were happy about the condition of the course, Golf Club de la Grange-aux-Ormes, although the rough proved to be quite tough making spin control difficult.

Just behind the leaders at -6 (65) is the rookie Englishman Ben Amor, 22, closely followed by Irishman Simon Bryan, 28, at -5 (66).

With 5 players at -4 (67), 9 players at -3 (68), 12 players at -2 (69) and 24 players at -1 (70), the 2nd Round should prove to be interesting.

Play resumes tomorrow at 7:45 am with the leaders’ tee-times reversed. An early start for Medale and an afternoon tee-off for Meijel.


17th June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Next Stop France for the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or

This will be the 16th edition of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or to be held at the Philippe Gourdon designed course of Golf de La Grange aux Ormes just outside Metz in the Lorraine region of France.

Last year’s winner, the Spaniard Santiago Tarrio, who now plays on the Challenge Tour won’t be defending his title so the trophy will be looking for a new home!

With over 70 French players confirmed there will be a strong home turf contingent vying for it in the field of 144 players teeing off on Thursday. Among them previous tournament winners Maxime Radureau who won in 2017 and Xavier Poncelet who triumphed in 2012. Also, rookie Frédéric Lacroix, number 3 on the Order of Merit, will be looking to add another victory to his season after winning the Ein Bay Open and the Alps de Las Castillas.

Austrian Timon Baltl will be hoping to compensate for his recent disappointment at losing the hard-fought final round at the Acaya Open Dailies 1 in Italy.

The Golf de la Grange aux Ormes always ensures a great welcome for the players but it also caters for the spectators. Access is free for the public and over the course of the tournament they can enjoy various entertaining and fun activities including the Cut Party on Saturday evening. And of course, they will see some great golf!

The Pro-Am takes place on Thursday 20th June and then the competition proper starts on Friday with a stroke play format over 3 days for the 43,000€ prize money.

 

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