14th October 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Maiden win for Evans
England’s Ben Evans won maiden title with a two shot margin over fellow Jason Palmer. With this win, Evans enters Top 3 of Alps Tour ranking.
The question was as last round started, – Does anyone can stop Jason Palmer this year?-. Palmer was once again in the mix for chasing a fourth win. But his compatriot, Ben Evans, 7th at the Alps Tour ranking managed to signed for a very solid 68 card, enough to keep both hands on the Sardegna Is Molas Open trophy.
« Strange, I started with a bogey on the second hole, then I hit some really good shots and holed two putts on the 3rd and 4th hole which settle me down really, then I missed a few. I had a nice birdie on the ninth. On the 10 -He dropped 2 shots- , I was in between clubs and try to hit chippy a five iron and I pushed it away right into the water which obviously wasn’t very good. I made a nice par on the 11th and I came back with an eagle on the 12th, that kind of settle me down again. »
« I just played solid really all week. I only knew about the leaderboard on the 17th, Matt Wallace came and told me Palmer was 3 behind I think. But I didn’t really know until the end which is nice. »
The 5800 €/points earned with this win made him climb until the 3rd rank of the Alps Tour Order of merit.
« It is nice to enter the top 5, that was the goal. I played well this year, just I haven’t got a win. This week, everything came together. I missed 4 events at the start of the year which kind of putt me behind. »
« If I keep playing the way I am playing, somewher, well, I am playing less agressive that I ever have I am sure that made the scores. »
Jaime Camargo, despite amazing putting, struggled to much with his long to be a real threat for Evans. He finished third by his own. The best score of the day, 64, was carded by Wales Rhys Enoch which made him share 4th place with Austrian Lukas Nemecz and Italy’s Andrea Bolognesi.
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10th October 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Evans keeps lead in Sardinia
England’s Ben Evans managed to take lead at the very end of the day. He scored brilliant 66 to reach -13 total in Sardegna Is Molas Open 2013. He is looking forward to stop his fellow Jason Palmer from grabbing fourth win. Jaime Carmago tied for second place with Palmer and will chase the Englishmen and try to win his maiden title on the Alps Tour.
Evans is currently 7th at Alps Tour ranking and a win would definitely make him enter the top 5. His game is sharp and despite being a little sick he shot 66.
“ I haven’t been very well last afternoon and last night, today I was not feeling 100% but I just played sensibly, I holed a few putts round the turn, I birdied 16, 17, 18 ans I eagle the first.”
“If I play tomorrow the way I played, I have a good chance to stop Jason. He is definitely the man to beat, it is going to be interesting! But we don’t know yet if we are going to play 2 or 3 balls…”
Palmer had kind of same momentum during his round and secure a solid six-under-par card as well.
“Some pins positions were very accessible and some were on the top of edges, very difficult to get close. I started very slow at first, almost a little bit frustrated cause I pared the first six holes on the back nine which I think is the easier nine and I birdied 16 and then 17 and I eagled the first and then birdied the second, that was where I made the score and the rest of it was pretty solid.”
“My driving was not as accurate than yesterday, I hit every fairways yesterday and I missed a few today and it is tricky when you miss the fairway because you totally loose control of the ball, you are not sure how it’s going to fly and you can’t spin it from the rough.”
Italian Joon Kim will try to disturb English plan as well as Camargo’s one. Kim had a tough season and he confessed his mental was the weak link of his game. Kim signed for 66 to be -11 total.
“It’s cool to be in contention because this year I am not playing well. I don’t have many expectation for this tournament. I am trying to work on my mental. The swing has not change from last year, but my mental changed. I have to work on it because I will attend to the Q School for the Korean Tour with the Asian Tour as a target as well. I preparing for that.”
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9th October 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Evans and Camargo co-leaders
England’s Ben Evans and Spain’s Jaime Camargo lead penultimate event of the Alps Tour Season. They both signed for 65, 7 under on opening round of Sardinia Is Molas Open.
Many players took great advantage of perfect weather conditions in Sardinia, 23° C and just a gentle breeze all along the day. Italy’s Andrea Bolognesi was the first player to take lead at clubhouse after morning session shot 66. The latter is in a good form as he succeeded to get qualified for European Tour Qualifying School lately.
“I played very well, very nice from tee to green. I knew the course but I had played it a long time ago, six or seven years ago with the Italian team.”
“The key on this golf course is the par five, they are all reachable in two and they are good opportunities to make birdies. On the contrary, the pars 3 are tough and I scored -1 on them which is a very good result.”
Ben Evans who teed off in the morning as well over took the Spaniard with best score of the day 65. Evans is currently 7th at the Alps Tour ranking and a good week can open the Challenge Tour doors to him.
“I just played really solid, I hit the ball very well off the tee, I played the par 5 very well. I missed only few shots, one on the hole 5 but I didn’t have a chance to drop any shot.”
“This season, I played well but I have never been in contention for last round. I ‘ll see if I can put myself in that position, leading or near the lead. I should play the way I played today to give me a chance.”
Last but not least, Jason Palmer, three time winner this season, could had a fourth title to his summary. Despite the great feature he could write on the Alps Tour history, the Englishman stayed very humble.
“I don’t even think about a fourth win, just tried to play one shot at a time, it is boring but it is what I have been doing all year and it seemed to work.”
His successes are his fuel. He got stronger and stronger, win after win.
“Everytime if you can win, the confidence you can get from that is huge. I took all the confidence from that, I suppose it always helps. The confidence is very important for a golfer.”
“I just tried to stay in my own bubble and just concentrate on what I am doing, everything will take care of itself. On this golf course, you’ve got to hit straigh, which obviously suit to me and you need to take advantage of the par 5”.
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