16th December 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Gallegos won the Q School
Spain’s Javier Gallegos won the Final Stage of Q School in La Cala. He shot 68 thanks to great finish with 2 birdies on last two holes for -10 total. France’s Victor Perez took second position one shot back.
Perfect weather to complete the final round on Asia course in La Cala. The head green keeper, Rafael Linares Garcia, ranked in top 3 in Spain, is very happy with the shape of his courses and players confirm his feeling. His 18 man team did a very nice job to be ready for the Alps Tour Q School.
“They were even better 3 weeks back but the weather has been so hot for this time of the year. We have worked a lot this year. We changed the irrigation system on Europa course. We improved the quality of the water used on all courses. We ventilated the greens every 2 weeks.”
“We have ambitious works planned for next year as well, to change the irrigation of the Asia Course which is now 25 year old and we will rebuild 2 greens, the second and the 10th to optimize pins positions.”
Javier Gallegos made the greens home during the final round. He holed two eagles and four birdies to win by one single shot.
“My game plan was to be aggressive. I wanted to do as many birdies as possible so I went for the pins on each hole. Sometimes I missed and dropped shots, but all in all my goal is achieved, I wanted to win.”
He had a little help from France’s Victor Perez who dropped a shot on the very last hole. Overnight leader, Alexandre Daydou, 19, battled with fever and sinusitis all day and felt eased entering the scoring area. He is one of the 3 men on the podium alongside Nicolas Tacher and Santiago Tarrio.
“That was the never ending day. I am so happy it is done now. I am so tired.”
His team mate from France National Team, Léonard Bem, who just made the cut, signed for the best score of the day tie with Tacher, 66 and recorded a 7th position.
“I was way more relax on course. I managed to enjoy the game and my putting was efficient. My long game was better as well so all of these made the difference at the end.”
The cut for full category felt at +3 for 38 players, including 9 amateurs.
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15th December 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Daydou soared in La Cala
France’s Alexandre Daydou shot a 6 under par card on Asia course, -10 total, to lead the Q School Finale by 2 shots over fellow countryman Victor Perez.
Daydou, 20, scored flawless card on Asia course, six birdies to take command going into final round. The young man, born in La Réunion island, is one of the young French talented amateurs. He came in Spain with one goal, gain a full Alps Tour category for 2016.
« My game plan was simple and I stuck to it. I worked on it with my coach, Renaud Gris. Here, you have to be careful with tee shots and that was my routine for these past 2 rounds. I kept of targeting the safe places on fairways to have good angles to hit the greens.
Most of the time, I did not hit the driver and I have to admit it was a good thing because I am so sick, sinusitis, that I would not have been able to finish my round. »
On his toes, Victor Perez, 23 year old from Tarbes, South of France. He graduated from University of New Mexico last June and had a win there as a freshman. He came back to Europe as he just missed by one shot the Canadian Tour card during Q School and is delighted to be play to play well in La Cala.
« My game was very solid on my first nine, from 10th to 18th. Pins positions were difficult on the 17th and 18th so I did not go for them. From the first hole of my back nine, I have admit a little lack of focusing, same rythm of play, warm temperature, I saved 2 pars on holes 3 and 4. Then I had a nice eagle on the 5th then erased by a double bogey on the next hole, a bad bounce. But all in all a nice day and as I played first stage, I am getting to know Asia course pretty well now. »
Spain’s Roberto Sebastian -7 total and Javier Gallegos -6, are respectively 3rd and 4th, one shot further, a group of 4 players tie for 5th place, England’s Ben Wheeler, Spain’s Gonzalo Gancedo and Italy’s Nicholas De Pedrazzi (am) and Federico Colombo.
The cut felt at exactly 65 players at +4. The youngest player of the field, Austria’s Laurids Lohr, 16, missed by only one.
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