5th February 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

New season, new challenges

A new season is starting and new challenges are awaiting the Alps Tour players, the « rising stars » of golf looking to climb all the steps that lead to Challenge Tour, European Tour and beyond.

And the premises for another brilliant year are all there: just think of the record number of entries received for the Qualifying School last December – 255 players – and the level of low scores recorded on challenging America & Asia courses at La Cala Resort, with Spaniard Angel Hidalgo totalling -14 to gain the final top spot. The trend is continuing with the first tournaments of 2019 and at two weeks before the start, the number of entries are exceeding the available spots, with a long waiting list.

There’s a lot of expectations to see who will be the next players following in the footsteps of some really talented players who have sharpened their skills on the Alps Tour : like Englishman Matt Wallace, 28, who only two seasons ago won six tournaments and the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour, gained access to the Challenge Tour the following year and soon progressed to the European Tour, where he won 3 tournaments in 2018 and ended the season on 10th position on the Race to Dubai, with nearly 2,9 millions euros of prize money.

The 2019 season will tee off in Egypt, as it has been the case since 2013, with the Ein Bay Open played from February 19-21 on beautiful Sokhna Golf Course (pictured, a view of the 13th hole, credit Tristan Jones Photography), followed by Red Sea Little Venice Open (February 25-27), on the same venue. The Egyptian « Winter Series » will go on with three tournaments played from March 25th to April 6th on three different courses near The Caire and the pyramids : Dreamland Pyramids Open on Dreamland GC, New Giza Open on New Giza Gc – a new spectacular venue inaugurated last October – and Katameya Dunes Open, on the Lakes Course of Katameya Dunes.

Italy will have the role of opening the season in Continental Europe, with traditional Abruzzo Open on Miglianico Golf moved from September to April 17-19, just before Easter. After that, Alps Tour will then get to the heart of the schedule with some exciting changes : we are pleased to welcome new venues in Italy like Acaya Resort near Lecce, and Golf Nazionale near Rome ; and we will return to Golf de Valdeluz in Spain, host of the Alps de Las Castillas again.

And, for the first time in Europe, we’re going to host a new format, a real mixed event co-sanctioned with the LET Access Series : the Saint-Malo Golf Open (4-7 July) will see ladies and men compete together for the same prize money.

One thing is not changing, and it is the enthusiasm and the commitment of an army of young golfers chasing their dream and looking for a promotion. A total of at least 18 tournaments during the year will bring the best 50 players in the Order of Merit to compete in the Grand Final, the last fight to gain one of the 5 spots at stake to be admitted in the Challenge Tour 2020.

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15th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

The Gösser Open – 25th anniversary

The Alps Tour season in Europe is about to resume, let’s have a focus on a very special tournament, unique in the Alps Tour history.

The Gösser Open celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017 and it’s the 17th edition on the official Alps Tour schedule, since 2001. In many ways, the Gösser Open deserves the words – special, unique, unrivaled.

The Austrian brewery is the most faithful sponsor of a tournament on the Alps Tour. Precious partner since the beginning of the tournament before entering the Alps Tour calendar, the company is synonymous for happiness, party and celebration for all players and spectators who had the chance to attend the Gösser Open.

For Alps Tour members, coming to the Gösser Open is always a true joy. Elders inform rookies that the place is unique in many terms. Hosted by the GC Erzherzog Johann in the cute little town of Maria Lankowitz in Austria, the atmosphere of the event is very special. The team has been there since the first edition on the Alps Tour and one can feel the friendly, family and professional welcome thanks to Klaus Geyrhofer, Gerald Stangl, Dunja Loitsch, Mark Rotermund, Robert  Keusch and all volunteers around their President, Hansjörg Langer.

Last but not least, the promoter worked on the Gösser Open since 2001,  the Murhof-group and its President Johannes Goess-Saurau. They took care of this symbolic event as a precious jewel and thanks to their commitment, many amazing stories happened on course and were part of the historical book written in Austria.

The longest play-off happened in 2008 when home favorite Martin Wiegele defeated Emmanuele Latanzzi and Andre Rota after extra 8 holes. All fans do remember very emotional Scott Henry of Scotland lifting his maiden trophy and his speech about his parents’ sacrifice for his career. Ireland’s Brendan McCarroll wrote two nice chapters of the event with the only back to back win in 2012 and 2013. The Irishman did also enjoy well fishing in the lake by the course with his fellows. And then, Matt Wallace, the multiple winner on the Alps Tour in 2016, engraved his name on the big Gösser glass trophy, one of his six victories last year. (picture)

The 2017 edition will take place from the 18th to the 20th of May, same place, same sponsor, same people, same passion!

6th November 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Marty holds firm on top in El Saler

France’s Fabien Marty is still leading Stage 2 at El Saler golf tie with two other players. There is one day to go to confirm who will play the final Stage of European Tour Q School.

Thanks to his Alps Tour ranking end of August, Marty avoided the Stage 1 of European Tour Q School. His golf is in very good shape and it’s been three days he is holding firm on top of the leaderboard.

Among Alps Tour players, Enrico Di Nitto and Tom Shadbolt, both playing in Panoramica Golf course, are respectively 10th and 15th, so on the right side of the line.

Good day for Raphaël Marguery in Lumine, He shot -4 for a 34th place tie. He have to be in top 20 to have a chance.

Alps Tour winner, England’s Matt Wallace did not manage to improve his score today. He is 66th.

5th November 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Perrier and Pavon to play on European Tour in 2017

Good news from Challenge Tour, Damien Perrier, 2015 Alps Tour graduate just finished 13th of the Road to Oman and will play on European Tour next season.
Fellow countryman Matt Pavon, 2015 Alps Tour member, finished 6th. Congratulations gentlemen! We are very happy for you!
Meanwhile, Fabien Marty is still leading Stage 2 of European Tour Q School in El Saler. Tom Shadbolt and Enrico Di Nitto had a good day in Panoramica golf course, they are respectively 11th and 17th.
Matt Wallace shot +5 after his opening -4 and is 60th in Lumine Golf.

4th November 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Marty to lead after day 1 in European Tour Q School

Fabien Marty leads Stage 2 of European Tour Qualifying School at Golf El Saler with opening -8.

Season is not over for many Alps Tour members. This week is the opportunity to change the profile of their 2017 season. Top 6 of Alps Tour ranking end of August got an exemption to play directly Stage 2, others succeeded in Stage 1 to be in the field.

Below some result of some of our members.

Matt Wallace, winner of the ranking, shot -4 to be at 8th position in Lumine Golf. At the same venue Victor Perez is 64th with +2 and Raphaël Marguery is 72th with +3.

At El Saler, Federico Maccario is 69th with +3.

At Las Colinas, Alps Tour winners Franck Daux shot -2 for 24th place and Thomas Elissalde played +5.

On the last venue, Panoramica Golf, Tom Shadbolt signed for a -5 card and a 10th place, Enrico Di Nitto shot -3, 26th and Stefano Pitoni scored +1, 61st.

22nd October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Wallace to enter Alps Tour Hall of Fame

Matt Wallace wrote the most amazing story in the 15 year Alps Tour history. The 26 year old Englishman won the Grand Final by AXA by one shot in front of Richard Jouven, thanks to closing 68, his sixth title this season and won the Order of Merit with almost twice as many points as the second Federico Maccario.

Some people could say, the circuit is too easy for him. What a lack of knowledge… Wallace is strong, very strong but he had played 3 full seasons on the Alps Tour before he became the genius on course in 2016. Whatever the circuit, 6 wins is an outrageous record.

He entered 9 events this season and his worst result was a 4th place. He won 6 times and 5 titles in a raw. His family were there for the Grand Final, he really wanted to win in front of them, for sure he learned to play with some pressure.

It has been hard because I knew everybody will attack from all guys looking for the Challenge Tour card. And my objective was to win the tournament indeed. This was the most difficult victory of the year.”

Many players explained, once they leave the Alps Tour that they will never forget its atmosphere. Wallace has the same feeling, the Alps Tour is special.

The Alps Tour will remain in my memory forever. For the friends I met, for the countries I visited. I played on the European Tour, on the Challenge Tour but I never experienced such an atmosphere.”

He will play at least on Challenge Tour next year, as the 4 players who secured their card today, Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario, England’s Tom Shadbolt and France’s Victor Perez.

A sixth man, Franck Daux, is on the wrong side of the cut by less than 25 points/€ but reference to the level of game of the five men in front of him, he can really hope than one of them will make the cut at the Final Q School of European Tour to get his card. Matthieu Pavon was in the same position last year and is about to finish top 15 on Challenge Tour.

Time to let the curtain falls on a enthralling year, catch up with you for the Q School in December.

21st October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Wallace in the hunt for a sixth title

Matt Wallace, Alps Tour multiple winner, is heading to Grand Final by AXA final round with a 2 shot advantage over Italy’s Federico Maccario. The Englishman shot 66, -5 thanks to 3 strokes earned on the last two holes, birdie-eagle.

Wallace already wrote a chapter of the Alps Tour history book. The record is amazing and almost unbeatable. The 26 year old player won his maiden title in Egypt in February and it was the launch of an incredible series. From this win, he won four other titles in four events. The previous record was three victories in a season, France’s Julien Quesne in 2007 or Italy’s Matteo Del Podio in 2010 for example.

Thanks to these results, Wallace got some invitations to play on Challenge Tour and main Tour where he made cuts.

Tomorrow, the story could be even better if he manage to lift a sixth trophy.

« I battled hard off and I got a really good start and I was disappointed if I did not finished 4 under or better. On the 17th, I hit a great shot to make birdie and on the last, it was just the two best swings of the day that sets me up for an eagle chance and I rolled in.

You just have to play the better golf you can. Tomorrow, I am looking forward to going out there and playing my hardest again and hopefully be in this position tomorrow.

My family is her with me and it is a bit special because they haven’t seen me winning this year. It is nice to have them, I told them to come if they could because I will won the order of merit anyway, but to play well is nice in front of them. »

On his toes, for a second win this season, Federico Maccario, winner last month in France, then France’s Jean-Pierre Verselin and Richard Jouven are one shot further.

20th October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Morago takes half way lead in Miglianico

Spain’s David Morago took half way lead of the Grand Final presented by Axa. The 23 year old player added a 67 to his opening 65 to have one shot advantage at -10 over a pack of five players including overnight leader, Matt Wallace.

The latter had a shy day compare to his first round, he only signed for 70 although many players shot under 70.

Morago’s best results this season is a second place in Open de Saint François Guadeloupe and a podium in Frassanelle Open, both in June.

France’s rookies Richard Jouven and Alex Daydou, 66 and 65, admitted they could count on their putting.

« I tried to be aggressive when I could but what makes a difference between and solid day and a very good day is the putting », said Daydou.

« I had a slow start as I turn first nine level par but from the 10th to the 13th, I made three birdies and a good par on 11th so it kind of launched me. » Jouven explained.

England’s big hitter Andrew Cooley and Spain’s David Borda are among the group tie for second place. Cooley fired score of the day 63 and came back to the club house in 29.

23rd August 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Top 6 to be exempted of European Tour Q School stage 1

Summer break is over for Alps Tour members. This week, the host of the Alps Tour event is the great Golf and Country Club Castello di Tolscinasco. Several Italian Open took place there in Pieve Emmanuele.

The tournament is the last one to count for top 6 (six) of the Alps Tour ranking to get an exemption of Stage 1 of European Tour Q School. This first Stage is a real battle and to avoid the first third of the marathon is priceless.

Alps Tour leader, Matt Wallace won’t loose his position. The current top 4 seems to be safe : Victor Perez, Franck Daux and Enrico Di Nitto. But a pack of seven players are without 4000 points and a win in Italy is 5800. Among the players to be able to grab the previous exemption, three Italians, Stefano Pitoni, 5th, Federico Maccario, 10th and Aron Zemmer 11th.

The course is one of the most beautiful of the season players said and the weather is expected sunny and very hot.

2nd July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Matt Wallace won fifth trophy in Open Frassanelle

England’s Matt Wallace won his fifth tournament in five events he attended. He shot final round 65 to win by 4 shots -17 total. France’s Victor Perez finished second on his own and David Morago of Spain third one shot further.

When you arrived in Italy, what was your plan ?

Plan was to prepare as well as possible. I arrived on Wednesday around lunch time so couldn’t play the course but I knew it and I asked a few people if anything had changed for last year. I few new tee boxes but that was all that was new. I played well last week at cinque ports for open quali so I wanted to keep the momentum going.

Could explain the improvement of your golf and mental during the past 3 months..?

I’ve learned mentally how to deal with grinding out scores when not playing well. I didn’t play great on the second day for the first 10 holes but was still -2 and finished strong for -6. Also how to deal with being in the lead. I sleep a lot better and play better in this position from the past few years.

How does your experience on European Tour helped you this week?

Playing in Sweden and Austria helps to know what level I need to be at to compete. I’m working towards it and looking forward to the next chance I get. I’m using my experience of those events as motivation because it was so much fun.

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