14th April 2019 | Alps Tour Golf
Rising golf stars head to Italy
After the first five tournaments of the 2019 season hosted in Egypt, the rising golf stars of the Alps Tour are back in Europe for the Abruzzo Open Dailies Total 1, starting next week from April 17th through April 19th.
Miglianico Golf & Country Club, in the Abruzzo region (Central Italy, 200 km East of Rome) is a well-tested venue of the tournament for the sixth year in a row, and while in the past it was played towards the end of the season, this year it will be the opening competition of the Continental swing and the first of the five dates of the 2019 Alps Tour schedule in Italy.
Four out of the five 2019 winners will be in the field – Italians Luca Cianchetti (winner of Katameya Dunes Open) and present leader of the Order of Merit Lorenzo Scalise (New Giza Open), Englishman Ben Wheeler (Red Sea Little Venice Open) and Frenchman Frederic Lacroix (Ein Bay Open) – but many other players showed good form and are expected to perform well like Italians Federico Maccario, Enrico Di Nitto and Edoardo Lipparelli, respectively 3rd, 4th and 7th in the ranking, Englishman Andrew Scrimshaw, who was 2nd in the last tournament in Egypt, or Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, who played all the five Egyptian tournaments “in money” with two “top tens”.
The €40,000 prize money tournament is played over 54 holes with a field of 138 players (112 pros and 26 amateurs). Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final day and for the title of the tournament. The winner of the last two editions of the tournament, Italian Guido Migliozzi, is now playing on the European Tour where he recently won the Magical Kenya Open; his scores in the Abruzzo Open were -14 in 2017, when he defeated in playoff Frenchmen Alex Daydou and Julien Foret, and -18 in 2018, one stroke better of Foret, again, and Paul Elissalde, tied second.
The tournament is organized by Italian Pro Tour, branch of the Italian Golf Federation, and title sponsor is for the first time Dailies Total 1, water gradient daily contact lens.
Miglianico G&CC: The 18-hole course, with par 72 and a length of 5875 meters, twists along woods, vineyards and artificial bunkers, with various “out of bounds” and water hazards. The Miglianico Golf & Country Club course was designed by well renowned American golf Architect Ronald Kirby, and has a unique personality. From technical point of view, this is an extremely interesting course with an enjoyable atmosphere, as confirmed by all golfers who play it regularly, by professionals and amateurs coming from abroad to play the international tournaments hosted over the years. Technical, challenging and fun holes are to be found on this golf course which was also venue of the Mediterranean Games in 2009.
Abruzzo Open Roll of Honour :
2014 Juan Antonio Bragulat (Esp) -12
2015 Luca Cianchetti – am (Ita) -11
2016 Stefano Pitoni (Ita) -15
2017 Guido Migliozzi (Ita) -14
2018 Guido Migliozzi (Ita) -18
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22nd September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Migliozzi wins Abruzzo Open, his second victory this season
21st September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Paul Elissalde is chasing his first win as a pro
Frenchman Paul Elissalde enters the final round of the Abruzzo Open as sole leader with a total score of -14. Elissalde scored 5 under today in round 2 of the tournament while Carlo Casalegno (ITA) turned in the best card of the day at -9.
Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Guido Migliozzi (ITA) are tied for 2nd place with a total score of -12.
« Today was a bit more complicated than yesterday because my short game was not as good. It was more a mental issue because I’m no longer used to deal with this kind of situation, it was the case when I was an amateur. On the other hand, my long game was very good, very solid. I was not able to hole many putts on the front 9 even though I was not far. On the back 9, I made 4 good long putts which allowed me to go 5 under. My long game was as good as yesterday. It was a very good day nonetheless » Elissalde said.
« The course is not very long, we can hit a lot of wedge shots. The difficulty for me is the chipping around the greens because the type of grass is not what we’re used on other courses in France and elsewhere, it is rather thick. Also, I had some difficulties to read the greens as there is a lot of grain » he explained.
« For tomorrow, the challenge will be being as good mentally to try and reproduce the same game » he concluded.
50 players including 9 amateurs made the cut set at -1 and will play tomorrow’s final round.
Final round will tee off at 7h24 local time at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club .
20th September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Frenchman Paul Elissalde takes the lead at the Abruzzo Open
Paul Elissalde (FRA) turned in the best card of the day today at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club for the Abruzzo Open to finish round 1 with a total score of -9.
The Frenchman is followed by Raffaele Benatti (ITA) who is one stroke behind at -8 total and by a group of 4 players who are all at -6 total: Leo Lespinasse (FRA), Julien Foret (FRA), Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Albert Venter (RSA).
« My long game was really good, some of my shots ended very close to the pin. I did not have to make any long putts as I was never too far from the pin and therefore I was able to make a few birdies as a result. The wedging up to Iron 7 worked really well for me today » 22-year-old Paul Elissalde explained.
« I’m going to get ready for tomorrow by praticing my putting and by hitting a few balls at the range. I will try to do the exact same thing as I did today » the native of Biarritz concluded.
Ellisalde made an eagle and 7 birdies.
After some thin rain showers in the morning, the weather cleared up to let the sun shine. Temperatures were warm and humidity prevailed.
Round 2 will tee off tomorrow at 7h30.
18th September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Abruzzo Open marks end of regular season
The 2018 Alps Tour season is almost coming to an end as rising golf stars are gathering this week for the final tournament of the regular season, the Abruzzo Open, at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club (Italy) from September 20th through September 22nd.
The Abruzzo Open will be followed in October by the Alps Tour Grand Final at a date and place to be announced.
The Miglianico Golf and Country Club, a 18-hole par 71 golf course designed by renowned American architect Ronald Kirby, runs along the woods, wineries and artificial bunkers, with plenty of « off limits » and « water hazards », making it a very unique place to hold the 5th edition of the Abruzzo Open.
« The course is very nice and is well-liked by our rising golf stars » tournament director Alessandro Pia said. « Matt Wallace won the 2016 Grand Final on the same course. Wallace is today in 18th place in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai » he added.
126 players from 15 countries across five continents have entered the tournament including defending champion Guido Migliozzi (ITA) and Santiago Tarrio (ESP), leader of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour’s official season ranking.
The €40,000 prize money tournament will be played over 54 holes of traditional stroke. Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final round of the tournament.
12th October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
A fortnight in Miglianico Golf & Country Club
This is the final fortnight of 2016 Alps Tour season. The players will enjoy the Miglanico Golf and Country Club for the next two weeks or at least, the best of them. The Abruzzo Open, 4 round tournament, is the last regular event of the international schedule. America’s Ronald Kirby designed the 18 hole course, par 72 with 5875 meters. Water hazards are often in play and game will have to be sharp to pretend to win this week.
The top 50 after Sunday will enter the grand finale event due to be played next week to deem the final top 5 players who will graduate to play Challenge Tour next year. Alps Tour leader, England’s Matt Wallace will attend to try to get a sixth victory.
Victor Perez, Franck Daux, Enrico Di Nitto and Tom Shadbolt are currently in the race to play on upper circuit next year but challengers are close and these two coming weeks in Italy could change the results.
23rd September 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Alps Tour Grand Final in Abruzzo
This year, the Region Abruzzo welcomes the last two events of the season: the Abruzzo Open (October 13-16), a regular event and for the first time the ALPS TOUR GRAND FINAL, from 19th to 22th October. Both tournaments will be played at Miglianico Golf & Country Club.
The Top 50 players in the Ranking after the Abruzzo Open will be selected to play the Grand Final. They will play 72 holes without cut and € 65,000 will be distributed. The Final Order of Merit will establish the players obtaining the 5 ‘cards’ for the Challenge Tour next year. The 5th place should be fought for.
The Miglianico Golf & Country Club enjoys a privileged position on the hills of Miglianico, in the province of Chieti, in the Abruzzo region, the “green region of Europe.” Located about 125 meters high in a strategic area, also from the climatic point of view, 4 km from the beaches of Francavilla al Mare and Ortona and 40 km from the fascinating mountains of the Majella, Miglianico Golf & Country Club extends over 60 hectares and is surrounded by forests of oak and poplar trees, vineyards, olive trees. The 18-hole course with par 71 and a length of 6015 meters, which winds through forests, vineyards and bunkers, with many “out of bounds” and “water hazards”, gives the course of Miglianico Golf & Country Club, designed by one of the most famous American golf architects, Ronald Kirby, a unique personality.