26th October 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Italy Alps Open Draws the 2020 Season to an End

October 26th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – The ninth and final tournament of the Alps Tour 2020 season is due to start in two days, here at the Italian Golf Federation course, the Golf Nazionale. And it is going to be a battle of titans  to secure one of the three available places on the Challenge Tour next season.

All ten of the top players on this year’s Order of Merit will be on the starting blocks. The leader, Jordi Garcia Del Moral, with a win at the Cervino Open and four other top ten finishes this season will be looking to keep his number one position. However, his four Spanish compatriots in the top ten will be giving him a run for his money: Lucas Vacarisas, Alps de Andalucia Open victor, in second place, Angel Hidalgo Portillo in sixth, Jacobo Pastor fresh from his first international victory at Alps de Las Castillas Open in eighth and Alejandro Del Rey in ninth, winner of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or.

Needless to say, the Italian field will be out in force too. Third on the OofM, Stefano Mazzoli, winner of the Red Sea Little Venice Open this year, joins thirty-one players looking for a home win. Notably, last year’s winner, Enrico Di Nitto, who finished second on the OofM 2019 qualifying him for the Challenge Tour in 2020 alongside another strong contender, Edoardo Lipparelli, winner of last year’s OofM.

But two more top ten 2020 OofM players are sure to be ready to go down to the line. Lars Keunen from the Netherlands with a win at the Ein Bay Open and two more top ten finishes this year and the experienced Alps Tour player, Englishman Sam Robinson, looking for his elusive first victory. Fifth and fourth respectively on the OofM, they have everything to play for. Just like the French rookie, Jeong Weon Ko from France, currently sitting seventh.

This is the second time that the Golf Nazionale has hosted the tournament and the 84 players, 73 professionals and 11 amateurs, should start the tournament with sunny weather, pleasant temperatures in the afternoon if a little nippy in the morning, and not too much wind. However, they still have to face a course considered to be one of the most challenging in Italy. Let’s hope they can still take the time to savour the beautiful Lazio countryside vistas and the distant Cimini mountains on the horizon.

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2nd October 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Jacobo Pastor Wins First International Tournament

Salamanca, (Spain), 2nd October 2020Jacobo Pastor from Spain held onto his lead of yesterday to emerge victor at the Alps de las Castillas with a total score of 203 (-13). A real achievement given the weather today as he explained:

“I’m happy, especially playing a solid round under these conditions. It was crazy. I don’t know how hard the wind was blowing but some gusts of like 80 kilometres an hour. At some point we took forever because the ball was moving on the green. Overall, it was a really, really tough day to be honest.”

Today’s scores reflect the reality of the challenges posed here at the Salamanca Golf & CC – Zarapicos with only six of the 58 players coming in under par for the day, giving a score board more like a links course in Scotland.

Jacobo Pastor teed off at -13 and at the end of the first nine was at par (36) after two birdies and two bogeys. A repeat performance for the back nine saw him finishing the round at par (72) for the day. Good enough to secure him his first victory in an international tournament.

His playing partners, Ryan Lumsden from Scotland and Tomas Bessa Guimaraes from Portugal, also finished at par, meaning that the top of the leaderboard today was the same as at end of play yesterday. Lumsden, however, gave the winner a run for his money. At the end of the front nine, the Scotsman had drawn level with Pastor after two birdies. Pastor then birdied the 10th to draw ahead but bogeyed the 12th which cancelled his lead as Lumsden had straight pars. Pastor describes the last few holes:

“The turnaround time was on the 13th hole when Ryan made a double bogey and I hit a really good shot on the par three and put it in for par.  Then on the 15th I made a birdie and was three up. Par on 16th and 17th and so on the 18th I thought, okay this is it, you’ve got it”.

Indeed, even though Pastor bogeyed the 18th, his closest contender, Lumsden came home with pars and a total 205 (-11) to take second place, an excellent result for the young Scottish rookie who moves thirteen places up the Order of Merit to number twelve.

In third place Tomas Bessa Guimaraes from Portugal finished at 207 (-9) after four birdies and four pars.

Jacobo Pastor’s win sees him shoot up the OofM by 31 places to position him in the top ten at eighth. As he explains, the Alps Tour invitation for him to play at the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or helped him to have a concrete plan for the future:

“I became a member of the Alps Tour after France where I got an invite. I played pretty well and finished sixth. With the Corona virus, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to stay at home in 2021 so I decided to try and get an Alps Tour card for next year. So now I can actually have a decent schedule, I can focus on preparing a real season unlike this past season where I was playing tournaments on every tour to try and get a win.” Mission accomplished!

The top six places on the OofM remain unchanged with Jordi Garcia del Moral still leader after eight tournaments. The ninth and final tournament of the Alps Tour 2020 season is the Italy Alps Open from 28th to 30th October. After an extremely intensive playing schedule in September this gives the players time to recharge their batteries before heading to the Golf Nazionale, outside Rome.

The Alps de la Castillas has enjoyed the support of Federación de Golf de Castilla-Leon, Federación de Golf de Castilla-La Mancha, Salamanca Golf & CC – Zarapicos, Consejo Superior de Deportes, EDP Solar, Kyocera, Tag Heuer, Bodegas Barbadillo (official wine), Agua En Caja Mejor sostenible, pura y natural, and Jgolf.

 

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17th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Andrea Romano Leads after Round 1 Toscana Alps Open

Grosseto, 17th September 2020 – The Italian amateur, Andrea Romano, sits at the top of the leader board by one point after carding a first day -9 (62) here at the Golf Club Toscana.

He started off the 10th with a brilliant two birdies and an eagle followed by a par but then there was a bit of drama. Walking down the 14th fairway he was hit in the chest by a wayward ball:

“It all happened so quickly. I stopped for about ten minutes and then took a pill and carried on. It was hurting all the way round, but I didn’t let it distract me from my game.”

He finished the first nine with a -4 (31) after two bogeys and two birdies but was error-free on the back nine with five birdies for a -5 (31).

Romano played in the European Amateur Team Championship in the Netherlands a week ago:

” It was a nice experience representing Italy in that tournament. We won all our matches in the qualifications but finally finished fourth but were very happy.”

In joint second place at -8 (63) are three players. Xavier Poncelet from France, winner of the 2012 Open de la Mirabelle d’Or and recent victor of the 2020 Arcachon Open, had a terrific outward nine teeing off from the 10th with a -6 (29) featuring four birdies and an eagle on the 15th par 5. Three more birdies and just one bogey saw him at -2 (34) on the inward nine. The other two players went off the 1st; Matteo Manassero from Italy on good form  had a smooth, bogey-free round and eight birdies; and the third member of the trio, Spanish player, Angel Hidalgo Portillo, winner of the Alps Tour 2018 Qualifying School. He had a total of nine birdies but a bogey on the 16th par 3 kept him short of the top of the leader board.

Tied for fifth place at -7 (64) are Manuel Elvira from Spain and Leo Lespinasse from France. Despite a bogey on the 14th par four, Elvira carded a -6 (29) for his outward nine, holing five birdies and finishing with an eagle and then -1 (35) coming in. For Lespinasse, the 2016 winner of the Open de St Francois Guadeloupe, there was not a bogey in sight on his card but seven birdies.

Three players make up the top ten, all at -6 (65). From France, Julien Forêt, would dearly like his first win on the Alps Tour after forty-one top ten finishes. His six birdies and no bogeys get him off to a great start to achieving it. Gregory Molteni had just one bogey alongside his seven birdies. His fellow Italian, Takayuki A Matsui, in his first year as a professional, had 2 bogeys and eight birdies.

We then have six players at -5 (66) and fourteen players at -4 (67). It is early days and with such close scores, anything could happen on day two and the cut.

Tomorrow promises to be another beautiful day in the Tuscany countryside. Play starts at 7:40am from tees one and ten for the morning flights and 12:20pm for the afternoon.

 

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15th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

A Welcome Return to Tuscany

Grosseto, 15th September 2020 – The Alps Tour last visited the Golf Club Toscana back in 2011 for the Qualifying School so it is with great pleasure that they return here for the sixth tournament of the 2020 season, the Toscana Alps Open.

Located in the region of Maremma in Southern Tuscany, the par 71, 6249yds / 5714m course designed by Keith Preston, opened in 1999. Set amid vineyards, olive groves, parasol pines and Tuscan cypress trees, the course ranks among one of the most attractive in Italy.

The terrain starts off flat but rapidly becomes undulating to hilly. Whilst not overly long, the numerous water hazards that come into play on at least nine holes can be brutal for wayward shots. The greens are large but sloping with multiple breaks and notoriously hard to read. Out of bounds area lie close to some fairways, with bushes, and dense rough to complicate matters further. A technical course that requires accurate play from tee to green and precise putting to score low.

The signature hole is the 18th, a long par 5, 528 yds/483m. The view from the raised tee box provides a breath-taking panorama, looking out over the Tyrrhenian Sea to the islands of Elba and Corsica.

This is what awaits the 125 players teeing off on Friday. Of the 16 nationalities represented, there are 104 professionals and 21 amateurs. All the top ten on the Order of Merit are present including the winners of the previous five tournaments: the Spanish players, Alejandro Del Rey, last week’s winner of the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or and Jordi Garcia Del Moral, victor at the Cervino Open. The Austrian Lukas Nemecz who triumphed on home territory at the Gösser Open and the winners of the Egyptian Series, Stefano Mazzoli from Italy for the Red Sea Little Venice Open and from the Netherlands, Lars Keunen for the Ein Bay Open.

Among the 51 strong Italian field, we notably have the presence of Matteo Manasseo who currently plays on the European Tour. He was the youngest winner of the British Amateur Championship in 2009 and the same year, won the silver medal for best amateur in Open Championship. In April 2010 he became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters Tournament, where he finished in a tie for 36th place – the best performance by a European amateur for 73 years. He turned professional two weeks after his 17th birthday and became the youngest winner in European Tour history with victory in the 2010 Castello Masters. With two more wins at the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2011 and the Barclays Singapore Open in 2012, he became the first teenager to win three times on the European Tour. His fourth win before the age of 20 was at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship.

We also have Emanuele Canonica, a former European Tour player who won the 2005 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. A prodigious long-distance hitter, he also won the European Tour Statistics Driving Distance category three years in a row from 1998 to 2000.

So, an interesting field and the weather looks set to be favourable for the duration of the tournament, promising to be hot and sunny, rising to a maximum temperature of 32°C/90°F. Sunscreen could definitely be a good addition to the bag.

 

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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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4th September 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

King of the Mountain, Jordi Garcia del Moral Wins Cervino Open

Breuil-Cervinia (Italy), September 4th, 2020 – After a closely fought final round, Jordi Garcia del Moral emerged the victor of the Cervino Open with an overall 189 (-15). His win keeps him at number 2 on the Alps Tour Order of Merit.

Teeing off in the last flight at 9;28am, there was a moment of doubt for the Spanish player after a wobbly start on the 1st and 2nd:

“I made bogey, bogey on the first two holes and I was thinking that the same thing could happen as happened at the Gösser Open*. So, on the third tee I was thinking that my game had been perfect the last two days, so I just had to stay focussed.”

(*ed: lost on the last two holes after leading for two days)

And focussed he became, firing two birdies and six pars for par (34) to be back to -11 overall on the 10th tee. However, his playing partner and yesterday’s joint leader, Sebastien Gandon from France, played -1 (33) for a -12 to be one stroke ahead at this point. And the third member of the flight, the Dutchman, Pierre Verlaar carded a -2 (34) to stand at -10.

Moreover, in the flight ahead of them, the Italian Stefano Mazzoli had birdied the 10th to put him at -11 and Romain Guillon from France parred to be at -10. The pressure was on. But as Jordi said it is often easier to play when coming from behind:

“When you are leading it’s very difficult because you want to try to do your best but at the same time you are looking at the guys who are coming just behind of you.”

Indeed, Gandon bogeyed the tenth, Jordi parred, and they drew even at -11. Verlaar bogeyed and moved back to -9. But ahead of them, Guillon fired 3 birdies in a row and Mazzoli two pars and an eagle, taking them both to -13 on the 14th tee.

Following behind them, after playing two birdies and a par, Jordi also arrived at the 14th at -13 but Gandon, despite a birdie on the 11th fell back to -12 after a double bogey on the 12th. Verlaar’s eagle on the 13th took him to -11.

Despite the scores being so close, the rest of the tournament was played out between the three players sitting at -13 on the 14th and five holes to go: Stefano Mazzoli in the flight with Romain Guillon and just behind them, Jordi Garcia del Moral.

Romain Guillon played bogey, 3 pars and birdie to finish at 191 (-13) to take third place. Whilst Stefano Mazzoli entered the clubhouse at 190 (-14) with four pars and a birdie and a fantastic -7 (61) for the day. This result puts him at the top of the OofM.

At this point, Jordi Garcia del Moral took full advantage of the new Alps Tour mobile phone scoring app:

“Normally I like to check the scores every three holes but on the 17th I wanted to know what Stefano had scored on the last hole.”

So, he knew that they were level at this stage, but he then made a fantastic birdie on the 17th and completed the round at 189 (-15) to claim his first Alps Tour victory. His victory was extra special as he emotionally dedicated it to his recently born second child:

“I wanted to win the Gösser for him, but didn’t, so this, this win is for him.”

Jordi Garcia del Moral confirmed that he will be present at the next tournament which takes place in France. Rendezvous at the Mirabelle Open in Metz from 11th to 13th September for more amazing golf from the rising stars of the Alps Tour.

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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.

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