16th February 2020 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour 2020 Season Swings into Action with the Egyptian Winter Series

Suez (Egypt), February 15, 2020 – As the Alps Tour celebrates its platinum anniversary in 2020, the twentieth season tees off in Egypt at the Sokhna Golf Club  with the Ein Bay Open starting on 18th February and the Red Sea Little Venice Open starting on 23rd February.

Located on the North of the Red Sea, just an hour’s drive from Cairo, the Sokhna Golf Club features a 27-hole Championship Golf Course designed by John Sanford and Tim Lobb. It is the product of the merger of the 18-hole El Ein Bay Resort and the 9-hole Little Venice Golf Resort.

There are familiar faces and new ones among the field of 120 players from 19 countries and 4 different continents. Among the 114 professionals and 6 amateurs are some of the victors on the 2019 Alps Tour, notably, the Italian, Edoardo Lipparelli, winner of the Open de Saint Francois Region Guadeloupe and winner of the 2019 Order of Merit, here on a wild card. His countryman, Luca Ciancetti, winner of the Katameya Dunes Open is also present, as well as Irishman David Carey, winner of the Cervino Open and the Spanish player Gonzalo Vicente Elena, winner of the Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera.

However, they will have some stiff competition from other experienced players and rookies eager to make their mark. All but three of last year’s Alps Tour tournaments were won by rookies including the Ein Bay Open where Frederic Lacroix from France was victorious. He will not be defending his title as he has now gone on to play the Challenge Tour having finished third on the Order of Merit last year. Similarly, last year’s Little Venice Open winner, the Englishman, Benjamin Wheeler, is absent this year so both titles are up for grabs.

Nothing would please Egyptian player Issa Abou El Ela more than to win one or both tournaments. He made his Mena Tour debut in October 2019 and will definitely be keen to shine on his home turf and follow in the footsteps of his father, Amr Abou El Ela, winner of seven Pan Arab Championships and one of the most respected names in Middle East & North African golf. The Mena Tour and the Alps Tour entered into a new partnership this year with the top five players on each being eligible to play the two circuits.

The Ein Bay Open will be played on Courses A and B a par 72, 6963 yards/6367 metres while the Little Venice Open the following week will be played on Courses B and C, a par 72, 6641 yards/6073 metres. The format for both is 54 holes of stroke play with the cut after 36 holes.

With the weather forecast to be warm and sunny the conditions should be ideal for the start of the new season and for the players to start sinking some birdies as this season sees the first player to achieve 240 of them receiving a 20,000€ bonus. Let the season begin!

 

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4th November 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

The Victors of the Alps Tour Order of Merit 2019

After a closely fought Grand Final in Italy on the Terre dei Consoli and Golf Nazionale courses, the top five Alps Tour players on the Order of Merit 2019 earned a place on the Challenge Tour for the 2020 season.

In first place was the Italian player, Edoardo Lipparelli. A rookie on the tour, he played 15 of the 17 tournaments this season, achieving 8 top ten tournaments finishes including winning the Open de Saint Francois Region Guadeloupe in June. Consistency of play would maybe be the keyword to his game with only two tournament finishes over par and a stroke average of 68.87.

His compatriot, the rookie Enrico di Nitto came in second on the OofM. The highlight of his season was winning the Nazionale Open in July. This coupled with 9 top ten finishes over 15 tournaments and a stroke average of 69.24 underlines his determination on the tour.

Frédéric Lacroix from France holds a well-deserved third place after winning three tournaments in his rookie year; the Ein Bay Open in February that opened the 2019 season, the Alps de Las Castillas in May and the Saint-Malo Golf Mixed Open in July. This third victory after 13 tournaments gave Frédéric a place on the Challenge Tour for the remaining 2019 season. His sixth-place finish at the Grand Final and extremely focussed play throughout the season allows him to continue on the Challenge Tour in 2020.

Federico Maccario’s win last week at the Grand Final on his home turf of Italy, secured him fourth place on the OofM. Disappointed by having been a strong contender but having finally lost some of the 17 tournaments he competed in this season, his patience and commitment paid off with an incredibly solid game to give him his rookie victory.

The only non-rookie in the top five, the Austrian player, Timon Baltl’s perseverance finally paid off in this, his third season on the Alps Tour.He savoured his first tournament win on home turf at the Gosser Open in May of this year which contributed to his season-end ticket to the Challenge Tour.

Five rising stars in the world of golf who now move on to the next chapter in their professional careers. A career started on the Alps Tour which has proven to be a successful springboard for launching aspiring, young golfers on the professional European circuit.

Just this weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Victor Perez came in joint fourth. This follows on from his victory at the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship in September of this year. The French player made his début on the Alps Tour in 2016 where his OofM third place saw him move on to the Challenge Tour in 2017 and at the end of 2018, earn a place on the European Tour.

He is now the highest ranked French golfer at N°57 of the Official World Golf Ranking and rises to number 13 in the Race to Dubai.

Another recent notable former Alps Tour player is Matt Wallace from England who after winning six tournaments on the Alps Tour and the OofM in 2016, moved on to the Challenge Tour in 2017. His performance including winning the Open de Portugal, a dual-ranking event with the main tour, gave him promotion to the European Tour. His 2018 season saw him win three events; the Hero Indian Open, the BMW International Open and Made in Denmark. With a share of fifth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and tying for second at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship he moved into the top 50 of the OWGR. 2019 has seen him continue to progress with a notable joint third at the PGA Championship Major. He is currently 28th on the OWGR and 6th in the Race to Dubai.

Winner of the Portugal Open in October 2019, the English player, Steven Brown, started out on the Alps Tour in 2012, went on to win the OoM in 2014 and moved to the Challenge Tour where he played until 2017. He had a successful season with seven top-ten finishes to finish 12th on the OoM and earn a place on the European Tour for 2018 which he finished at 97th on the OoM. A disappointing start to the 2019 season has been compensated by his recent victory plus an 11th place at the Amundi Open de France.

Two more French players also continue to make their mark. Antoine Rozner gained notoriety in 2019 when he won two back-to-back Challenge Tour events at the start of the season; the Challenge de España and the Prague Golf Challenge the very next week. He started on the Alps Tour in 2017 before his third place on the OofM saw him move on to the Challenge Tour in 2018 . Robin Roussel was on the Alps Tour for the same season as his compatriot where he finished fifth on the OofM.  He has had six top 10 finishes this season on the Challenge Tour including victory at the Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open. They are currently fourth and fifth on the OoM with a European Tour card beckoning.

Other former Alps Tour players can be cited but let’s leave the last word to Frédéric Lacroix, one of this year’s top five OoM when recently interviewed and asked what he thought of the Alps Tour: “It’s underrated. It looks easy from the outside but in the end it’s not. There are good players and you have to play solid to get on top.”

 

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9th June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Italian rookie Lipparelli claims first title at Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe

June 8th, 2019 – Saint-François (FWI) – It didn’t take long to Italian rookie Edoardo Lipparelli until he could claim his first title on the Alps Tour: on his 10th tournament, and after finishing three times in 2nd place, Lipparelli held back his nerves and could finally grab the 6,235 Euros cheque as 1st prize for the 9th Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe, after co-leading the two previous rounds on beautiful Golf International de Saint-François, on the Eastern point of Guadeloupe island, in the French West Indies.

Lipparelli, 22, never left the top of the leaderboard and with solid and consistent rounds in 66-68-67 (201, -12), ended the tournament with a 2-strokes advantage over compatriot Giulio Castagnara, 24, also in his rookie season as a pro, author of the best round of the tournament with a final 65 (-6) that made him climb from 10th to 2nd place. “I’ve been playing good for a while now, and the win finally arrived! I am very very happy and obviously satisfied of getting my first win after three second places”, said Lipparelli, who had a strong amateur career with the Italian team before turning pro in 2017, and won the French Qualifying School last March. “Today it was a tough match out there, with a lot of wind the course was playing difficult; there was a bit of pressure towards the end because many players were doing well, especially Giulio (Castagnara) with 10 under; I was 11 under with four holes to play and I knew I had to finish strong. I tried to stay focussed on my game and actually I did, I made a couple of bad shots but I recovered well with the short game, I made no bogeys today. I’m so happy I’ve made it through! It was a fantastic week here in Guadeloupe, this place is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Castagnara is also playing his first season on the Alps Tour, and has finished now five tournaments in-money out of the nine he played, cashing his biggest cheque – 4,235 Euros out of a total prize money of 43,000 Euros: “I started the day at -4, four strokes off the lead, and I thought that -10 or -11 could be good enough to win the tournament. It was a bit windy in the morning but I’ve started well, I made three birdies in the first six holes, then I went on playing well with two more birdies on 10th and 13th, I was close on 14th but I did not make the putt; at that point I was -9, I hadn’t looked at the leaderboard yet but I thought I was close to the leaders. My goal was going as low as -11, but unfortunately I’ve three-putted the 15th; I could recover well with two final birdies – at the 18th I even holed the chip shot! – so in all, it was a good day and I’m very happy of my second place and for Edoardo’s win, it is much deserved after the good results he had before. I’m very much loking forward next week in Italy!”.

Argentinian Leandro Marelli, 28, co-leader after the second round, could only add a final 70 (-1) to finish solo in 3rd place: “It was not a good day on the greens for me, I was not able to save pars in four holes, so three birdies and one eagle were not enough to challenge Edoardo, he played very well and he deserves this win very much”.

Promoted by TV Sport Events, the 9th edition of Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe could count on a pool of sponsors : Région Guadeloupe, Riviera du Levant, Commune de Saint-François, Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC, Corsair, Conseil Départemental de la Guadeloupe, Monetik Alizés, Arcelor Mittal, Comité du Tourisme des Iles de Guadeloupe, Jaguar Land Rover, Golf International de Saint-François, Mont Blanc, Capès, Xeria, Lynx Optique, CANAL+, Damoiseau, Oasis, Heineken, 20 sur 20 by Damoiseau, Nespresso, Dubois Imagerie, Samsag, Villa Jasmin and Villa la Coulée Bleue.

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8th June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Lipparelli and Marelli on top after 2nd round in Guadeloupe

June 7th, 2019 – Saint-François (FWI) – The second round of the 9th Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe is over, and the stage has changed a bit except for one name, Edoardo Lipparelli, who’s still keeping the top position having added a 68 to yesterday’s 66 ; at -8, the Italian is sharing now the lead with Argentinian Leandro Marelli, author of the best round of the day, 66 (-5).

 

The duo has just one stroke advantage over another Argentinian, experienced Rafa Echenique ; with two consistent rounds (68-67), the man from San Luis is standing solo on 3rd position at -7, and three more players share the 4th position at -6 : Frenchmen Maxime Radureau (who was 2nd last year in this tournament) and Xavier Poncelet, plus English amateur Jack Floydd, yesterday’s co-leader.

 

Rookie Lipparelli, 22, is confirming his great, consistent form (he’s 2nd in the season Order of Merit after having collected 3 second places in the first 9 tournaments of the year) and is in good position to finally claim his first, full title as a pro, after winning the French Qualifying School in March : « I’m very happy about the way I’ve played today, although I did not make as many putts as I wished ; the course was a bit more difficult as the wind picked up and the ground is getting drier, but it was a solid round. Tomorrow’s final round is certainly going to be challenging and I will need to be very careful ; I want to be focussed just as I was today, thinking shot by shot, and I’m sure it’s going to be fun ».

 

Marelli, 28, a regular on the Pga LatinoAmerica, is playing his 4th Alps Tour tournament, looking to climb the Order of Merit and get one of the spots available for the promotion to the European Challenge Tour : « I had the chance to finish well my round with three birdies on the last three holes (after 4 more birdies and 2 bogeys) ; lately I have been playing very solid and I feel I can play another good round tomorrow in order to finish high on the leaderboard, this is my main goal. I love playing the Alps Tour ! ».

 

Echenique, 38, is also a member of the Pga LatinoAmerica and is coming back to the Alps Tour after the first two tournaments of the year in Egypt (where he had a 4th place in the Red Sea Little Venice Open, last February), having had to stop for some weeks because of a back injury. « I’ve played very well both days, I was able to stay very patient and I feel I’m on the good track for a new chapter of my career in Europe ; now I just want to have a good round tomorrow ! ».

 

46 players (43 pros and 3 ams) made the cut at +3 (145) on beautiful Golf International de Saint-François, on the Eastern point of Guadeloupe island, in the French West Indies. The total prize money is 43,000 Euros, and the winner will get a cheque of 6,235 Euros.

 

Promoted by TV Sport Events, the 9th edition of Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe can count on official partners as La Région Guadeloupe, La Riviera du Levant, La Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC Antilles, Land Rover, Corsair, Le Comité du Tourisme des Iles de Guadeloupe, Monetik Alizés, Arcelor Mittal.

 

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7th June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

In Guadeloupe, four players share the lead at -5 after 1st round

June 6th, 2019 – Saint-François (FWI) – At the end of the first, hot and sunny day of the 9th Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe, four players coming from three different countries are sharing the lead at -5 (66).

It comes as no surprise that Italian rookie Edoardo Lipparelli, 22, number 2 in the season Order of Merit, is once again on top of the leaderboard, after claiming three 2nd places (the last one in Italy at the Memorial G. Bordoni, the last tournament before Alps Tour moved to Guadeloupe) ; sharing the lead with him, also English amateur Jack Floydd, 23, who showed good form in Austria, two weeks ago, playing the final day in the leaders’ match ; Dutch Davey Porsius, 23, on his second season on the Alps Tour, and Italian Edoardo Vizzotto, 23, looking to make his first cut as a pro in style, with his father on the bag.

One stroke back, at -4 (67), are three players: Englishman James Sharp, 27, winner of Cervino Open in 2017, and two Frenchmen, Romain Guillon, 25 – playing his first tournament as a pro – and Martin Farfal, 23. They all will have to look behind them as a group of five well-experienced and in-form players are pursueing at -3 : Frenchmen Xavier Poncelet, Fred Lacroix and Sebastien Mihel, and Argentinian Rafa Echenique and Leandro Marelli.

It was a spotless, bogey-free round for Floydd : « The first time I saw the course I’ve really liked it, so that helped. I’ve been hitting the ball well for the last few weeks and today I played very solid, I’ve made a couple of saves on the back nine and the front nine, so I’m really pleased with that. Obviously it is very hot and this does not make things easier, but it is ok, I’m enjoying it here. The course is a bit different from what we’re used to, although we did play in similar ones in Egypt as for the kind of grass. I am still an amateur, yes, and I chose to play the Alps Tour because it allows me to accumulate points in the Order of Merit, and experience, without needing to turn pro. I’m going to play the British Amateur Championship in a couple of weeks, and we’ll see what happens. I’m not really used of leading a professional tournament, in Austria a couple of weeks ago I’ve played in the final group and it was a first for me, but I think my game has been steady for a while, so the main thing now is to maintain this position also tomorrow ».

On Porsius’ card, six birdies (two in the front nine and four in the back) and one bogey, on hole 15 : « I’ve started working with a new course management system and it paid off today. It helped me staying patient. I like the course, I had already played here last year, I love the country and I was looking forward to coming back. I think they made a great job with the greenkeeping, considering the hot and humid conditions and the heavy rains they had lately. Usually I’m not that good in the heat, but I’ve made some preparations back home and it worked well ».

Seven birdies for Vizzotto, and two bogeys: « It was a really exciting day of golf for me today, in spite of the scorching heat – although I think it was better than the previous days. I’ve started well, with four birdies on my front nine (he started from hole 10) and two more at the beginning of the back nine, on the last holes I kind of held back a little, maybe I was starting to feel a bit tired, but I’m really happy about the way I’ve played. The course is beautiful, greens can be tricky especially within two metres from the hole, but in all I love it ».

Lipparelli was the last to return his -5 card, with a bogey-free round : « I’ve played very well in spite of the heat, which is certainly a factor. You need to be very patient on this course, it doesn’t forgive mistakes ! Hopefully I’m ready to play another good round tomorrow early in the morning, I will try to play shot by shot without thinking too much ! ».

39 players shot par or better on beautiful Golf International de Saint-François, on the Eastern point of Guadeloupe island, in the French West Indies, fighting against hot and humid conditions, unusual to most of them.

Promoted by TV Sport Events, the 9th edition of Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe can count on official partners as La Région Guadeloupe, La Riviera du Levant, La Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC Antilles, Land Rover, Corsair, Le Comité du Tourisme des Iles de Guadeloupe, Monetik Alizés, Arcelor Mittal.

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1st June 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Spotlights on the Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe starting next week

1 June, 2019 – Saint-François (FWI) – Alps Tour is ready to fly to the Caribbean Islands for its traditional date with Open de Saint-François – Région Guadeloupe, now on its 9th edition. From 6th to 8th June, our best representants will gather at the Golf International de Saint-François with the goal of succeeding to Englishman Marcus Mohr, winner of the 2018 edition and now playing on the Challenge Tour.

Among them, Frenchmen Léo Lespinasse and Thomas Elissalde, two former winners of the tournament, hope to reiterate their performances of 2016 and 2017, when they raised the trophy of the Open de Saint-François – Guadeloupe Region, with a card of -5 and -6, respectively. Maxime Radureau, who finished 2nd last year, will also be a serious contender, as well as experienced players Xavier Poncelet and Julien Foret, who demonstrated their good form in this first part of the season on the Alps Tour. Foret is a former player of the European Tour and Poncelet has just finished in 2nd place in the Gosser Open (Austria), they are both in good position to aim to one of the 5 spots available at the end of the year for the promotion to the Challenge Tour.

Italian Edoardo Lipparelli and Austrian Timon Baltl will also have the spotlights on. Lipparelli is currently 2nd in the Order of Merit and debuts in Guadeloupe after three 2nd places – the last one in Italy at the Memorial G. Bordoni, the last tournament preceding the Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe. Timon Baltl is also in full confidence, having won the Gosser Open 2 weeks ago with a very impressive final card of -19.

During the tournament, access to Golf International de Saint-François is free to the public, and many entertaining moments are planned for spectators and players alike, culimating in the Cut Party, the traditional Friday’s White evening at the Club-House.

 

Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe comes as a crucial turning point in the 2019 Alps Tour schedule: it is the 10th event of the season, and only seven more will take place in the following months until September between Italy, France and Spain, before the 2019 Grand Final (which is reserved to the top 50 players in the Official Order of Merit); moreover, the Saint-Malo Golf Mixed Open has only 72 spots available according to 2018 categories – it is a mixed event with the players of the Ladies European Tour Access Series; so it is clear that all the players will aim to accumulate here as many points as possible, in order to grant themselves the chance to be admitted to the Grand Final.

Promoted by TV Sport Events, the 9th edition of Open de Saint-François-Région Guadeloupe can count on official partners as Région Guadeloupe, Riviera du Levant, Commune de Saint-François, Caisse d’Epargne Cepac Antilles (sponsor of the Pro-Am), Corsair, Monétik Alizés, Comité du Tourisme les Iles de Guadeloupe, Conseil Departemental de la Guadeloupe, Arcelor Mittal, Jaguar-Land Rover.

 

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3rd June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Marcus Mohr wins in Guadeloupe

Marcus Mohr (ENG) won the Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe on Saturday at the Golf International Saint-François with a total of -7. 

It was Mohr’s first professional victory. 

France’s Maxime Radureau finished 2nd with a total of -4 while a group of 5 players tied for 3rd place at -3: Frenchmen Anthony Renard, Xavier Poncelet, Louis Cohen-Boyer, Guillaume Cambis and Spain’s Ivan Cantero Gutierrez. 

«  I will remember this victory forever » 27-year-old native of Liverpool Marcus Mohr said. « I went trough so many emotions out there, it was a really good day all in all »  he added. « You have to embrace the heat and everything. Even if I had not won, I would have enjoyed my week because you learn so much by travelling, the people have been so kind here, the course was a new challenge to me as I never played a course like this before » he continued. 

The final round’s turning point was when Mohr made an eagle on the 17 to seal the victory. «  I used a 3 iron. It was 228, into the wind, I knew it would go the right distance if I hit it right in the middle, it was just whether it would hold in the wind and fortunately, it did » he explained. «  It went pretty much where I was aiming and It was a relief to see it because I could not see it finish. Someone said it hit the pin. I was looking at the leaderboard, I always want to know where I am with the leaderboard, and Maxime Radureau was tied with me at 5 under. I was looking at pulling off probably one of the best shots I’ve ever had at the right time » he continued.  

Mohr made an eagle, 4 birdies and 3 bogies in the final round. 

«  Turning around and seeing my friends on the 18, knowing that I had done it, it was great » Mohr concluded. 

With today’s victory, Marcus Mohr now leads the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking.

During his thank you speech, Marcus Mohr thanked everyone involved in the tournament organization and particularly the greenkeepers as Mohr was one of them at the age of 15  working on a golf in England. 

Saturday’s weather conditions were sunny and temperatures above 30°C.

The 9th edition of the Open Saint-François has already been confirmed for 2019. 

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will now travel back to Europe for the Alps de Andalucia at La Monacilla Golf in Huelva, Spain, starting on June 14th. 


2nd June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

France keeps the lead in Guadeloupe

Frenchmen Raphael Marguery and Guillaume Cambis took the lead of the Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe to enter the final round of the tournament at the Golf International Saint-François on Saturday at -5. They’re closely followed by Ivan Cantero Gutierrez (ESP) and Marcus Mohr (ENG) both at one stroke behind. 
 
«  Today was tough, tough with the heat, tough with the wind, tough with some pin position quite difficult » Marguery said. « I’m quite happy with the round today, I started really well and obviously I had a good finish, only pars, no birdies. It was a good finish and I’m really looking forward to play tomorrow » he added. 
 
Guillaume Cambis could have been the sole leader of the tournament if he had not finished his round on a bogey.
 
Marguery is caddied by his fiancée Justine Dreher, a pro player on the LET circuit and Symetra Tour (US). « I’m here to help him enjoy the tournament, play well and stay focused » Dreher said. « I’m not helping him choose clubs, I’m really here to support him. He knows what he is doing and he does need my help to know how to play » she added. 
 
«  She plays a lot, she’s got a lot of experience. As a caddy, I use a lot of her advices, it’s a great advantage » Marguery said.  
 
The course was rather difficult with hard greens and a ball difficult to stop. 51 players made the cut set at +7 and will play the final round of the tournament on Saturday.  
 
Weather conditions were sunny with clouds, high winds and temperatures above 30°C. 
 
Final round will tee off on Saturday from both tees 1 and 10 at 8h17 local time. 
For the first time, the final round of the Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe will be shown live starting at 9h40 local time on the Canal Plus Caraibes Facebook page.  

1st June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Cohen-Boyer leader in Guadeloupe

Frenchman Louis Cohen-Boyer (-4) is the leader of the Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe after round 1.  

He is followed by Guillaume Cambis (FRA) and Raphael Marguery (FRA) who are both one stroke behind at -3. 
 
« This morning, when I woke up, I though the wind was going to be pretty hard. So I thought that any good score under par would just be already pretty good. It’s getting pretty tough, so I feel like I’m pretty happy » Cohen-Boyer said. «  Two more rounds, I feel like I haven’t done even half or a third of what I have to do so I have to keep focused and play just like I played today, get some good rest, drink some water and I should be good to go tomorrow morning  » he added.
 
«  It was pretty tough this morning with all the wind » Guillaume Cambis (FRA, -3) said. «  I played very solid, I did not find have a bad shot today, I was close to finding every fairway, every green, I did not miss a lot of shots, so you know, I had a pretty good round and I hope it’s going to be the same for the rest of the weekend » he added. 
 
Weather conditions were partly cloudy with high winds and a temperature of 30s. 
 
This year marks the 8th edition of the tournament at the Golf International Saint-François
 
The Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe continues tomorrow with round 2. First tee time is at 6h45 local time.

30th May 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Rising golf stars head to Guadeloupe

As soon as the 2018 Gösser Open in Austria ended on Saturday, rising golf stars of the Alps Tour packed their bags for a long trip, heading to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe for the 8th edition of the Open de Saint-François Région Guadeloupe which starts on Thursday May 31st. 

111 players are scheduled to gather at the Golf International de Saint-François through June 2nd. 
 
Spain’s David Borda, leader of the Alps Tour’s Order of Merit, is participating in this year’s edition. The winner of last Saturday’s Gösser Open, Santiago Tarrio (ESP), did not have much time to celebrate and travelled to the French Caribbean as well. 
 
Defending champion Thomas Elissalde (FRA) and past winner Leo Lespinasse (FRA, 2016) are also playing this year in Guadeloupe.  
 
The €43,000 prize money tournament is played over 54 holes of traditional stroke. Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final title day of the tournament. 
 
The Golf International de Saint-François features a 18 holes, par 71 Golf Course with a total length of 5 990 meters. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, a pioneer in golf course architecture. 
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