29th August 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Round 1 of Cervino Open ends on 3-way tie

Stefano Pitoni (ITA), Timon Baltl (AUT) and Andrea Saracino (ITA) turned in the best cards of the day today at the Cervino Open to finish round 1 on a 3-way tie with a total score of -7. 

Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Ben Wheeler (ENG) and Jacopo Albertoni (ITA, Am) are on their heels one stroke behind at -6 total. .  

«  I’m really satisfied, -7 is a really good score » Timon Baltl said. «  I got off to a perfect start, I made 6 birdies in the first 7 holes, I made 8 3s in a row, so it was obviously a perfect start »   he explained. «  I must admit I thought a little about shooting a 59 (the course is a par 68) because it’s the magic number in golf but I did not hit the fairways on the back 9. Anyway, I’m very delighted with this first round » he continued. «  The course is different from any other courses, some holes are crazy, some holes are very good holes, but I really like it here, it’s so beautiful with the mountains, I enjoyed it » he concluded.   

«  My day was really great.I played really good golf, I hit a lot of good shots and I putt also really well because on this course, you need to putt well » Stefano Pitoni said. «  I started really good. I birdied on hole 2 after holing my chip shot. I also birdied on hole 3 and this gave me a lot of energy and I continued to play good throughout the round. So I’m happy with my round » he added.  

«  I started with a bogey at hole 10 and then I made 8 birdies and 0 bogeys » Andrea Saracino, recent winner of the Des Iles Borromées Open at the end of July, said. 

«  The course is very tricky, the greens are very small and the putt is important here » he concluded.

Thunderstorms disrupted the afternoon session as play had to be suspended for a bit less than an hour and a half. Temperatures were in the mid-10s.

Round 2 will tee off tomorrow at 7h30 at the Cervino Golf Club .

25th June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Rising golf stars head to Italy

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will be in Italy this week for the Open la Pinetina June 27th through June 29th. 

The tournament is played in memory of Giorgio Bordoni, a popular professional coach working for the Italian pro team, who passed away in 2013. The tournament was played for the first time in 2014 at La Pinetina Golf Club in Appiano Gentile near Lake Como where Bordoni started playing when he was young.   

This is the first tournament played in Italy this year after the cancellation of the Roma Open due to snowy conditions in February. 
135 players, including 66 Italians, have entered the tournament. The golf course, which has hosted a lot of professional tournaments, features 18 holes spread over 70 hectares of green surrounded by different types of trees including pine trees, chestnut trees and birch trees. 
Defending champion Marco Crespi (ITA) as well as past winner Stefano Pitoni (ITA, 2016) have entered the tournament.  
The €40,000 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 round of the tournament. 

16th October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni sealed third win back on home soil

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni won his third victory this season thanks to final round 64, -15 total, in Abruzzo Open. After his maiden win in La Pinetina last June, then a second trophy in Saint Malo Open in July, the 26 year old player grabbed a third title back on home soil.

He gained three shots on his last two holes, birdie-eagle, to take the club house lead and eventually, none of the players behind could catch up with him.

Fellow countrymen Federico Maccario and Enrico Di Nitto are ties for second place one shot further. They both signed for 69.

France’s Raphaël Marguery had solid round, 67, to finish at 4th place on his own a shot back.

Overnight leader, Tom Shadbolt, could not beat the par today and finished 5th tie with Robin Goger, Uli Weinhandl and Thomas Elissalde.

Time to have a look at the Alps Tour ranking. Despite 3 wins in 2016, Pitoni is at 6th place and needs to confirm next week. Victor Perez who missed the cut in Abruzzo Open slept from 2nd to third place. Enrico Di Nitto took his place. Tom Shadbolt is now at 4th position and Franck Daux 5th. Federico Maccario is 7th.

The Final next week is to be played on same course as the Abruzzo Open. The winner will earn 9750 €, the second biggest check of the season and many players could still be part of the graduates.

9th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni defeated Marguery in Brittany

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni defeated France’s Raphaël Marguery after first extra hole to seal his second victory this season. He won the inaugural Saint Malo Golf Open with -13 total. England’s Andrew Cooley is third on his own two shots back.

That was not an easy win. Pitoni started very well though with two birdies back to back but that was almost the only momentum of the day. He turned first nine two under par but did not manage to secure a leading score as France’s Marguery put pressure. He signed for 71, one under par.

It took 12 holes for the player from Versailles to catch up with the Italian. Marguery eventually took the leadership on his own thank to an eagle on the 15th. But he dropped back to back shot on the following holes. He holed for birdie on the last to record 68 and had to wait for Pitoni to finish to know if extra time on course was needed.

They both drove in the middle of the fairway playing the 18th as first extra hole. Then both went short of the green then hit the green in 3. Pitoni holed for birdie as Margeury missed it.

Thanks to this win Pitoni entered the Top 5 of Alps Tour ranking.

8th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni soars 3 shots clear in Saint Malo

Stefano Pitoni increased his advantage heading to last round of Saint Malo Golf Open. He shot a five under par card 67, -12 total to stand 3 shots clear of England’s Andrew Cooley and France’s Raphaël Marguery.

It seems to be the year of multiple victories. Franck Daux had back to back wins in Egypt, Matt Wallace recorded five titles in seven tournament and this week, Pinoti is racing for second win after his triumph on home soil last month.

The 26 year old player from Rieti recorded the best score during opening round and he almost did as well today with six birdies and only one dropped shot.

Bit hitter Andrew Cooley, whose last victory was in Egypt in 2015, had the perfect round. A flawless 65 to share second place at -9 with France’s Raphaël Marguery. The latter is the only one on the provisional podium not to have lift a trophy during his pro career. He fired 67.

The cut felt at level

7th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Stefano Pitoni set the target in Brittany

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni signed for the score of the day, 65, -7 to stand one shot clear of fellow countryman Nunzio Lombardi after first round of Saint Malo Golf Open. Another Italian player is among the group of four tie for third place with -4, Luca D’Andreamatteo, Raphaël Marguery, Julien Rodallec and Jean-Pierre Verselin.

This is the inaugural Saint Malo Golf Open and the sun was generous with the players. Pitoni, who won 3 weeks ago in Italy, managed to tame the course thanks to good conditions and solid game. He recorded 7 birdies, one eagle on the 18th and dropped only 2 shots during his round. On his toes, Lombardi had 5 birdies, one eagle, 18th and one bogey.

Former European Tour big hitter, Britanny’s François Delamontagne had an invitation to play as he wished to feel the spirit of the competition again. He shot one under par.

17th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni crowned in La Pinetina Open

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni won La Pintetina Open with -15 total thanks to last round 67. At second place, his fellow countryman Enrico Di Nitto, two shots back. The latter signed for best score of the day, 6 under par card, 64. He played perfect golf, had six birdies and no dropped shots.

A group of 3 players share third place on the podium. Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan who fired 65, Swiss Luca Galliano and England’s Tom Shadbolt who struggled to keep same rhythm as second round. He could not beat the par during last round.

The order of merit has now a new face. England’s Matt Wallace is still leading with ridiculous advantage of mors than 15 000 points (almost 3 wins), Franck Daux is still second with 16 415 points. Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto is third with 13 866 points and Robin Goger and Léo Lespinasse almost tie for 4th place with less than 2 points margin at 9766 points.

| Alps Tour Golf

Stefano Pitoni holds firm in the rain

Second round is now finally completed after 2 days and half and Italy’s Stefano Pitoni kept his leadership. He scored yesterday morning back to back 64 to lead at -12 the Pinetina Open. The second had been suspended yesterday in the middle of the afternoon and could only resume this morning.

England’s Tom Shadbolt signed for the best score of the week, 61 to be 2 shots back. His fellow countryman, Matt Wallace, leader of the Alps Tour order of merit and author of a stunning 59 a few weeks back was his biggest supporter on social media as Shalbolt turned first nine -6.

Swiss Luca Galliano, first round co-leader, managed to shot 2 under and is third on his own heading to the last round. The cut felt at -1 and the last round is to be played this afternoon.

16th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Play suspended in Italy, Pitoni leader

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni is the happy leader at Pinetina Golf Club. He played this morning and signed for back to back 64 to lead at -12. The play was suspended at 15h05 due to heavy rain and storms. Fellow countryman, Enrico Di Nitto recorded a great 65 to settle at second position with -7 total.

Play will resume tomorrow at 9:00 and it will a long day as weather forecast is nicer and players will have to complete as many holes as possible.

15th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni, Galliano and Fernoux to lead in Italy

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni (pict), Swiss Luca Galliano and France’s Simon Fernoux shot 64, 6 under par in La Pinetina Golf Club to take the lead with one shot advantge over a group of 3 players.

Pitoni, 26, only played 2 events this season and made one cut in Gösser Open, where he finished 15th. He had the perfect round to day without any dropped shot. Fernoux, 28, holed 7 birdies and had one bogey. He played the pars 3 perfectly as he holed for birdie on each of them, 5. Finally, Galliano, 30 years old, had 4 birdies and one eagle to signed for 64.

The leaderboard is pretty congested. A group of three players is one shot back and a group of 16 players is two shots further.

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