28th June 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
England’s Shadbolt sole leader at La Pinetina
« Tomorrow, I’m just going to play my own game, see what happens. I’ve been in this position before and I could not finish it off. I shot 61 around here before, I think it’s still the course record, it’s still a goal of mine to try to break that anyway, I still have one more day to try and do it » he concluded.
15th October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Shadbolt in the race for back to back win
England’s Tom Shadbolt shot best score of the day to take a one shot lead going into last round of Abruzzo Open. He has an opportunity to win a second title back to back after his victory in Spain in Alps Costa del Sol last month.
The 28 year old player was the first round leader but he struggled to hole birdies during second round. Today, after third round eventually started after 30 minutes delay due to threat of lightening, he recovered his feeling on greens with his putter. He had an amazing series of 6 birdies in a raw from the 4th hole. He turned first nine with score of 29 as he had birdie as well on the first hole.
He only dropped one shot on the 13th and signed for 63, 8 under, tie for best score of the week.
Italian duo Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario is only one shot back. The latter won this season in France but Di Nitto still in the hunt for a maiden title.
A pack of 4 players is 2 shots back of the lead and if one of them shot low tomorrow, the winner might be an outsider such as Daniel Young, Julien Forêt, Kevin Hesbois or Daniel Berna.
13th October 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Marguery in command in Abruzzo Open
France’s Raphaël Marguery shot 64, -7 during first round of Abruzzo Open. He tamed the Miglianico golf course holing eight birdies and only dropping one shot on the 6th hole. England’s Tom Shadbolt and Julien Foret from France are one shot back.
Marguery who managed to qualify for European Tour S School stage 2 is more than motivated to finish in final Top 5 of Alps Tour Order of Merit. The 29 year old player from Versailles needs a win and a podium at least during these last two events to pretend to accomplish his goal but his level of game seems to suit his target.
Tom Shadbolt is closer in the ranking as his victory last month made him enter the top 5 but he needs to confirm his position with good results. The Englishman succeeded in passing the Stage 1 marathon.
David Berna and Stefano Pitoni are a shot further. The latter, 8th at the ranking, has a real chance to make his move. Franck Daux and Enrico Di Nitto, both in Top 5 are in good position to increase their earnings this week whereas Victor Perez, 88th, is in trouble to add some points to his current ranking at the Order of Merit.
The projected cut is level par.
18th September 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Shabolt in bull’s-eye in Costa del Sol
Nobody could have stopped England’s Tom Shadbolt from winning his maiden title today. A 60 meter shot holed followed by a hole in one crucified his closest opponent Santiago Tarrio.
Shadbolt, 28, is among the very solid players on Alps Tour. His best result so far was a 2nd place in Italy in 2014 where he missed by nothing a win. He recorded two runner up places last season and had climbed twice on the third step of the podium in 2016.
But today, the golf saints were English and the player from London was as accurate as a sniper on back to back holes. He first holed a 60 meter shot for eagle on the 13th to go for -6 then he holed his 7 iron shot on the following par 3 for a hole in one and -8. He completed his round with an extra birdie on the 17th to win by a nice margin of three shots over Santigao Tarrio. Nicolas Tacher and David Borda are tie for third place.
His fellow countryman, Matt Wallace, was on of the first on social media to congratulate Shadbolt. With this win, he enters the Alps Tour top 5.
17th September 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Narrow advantage for Tarrio in Costa del Sol
Spain’s Santiago Tarrio, 25, will have a narrow advantage heading to Alps de Costa del Sol final round with -10 total. The young man signed for 69 thanks to 6 birdies and 3 bogeys. There are two men only one shot back, France’s Nicolas Tacher and England’s Tom Shadbolt.
There are only 3 tournaments left to complete the 2016 Alps Tour season. Matt Wallace has already secured his category to play on Challenge Tour next year, at least. The battle behind to grab the 4 spots left is very tight and the final ranking can really move until the last event.
Santiago Tarrio’s best result this season is a 12th place, twice. Nicolas Tacher and Tom Shadbolt were both close to win during the last 12 months but none of them managed to seal a victory.
The 3 men shot under par the first three rounds. Tarrio and Tacher both broke 70. The odds for a new winner to engrave his name on the trophy are high but Thomas Elissalde, winner 3 weeks ago in Italy, is only 3 shots back. The road to be the one to lift the trophy in Spain is wide open.
9th February 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Daux on his own in Egyt
Franck Daux of France shot 67, -5 during opening round of Ein Bay Open in Sokhna Golf Club in Egypt. A group of three players is one shot back, England’s Ben Wheeler, Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto and Spain’s Daniel Osorio.
The weather was fair today, nice and sunny in the morning and with a little breeze in the afternoon. Ein Bay Open is the first of the 3 event winter series in Egypt and the winner will earn an invitation to play the Egyptian Challenge Tour in April.
Many players beat the course as 23 of them shot under par. Defending champion, France’s Thomas Elissalde struggled to recall the good memories he had on the course as he signed for a 77, +5 card as his younger brother Paul.
A pack of seven players is tie for fifth place with -3. Among them, England’s Tom Shadbolt and France’s Julien Foret who won the Coupe de France Pro in Morocco mid January.
The projected cut is +1.
8th December 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Israel Masters – Full TV report
One hour highlights of the inaugural Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters, the Alps Tour Grand Final, at Caesarea Golf Club. Dutch Jurrian Van Der Vaart won after two rounds – final round cancelled due to storms. Italy’s Gregory Molteni and England’s Tom Shadbolt finished second ties.
24th October 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Van Der Vaart gone with the wind
Very tough conditions today in Caesarea Golf Club. Dutch Jurrian Van Der Vaart shot one under to lead with -4 the inaugural Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters. Italy’s Gregory Molteni and England’s Tom Shadbolt are one shot back.
Strong winds blew all day long and the second round story was totally different from the opening round. Despite shortening the course to allow for the weather conditions, players had many 3 and 4 irons to greens and sharp short game was needed to save pars.
Overnight co-leader,Verselin confirmed his recent good form and keep on hand on the trophy before teeing of the amen corner of the course and unfortunaly dropped 4 shots to let Netherlands’ Van Der Vaart leading on his own.
« I knew that anything under par would be great today and I was absolutely loving the course. I did not think about my ranking and what I need to be in the top. If you think about your order of merit, the putts get twice as long and the tee shots became extremely hard. The fortune is that I haven’t missed one tee shot in two days which is always crutial on a golf course this hard.
Playing with amateurs is longer than usual but in the other hand we are more relax on course as we are chating and giving them some advises. This week has been going well. I had a great partner from Paris, Philippe. He started playing better and better as he got more comfortable playing with us because they are obviously more nervous than we are. I am happy with the all concept, I think it is very good for the tournament, it is really good for raising money, getting more people involved and I hope more tournaments would be like this. »
Tom Shadbolt has a great opportunity to enter the final Alps Tour Top 5 to play on Challenge Tour next year. In case of a win, the 12 000 points will make him jump around third place.
« I struggled on the range this morning cause I don’t really like the wind of the left. At the end of my practice session I had quite a good feel. I hit a really good drive on the first and that was sort of the time for the day. I hit close there but missed and then hit it about 5 feet on the second and I missed that and I did not feel very confident on the greens until I hit a 6 foot putt on the third and I took my chances and I just played pretty smart. »
Smart will be the leit motiv tomorrow for those targetting a win, wind is forcasted as strong as today.
A very special day for one player whatever he scores, Ireland’s Bredan McCarroll will play his last round on Alps Tour as he decided to write a new chapter of his life.
14th May 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Shadbolt and Gabella neck and neck
England’s Tom Shadbolt and Switzerland’s Arthur Gabella tamed in a brilliant way the course after scoring 63, -8 during Open Colli Berici opening round. The duo has a two stroke advantage over the English Tunisian Open winner Josh Loughry, his fellow countryman Liam Harper and Spain’s Gerard Piris.
Nice weather helped the field to hole a huge number of birdies, 463 to be precised and 12 eagles. The short and tricky course build on top of hills near Vicenza is a real test of golf for those who feel comfortable with their irons. Big hitter could be frustrated not to use their skills but wedge magicians really enjoyed the challenge.
Gabella signed for flawless 63 thanks to 24 putts and Shadbolt only dropped one shot on the 5th as he missed the green and had 2 putts.
Loughrey and Harper both scored -6. They shared the Tunisian Open last round two weeks back and it was Josh’s day. His compatriot had finished 2nd tie and the Open Colli Berici might be his.
“Felt great to open up with 65, -6, couldn’t be happier” said the latter.
Tim Gornik from Slovenia, winner of the Alps Tour Q School last December, shot 66, nice card without mistakes and Switzerland’s Marc Dobias recorded same score to share the 6th place. The projected cut is level par.
25th February 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Widemann's fireworks in Egypt
France’s Alex Widemann grabbed maiden win thanks to final round 65 for -17 total. The 23 years old player from Golf des Bouleaux lifted the trophy of the third edition of Red Sea Little Venice Open.
He was tie with Englishman Tom Shadbolt when he teed off around noon in the last group. His opponent holed for eagle on the 3rd hole whereas he holed 4 birdies and one bogey on the first seven hole. He increased his advantage on the back nine showing great confidence in his putter.
“ I think I needed to miss that cut last week to fix my issues. Long game was good but as during the Q School in December, my putting was very poor. I have worked on it between the 2 events and I managed to recover my confidence and I did not miss any lines.”
Widemann has changed his status with this win but the good man, who just finished his metalworking industry HDN, stays humble.
“ I know that a win is just a beginning. I will try to play as many events as I can and hopefully I keep on doing well.”
Shadbolt ended 4 shots back of the win, finishing second on his own. To complete the podium, England’s Matt Wallace and France’s Léo Lespinasse. The latter confirms his good form as he already climbed on the third step last week.