7th November 2023 | Alps Tour Golf
The 2024 Qualifying School Stage 1 tournaments gets underway on Thursday!
November 7th, 2023- Like the past three seasons, the 19th edition of the Alps Tour Qualifying School will unfold in Italy. The 1st Stage events will be played on November 9th and 10th in three distinct golf clubs: Golf Club Le Fonti, Miglianico Golf & Country Club, and Terre dei Consoli Golf Club. The Final Stage of the 2024 Qualifying School will take place at Golf Nazionale and Olgiata Golf Club in Northern Rome from November 15th-17th.
This year, nearly 300 applications were submitted to participate in the 2024 Alps Tour Qualifying School. Applications were open to any male professional golfer who belongs to a recognized PGA or Golf Federation, as well as male amateurs with a handicap not higher than 2.0. In the 2024 Alps Tour Qualifying School fields, there are 141 amateur players, 47 players under 20 years old, and 183 players under 25. A total of 27 different nations that including: Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Finland, Luxembourg, Lebanon, South Africa, and the United States of America, will be represented throughout the 2024 Qualifying School.
In the 1st Stage events, there will be approximately 198 players competing in the three different venues. The tournaments will be played over 36 holes with no cut, and the top-ranked players will gain access to the Final Stage event. The top-ranked players at the end of the Final Stage will earn a full Alps Tour card for the 2024 season.
There will be 156 players in the field at the Final Stage of the 2024 Alps Tour Qualifying School, where 74 players have already been exempt into the field. The exempt players from the 1st stage and automatically eligible to participate in the Final Stage are: all of the players ranked in the 2023 Alps Tour Order of Merit who weren’t in the field at the 2023 Alps Tour Grand Final presented by AURALIS, all of the past winners of the Alps Tour Order of Merit, the winners of the past three editions of the Alps Tour Qualifying School, the leading 10 European Amateur players in the World Amateur Golf Rankingas of October 17th and players who competed at the 2023 World Amateur Team Championship and/or the 2023 European Boys/Men Team Championships and/or the 2023 Walker Cup.
The Golf Courses
There will be three golf courses throughout Italy that will host the First Stages of our Qualifying School this year: Golf Club Le Fonti, Miglianico Golf and Country Club, and Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.
The first venue that will host the Stage 1 Qualifying School event is located in Northern Italy, approximately 30km southeast of Bologna. The tournament will unfold at Golf Club Le Fonti in Castel San Pietro Terme. The course is home to 18 holes of golf and will be set as a par 71, 6411 meters. Rolling hills and a typical Emilia-Romagna landscape surround Golf Club Le Fonti. It has previously hosted Alps Tour events, Ladies European Tour events, and Qualifying Schools. The players will face multiple water hazards, making it a tough challenge.
Miglianico Golf and Country Club is the second course hosting Stage 1 events this year. It is a 5875-meter par 72 course in the Province of Chieti, about 20km south of Pescara in the Abruzzo Region. It was designed by well-known American golf architect, Ronald Kirby. The course is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, bunkers, and artificial lakes, making Miglianico Golf a pleasant but challenging course to play with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. It has hosted numerous prestigious events, including the Abruzzo Alps Open nine times, the 2021, 2022, and 2023 1st stage of Alps Tour Qualifying School, and the 2009 Games of the Mediterranean.
Terre dei Consoli Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, is the third golf course that will host Stage 1 Qualifying School. It is one of the most recent golf courses in Italy that opened in 2011, located north of the Eternal City of Rome. The Terre dei Consoli Championship Course is a 6885-meter Par 72 course with an out-and-back routing. The course is perfectly integrated into the green valleys that embrace and welcome it. Made-to-fit obstacles raise its spectacular technical characteristics, fascinating all golfers. It has hosted numerous events in the past, including Alps Tour as well as Challenge Tour tournaments.
The Alps Tour wishes the best of luck to all the participants competing at the three different venues, and we are eager to follow the next rising golf stars #risinggolfstars!
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