28th April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Moscatel & Pitoni Joint Leaders Round 1

April 28th, 2021 – Perugia, Italy. After battling the climatic odds and a challenging course, a Spanish-Italian duo, Joel Moscatel and Stefano Pitoni head the leader board on -5 (66) after the first round of the Antognolla Alps Open.

Leader after the morning rounds was Joel Moscatel from Spain with a three-stroke lead at this point:

“I played great today. It was tough at the beginning because of the weather with the rain plus it’s a tricky course. The greens are really difficult. You need to put the ball in the right spot every time. On the front nine I made the first bogey then I started making putts. My wedges were really good today, so I started making birdies. Then on the second nine I didn’t make that many birdies, but I can’t complain because I played them super well so I’m happy”.

Starting from the 10th, the Spanish amateur’s only bogey came on the uphill par 4 14th quickly followed by 4 birdies in a row then 2 more birdies on the back nine.

Stefano Pitoni, an experienced Alps Tour player having won three tournaments in 2016, headed out in the afternoon also from the 10th. He said that the key to his game today was his excellent short game, especially his putting as he sank some long ones. The 7 birdies on his card bear witness, but 2 bogeys on the home nine held him back from the overall lead. He too confirmed that the Antognolla Golf course is very physically demanding and that the rain made the fairway shots particularly difficult.

In third place is Jack Floyd on -3 (68). The Englishman teed off from the 1st in the afternoon and had an unfortunate double bogey on the par 3 3rd caught by the large greenside bunker. However, he got back into gear immediately with a birdie, par and 4 birdies to finish the front nine on 33 (-3). He continued with 2 more birdies coming home but he too saw 2 bogeys snatch a joint lead away.

We then have quite a traffic jam at -2 (69) with a group of 14 players including Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, winner of last week’s Abruzzo Alps Open and Ryan Lumsden, winner of the MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open last month. Alps Tour tournament winners and former European Tour players, Matteo Manassero and Edouard Espana are there aswell. Two more former champs from Italy, Luca Cianchetti and Andrea Saracino are sitting pretty too. Tom Vaillant the French amateur who had an excellent fourth place finish at the weekend continues to hold his own against the pros.

The difficult playing conditions are supported by the statistics with only 28 players coming in under par, 8 players on par and just 5 eagles out there today. Things do not look set to improve drastically with more rain forecast overnight and tomorrow. The players are going to need resilience and focus to make their mark when they tee off at 7:30am.

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25th April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Antognolla Alps Open Inaugural Tournament

April 25th, 2021 – Perugia, Italy. The fourth tournament of the 2021 Alps Tour season will take place here at the stunning Antognolla Golf. This is the first time that the Umbrian course has hosted the Alps Tour and the unique setting, nestled in a valley with cliff-lined fairways, overlooked by the Antognolla castle dominating the first and last greens, the eighteen-holes promises some memorable shots for the players.

The Robert Trent Jones Jr designed course originally opened in 1998. In 2018 he oversaw a multi-million remodelling that remains true to his philosophy of building courses that commune with their environment. A modern, computer-controlled irrigation system was introduced; a new network of drainage pipes whose water is recycled was installed; all the bunkers were completely redesigned and rebuilt.

For the players, they now face a par 71 championship course whose 6884 yds/6112 m will relentlessly challenge all aspects of their game. Whilst water only comes into play on three holes, the fairways are long, banked and sloping with hidden hazards from the tee box. The greens are undulating, often on two or even three levels, sometimes elevated but always heavily guarded by bunkers. The key to managing the course is distance control.

All three of our previous 2021 tournament winners report present; Abruzzo Alps Open champ, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa who will be hoping to continue his April run of victories in his native Italy; Paul Margolis, the French amateur, who would love to continue his run of firsts after his first pro tournament win at the MIRA Live the Soul Open and his first hole-in-one last week; the Scottish player, Ryan Lumsden who with his MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open victory would not mind getting another title under his belt.

But as we have seen, the competition is tough this season. Jacopo Vecchi Fossa’s win last week by 3 strokes was the highest difference so far. The previous two tournaments were won by just one stroke with the top five players jostling for position down to the line each time.

Alongside the pros, the amateurs hope to continue to hone their skills, among them Tom Vaillant from France, Joel Moscatel Nachshon from Spain, joint fourth last week and the Italian, Gregorio De Leo. It is also good to see Zeke Martinez back with us. The American member on the European Senior Tour may even have some home knowledge advantage as an Umbrian resident of ten years.

One thing that could make a difference is the weather. Light rain and showers are forecast each morning with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon and slight but variable winds. Just another element to factor into an already imposing test of golf.

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24th April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Victory for Vecchi Fossa at Abruzzo Alps Open

April 24th, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. Jacopo Vecchi Fossa raised his second trophy of the month after winning the Abruzzo Alps Open just two weeks after his win at the National Open Golf Championship on the very same course. The Italian who started as joint-leader today, said just yesterday that he was “turbo-charged”. Today he was in over-drive as he finished with -15 (198) here at the Miglianico Golf & Country Club which seems to be a lucky course for him:

“It’s a really good course for my game and I also really like the place where we are, it’s incredible. I played very well, I putted very well also, in fact all aspects of my game worked. Today was a little bit harder because of the wind and I made a mistake on the 3rd with a double bogey, but I hit my best shots on the difficult holes from 10 to 13 which I played very solidly so I’m happy”.

With a double-bogey, bogey, and six birdies for a card today of 68 (-3), Vecchi Fossa’s win puts him at the top of the Alps Tour Order of Merit after three tournaments.

We had been expecting a closely fought final day and we certainly had one. The notoriously difficult back nine proved to be decisive.

David Ravetto in joint second place on -12 (201) had a flawless round and was the only one of the top six players to avoid the back-nine traps to have a bogey-free card. The French player who won the 2020 Alps Tour Qualifying School started for home at just one stroke behind the leader at this point on -10. He added two more birdies on the back nine to his four on the front nine to really make his mark in what looks like a promising rookie season.

He is joined by his compatriot Pierre Pineau who started the round at -8. The Le Vaudreuil based golfer turned for home at -10 after three birdies and a bogey. The uphill 11th par 4 saw another bogey followed by a birdie on the tricky 12th, then two more birdies to place him as joint runner-up.

A trio of players share the fourth position at -11 (202), including yesterday’s joint leader, Edoardo Giletta. He took the lead on the 3rd when Vecchi Fossa double-bogeyed and was sitting pretty at the 7th on -15 after two more birdies when two disastrous double bogeys on the 8th and 9th saw him drop back to -11. His resilience showed on the back nine though when, despite two bogeys, he finished the round with birdies on the 17th and 18th.

Two amateurs are the other fourth-placed players. Tom Vaillant started the day in second place on -11. The French player had a fantastic front nine with two birdies and straight pars to be on -13, just one stroke behind the leader, his playing partner Vecchi Fossa. Despite a birdie on the 12th, three bogeys saw him finish at par for the day.

The Spanish amateur Joel Moscatel had a real ‘montada’ on the front nine. Teeing off at -6 he holed six birdies to rise to -12 heading for home. The infamous back nine took their toll where two more birdies could not compensate for the three bogeys to see him finish the day at 66 (-5).

The Alps Tour players now head to Umbria in central Italy for the Antognolla Open from Wednesday April 28th to Friday April 30th. All six at the top of today’s leader board are among the 138 players currently confirmed so we should have some interesting rounds ahead of us at the Antognolla Golf Club.

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23rd April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Giletta & Vecchi Fossa Joint Leaders Round 2

April 23rd, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. It is green, white, and red at the top of the leader board with two Italian players tied at -12 (130), Edoardo Giletta and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, after 36 holes of the Abruzzo Alps Open. Overnight rain, stronger winds and tougher pin positions were additional factors to be taken into account today on the Miglianico Golf & Country Club course.

Yesterday’s leader Edoardo Giletta was first into the clubhouse after a solid round including six birdies and just one bogey on his card. Starting this morning from the 10th, his sole bogey came on the 12th par 3 which he handled better today after putting a ball in the water yesterday. But as the day before, he immediately riposted with a birdie and then stayed focussed throughout the round for a 66 (-5) for the day:

“My goal was to go for -1 on the front nine and then attack more on the back nine. It was windy but the greens were softer. Although some of the pins were tricky, others could be attacked, and my putting has really helped me these past two days. I tried not to think about leading yesterday evening and thought about playing one shot at a time. the strategy for tomorrow will be the same, and we will see! I dedicate these nice rounds to my family, my grandfather and my coach Alain Vergari who is with me here and always believes in me!”.

Teeing off in the afternoon, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa’s rise up the leader board was as steady as his game today. Also starting at the 10th, he masterfully scored par on the four most difficult holes and sank two birdies for good measure on the outward nine. Coming home he started with four birdies in a row, added another one on the 6th par 4 to card 64 (-7) for the round.

“After three rounds at the National Championship here in Miglianico two weeks ago I won with -8, now -12 after two, I’ve ignited the turbo engine! I started from hole 10, I was careful and didn’t make any errors, then the wind disappeared which meant I could score low on the front nine which are easier. Tomorrow I will play my own game and try not to look at the others’ scores”.

Just one stroke behind them in third place at -11 (131) is the French amateur, Tom Vaillant, who after his second-place finish yesterday, kept a level head and a steady hand to sign a 66 (-5) today with six birdies and one bogey:

“It was a bit complicated at the beginning starting from the 10th and the four hardest holes, but I came through them at +1 so that was okay and after that the putts went in on 16 and 17 for birdie. I had a lot of close approach shots so I’m really happy with how I played and especially my mental approach. I want my game to progress, and I feel that my place now is with the professionals. It’s really good to be able to play here, a real chance so I’m trying to make the most of it”.

Another amateur, Riccardo Bregoli from Italy, sits in fourth place on -9 (133). Five birdies and one bogey gave him a 67 (-4) for the round. A member of the Italian National Amateur Team, he is currently contemplating turning pro:

“It could be the right year.  It is very important to play the Alps Tour because it’s a great trampoline with lots of good players … and many of the good ones started from here so I think it is really the best place to begin”.

With forty-two players having played -1 or more today the cut came at Par (142) which sees a total of 55 players going through to tomorrow’s final, 44 pros and 11 amateurs. Play starts at 8:00am from the 1st and 10th tees.

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22nd April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Edoardo Giletta 1 Up after Round 1

April 22nd, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. The Italian player, Edoardo Giletta heads the leader board after carding a –7 (64) after Round 1 here at the Abruzzo Alps Open.

Teeing off from the 1st, Giletta, who turned pro last year, opened in style with an eagle on the first hole par 5, followed by two birdies. Straight pars, another birdie and not a bogey in sight saw him turn for home at -4 (31). The back nine saw four more birdies, a slight wobble on the par 3 12th with a double bogey but a -2 (33) saw him grab the lead.

“I had a strong start with an eagle on hole number 1, a nice drive, a good second shot and I holed a great putt, it was unexpected! On 12 I hit a bad shot, went into the water, and took a drop but I reacted promptly with a birdie the following hole and another birdie before the end. I was very concentrated today and tonight I will speak with my coach about the strategy for tomorrow”.

Hot on his heels at -6 (65) are four players. First into the clubhouse and leader after the morning rounds was the Italian amateur Alessandro Nardini. The 17-year-old started from the 10th and fired six birdies, three each nine, on his bogey-free card.

“The back nine are more difficult but I started strong with -3 so a good game and especially the putting. On the front nine I kept playing well, so I’m very happy about it. I’m a very positive kind of player on the course, I don’t lose confidence if a hole goes wrong, on the contrary, I try to do better on the next and recover, that’s my attitude. I’m super happy to be up there on the leader board in a pro tournament, but this doesn’t mean I am as good as the pros yet! I’m happy to be here and play with them and will try to learn from them”.

Alongside Nardini are Jonathan Yates from Ireland and Uli Weinhandl from Austria. Playing in the same flight off the 10th Yates shot one eagle on the par 5 1st, six birdies, and two bogeys whilst Weinhandl had one eagle on the par 5 9th, five birdies and one bogey. The French amateur, Tom Vaillant completes the quartet. He played a flawless outward nine with five birdies for a -5 (31). A single bogey coming in but a final flourish with two birdies pushed him into joint second.

Rounding out the top ten at -5 (66) are three Italian players, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Carlo Casalegno, the amateur Ricardo Bregoli and the English player, Thomas Thurloway.

The French amateur Paul Margolis is having a series of firsts on the Alps Tour this season. He had his first victory in a pro tournament when he won the previous tournament, the MIRA Live the Soul Open and today, on the 186 metre, par 3 second hole, he had his first ever hole-in-one after a majestic 6 iron shot. He finished at -2 (69) for the day.

With a total of 67 players at par or under, the tournament is still wide open. The Miglianico Golf & Country Club course is in pristine condition, both fairways and greens, plus the weather promises to continue to be clement which are all favourable signs for some great golf in Round 2 heading for the cut at the end of the day. Tee off starts at 7:30 am from holes 1 and 10.

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19th April 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour Continues in Italy for the Abruzzo Open

April 19th, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. After playing two tournaments in Puglia, the Alps Tour players change region and move further north for the Abruzzo Alps Open. Since its inaugural year of 2014, the tournament has been hosted by the Miglianico Golf & Country Club apart from 2020 when, exceptionally, the tournament did not take place.

And as for the opening tournaments of the 2021 season, players are eager to get out there and play some competitive, professional golf. A full field of 132 players has been confirmed and there is, again, a lengthy reserve and waiting list. Among the 15 nationalities represented there is a total of 109 pros and 23 amateurs.

The previous winner in 2019, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez from Spain, is now playing on the European Tour and will not be defending his title. There are, however, lots of contenders who will be more than happy to succeed him. Among them, the two victors of the 2021 season-opening tournaments, Ryan Lumsden from Scotland at the MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open and the French amateur, Paul Margolis, who celebrated his first professional win at the MIRA Live the Soul Open.

Jacopo Vecchi Fossa from Italy is still savouring his win on this very course just over a week ago at the National Open Golf Championship on the Italian Pro Tour. He was also an Alps Tour champion at the 2020 Italy Open and is joined by his compatriot, Stefano Mazzoli, 2020 Red Sea Little Venice Open winner. Jacobo Pastor from Spain is the third 2020 title holder in the field with his home win at Alps de Las Castillas.

Another recent victor is the experienced Alps Tour member, Xavier Poncelet. He took advantage of the lull between Alps Tour tournaments in Italy to pocket a home turf victory at the Open Ffgolf des Aisses just three days ago in France under difficult weather conditions.

The course here was designed by Ronald Kirby, the renowned American architect whose career spans more than 60 years, and whose name is on over 70 courses around the world including the famous Old Head Links on the coast of Ireland. At the Miglianico Golf & Country Club he created a technically challenging but enjoyable course that winds through natural olive groves with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The greenside sand traps on the par 4 11th are one such example as is the small lake right in front of the green on the par 3 12th. A forward pin position can make for a tricky approach shot.

The forecast for the Abruzzo Alps Open promises to be within the seasonal norms but rain is a strong possibility on the first two days. The wind is also something that needs to be factored into the game. Given the location of the course, nestled in a valley between the Apennine peaks and the Adriatic coast, wind gusts can come from either direction.

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30th March 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Paul Margolis Wins the MIRA Live Soul Open

March 30th, 2021 – Lecce, Italy. Yet another suspense-filled finish for the final round of the second tournament of the Alps Tour 2021 Spring Season here at the Acaya Golf Resort where the young French amateur, Paul Margolis edged out Matteo Manassero to win the tournament by one shot at 201 (-12).

Teeing off in the flight ahead of the leader, Margolis had a rock-solid front nine with not a bogey in sight and four birdies to leave the 9th green -11. Behind him yesterday’s leader, Manassero, teed off at the 9th level with the French player. However, a birdie saw him turning for home at -12. Yesterday’s runner-up, Angel Hidalgo Portillo saw the leaders pulling away from him after carding a double-bogey, bogey, and birdie to move back to -6.

Margolis continued his bogey-free run on the back nine with 3 pars and two birdies to be sitting -13 on the 14th. In his rear-view mirror, was Manassero who finished the 14th hole at -12 after one birdie and a bogey. Four holes to go and everything to play for.

Bogey, par, birdie for Margolis to head for the 18th at -13. Bogey, birdie, bogey for Manassero to leave him trailing at -11 on the last hole. Margolis missed his putt to finish with a bogey and headed into the clubhouse at 201 (-12). Everything depended now on Manassero as he had birdied the 18th in the last two rounds in which case, he would have forced a play-off. Unfortunately, today he was not third time lucky and left the green with a par to hand the victory to Margolis.

A fantastic result for the amateur player from the Terre Blanche Golf Resort who just last spring decided to stop his university studies in the USA to devote himself 100% to golf. Currently pre-selected for the French team for next year’s International Amateur Team Championship to be held in France. The MIRA Live the Soul Open is his first professional competition win. When asked how he felt:

” I don’t think it’s sunk in fully yet. It’s hard to take in. I’ve just spent three fantastic weeks here  at the Acaya Golf Resort and this last week was particularly emotional. It’s difficult to realise that on just my third  start on the Alps Tour I get a win”.

Was he aware of what Matteo Manassero was doing in the flight behind him?

Not at all. I told myself last night that I had a job to do out here today and that was to hit the best shots I could. I didn’t look at the leaderboard at all and just stayed focussed on my game “.

What are his plans for the future?

” This result may change things a bit. I had planned to play the Alps Tour as an amateur but I think now I may throw myself into it whole-heartedly. I do have a project with the French Golf Federation to play in the International Team Championship next year so I just need to take the time to reorganise my schedule”.

In third place is another amateur, the Italian Gregorio De Leo on 205 (-8) who was the winner of the Italian International Men’s Amateur Championship at the beginning of March.

In fourth place is Angel Hidalgo Portillo from Spain 206 (-7). That keeps him at fourth position on the Order of Merit. Despite having just missed out on victory today, Matteo Manassero now heads the Alps Tour OofM after two tournaments.

The Alps Tour remains in Italy for the month of April with the next stop for the players being the Abruzzo Alps Open at the Miglianico Golf & Country Club in Pescara from 22nd – 24th April 2021.

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22nd September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Migliozzi wins Abruzzo Open, his second victory this season

Italy’s Guido Migliozzi won today the Abruzzo Open at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club  with a total score of -18. It is Migliozzi’s second Alps Tour victory this season, and the second time he wins this tournament in back-to-back years.
 Frenchmen Paul Elissalde, who entered the final round as leader, and Julien Foret finished tied for 2nd place with a total score of -17. Alps Tour veteran Foret turned in the best card of the day (-9) with an eagle, 9 birdies and 2 bogeys.
« My day was incredible » Migliozzi said. « I played a solid game on the front 9 and finished 7 under. Then, I managed my game. Unfortunately, I made a double bogey on hole 17th but at the end, it was enough to win the tournament by one shot he explained.  In the first round, I was a bit struggling with my game but I finished with 3 birdies in a row. Yesterday, I had a great round and finished 8 under par. Today, I was hungry, I was seeing the flags and I just wanted to hit the ball close to the flags, that was my game today »  he continued.
« I’m very happy because I was the defending champion and I defended the trophy » he concluded.
Santiago Tarrio (ESP), who finished today’s tournament tied for 7th place (-13 total), is still the leader of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking. Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Marcus Mohr (ENG) and Xavier Poncelet (FRA). At the end of the season, the top 5 of the Order of Merit qualifies directly to play on the Challenge Tour.
Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will travel to the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées, in Northern Italy, for the last tournament of the season, the 2018 Alps Tour Grand Final (October 18th through October 21st), reserved to the top 50 players in the Alps Tour Order of Merit.

21st September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Paul Elissalde is chasing his first win as a pro

Frenchman Paul Elissalde enters the final round of the Abruzzo Open as sole leader with a total score of -14. Elissalde scored 5 under today in round 2 of the tournament while Carlo Casalegno (ITA) turned in the best card of the day at -9.

Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Guido Migliozzi (ITA) are tied for 2nd place with a total score of -12.   

« Today was a bit more complicated than yesterday because my short game was not as good. It was more a mental issue because I’m no longer used to deal with this kind of situation, it was the case when I was an amateur. On the other hand, my long game was very good, very solid. I was not able to hole many putts on the front 9 even though I was not far. On the back 9, I made 4 good long putts which allowed me to go 5 under. My long game was as good as yesterday. It was a very good day nonetheless  » Elissalde said. 

«  The course is not very long, we can hit a lot of wedge shots. The difficulty for me is the chipping around the greens because the type of grass is not what we’re used on other courses in France and elsewhere, it is rather thick. Also, I had some difficulties to read the greens as there is a lot of grain » he explained. 

« For tomorrow, the challenge will be being as good mentally to try and reproduce the same game » he concluded. 

50 players including 9 amateurs made the cut set at -1 and will play tomorrow’s final round.

Final round will tee off at 7h24 local time at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club . 

20th September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Frenchman Paul Elissalde takes the lead at the Abruzzo Open

Paul Elissalde (FRA) turned in the best card of the day today at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club  for the Abruzzo Open to finish round 1 with a total score of -9. 

The Frenchman is followed by Raffaele Benatti (ITA) who is one stroke behind at -8 total and by a group of 4 players who are all at -6 total: Leo Lespinasse (FRA), Julien Foret (FRA), Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Albert Venter (RSA). 

«  My long game was really good, some of my shots ended very close to the pin. I did not have to make any long putts as I was never too far from the pin and therefore I was able to make a few birdies as a result. The wedging up to Iron 7 worked really well for me today » 22-year-old Paul Elissalde explained.

«  I’m going to get ready for tomorrow by praticing my putting and by hitting a few balls at the range. I will try to do the exact same thing as I did today » the native of Biarritz concluded.

Ellisalde made an eagle and 7 birdies.  

After some thin rain showers in the morning, the weather cleared up to let the sun shine. Temperatures were warm and humidity prevailed.

Round 2 will tee off tomorrow at 7h30. 

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