10th May 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Mattia Comotti earns his first win at the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. 

Appiano Gentile, May 10 th 2024 – Italy’s Mattia Comotti wins the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON with a total score of 15 under-par. Fellow Italian player, Enrico Di Nitto concludes the tournament in 2nd place only 1 stroke back. France’s Benjamin Kedochim continues his solid performance with a three-day score of 11 under-par. In 4th place at 10 under-par, Italian amateur Alessandro Radig and only 1 stroke back at 9 under-par, French amateur Paul Franquet.

The final round of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON began at 8:00 a.m. local time from the 1stand 10th hole and the final group teed off at 9:17 am local time from the 1st hole. The players competing at the beautiful Golf Club La Pinetina were able to play with optimal scoring conditions as it was a mostly sunny day with temperatures around 23° Celsius and barely any wind.

The tournament is named after and dedicated to highly acclaimed golf instructor, Giorgio Bordoni who unexpectedly passed away in 2013 at the age of 48. This year is the 10th edition of the event which has been a consistent stop on the Alps Tour schedule since 2014. In 2020, it was the only year the event wasn’t played due to Covid-19.

Final Round Player Quotes

Italy’s Mattia Comotti, 24, wins his 1st Alps Tour title at the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. He moved in the lead after yesterday’s round 2 and today he shot a 3 under-par, 67 to conclude the tournament with a three-day total of 15 under-par. Comotti turned professional at the end of July 2023 so this is his 1st full playing season on the Alps Tour as a professional player. In today’s final round, he made 4 birdies and 2 bogeys on the front nine and then 2 more birdies and 1 bogey on the back nine.  After his win, Comotti was very emotional and commented: “I’m extremely happy, I’m speechless to be honest. To earn my 1st win as a professional in not even a full calendar year since I turned pro is truly amazing. This win is for my entire family, but especially my mom, who passed away. To be honest I wasn’t expecting this win, I hadn’t booked a hotel room for last night. Normally, I’m always right on the cut line, but today, to be playing in the final pairing today and earn the win is extraordinary.” Comotti took the time to: “congratulate my playing partner Enrico Di Nitto. He’s a great fighter and we were very close for the entire day. Had he made the putt on the 17th hole, we would have been tied heading to the 18th and it would have been a great fight. I had a short putt on the 18th hole but I told myself if I miss I lose and need to play in a playoff against a great player so I really concentrated on making the putt.” For the rest of the season he plans on: “playing the entire Alps Tour season this year and trying to conclude the season as high as possible in the Order of Merit rank.” 

Enrico Di Nitto, 31, from Italy, shot a final round of 4 under-par, 66 to conclude the tournament in 2nd place, only 1 stroke from the winning score with a three-day total of 14 under-par. He made 2 birdies and 1 bogey on the opening front nine and then made 3 more birdies to close out his round.  Di Nitto is a past winner on the Alps Tour and has achieved various good finishes over the years.

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, 29, concludes the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON with a 3rd place finish and a total score of 11 under-par. He made 3 birdies on the front nine and 3 bogeys on the back nine holes to conclude his final round with an even-par round. Kedochim has earned several top 5 finishes in his career but is continuing his pursuit in trying to capture his 1st title on the Alps Tour. He has been playing consistently well since the beginning of the 2024 season and plans on continuing to work hard to hopefully earn a trophy in the upcoming events.

After the 5th event of the season, the Alps Tour Order of Merit rank has Edoardo R Lipparelli still in the lead with 14,715 points. Aymeric Laussot remains in 2nd place with 12,001.50 points and Benjamin Kedochim moves into 3rd place with 9,416.25. Enrico Di Nitto is now in 4th place with 8,960.25 and Gianmaria Rean Trinchero is in 5th place with 7,425 points.

Final Round

Mattia Comotti, winner of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON, earned the winner’s check of €5,800.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

The next event on the schedule is set for next week, from May 16 to 18 in Austria. Players will compete in the 32nd edition of the Gösser Open, the oldest tournament on the Alps Tour schedule, at Golf Club Erzherzog Johann in Maria Lankowitz, Graz.

Tournament Promoter

The majority of the Alps Tour events played on Italian soil, like this week’s 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON, are organized by the Italian Pro Tour, a branch of the Italian Golf Federation. The Italian Pro Tour is responsible for promoting the majority of the professional golf events that occur in Italy.

For this week’s event, AON is the tournament Presenting Sponsor.

The main partners supporting the Italian Pro Tour during the 2024 season include Fideuram Intesa SanPaolo Private Banking (Official Bank), Kappa (Technical Supplier), Poste Assicura (Official Supplier), Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport (Media Partner), and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Partner), with Official Advisor: Infront Italy.

For more information, visit the official Alps Tour website, www.alpstourgolf.com, and follow the official Alps Toursocial media handles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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9th May 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Mattia Comotti moves into the lead after day 2 of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON.

Appiano Gentile, May 9th, 2024 – After two rounds of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON, we have a very close leaderboard. Italy’s Mattia Comotti moves into the lead with a two-day total of 12 under-par. France’s Benjamin Kedochim is in solo 2nd place at 11 under-par. Enrico Di Nitto is only 1 back at 10 under-par. There is a 2-way tie for 4th place with a French duo: Xavier Poncelet and Alexandre Daydou at 9 under-par.

It was another day with mostly sunny skies and a temperature around 23° Celsius that welcomed the players at Golf Club La Pinetina in Como, Italy, for the second round of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. Play began at 7:30 a.m. local time from the 1st and 10th hole.

The tournament is named after and dedicated to highly acclaimed golf instructor, Giorgio Bordoni who unexpectedly passed away in 2013 at the age of 48. This year is the 10th edition of the event which has been a consistent stop on the Alps Tour schedule since 2014. In 2020, it was the only year the event wasn’t played due to Covid-19.

Round 2 Player Quotes

Mattia Comotti, 24, from Italy, leads after two rounds of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. He shot a bogey-free second round of 8 under-par, 62 with 4 birdies on the front nine holes and 4 birdies on the back nine holes for a two-day total of 12 under-par. Comotti turned professional at the end of July 2023 so this is his 1st full playing season as a professional. He also has played in the past on the Alps Tour while he was still an amateur earning various top 10 finishes. At this event last year, he began the tournament with a 4 under-par, 66 round but unfortunately struggled during round 2. The same occurred during yesterday’s round 1 as he shot a 4 under-par, 66 round and today put together a fabulous bogey-free round to move into the lead. After his 8 under-par, 62 Comotti was very satisfied and happily commented: “Today was a spectacular day. I had the chance to hole out two chip shots, and for the rest, I played well. The few mistakes I made I was able to recover nicely so it was really a super day. This morning, I was more worried about making the cut, but as the day went on, I made a few putts and some birdies and gained some confidence from there to put together a good round.” Looking forward to playing in the final pairing tomorrow as the tournament leader, Comotti added: “It’s the first time I’ll be playing in the final pairing tomorrow, so I’m not sure what to expect. Hopefully, I’ll get a good night’s rest and be prepared for a good day.” 

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, 29, moves into 2nd place after two rounds at the 10th edition of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. He was tied for 4th place at 4 under-par after the 1st round of the tournament but shot a bogey-free round today of 7 under-par, 63 with 7 birdies to move into 2nd place with a two-day total of 11 under-par. Kedochim has earned numerous top 5 finishes in his career but is still looking to earn his 1st title as he has never won an Alps Tour tournament. After his round, he commented: “I’m trying to stay focused on what I’m doing, on hitting shot by shot, and for now, I must say it’s working well. I’m playing a lot of tournament golf recently, I’m playing 14 tournaments in 15 weeks so it’s a long stretch of golf.” After his round, Kedochim also talked about how: “the course is in amazing conditions I must say. Today in the morning the greens were even better than yesterday, so I took advantage. You know, when you put together a bogey-free round, it’s always good. I tried to play safe, avoiding bad positions but giving myself the chance to make as many birdies as possible. I missed a few putts today; I could have easily been 9 or 10 under-par but I can’t complain with the day.” Kedochim has been playing well since the beginning of the 2024 season and he explained that: “I’ve been working a lot on my attitude and my behavior and concentrating on hitting one shot at a time and not getting too far ahead of myself. I can say it’s been working in my favor so far. Tomorrow, I plan on hitting every fairway, every green and do my best like always and see what will happen.”

Enrico Di Nitto, 31, from Italy, is 2 strokes off the lead after the 2nd round of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. He was tied for 4th place at 4 under-par after the 1st round of the tournament and now is in a solo 3rd place with a two-day total of 10 under-par. He shot a bogey-free round during today’s round 2, for a 6 under-par, 64. Di Nitto is a past winner on the Alps Tour and has achieved various good finishes over the years. At last year’s edition, he concluded the tournament tied for 4th place, and he explained how he thoroughly likes this golf course. After his bogey-free round, he commented on how: “I played very solid today, I must say it was very similar to yesterday’s round. My tee-to-green game was very sharp. Today I was able to make a few more putts compared to yesterday I must say.” Di Nitto went on to add that he found GC La Pinetina“handled the rain very well, I feel like it’s not necessarily playing any longer than usual, but the ball is flying a bit more compared to the past few years. The greens were amazing this morning, the ball rolled very true, and I found them slightly faster than yesterday.”  For tomorrow’s final round, he plans on, “playing my game, shot by shot and hole by hole. I will see after the 18th hole where that will have taken me.”

The highlights of the day belong to Italy’s Marco Florioli (am), who made a Hole-In-One on the 162 meters, par 3, 17th hole with a 7 iron, and France’s Baptiste Achard, who made a Hole-In-One on the 142 meters, par 3, 5th hole with a 9 iron.

Final Round

A total of 48 players made the cut which was set at 139 (-1).

The Final Round of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON will begin at 8:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. The Final Pairing will tee off at 9:17 am local time from the 1st hole.

The winner of the 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON will walk away with €5,800.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Tournament Promoter

The majority of the Alps Tour events played on Italian soil, like this week’s 2024 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON, are organized by the Italian Pro Tour, a branch of the Italian Golf Federation. The Italian Pro Tour is responsible for promoting the majority of the professional golf events that occur in Italy.

For this week’s event, AON is the tournament Presenting Sponsor.

The main partners supporting the Italian Pro Tour during the 2024 season include Fideuram Intesa SanPaolo Private Banking (Official Bank), Kappa (Technical Supplier), Poste Assicura (Official Supplier), Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport (Media Partner), and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Partner), with Official Advisor: Infront Italy.

For more information, visit the official Alps Tour website, www.alpstourgolf.com, and follow the official Alps Toursocial media handles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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25th April 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Manfredi Manica leads by 1 after Round 1 at the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open.

Tabarka, April 25th, 2024 – After Round 1 of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open, we have a tight leaderboard. Italy’s Manfredi Manica has a 1 shot lead with a first-round score of 7 under-par, 65. In 2nd place is France’s Benjamin Kedochim at 6 under par. There is a 4-way tie for 3rd place at 5 under-par that includes: Austria’s Daniel Hebenstreit, Italy’s Adalberto Montini, Spain’s Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela and Ireland’s Robert Moran.

The first round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open, played at the beautiful La Cigale Tabarka Golf in Tabarka, Tunisia, began this morning from holes 1 and 10. The round 1 tee times were scheduled to start at 7:00 am local time. However, they had a 30-minute delay due to course maintenance. Therefore, the 1st round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open officially began at 7:30 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. Players had to face some heavy rain during yesterday’s pro-am. However, today, they were able to begin the 1st round of the tournament with some pleasant weather conditions, allowing them to take advantage of good scoring opportunities.This event marks the first time that La Cigale Tabarka Golf is hosting an Alps Tour tournament, and this is the first time since 2016, that the Tunisian Golf Open is being disputed.

Round 1 Player Quotes 

Manfredi Manica, 28, from Italy, winner of the 2023 Aravell Golf Open by Creand, has a one-shot lead after the 1st round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open with a round of 7 under-par, 65. He made 2 eagles, 4 birdies, and 1 bogey during his opening round. The 2 eagles he made were in his last 4 holes of the day, where one was a hole out from the fairway on the 8th hole.  Manica has been playing very solid since the beginning of the season and is looking to capture his 2ndwin on the Alps Tour.  At the conclusion of his opening round, he explained on how, “Today was a nice day, especially towards the end of the round where I made 2 eagles in the last few holes, it was a good start to the tournament. I’m continuing my good stretch of golf because also, in the tournaments in Egypt, I began the season playing well and giving myself chances.” Looking ahead to the rest of the week, Manica plans on: “keep doing the same things as I’m doing, maybe even a bit better. It would be great to get a win early in the season, but we will see.” He was also very impressed by the host venue this week, La Cigale Golf is a great course, it’s my first time but I’m surprised. The three holes by the coast are fantastic.”

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, 29, is in 2nd place after the first round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open with a 6 under-par, 66. He made 7 birdies and 1 single bogey throughout his day. Kedochim has earned several top 5 finishes in his career but is looking to capture his 1st title on the Alps Tour. He has been playing well since the beginning of the 2024 season, and after his round, he explained: “We are in a beautiful place, and I love being here in Tabarka. We are in an amazing spot, I like to surf too so today every time I wasn’t playing golf, I was looking at the sea and the waves and it kept my head off the golf course and that helped me to play well today. I hit almost every fairway and green. I only missed 2 greens today and the remaining holes I gave myself tons of opportunities.”

Daniel Hebenstreit, 26, from Austria, is in a 4-way way tie for 3rd place at the conclusion of the 1st round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open alongside Italy’s Adalberto Montini, Spain’s Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela and Ireland’s Robert Moran. He shot a 5 under-par, 67 round today, making 1 eagle, 4 birdies, and 1 bogey. After his round, Hebenstreitcommented on how he found: “It’s a beautiful course, La Cigale Tabarka Golf, it’s down by the sea. I was fortunate enough to play in the morning, which made it a bit easier as there was hardly any wind.” He went on to add on how he plans to: “keep it low off the tee the next two days and make sure I keep it in play but most importantly get the putter hot.”

Italy’s Adalberto Montini, 24, is the second player in the 4-way tie for 3rd place after round 1 of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open with a total score of 5 under-par, 67. During today’s round, he made 6 birdies and 1 single bogey. After he signed for his 67, Montini pointed out how: “It’s my first time in Tunisia, and this golf course is fantastic. It’s a really technical course, and today I’m very happy with my game as you need to hit your ball well from the tee, and I was able to do that with my 2-iron. I also putted really well today, so I think my key for the next few days will be to keep my ball in play off the tees by placing it in the right spots.” Montini also commented on how “the last few weeks I really prepared myself, I changed my coach, so I made a lot of technical changes, but I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far and I’m looking forward to competing again tomorrow.” 

Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela, 27, from Spain, is the 3rd player in the 4-way tie for 3rd place at 5 under-par, 67 after the 1st round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open. In today’s opening round, he began with a bogey on the 1st hole and then went on to make 8 birdies and 2 more bogeys to conclude the day. Hernandez Cabezuela has earned various good finishes over the years but is looking to break through and earn his 1st win on the Alps Tour. He explained how today: “I had a slow start making a bogey on the 1st, but I’ve been playing well recently, so I knew the birdies opportunities were close, so I just stayed patient. I was very solid off the tee, and with my putting, I must say. My irons haven’t been that great, unfortunately, and I made a few bogeys with my wedges from the fairway today, which I must say is a bit annoying, but overall, I’m very happy.” Hernandez Cabezuela added that today: “the wind picked up slightly during my round, and it’s making it a bit more interesting now. Hopefully I have more birdies to come over the next few days and remain on the top of the leaderboard.”

Alongside Hebenstreit, Montini, and Hernandez Cabezuela, with a first-round score of 5 under par, 67, is Ireland’s Robert Moran, 24. During his opening round, he made 1 eagle, 6 birdies, and 3 bogeys.

The highlight of the day belongs to Italy’s Riccardo Bregoli, who made an incredible Hole-In-One on the 130-meter, par-3 17th hole with his 46° wedge.

The competitors in this week’s event are battling it out for an overall prize fund of €45.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The 2024 Tunisian Golf Open winner will walk away with €6,525.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Round 2

The second round of the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open will begin again at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. Once Round 2 is completed, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.

Tournament Promoter

The 2024 Tunisian Golf Open is grateful for the support of the following sponsors and institutional sponsors: Inspiring Tunisia, Tunisian National Tourism Office (ONTT), La Cigale Tabarka Hôtel-Thalasso-Golf, Voyages 2000, Banque Zitouna, Zitouna Payment, Zitouna Takaful Assurances, Fédération Tunisienne de Golf as well as the national airline Tunisair.

For more information on the 2024 Tunisian Golf Open, visit the official Alps Tour website www.alpstourgolf.com, and follow the official Alps Tour social media handles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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2nd March 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Benjamin Kedochim extends his lead at the 2024 New Giza Open.

Cairo, March 2nd, 2024- France’s Benjamin Kedochim extends his lead after two rounds at the 2024 New Giza Open with a total score of 11 under-par. Italy’s Manfredi Manica and England’s Harry Ellis are in a 2-way tie for 2nd place with a two-day total of 9 under-par. Spain’s Jorge Maicas and Mario Galiano Aguilar, England’s Harry Goddard and Arron Edwards-Hill, Italy’s Edoardo R Lipparelli and Enrico Di Nitto, and France’s Aymeric Laussot are in a 7-way tie for 4th place at 8 under-par.

It was another beautiful day with mostly sunny skies that welcomed the players at New Giza Golf Club in Cairo, Egypt for the 2nd round of the 2024 New Giza Golf Club. Play began at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. The first time the Alps Tour played at New Giza Golf Club was in 2019 and Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise, who now plays regularly on the DP World Tour, won the event. Players are competing with good scoring conditions this week, even if they faced more wind today compared to yesterday’s first round.

Round 2 Player Quotes 

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, 29, maintains his lead after two rounds of the 2024 New Giza Open. He shot a second round of 5 under-par,67 with 1 eagle, 4 birdies, and 1 bogey for a two-day total of 11 under-par. Kedochim has earned numerous top 5 finishes in his career but is still looking to earn his 1st title as he has never won an Alps Tour event. After his round, he was delighted and happily commented: “Even if we teed off in the morning today, it was significantly windier than yesterday. It was already really windy at 5:30 this morning when I left the hotel. The course is wide, so I feel like you can allow yourself to miss some shots off the tees, they don’t need to be perfect, however your iron shots and your putting need to be spot on. I feel like I managed well today in these conditions and the only bogey I made was a stupid one but then I almost made an albatross on 14 so it was a good comeback.” He added that this week, “I’m not thinking at all about the results, I’m just trying to stay in the present and hit the shot that’s ahead of me and I also do the same with my putting. I try to hit the putt on the line I see without thinking about the consequences or having to tell myself I need to make it.” Kedochim plans to “do a little practice this afternoon just to go over the fundamentals I’ve been working on and allow my body to memorize well my swing which seems to be working well and some rest as that is always very important ahead of tomorrow’s final round.”

Manfredi Manica, 28, from Italy, winner of the 2023 Aravell Golf Open by Creand, is 2 strokes off the lead after the 2nd round of the 2024 New Giza Open. He was tied for 2nd place at 5 under-par after the 1st round of the tournament and remains in a 2-way tie for 2nd place with a two-day total of 9 under-par. He made 6 birdies and 1 double bogey during round 2, for a 4 under-par, 68. At the conclusion of his round, he commented on how, “today was a good day, yesterday wasn’t bad either but today the only negative part was the double bogey on the last hole which was unfortunate. However, it’s done now, and I can only look forward to tomorrow and try my best. I don’t want to do what I did at the season-opening event, where I had a rough start to the round, and then all I can do is to try and recover. Yes, it was the first event of the season, so my game was a bit rusty but tomorrow I plan to play like I did today and having played a few rounds, I’m a bit more confident overall in my game.” Manica added that, “it would mean a lot to me to win tomorrow. That would mean adding another title next to my name, but most importantly, it would allow me to have some margin for the rest of the season, which would determine my chances of being in the top 5 of the order of merit rank. That said, I will stay present and focused on my round and what I can control and see if it will be enough at the end of the round.” 

England’s Harry Ellis, 28, who was tied for 17th place after yesterday’s 1st round, now finds himself in a 2-way tie for 2ndplace with a two-day total of 9 under-par. He shot a bogey-free 6 under-par, 66 in today’s round 2 where he made 5 birdies in a row to begin his day. Ellis’s best finish this season was a 10th place at the season-opening, 2024 Ein Bay Open. After he concluded his bogey-free round, Ellis commented: “it was a quick start to the round which put me in a good place for the rest of the day. To have a bogey-free round, on a tricky day feels very rewarding.” He added that he plans to: “just go out and play another round of golf. I feel like I have some good momentum and I am just looking forward to being out on the course again tomorrow.”

In a 7-way tie for 4th place at 8 under-par you can find: Spain’s Jorge Maicas and Mario Galiano Aguilar, England’s Harry Goddard and Arron Edwards-Hill, Italy’s Edoardo R Lipparelli and Enrico Di Nitto and France’s Aymeric Laussot.

Final Round

The final round of the 2024 New Giza Open will begin at 8:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. The leaders will tee off at 9:17 am local time from the 1st hole.

The winner of the 2024 New Giza Open, will earn the winning check of €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Tournament Promoter

The 2024 New Giza Open can count on the support of: New Giza Company as the main sponsor of the tournament, as well as TPC- Touristic Promotion Company and Coca-Cola Egypt.

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1st March 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Benjamin Kedochim leads after Round 1 at the 2024 New Giza Open.

Cairo, March 1st, 2024After Round 1 of the 2024 New Giza Open, we have a tight leaderboard. France’s Benjamin Kedochim has a 1 shot lead with a first-round score of 6 under-par over a 7-way tie for 2nd place that includes: France’s Paul Margolis and Damien Perrier, Spain’s Borja Martin and Mario Galiano Aguilar, England’s Arron Edwards-Hilland Italy’s Cristiano Terragni and Manfredi Manica.

The first round of the third and final tournament of the 2024 Winter Series, the 2024 New Giza Golf Club, played at the breathtaking New Giza Golf Club in Egypt’s capital, Cairo began this morning at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole.

The Alps Tour debuted at New Giza Golf Club in March 2019, and the inaugural event was won by Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise, who now plays regularly on the DP World Tour.

Players had favorable weather conditions today, allowing them the opportunity to take advantage of good scoring opportunities. The forecast for the remainder of the week is expected to remain very similar to today’s round, with blue skies, temperatures that could reach 28° Celsius and some moderate winds are forecasted especially during the afternoon.

Round 1 Player Quotes 

Benjamin Kedochim, 29, from France leads after the first round of the 2024 New Giza Open with a bogey-free, 6 under-par, 66. He teed off on the 10th hole where he made 2 birdies, after making the turn, he went on to make 4 more birdies to conclude his day. Kedochim has earned a number of top 5 finishes in his career but is looking to capture his 1st title on the Alps Tour. After his bogey-free round, Kedochim explained that he is, “pretty pleased with today especially as I finished with two birdies on hole 8 and 9 to lead by 1 shot. I made a 5-meter putt on both holes to make the birdies and it’s always nice to finish on a good note. It was very windy for 15 holes which made it tricker.” He plans on“staying focused like I did today for the remaining 2 rounds because when it’s windy, you need to be focused on the safe zones, especially on the greens as the greens are big this week so it’s easy to find yourself with very long putts with a lot of break and the wind that will make it very difficult. It’s very important to miss it on the correct side of the course and I don’t want to be too aggressive either.” Kedochim also “never focus on only one aspect of my game, I tried to stay focused on each shot and always give it my best. It’s easy to lose concentration and bogey so it’s crucial to always be present and concentrated.”

France’s Paul Margolis, 24, is in a 7-way tie for 2nd place after the first round of the 2024 New Giza Open. He shot a bogey-free 5 under-par, 67 round today making 2 birdies on the front nine and 3 on the back nine. Margolis has earned various Top 10 finishes throughout the years and captured his first win on the Alps Tour in 2021 as an amateur player. Beyond earning his first title in 2021, he turned professional later that year.

Borja Martin, 24, from Spain, is also in the 7-way tie for 2nd place after round 1 of the 2024 New Giza Open with a score of 5 under-par. He made 7 birdies and 2 bogeys throughout his day for a total score of 67. Martin captured numerous top finishes on the Alps Tour, and his most recent one is an 8th place finish at the season-opening, 2024 Ein Bay Open. This is his third season competing as a professional player. After his round, Martin commented that today, my game felt good, I had a great front nine and then on the back nine I made 2 bogeys on the par 5s without doing much wrong, but it was overall a good day.” He teed off in the morning wave for today’s first round and he “think the scores will probably be better in the morning today compared to the afternoon. We didn’t have much wind on the front nine, but it picked up for the back side even if it’s not as strong as it’ll probably be in the afternoon. The wind definitely makes it tougher out here.” Martin plans to, “take one day at a time and keep doing my own thing. Hopefully, I can take advantage of the par 5s tomorrow and stay on top.”

England’s Arron Edwards-Hill, 24, shot a 5 under-par,67 in today’s first round to be in the 7-way tie for 2nd place at the 2024 New Giza Open. During today’s round, he made 2 birdies on the front nine and 4 birdies and 1 bogey on the back nine. This is his first full year of playing as a professional golf player since he turned professional at the end of 2023, It’s my first season on the Alps Tour so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the events are run great, and being able to compete here with great weather is very fortunate.” After he concluded his 5-under-par round, Edwards-Hill commented: “it was solid golf today, 16 greens today so loads of chances inside 10-15 feet held a nice 35-footer down the slope on the par 3 4th to get the birdies on the board.” He added that: “there wasn’t much wind this morning on the front nine. You could be aggressive with your wedges and short iron, which, on the front nine, there is a lot. It picked up on the back nine, making it trickier, especially as I played the par 5s into the wind, so I definitely think it was a slight advantage being able to tee off with no wind.” 

A past winner on the Alps Tour, France’s Damien Perrier, 34 is the fourth player tied for 2nd place at 5 under-par after round 1 of the 2024 New Giza Open. He shot a bogey-free round with 2 birdies on the front nine and 3 birdies on the back nine to conclude his round. After his round, Perrier proudly commented: “It was a good round of golf today. A bogey-free round with 13 pars and 5 birdies on this golf course is really good. I definitely would have signed for it if someone asked me ahead of the round. The course isn’t easy with the set up because it’s playing very long. It’s challenging, and we had some wind alright this morning, making it trickier.” He added that he: “struggled with a few shots at the beginning of the round, but my putter saved me on a few occasions with some important pars. I had 6 birdie opportunities in the last 6 holes, which I unfortunately didn’t make, so it could have been a few shots lower. I’m slightly frustrated with the way my scorecard ended, but looking at it in perspective, I’m quite happy.”  He earned numerous top 10 finishes and won on the Alps Tour in 2009 at the Open International de Normandie“I played many seasons on the Alps Tour, it is a tour I know well, and it challenges myself at 34 years old after losing my Challenge Tour status. It would have been easier to quit the game of golf, but I didn’t want to do that. I feel my game is still in a good spot and I want to go back on the main tour.”

Tied for 2nd place alongside Margolis, Martin, Edwards-Hill and Perrier at 5 under-par there is: Italy’s Cristiano Terragni and Manfredi Manica and Spain’s Mario Galiano Aguilar.

Round 2

The second round of the 2024 New Giza Open will begin again at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. Once the 2nd round is completed, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.

Round 1 leader, France’s Benjamin Kedochim will begin his round 2 of the tournament at 7:40 am local time from the 1st hole.

Tournament Promoter

The 2024 New Giza Open can count on the support of: New Giza Company as the main sponsor of the tournament, as well as TPC- Touristic Promotion Company and Coca-Cola Egypt.

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25th February 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Mario Galiano Aguilar ties the Course Record to take the first-round lead at the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open. 

Egypt, February 25th 2024 – There is a tight leaderboard after the 1st round of the second event in this year’s Winter Series. Mario Galiano Aguilar from Spain matched the course record with a 10 under-par, 62 to take a one-shot lead after round 1 of the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open. Italy’s Francesco Santoni is in 2nd place after a fabulous 63. There is a 2-way tie for 3rd place at 8 under-par that includes: France’s Benjamin Kedochim and Spain’s Borja Martin.

The first round of the 2nd tournament of the 2024 Winter Series, the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open, played on courses B&C at the beautiful Sokhna Golf Club in Suez, Egypt, began this morning at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. Like last week, players can compete under favorable weather conditions this week as blue skies and temperatures that could reach a high of 25° Celsius are expected even if, during the afternoon, some light to moderate winds are forecasted.

Round 1 Player Quotes

Spain’s twenty-eight years old, Mario Galiano Aguilar shot a 10 under-par, 62 in the 1st round of the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open to lead by 1 stroke. With today’s incredible round, Galiano Aguilar ties the current course record which was already set at 10 under-par. He has earned several Top 10 finishes on the Alps Tour throughout his playing career but is looking to break through and earn his 1st win on the tour, “I had the opportunity in a couple of tournaments to win but I knew my game wasn’t ready to win. However, now I feel my game is ready to win and I’m very confident. If it’s not going to be this week, it’ll be another week, but I know I’m competitive enough. I’m very focused and determined on this year’s goal which is to win tournaments.” During today’s 10 under-par, 62 round, Galiano Aguilar made 1 bogey and 6 birdies on the front nine and then added 5 more birdies on the back nine to conclude his fabulous round. After he signed his card, Galiano Aguilar commented, “I wasn’t aware of what the course record was, but I knew my lowest round ever was a -9, so I really tried the last three holes to get to -10, and I’m obviously very happy about it.”  He added that he made a change between the 2024 Ein Bay Open and this week’s event, “I usually putt with a marked line on my ball however today I didn’t use it, I just put my ball down with no line and was trying to feel more the line and the aim I wanted. I hope it works well the next two days like it did today. I made this change because last week I hit the ball extremely well, but my putting was very disappointing. Today the putter finally worked, and I was able to put together a good round, I was -4 in my first 6 holes and that gave me good confidence for the rest of the day.” 

Francesco Santoni, twenty-five years old from Italy, finds himself in 2nd place with a 1st round score of 9 under-par, 63, and only 1 shot off the lead. He began his round by making 4 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine and then went on to make 6 more birdies on the back nine to conclude his day. After his round, he commented: “Today was a really good day overall, as you can expect with a -9, but to be honest with you, while I was out on the course, I didn’t realize the round I was putting together. I realized the round I did while coming off the 18th green. I worked a lot this off-season with my coach Alain Vergari. We worked a lot on my swing to try and gain more consistency and the results I saw today were satisfying. I did the first step, which was putting together today’s round, but tomorrow, I want to go out there and keep doing what I was doing today and put together another good round, if not better than today.”

Twenty-nine years old, Benjamin Kedochim from France concluded his first round of the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open with an 8 under-par, 64 and finds himself in a two-way tie for 3rd place alongside Spain’s Borja Martin.  He teed off on the 10th hole where he made 3 birdies and 1 eagle. After making the turn, he went on to make 4 more birdies and 1 bogey to conclude his day. Kedochim has earned a number of top 5 finishes in his career but is looking to capture his 1st title: “I’ve been close several times in the past 2 years to earn a win but I don’t think I was missing something specific I just need to keep playing my best every day and sometimes you have a little extra luck which is what you need to win and other times you won’t get it.”  He also explained that: “today I began the day with a few lip outs, but I tried to stay in the moment as I told myself they will drop so I tried to stay patient. I’m really trying to play shot by shot like I did last season and made a good putt on 14 which got me into the round. I struggled with my putting during the first event of the season, so I worked a lot on it before we started this tournament and I’m pleased with the results I saw today. I had a stretch of 6 holes where I made 3 big putts and that helped a lot.” 

Spain’s twenty-four-year-old Borja Martin is the 2nd player in the two-way tie for 3rd place at 8 under-par with a great bogey-free round. He made 1 birdie on the front nine for a front-nine score of 35 and after making the turn at 1 under-par, he made 5 birdies and 1 eagle to close out in 29 for a total score of 64, 8 under-par. After his round, Martin commented that today, “I played pretty well on the front side but wasn’t able to take advantage of a couple of good situations I had. However, on the back nine, I kept hitting good shots and was able to make some important putts. On the few holes I hit a few bad tee shots, I managed to recover and made par on those holes.”  He found that the conditions at Sokhna Golf Club, “were great. The wind made a few holes a bit tougher on the front nine, but it stopped for the back nine luckily. The main difference I found is if you play in the morning, the greens are nicer, while in the afternoon, it’s tougher to make putts.” 

The competitors in this week’s event are battling it out for an overall prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points.

The winner of the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Round 2

The second round of the 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open will begin again at 7:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. Once Round 2 is completed, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.

The first-round leader, Mario Galiano Aguilar will begin his second round of the tournament at 12:00pm local time from the 1st hole.

Tournament Promoter- 

The 2024 Red Sea Little Venice Open appreciates the support of: Sokhna Golf Club, Ein Bay, Hassan Allam Properties, TPC- Touristic Promotion Company, Jaz Hotel Little Venice, and Coca Cola Egypt.

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18th June 2023 | Alps Tour Golf

The Alps Tour and the Pro Golf Tour co-sanctioned event gets underway tomorrow!

Pre- Tournament Notes

 

Buenavista Golf
Buenavista del Norte, Spain
19th-21st June 2023

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The Alps Tour and the Pro Golf Tour co-sanctioned event gets underway tomorrow!

Buenavista del Norte, June 18th 2023- The Alps Tour heads to the Canary Islands for the 2023 Tenerife Pro Golf Open co-sanctioned event. Being a co-sanctioned tournament with the Pro Golf Tour, the field will be split between players belonging to both the Alps Tour as well as the Pro Golf Tour. The tournament will take place from June 19th until June 21st at Buenavista Golf near Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife, Spain.
The Field

A strong field is represented in Tenerife this week.

There are currently 8 of the top 10 players in the Order of Merit rank participating in this week’s field: Ireland’s Ronan Mullarney, Spain’s Quim Vidal, England’s Jack Floydd, Italy’s Luca Cianchetti and Andrea Romano, France’s Benjamin Kedochim, Netherland’s Lars Keunen and France’s Oihan Guillamoundeguy.

The majority of this season’s previous winners will be competing for the 2023 Tenerife Pro Golf Open title which include: England’s Jack Floydd who captured the season opener event, Spain’s Quim Vidal who won the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open, Ireland’s Ronan Mullarney winner of the 2023 Gösser Open and Italy’s Luca Cianchetti winner of the inaugural 2023 Croara Alps Open.

There are 21 different nationalities represented among the 140 players from both tours scheduled to play this week.

They will contend a prize fund of € 30.000 and 30,000 Order of Merit points. The tournament winner will earn €5,000 and 5,000 Order of Merit points. If a player is member of both tours, they will earn Order of Merit points on both ranks.

The format of the event is a 54 holes stroke play where a cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 40 players and ties.

To view the most up-to-date entry list, click here.

The Course

Buenavista Golf opened in 2003 and is located on the north-western corner of the island of Tenerife. It was designed by Seve Ballesteros, and the course is laid out on cliff tops that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by the Teno mountain range as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Buenavista Golf was recognized as the most spectacular and scenic golf course on the island.

The fairways are generally wide and forgiving but there is thick vegetation and rocks that follow the layout of the course. There are 5 greens that are close to the small cliffs of the rocky coastline with beautiful views of the breaking waves. The water hazards come into play on a number of holes like the 17th hole.
The players will compete on the course that will be set up as a 5948 meters, par 71.

Tournament Promoter

The co-sanctioned 2023 Tenerife Pro Golf Open is promoted by the Pro Golf Tour and organized also by the Alps Tour Golf Association.

It can count on the support of the Turismo de Tenerife as well as the host club, Buenavista Golf

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17th June 2023 | Alps Tour Golf

Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez wins the 2023 Alps de Andalucía.

Final Round Review

 

Isla Canela Links
Ayamonte, Spain
15th-17th June 2023

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Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez (ESP) * -18
2 Benjamin Kedochim (FRA) -18
3 Quim Vidal (ESP) -16
4 Paul Margolis (FRA) -15
Lars Keunen (NED) -15

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Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez wins the 2023 Alps de Andalucía.

Ayamonte, June 17th 2023- After 2 holes of sudden-death playoff, Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez wins the 2023 Alps de Andalucía with a birdie puttSpain’s Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez alongside France’s Benjamin Kedochim concluded their final round at Isla Canela Golf Links tied for the lead, therefore taking part in the two-way playoff thanks to their final score of 18 under-par. In 3rd place with a three-day score of 16 under-par Spain’s Quim Vidal and tied 4th place at 15 under-par, France’s Paul Margolis and Netherland’s Lars Keunen.

The final round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía being played at the beautiful Isla Canela Links began at 8:00 am under sunny skies, a warm temperature and windy conditions. The players were able to compete under optimal scoring and weather conditions this week. This is the 2nd year, this event is being played at Isla Canela Links.

The final round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía began at 8:00 am from hole 1 and 10. The final group teed off at 9:28 am from the 1st hole.

Final Round Player Quotes

Spain’s Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez only 24 years old representing Golf La Moraleja, captures the 2023 Alps de Andalucía title with a birdie on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole. He shot an impressive 8 under-par, 64 in today’s final round to conclude with a three-day total of 18 under-par. During today’s final round, he had a tough start with 2 bogeys in his first 3 holes but then went on to make 5 birdies on his front nine and 5 birdies on the back nine to finish his final round. After his win, Pardo’s first reactions were, “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy. I had a very tough start, with two bogeys that I said, ‘wow, it’s going to be great’, but then I made 3 birdies in a row (holes 4, 5 and 6) and then I started with a very good dynamic and a lot of confidence. I hit the ball really well, I holed everything. I was playing with two lifelong friends, Enrique Marín and Víctor García Broto and we had a great time, I felt very comfortable with them.” When he was about to conclude his round, he had no feeling that I could win but with the illusion of catching Benjamin. When I went out in the play-off I knew I could win, that my game was there but I stayed super calm, zero nerves because losing was not a defeat. It was very exciting. This victory changes all my plans, from fighting to keeping my Alps Tour card to actually fight to reach the Challenge Tour next year. I’m really happy.”

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, who was tied for the lead after round 2, had a final round of 6 under-par for a three-day total of 18 under-par to take part in the two-way sudden-death playoff. He made 1 bogey and 7 birdies in his final round. His score for each round this week has been three consecutive 66s. He is 28 years old and currently represents Biarritz Le Phare. Prior to today’s playoff, his best finish was a tied for 6th place at the 2023 Gösser Open. After he complete the playoff, Kedochim was very satisfied of himself, “Yeah I feel like I did my job the past 3 days. Definitely three rounds with the same score under par doesn’t happen every time. I don’t have anything to regret and actually I’m very pleased of myself. I will keep playing like I played this week and allowing myself to have chances and I’m sure it will be rewarded in the next events.”

Spain’s twenty-three years old, Quim Vidal, winner of the 2nd event of the season, the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open was close to the top of the leaderboard all week. He shot a bogey-free 5 under-par round, 67 today with 5 birdies for a three-day total of 16 under-par. When he signed for his bogey-free round, Vidal commented: “I played pretty well, today I didn’t make as many birdie putts, I had many that I couldn’t take advantage off. I played well the par 5 except the first one but overall, I am happy. I think I had a good chance to win again because my game is solid. I’m taking from this week some great feelings in my game as I hit the ball much better and was able to earn some confidence.” 

Round 1 Leader, France’s Paul Margolis, concludes the tournament tied for 4th place with a three-day score of 15 under-par. He shot a bogey-free final round with 7 birdies for a 7 under-par, 65. He is 24 years old and represents Cannes-Mougins Golf ClubMargolis turned professional at the end of 2021 and captured his 1st win on the Alps Tour as an amateur player at the 2021 Mira Live the Soul Open. At the end of the 2021 season, he earned one of the coveted Challenge Tour Cards which is up for grabs to the highest ranked players in the Alps Tour Order of Merit for the following season. After his final round, he commented: “Today was a great round, it was very similar to my first round where I had a bogey-free 8 under-par round. I hit my irons so well today and my putting on the back nine could’ve been better, I had a lot of chances within 5 meters I wasn’t able to capitalize on. I could’ve been a much lower than what I actually did. Overall, it’s still a great tournament and I’m really happy about where my game is at right now. I’m getting closer to capturing a win so I’m going to keep focusing on what I have been doing so hopefully I will be holding a trophy soon.”

Alongside Margolis tied in 4th place at 15 under-par, Netherland’s Lars Keunen. In 6th place, Spain’s Enrique Marin. Just 2 strokes back in 7th place, Edoardo R Lipparelli from Italy.

After the 8th event of the season, Netherland’s Kiet Van der Weele keeps the Alps Tour Order of Merit lead with Ireland’s Ronan Mullarney in 2nd place and Spain’s Quim Vidal closes out the top three spots. This week’s winner, Spain’s Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez has moved into 6th place.
Final Round

Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez winner of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía, earned the winning check of €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

The next scheduled event for the Alps Tour players is set for June 19th-21st at Buenavista Golf in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain for a co-sanctioned event with the Pro Golf Tour, the 2023 Tenerife Pro Golf Open. 

Tournament Promoter

The 2023 Alps de Andalucía is promoted and organized by JGolf.

The Alps de Andalucía can count on the support of the joint collaboration between two main sponsors, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. The tournament also has the support of numerous co-sponsors: Loterías y Apuestas del EstadoIsla Canela LinksConsejo Superior de DeportesAllianzAONRentokilKyocera (servicios oficiales de impresión)BCD SportsMahou San MiguelSolán de Cabras and Nextcaddy.

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16th June 2023 | Alps Tour Golf

Lars Keunen and Benjamin Kedochim co-lead after Round 2 at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía.

Round 2 Review

 

Isla Canela Links
Ayamonte, Spain
15th-17th June 2023

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Leaderboard

Pos. Name Score
1 Lars Keunen (NED) -12
Benjamin Kedochim (FRA) -12
3 Quim Vidal (ESP) -11
4 Victor Garcia Broto (ESP) -10
and 2 other players tied at -10

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Lars Keunen and Benjamin Kedochim co-lead after Round 2 at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. 

Ayamonte, June 16th 2023- After two rounds at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía, we have a very tight leaderboard. Netherland’s Lars Keunen and France’s Benjamin Kedochim are in a two-way tie for the lead at 12 under-par entering the final round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. In 3rd place, Spain’s Quim Vidal at 11 under-par. There is a 3-way tie for 4th place at 10 under-par that includes three Spanish players: Victor Garcia BrotoJose Manuel Pardo Benitez and Enrique Marin.

It was another beautiful day with great scoring opportunities for the players competing at Isla Canela Links for the 2nd round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. The weather conditions were very favorable with sunny skies and a very warm temperature that reached 35°C. Play began at 8:15 am from both the 1st and 10th hole.

Round 2 Player Quotes

Netherland’s Lars Keunen who was in 2nd place after the first round, now finds himself in a share of the lead after today’s round at 12 under-par. He made 6 birdies and 1 bogey today for a second round of 5 under-par,67 and a two-day total of 12 under-par. He is currently 10th in the Order of Merit rank and has been constantly near the top of the leaderboards in the majority of the events this season. Keunen 26 years old, represents The Dutch Golf Club. After his round, he commented on how he found “the wind was coming from the opposite direction on the first 9 holes so they played a little differently for me today.”  He added that “after starting my round with a bogey, I definitely played well and I’m pleased about the 4 birdies in a row in the middle of my round. I was able to take advantage of the easier holes on the course today.” When asked about heading into the final round in the lead, he “plans to execute the same strategy he used like the past 2 days and see what happens. It would obviously mean a lot to win tomorrow as I put in a lot of work to get my game to the next level but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”

Benjamin Kedochim from France who shot a bogey-free round yesterday and was tied for 3rd place, finds himself tied for the lead at 12 under-par. He followed his opening-round of 6 under-par, with another 6 under-par in the second round for a two-day total of 12 under-par. During today’s round, he made 8 birdies and 2 bogeys. He concluded his round with 3 birdies in his last 4 holes of the day. He is 28 years old and represents Biarritz Le Phare. After his round, he was very pleased as he “made the birdies where I needed to which is a good feeling. I did well on the easy holes making birdies on every easy hole like 15, 16 where I had a short wedge into the green and 17 where I holed a good putt. Both rounds have been very good and all parts of my game have been very consistent this week especially my putting which has been the best of the season.” When asked about what he plans to do to prepare for tomorrow, Kedochim added, “I’m ready to have a good dinner and talk with the boys then have a good rest tonight ahead of tomorrow’s final round.”

Round 2 co-leader at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía, France’s Benjamin Kedochim.  Photo Credit: Alps Tour Golf/ Federico Capretti.

Spain’s Quim Vidal, winner of the second event of the season, the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open, is only 1 stroke off the lead after the 2nd round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. He is 23 years old and currently is 5th in the Order of Merit standings. Vidal was tied for 6th place after the 1st round of the tournament and now is in 3rd place with a two-day total of 11 under-par. He had a bogey-free 6 under-par, 66 in round 2 with 4 birdies and 1 eagle. When he signed for his bogey-free round, he commented: “yesterday I played pretty well but I had two very different rounds. Yesterday I didn’t play bad but I made some good putts and today I played super well, leaving them very close but I didn’t putt well. I’m playing comfortably, with confidence because I’m hitting the ball well but not putting to my standards. I missed a few shorts putts which hurt.” He went on to add that, “After winning in Egypt, I missed a few cuts, but my game is improving again. I’ve made some technical changes in my swing with my coach and I’m hitting it more consistently again.” Vidal feels comfortable on this course as “I know it well because between the Alps Tour and the PQs I’ve played it a lot. I hope to finish the week well and move forward in the Alps Tour rankings.”

There is a 3-way tie for 4th place with a two-day total of 10 under-par with a Spanish trio: Victor Garcia BrotoJose Manuel Pardo Benitez and Enrique Marin. In 7th place at 9 under-par, French amateur Antoine Bachelier.

Final Round

A total of 49 players made the cut which was set at 141 (-3).

The final round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía will begin at 8:00 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole and the leaders will tee off at 9:28 am local time from the 1st hole.

The winner of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía, will earn the winning check of €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Tournament Promoter

The 2023 Alps de Andalucía is promoted and organized by JGolf.

The Alps de Andalucía can count on the support of the joint collaboration between two main sponsors, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. The tournament also has the support of numerous co-sponsors: Loterías y Apuestas del EstadoIsla Canela LinksConsejo Superior de DeportesAllianzAONRentokilKyocera (servicios oficiales de impresión)BCD SportsMahou San MiguelSolán de Cabras and Nextcaddy.

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15th June 2023 | Alps Tour Golf

Paul Margolis is in the lead after Round 1 at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. 

Round 1 Notes

 

Isla Canela Links
Ayamonte, Spain
15th-17th June 2023Alps Tour Media Contact: [email protected]

Leaderboard

   Pos.                 Name      Score
      1 Paul Margolis (FRA) -8
      2 Lars Keunen (NED) -7
      3 Romain Wattel (FRA) -6
Benjamin Kedochim (FRA) -6
Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez (ESP) -6

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Paul Margolis lead after round 1 at the Alps de Andalucía. 

Ayamonte, June 15th 2023- France’s Paul Margolis leads with a bogey-free 8 under-par, 64 at the conclusion of the 1st round at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. Netherland’s Lars Keunen finds himself in 2nd place with a first-round score of 7 under-par, 65. French duo Romain Wattel and Benjamin Kedochim are tied alongside Spain’s Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez in 3rdplace with a 6 under-par 66.

A beautiful day with pleasant temperatures reaching a high of 29* but with windy conditions welcomed the players at Isla Canela Links course near Ayamonte, Spain for the first round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía. This is the 11th edition of the event and the second time it’s being played at this golf course. Play began at 8:15 am from both the 1st and 10th hole.

The Field France’s twenty-four years old, Paul Margolis shot a bogey-free 8 under-par, 64 in the 1st round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía to lead by 1 stroke. He turned professional in 2021, represents Cannes-Mougins and is a past winner on the Alps Tour that same year. After the round, Margolis was satisfied even though, “it didn’t begin very well to be honest. I was -1 after 6 holes but wasn’t playing very well, I tried to stay patient as I was struggling off the tees but my putting today was great. I feel like the birdie on 7, 8, 9 and 10 everything happened on those 4 holes. It allowed me to be in a good mood for the back nine especially as I find those 9 holes easier and wider which helped as my tee shots were a struggle.” Looking ahead to the next two rounds, “I will try and do same exact things as I did today. I need to be patient. I know it’s a golf course you can make lots of putts as the greens are very good. I’m going to stay patient and go shot by shot and hole by hole. I don’t want to think about anything else other than myself and what I can do to put together the best round possible.” Margolis went on to add that he: “like how the golf is especially the greens are very nice. I love playing in the wind and today was kind of windy especially the wind switch midway through the round so you need to be very focused on where the wind comes from and how it might swirl. I feel like how the golf course is set up suits me very well. That’s another reason why I feel I was able to put together a good round.” He is happy with how is game is evolving “in the last few months. I feel like I need to have a little more self confidence in my game. I changed my coach at the end of last season and I feel like all the hard work we did this winter is paying off.”

Lars Keunen from Netherland concluded his first round at the 2023 Alps de Andalucía with 7 under-par, 65 and find himself in 2nd place. He is 26 years old and represents The Dutch Golf Club. He has been consistently near the top of the leaderboards in the majority of the events this season. After his round, he happily commented: “my game was pretty good from tee to green today. The wind made it pretty tricky on some holes but overall, I played nicely, I’m happy. Tomorrow I’ll try to keep doing the same things and keep the same mindset of going one shot at a time.”

Romain Wattel from France, who represents Bussy Saint Georges, concluded his first round at the 2023 Alps de Andalucíawith a 6 under-par, 66 and is one of three players tied for 3rd place. He is 2 strokes off the lead heading into the second round. He began his round on the 10th hole today and made 3 birdies on his front nine and 4 birdies and 1 bogey on his back nine.

France’s Benjamin Kedochim, shot a bogey-free, 6 under-par, 66 with 4 birdies and 1 eagle and he is the second player tied for 3rd place entering the second round. He is 28 years old and currently represents Biarritz Le Phare. His best finish so far this season is a tied for 6th place at the 2023 Gösser Open. After his opening round, Kedochim was pleased: “Today was a great round, it’s my best round in putting, I made a lot of putts today. That was the best part of my game for sure even though usually it’s my iron play. I was able to always put the ball in play and never had to face a tough situation. My attitude was very positive and I just tried to keep doing my best.” He went on to add that he had the same mindset as when he played at the Gösser Open which was “to put the ball in play and then hit the middle of the green and make as many putts as possible.” Kedochim, went on to comment that: “I’ve been in contention lately and had a tough final round that kept me out of the top 5 but now I’m just focusing on what I can control and try to stay as close to the top as possible to hopefully capture a trophy soon.”

Jose Manuel Pardo Benitez from Spain who is 24 years old and represents Golf La Moraleja is the third player in the 3-way tie at 6 under-par and 2 strokes off the lead. He made 5 birdies on the front nine and 2 birdies and 1 bogey on the nine. After the round, he was overall satisfied, “I played really well, very solid today, the best part of my game was the attitude knowing that I am in a great place after finishing 4th last week. I started the season poorly missing cuts but I am getting better each day. Things are going really well around me, golf, family, life and of course all of that reflects on the golf course and how I can approach each round.”

There is a 7-way tie for 6th place at 5-under-par that includes: French amateur Antoine Bachelier, France’s Arthur Ameil-Planchin, Belgium’s Kevin Hesbois, Spanish duo Victor Garcia Broto and Mario Galiano Aguilar, England’s Jack Floydd and Spain’s Quim Vidal.

The 140 players are competing for an overall prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The tournament winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Round 2-

The second round of the 2023 Alps de Andalucía will begin again at 8:15 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. After round 2, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.

The first-round leader, Paul Margolis will begin round 2 at 1:48 pm local time from the 10th hole.

Tournament Promoter

The 2023 Alps de Andalucía is promoted and organized by JGolf.

The Alps de Andalucía can count on the support of the joint collaboration between two main sponsors, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. The tournament also has the support of numerous co-sponsors: Loterías y Apuestas del EstadoIsla Canela LinksConsejo Superior de DeportesAllianzAONRentokilKyocera (servicios oficiales de impresión)BCD SportsMahou San MiguelSolán de Cabras and Nextcaddy.

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