21st October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Spain’s Borda wins Grand Final; Tarrio ends 2018 season in first place overall

David Borda (ESP) won today the Alps Tour Grand Final with a total score of -19. It is Borda’s second victory on the Alps Tour this season. 

Hugues Jr Joannes (BEL) finished in 2nd place (-17 total) while Ivan Cantero Gutierrez (ESP) and Leo Lespinasse (FRA) tied for 3rd place with a total score of -13. Lespinasse turned in the best card of the day (64, -7) making an eagle, 6 birdies and a bogey.  

«  I’m feeling really really good, I could not be happier, I think it was my best week ever. I’m so happy » Borda said. «  For sure, I felt the pressure, everybody was feeling the pressure this week, but I managed it and I played very very good during the last 4 days. I’m looking forward to next year on the Challenge Tour ». Last year, David Borda failed obtaining a Challenge Tour card by a few points. 

Santiago Tarrio (ESP), who played this week at the European Tour’s Valderamma Masters in Spain and thus did not take part in the Grand Final, finishes the 2018 season first in the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, with 26,702.45 points. With today’s win, David Borda moves up to second place in the Oom. Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA) and Marcus Mohr (ENG) complete the top 5 of the Oom and will all be playing on the Challenge Tour next season. Marcus Mohr, who had a very disappointing Grand Final finishing tied for 33rd place (+3 total), makes the top 5 by less than 700 points. « I feel very lucky to finish 5th in the Order of Merit. I did not play very well at all this week » Mohr said. 

«  First, I would like to congratulate my friend David Borda for his second victory of the season » Tarrio said. «  I was disappointed not to be able to play the Final because it is a course that I love and I feel welcome at the Golf Des Iles Borromées » he continued. «  Finishing first in the Order of Merit is very important for me because there were many very good players this year on the Alps Tour and to beat them means that I can reach the European Tour as I think they will also do » he added. «  Finally, it’s great to follow the footsteps of Adriá Arnaus who won last year’s Alps Tour season ranking. This shows that I am on the right track » Tarrio said. 

As an amateur, Adria Arnaus won the 2017 Grand Final and finished first in the Order of Merit. Arnaus is currently ranked 9th on the Challenge Tour and will play on the European Tour next season. 

«  I would like to dedicate this season to my whole team. Without them, I would not be at the top. I’d like to thank my friends and my sponsors, my whole family, Joaquín Dosil for making me improve and for supporting me from the first day in many aspects and of course, my caddie and girlfriend, Noelia Garcia. Much of the successes are because of her » Tarrio concluded.  

The Alps Tour would like to thank the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées for their wonderful hospitality and all the sponsors of the tournament for their strong support.

The next Alps Tour event will be the Qualifying School at La Cala Resort  in Malaga, Spain, December 9th through December 15th, 2018. 

20th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Borda retakes the lead before decisive final round

David Borda (ESP) regained the lead today of the Alps Tour Grand Final with a total of -14
Borda finished round 3 with a score of 67 (-4), with 5 birdies and a bogey. 
The Spaniard is followed by the overnight leader Hugues Jr Joannes (BEL, -12 total) and by Conor O’Rourke (IRL) who also thanks to an eagle on hole 17 finished the day at -11 total. 
Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Leo Lespinasse (FRA) and Gato Bertinotti (ARG) turned in the best cards of the day (65, -6) at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées
«  I played pretty solid today on the front 9, everything came together. I hit good tee shots, good second shots and I putted well. Things were kind of under control but this is golf and I missed a few shots on holes 12 and 13. I finally made a good birdie on hole 17 so I’m pretty happy, I’m looking forward to tomorrow » Borda said. «  Everybody is feeling the pressure this week. Tomorrow is going to be the day. I’ll just go out there and try to play my best and we will see what happens » he concluded.  
«  My day did not go as well as yesterday obviously. I did not hit the ball as well, I imagine I felt a bit of pressure at the start of the round » Joannes said. «  But I made some good pars at the beginning, I made a good birdie on hole 6, that’s the only one I made today. I did not make any mistakes and I’m rather satisfied with my day knowing I did not hit the ball as well as yesterday » he explained.  «  I still have a chance tomorrow, I’m 2 shots behind the leader and there is still something to be done » he added.  
Tomorrow’s much anticipated final round will crown the winner of the last tournament of the 2018 season. But it will also determine the top 5 of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, that will obtain a full category to play on the Challenge Tour next year. 70 000 points are due to be distributed tomorrow to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to move up in the ranking. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points.
Today’s weather conditions were overcast in the morning before the sun came out with pretty warm temperatures and some wind gusts throughout the day. 
Tomorrow’s final round will tee off at 09h20 local time.

19th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Joannes takes control of Grand Final

Belgium’s Hugues Jr Joannes took the lead of the Alps Tour Grand Final today with a total of -11. Joannes made 8 birdies turning in the best card of the day (63, -8). 

The overnight leader David Borda (ESP) is one stroke behind (-10) while another Spaniard, Ivan Cantero Gutierrez, completes the podium (-9). 

« Today was just a day where everything fell into places I guess » Joannes said.  «  I did not start very well, I made 4 pars to start. Then, I made birdies on holes 5, 6 and 9 so I was 3 under through hole 9. And then I made birdies on holes 10, 11, 13, 14 and on 17 where I nearly made an eagle » Joannes explained. «  It was actually a really good day, I’m very pleased with it. The course is very nice, it can be tricky at times but it’s a really fun course to play. You have to hit good tee shots and obviously you have to putt well which I did today so it was a lot of fun » he continued.  «  We’ll see what happens in the next few days, the tournament is still long, there are still 2 more rounds to play, I’ll try to keep doing what I’m doing and if I do what I did in the last 2 days, it should be good » 29-year-old Joannes concluded.  

«  I did not play very well the front 9 as I made 9 pars, I missed a lot of putts » Borda said. «  It was a tough day, I struggled all day. I made a good birdie on hole 11 and then I got my good game back and made 2 birdies at the end. I’m pretty happy about the result today » he explained. «  I think I had a good round to head into the weekend and stay in contention » the Spaniard concluded.  

The top 50 players of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, are competing against each other through Sunday to determine the overall winner of the season.  The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points. Following this week’s Grand Final, the top 5 of the ranking will take a full category on the Challenge Tour next year. 

Weather conditions were again sunny today at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées with warm temperatures in the afternoon and practically no wind.

Tomorrow’s round 3 tee off is at 08h30 local time.

18th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Spain’s David Borda leads Grand Final

David Borda (ESP) turned in the best card of the day today at -7 to take leadership of the Alps Tour Grand Final at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées in Italy. 

Borda finished round 1 of the tournament with 1 eagle, 6 birdies and a bogey. 

He is followed by Frenchman Victor Marchiset who finished his round one stroke behind (-6) and by a group of 3 players all at -5: Leo Lespinasse (FRA), Timon Baltl (AUT) and Tom Shadbolt (ENG).

«  It was a really good round, I started really good with 2 birdies on the first 2 holes. I finished the front 9 with 5 under so I’m pretty happy » Borda said. «  We know the course well because we’ve played it several times already. It’s a good course, you need to be all the time with the ball in play to be able to make birdies. If you putt well, I think you can have a good round » he explained. «  This is the most important tournament of the year, it’s the Final, it’s a long tournament so I’ll try to keep myself in contention to be there at the end of the week. I’m in 6th position in the Order of Merit but there are more points to take in the Final and everybody can get in the top 5. I want to win, that’s the objective for this week, to try to get into the Challenge Tour » Borda, who missed the top 5 last year by a few points, concluded. 

« I’m very satisfied with my day » Frenchman Victor Marchiset said. « I’m not used to play that low on the first day. I played well in all compartments of my game. I used the same game plan than when we played here in July.  I like this course, there is no stress at the start of each hole » he explained. « It’s a bonus for me to be here as I was not sure I would make the top 50 at the end of the regular season. It was a pleasure to play here today » Marchiset concluded. 

The Alps Tour Grand Final is the culmination of the 2018 season. The top 50 players of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, are competing against each other through Sunday to determine the overall winner of the season. Following the Grand Final, the top 5 of the ranking will take a full category on the Challenge Tour next year. 

The €45,000 prize money tournament is played over 72 holes of traditional stroke. But because it is the Grand Final, 70 000 points will be distributed to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to jump in the top 5 with this last tournament. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points. 

Weather conditions on the shores of Lake Maggiore were sunny with warm temperatures in the afternoon and some wind gusts throughout the day. 

Tomorrow’s first round 2 tee off is at 08h30 local time. 

11th April 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Spain’s Borda wins maiden victory in Obidos

Spain’s David Borda won the Obidos International Open today at the Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf (Portugal) with a total of -5, one shot ahead of England’s Marcus Mohr. 

It was Borda’s first professional win. It was also the first time in its history the Alps Tour held a tournament in Portugal, co-sanctioned by the Portugal pro Golf Tour

«  I’m feeling great, it’s my first victory as a pro, I could not be happier » 31-year-old Borda said. «  It was a tough tournament. Yesterday, we played 18 holes in 12 hours, it was a long long day but it was well worth it » he explained. 
Yesterday’s second round was disrupted by heavy rain showers that led to a 4h30 interruption. Last night, organisers announced the tournament would be played over 36 holes due to the lack of time to organise a final round.  
«  I did not play today, I was waiting nervously for the results to come in despite the live scoring not working » Borda said. «  I had to wait until the last match to find out I had won » he said. 
With today’s victory, David Borda now leads the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking.
«  Last year, I finished 7th on the Alps Tour’s season ranking, I was 60 points short to enter the Challenge Tour so it was a tough moment. I kept working and finally, it paid off today » Borda concluded.  
«  It feels nice » Marcus Mohr (ENG), who finished 2nd place overall (-4), said. « Playing all these years in Links golf in England paid off with all the wind and rain we had here » he added. « I feel confortable playing in waterproofs, the greens were really really quick out there. This is a great venue, the golf course is amazing » he concluded. 
Portugal’s Joao Carlota turned in the best card of the day (-5) to finish tied for 3rd place overall. Frenchmen Guillaume Cambis and Julien Brun, Michele Ortolani (ITA) and Lars Van Meijel ‘NED) also finished tied for 3rd place.  
Weather conditions were overcast most of the day with high winds and temperature in mid 10s. 

Next tournament for the rising golf stars of the Alps Tour is the Gosser Open in Austria on May 24th. 

10th April 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Rain disrupt 2nd Round in Portugal

The second round of the Obidos International Open was heavily disrupted today by rain showers that led to a 4h30 interruption.
«  We started the game normally because the weather forecast was not that bad. And then, at 09h08 local time, it started to rain a lot, greens and fairways were flooded and we had to stop the play » Alessandro Pia, Tournament Director, said.
«  We resumed the game at 13h45 local but there was not enough time to finish the second round of the tournament because it was becoming too dark to play » Pia explained.
At the end of the day, David Borda (ESP) is the new current leader at -5. Yesterday’s co-leader Rui Morris (POR) only played 3 holes and remains in second place at -4. Tied for third place at -3 are Lars Van Meijel (NED), Guillaume Cambis (FRA) and Michele Ortolani (ITA) who all completed the second round.
«  It was a long day, a really long day » David Borda (ESP) said. « I started at 8 o’clock in the morning, played 4 holes and then stopped playing. We resumed playing in the afternoon and we were able to finish, I’m very happy with the result as I made 3 under with tough conditions, I put really good » he added.  When I stopped playing, I went back to my apartment to have some rest and just waited until play resumed » he explained.
« I only played 5 holes today » Julien Brun (FRA) explained at the clubhouse. « It’s frustrating as we’re here to play and it’s not easy to start at 19h, it was a difficult day » he added.
«  The second round will resume tomorrow morning at 9h15 » Pia announced.  « There won’t be enough time to launch a final round without the risk of not completing it. Therefore, the committee took the decision to cancel the third round and the tournament will be reduced to 36 holes » he added.

12th October 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Borda shot flawless 63 on home soil

Spain’s David Borda shot flawless round 63, 7 under par in Alps de Andalucia on Santa Clara golf Granada course. His compatriot amateur Victor Pastor Rufian joined him after holing nine birdies versus two bogeys for same score.

This is the last chance for Alps Tour players to enter the Grand Final. Alps de Andalucia is the last regular event of the international Alps Tour schedule. Borda, 8th at the ranking can hope for more and enter top 5.

David Borda has been plying really well for the last month. He finished 4th in Abruzzo Open, two weeks back and third in France, beginning of September in Citadelle Trophy Preisch.

A group of 3 players are one shot back, Spanish amateur Angel Hidalgo, fellow countryman Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez and France’s Robin Roussel. The later has a pretty nice season, was in contention a couple of time but still in the hunt for maiden win.

After one round, 47 players shot -1 or better to secure their provisionnal place after the cut.

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Alps de Andalucia in Santa Clara Golf Granada

Much more than the victory at stake in Santa Clara Golf Granada

With just two tournaments to finish the 2017 season, the calculators are smoking. A victory in the Alps de Andalucia could be a key in the aspirations of many players who are in Granada this week. There are several names that have to prove their good form to ensure that top 5 final in the Order of Merit, among them Adrià Arnaus or Navarrese David Borda.

“I came to win because the victory would allow me to enter the top 5 of the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour 2017 and, therefore, have almost assured my passport for the Challenge Tour 2018 which is one of the objectives of the season” sharp and confident was a David Borda who is very clear what to do in Granada. “Santa Clara Golf Granada has a design with a couple of very long par 3s that will benefit this week those who are better with the long game and, perhaps, can be one of my strengths this week with good greens and that sure will make the difference, “said the Navarrese player who has decided to forget the results of last week in the Spanish Championship of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

Sebastián García Rodríguez, the new winner of the Spanish Championship of the Spanish Royal Spanish Golf Federation or Alfredo García Heredia have the opportunity to take advantage of their good form and rise to a win.

This week is also special for a young Miguel Ángel Jiménez Jr. The son of the several times winner on European Tour arrives in Granada with an overwhelmed illusion and with the desire to enjoy a great week of golf. “Step by step I am assimilating and getting used to the professional world in which it is clear that it is necessary to take a lot of experience and in which, obviously, there are many differences with respect to my amateur stage; I am playing with a lot of head and knowing that the good punches are there, that I have a solid game and that I have nothing to envy in the game to anyone with what the objective is clear: go out to enjoy and let the golf that I carry inside flow “, argued a Miguel Angel Jiménez Jr who knows, perfectly and first hand, the professional world in which it begins this year.

Among the favorites to win are several names marked in red. The first of them, the Frenchman Ugo Coussaud, current leader of the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour, 2nd the Spanish Adrià Arnaus, followed by Antoine Rozner and Lars Van Meijel. Maximum excitement before the 54-hole race that can greatly change the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour 2017.

The Alps de Andalucia is possible thanks to the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, the Royal Andalusian Federation, the Higher Sports Council and the collaboration of Kyocera and Reale Seguros. JGolf18.0 organizes the Alps of Andalusia.

10th September 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

French amateur Edgar Catherine claimed maiden win

Amateur Edgar Catherine, 19, claimed maiden title in a pro event. He kept nerves of steel during last round while the overnight leader, Antoine Rozner, dropped 4 shots on the last 2 holes. Catherine signed for 66 final round and eventually recorded a 5 shot win in Citadelle Trophy Preisch. Spain(s David Borda completed the podium with -11.

Rozner was confident but he said yesterday that nothing was done and that 18 holes to play is still a long way to go for a win. He learned the lesson the hard this Sunday.

« I am really and now I will enjoy this moment because I have had tough months. I can not say I am surprised to win a pro event, I have been working for this a lot. »

Despite his second position, Antoine Rozner could enjoy to enter the Alps Tour top 5. France’s Ugo Coussaud confirmed his leadership, he fired 63, -9 today, the best ever played on this golf course. At second place, Spanish amateur Adria Arnaus, then Lars Van Meijel of Netherlands and French duo Antoine Rozner and Robin Roussel.

9th September 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Rozner took advantage of moving day in France

Antoine Rozner (pict TV Sport Events)took the lead very early during this moving day. The player from Paris signed for 68, -4 for -12 total in Citadelle Trophy Preisch.

« Unfortunately, as I just finished my round I still have in mind back to back bogey on 17th and 18th but still, it was a really good day. I made very few mistakes, until the 16th hole I did not drop any shot. It was a nice day with six birdies and the course defends itself pretty well.
I am in the race for a title and tomorrow I will give everything.
I had no choice but to see the leaderboards, they are big adn you have to deal with but with my playing partner, Edgar, we were focused on our round. What is important is to play well, not to look at what others can do because you can not control them. If someone shot 10 under tomorrow, big applause to him but I am in a good position. »

On his toes, a group of three players, France’s JB Gonnet, former European Tour player, David Borda of Spain and French amateur Edgar Catherine. They are only one shot further. Autria’s Lukas Nemecz is -10 and is a real threat to Rozner as he won this season.

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