23rd June 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
15th April 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
Manuel Morugan wins the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open after a sudden-death playoff.
Pescara, April 15th, 2022 – It was another beautiful spring day with pleasant temperatures for the final round of the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open. This allowed the players to have an opportunity for optimal scoring conditions. The event this week was organized by the Italian Pro Tour, a branch of the Italian Golf Federation which promotes all professional golf events in Italy.
Three players concluded their final round with a three-day score of 12 under-par which lead to a 3-way sudden-death playoff on the 10th hole of Miglianico Golf to claim the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open. Ireland’s David Carey, Spain’s Manuel Morugan and Netherland’s Koen Kouwenaar took part of the 3-way sudden-death playoff.
Spain’s Manuel Morugan won the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open with a birdie on the first playoff hole after hitting his shot to 80 centimeters from the hole on the 10th green. By winning the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open, he earned €5,800 and 6,525 points in the Order of Merit and after his victory 13th in the Order of Merit. For Manuel Morugan, 31 years of age representing Real Guadalhorce Club de Golf, this week was his fifth event of the season and his first victory on the Alps Tour. Morugan stayed near the top of the leaderboard this week with three rounds consistently under par. He shot a 68 in round 1, a 65 in round 2, and final round 65 which included 1 eagle and 3 birdies. Morugan was very emotional after his winning birdie putt today with tears of joy running down his face “This win is very special for me as last year I wasn’t able to compete due to a wrist tendon surgery I had to get done and wasn’t able to play. I am very happy to have won especially after a playoff. I have an amazing family, staff and girlfriend who support my career and I wouldn’t have done it without them. I definitely want to come back to Italy and play the next event at Molinetto.”
Koen Kouwenaar turned professional at the end of 2020 but is playing his first season on the Alps Tour due to a wrist surgery which occurred last year and ended up needing surgery. Kouwenaar was the Round 1 leader of the event with a brilliant 7 under-par round.
Ireland’s David Carey who is currently 25 years of age and turned pro in 2015 and has been an Alps Tour member since. He has numerous top 3 finishes on the Alps Tour including a win at the 2019 Cervino Open. Carey had a three-day total score of 12 under-par here at the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open. His final round today included 7 birdies, 1 eagle and a single bogey for an 8 under-par round, 62. After his round Carey was very pleased with his performance and how his game performed at Miglianico Golf, “I’m very happy with today’s round. I birdied 5 of my last 6 holes yesterday and continued that momentum into today’s round. I’m very happy with how I managed my game, lots of softer swings especially with my driver. I wasn’t hitting it as far as I normally would, but I made up for it with some very good short game and putting. I eagled my last hole, so I’m very happy with my temperament and how I handled the whole situation.” Carey also commented on how the conditions were nicer today as there was less wind compared to yesterday and also on how “I struggled with the par 5 the first couple of days but made up for it today with 2 birdies and 1 eagle. The par 3 at Miglianico Golf play very difficult so the tee shots need to be accurate.” Carey enjoys playing here at this venue because “It’s not so long but it’s tricky if you are out of position. I’ve always enjoyed playing this course. I’m very good with my wedges so I think that’s what suits me about this course.”
Gary Hurley was in solo second place one shot from the playoff.
Stefano Mazzoli of Italy remains the current Order of Merit Leader after 6 events with 12,687.86 points.
Italy’s Gregorio De Leo, one of the leaders after Round 2 was awarded as the best Italian player in the field. His had a total score of 10 under-par, just 2 shots back from the leaders, he was pleased with his round “I’m happy about the results of this tournament even though I wanted to win. I’m working hard on my game and I’m finally seeing the results. I want to win and hope to win on Italian soil.” France’s Tom Vaillant was awarded the low amateur of the tournament with a total score of 8 under-par.
The next stop on the Alps Tour schedule stays in Italy but will move north towards Milan at a country club that has never previously hosted an Alps Tour event. The event is scheduled from May 4th-6th at Molinetto Golf and Country Club for the inaugural Molinetto Alps Open.
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7th September 2019 | Alps Tour Golf
David Carey Wins After Play-Off
Breuil-Cervinia (Italy), September 7, 2019 – The perfect end to a perfect week for the Irish player. After his record-breaking score of 57 on Thursday and being leader throughout the tournament, after a closely fought final round, David Carey beat the Italian player Edoardo Lipparelli in a play-off to win the Cervino Open.
He summed up his week: Carey “I did a 57, I won the play-off, things couldn’t be better. Everything together is just perfect”. His final score was -13 (191, 57/67/67).
It was a real battle of the titans out there on the fairways of the Golf Club Del Cervino in the shadow of the Matterhorn for the final tournament of the Alps Tour 2019. Heading out for the front nine in the last flight were, Carey at -12 and the Italians Federico Maccario at -10 and Lipparelli at -8.
Carey and Maccario both had steady front nines coming in at par but Lipparelli had been gradually eating away at their advantages as he scored 3 birdies to put him in second place at -11, just 2 strokes behind Carey and one stroke ahead of Maccario.
At the turn, pars all round on hole 10. The par four 11th saw Carey increase his lead to -13 with a birdie. Maccario birdied too bringing him back to even with Lipparelli at -11.
Lipparelli dropped a stroke on the par three 12th but quickly rebounded with a birdie on the 13th to his partners pars. Carey riposted on the 14th to draw ahead a little bit further with a birdie to -14. The 15th saw par for Carey and bogey for Maccario putting him at -10 but another birdie from Lipparelli to pull into second place at -12.
The par four 16th proved decisive. Maccario double-bogeyed moving him down to -8 and Carey bogeyed putting him at -13 whilst Lipparelli made par keeping him at -12.
So, heading into the final two holes it was a head-to-head between Lipparelli and Carey with just one stroke between them. The 17th saw no change with a deuce of pars so it was into the 18th with everything to play for. Carey executed a perfect par but Lipparelli grabbed a birdie to put them all square at -13 and force a play-off.
But in the end David Carey came through. Carey: “I’m really happy. I hit three perfect shots there. I’ve played pretty well all week but today the putts didn’t really go in, but one went in the last when I really needed it. Birdie on the last hole.”
His win catapults him twenty-six places up the Order of Merit to number 12.
Edoardo Lipparelli confirms his place at the top of the OofM heading into the Grand Final.
In joint third place, Enrico di Nitto, recent winner of the Nazionale Open in July, came back fighting to card a -5 (63) for the day with 2 eagles, 3 birdies and 2 bogeys to put him on -10 (194) . This moves him up one spot to second place on the OofM.
Alongside him is Andrew Scrimshaw from England who had joined the top ten on the leaderboard yesterday and who continued his ascension with a -4 (64) today after a bogey-free score and 4 birdies. His result moves him seven slots up to 13th on the OofM.
So, after a climactic finish, next stop is the Grand Final in Italy on the 17th October. The course location will be confirmed shortly.
Italian Pro Tour is the promoter of the Cervino Open, with the support of Banca Generali Private (Title Sponsor); BMW (Main Sponsor); Kappa (Official Supplier), Leaseplan (Official Supplier), Dailies Total 1 (Official Supplier).
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15th February 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
First pro victory for Italy’s Michele Cea in Sokhna
Italy’s Michele Cea won the Ein Bay Open at Sokhna Golf Club (Egypt) today with a total of -12, two shot ahead his compatriot Michele Ortolani.
It was Cea’s first professional win. Entering the final round as the leader at -10, Ireland’s David Carey shot a double bogey on hole 16th dampening his hopes of winning the tournament. Carey dropped down to 3rd place at -9. Italy’s Michele Ortolani finished in 2nd place at -10.
« I still can’t believe it » Cea said after his victory. « I feel amazing, it was a very tight match with a friend of mine (Ortolani) until the last hole. I could not get a better victory than this, I could not ask for a better finish » he continued. « The last putt was tough, I had a lot of pressure, I just kept my head down and it went in » Cea explained. « The day was quite long because I had lots of thoughts going through my mind. 18 holes are long, you don’t know what’s going to happen so I just focused on what I had to do hole by hole and it paid off. My hands were shaking when I knew I had won the tournament. I just let go all the stress of the day, it was an amazing feeling » he concluded.
« It’s a very disappointing being 12 under through the 8th hole and then dropping all the way back. But overall, there is a lot of positives from the week and I will take those positives and continue to play well again next week » Carey said.
David Carey shot the most birdies on this tournament at 17 birdies. Cea had 16 birdies.
Best card of the day was Spain’s Ivan Cantero Gutierrez who shot -6 under par, finishing in 4th position at -8.
Michele Cea is the leader of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking.
Weather was overcast for most of the day over Ain Sokhna. Temperatures were in the 20s degrees Celsius.
Alps Tour Players will now take a little break before tackling the second tournament of the Winter Series, the Red Sea Little Venice Open at Sokhna Golf Club starting on Monday.
14th February 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Ireland’s David Carey Sole Leader
Ireland’s David CAREY took the lead of the Ein Bay Open at the Sokhna Golf Club (Egypt) to enter the final round of the tournament on Thursday at -10.
Carey is closely followed by Alavaro Arizabaleta (Col, -9) and Michele Cea (Ita, -8) in the Alps Tour’s first tournament of the 2018 season.
« I did not start as well as I wished to, I made a sloppy bogey on my first hole, I made 4 birdies in 5 holes, around the turn and that kind of got me back on track and then I played very nicely the whole way in » Carey said. « Tomorrow, I just need to go out and play the way I’ve been playing. I actually haven’t really held any putts, hopefully a few more putts go in, I will keep playing the way I’ve been playing and it should be a good day » he added.
Best performer of the day was Ireland’s Conor O’Rourke who shot 7 under par. He enters the final day of the tournament in 6th place at -6.
« I played nicely, I just had to stay really patient. Because the last few days I felt I played quite well but it did not really come through » O’Rourke said. « I expect David (Carey) to play quite well tomorrow so anybody behind is going to have to make a lot of birdies and not many mistakes » he added.
The 26-year-old native of Naas turned in today his best card since turning pro last year.
« It’s a great privilege to access the Alps Tour here in Egypt where I’m from, it gives me maybe some kind of advantage over so many good golfers of the Alps Tour so it’s an enjoyable experience for myself. It’s definitely a very unique experience, mixing up all the rising golf star » said Abdelmonem El Shafei, one of the two Egyptian players invited along with Maged Abdel Tawab.
Weather conditions were particularly good for most of the day despite winds picking up in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the 20s degrees celcius.
The Top 40 players and ties who made the cut today (+1) will tee off tomorrow morning for the final day of the Ein Bay Open.
13th February 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
2018 Alps Tour season is well underway in Sokhna, Egypt
Round 1 of the Ein Bay Open ended on a 3-way tie at -6 today at Sokhna Golf Club, Egypt.
Michele ORTOLANI (ITA), Filippo BERGAMASCHI (ITA) and David CAREY (IRL) led a pack of 102 rising golf stars to finish the day at -6 under par.
Overnight heavy rain showers did not prevent players from hitting the first strokes of the 2018 season. Weather conditions were particularly good throughout the day despite wind picking up in the afternoon. Temperatures reached 20 degrees Celsius.
« It was a nice day today. I was 2 over after 3 holes, I needed to get rid of the winter dust » co-leader Michele ORTOLANI said at the clubhouse. « I was a little under pressure but I managed to fix up my game. Fortunately, my putting was very strong during the day I had a few key puts. I was lucky to have a great shot on the 10th which gave me 2 under. It was great boost. I’m very happy with the round I had today » he added.
« We’re glad to host the Alps Tour for the 6th year in a row » Ali Mohamed Ali, Golf Director at the Sokhna Golf Club said earlier. « This is the best place for Alps Tour players to play right now » he concluded.
The Ein Bay Open continues tomorrow with round 2. First tee time at 7.15 am (all leaders in the morning).
23rd February 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Matt Wallace finally engraved his name on Egyptian Trophy
England’s Matt Wallace build his maiden win on Alps Tour with patience and will. He signed for final round 69 to win by one shot over Ireland’s David Carey and Antoine Schwartz of France.
Wallace who finished runner up last week and third the week before manage to keep his hands on the trophy. He holed 3 birdies during his first 4 holes to set the pace but dropped 2 shots on the 6th and 7th to give his challangers hope. Meanwhile, Schwartz was -7 total as he turned first nine -4. The latter won in Egypt in January.
Wallace’s playing partner, Richard Jouven, could not record better than par.The threat was in the second last group but as a sign of fate, Schwartz boggeyed the 16th and Carey the 17th. Wallace did not make any mistake and finally enjoyed the taste of a much deserved victory.
After the Winters series in Egypt, France’s Franck Daux is leading the order of merit thanks to his two wins. Matt Wallace is second, David Casey third, Julien Foret 4th and Daniel Osorio 5th.
16th July 2015 | Alps Tour Golf
Pavon sets the tone
France’s Matt Pavon was very committed to gain his pass to the Stage 2 of European Tour and his game was very sharp today. He scored 68 to take a narrow lead heading to the final round of 2015 Servizitalia Open.
The French native from South West of France holed seven birdies versus 3 bogeys to go 4 under par today and it was enough to take a one shot advantage over England’s Matt Wallace and Ireland’s David Carey.
The overnight leader, Italy’s Joon Kim struggled to maintain his level of game and had to sign for a shy score, 73.
A pack of 5 players are -8 so the last round should be very challenging for the winner to dig an advantage and hold the trophy.
The cut eventually felt at -2.