8th July 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
A 6-way tie for the lead after Round 2 at the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas!
Soria, July 8th 2022- After Round 2 at the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas there is a 6-way tie for the lead with a two-day total of 9 under-par. In the 6-way tie at 9 under-par, there is: hometown favorite Spain’s Daniel Berna Manzanares, Netherland’s Lars Keunen, Italy’s Giacomo Fortini, Italy’s Gregorio De Leo, Spain’s Jacobo Pastor and Netherland’sFloris De Haas. In 7th place with a two-day total of 8 under-par and an incredible bogey-free 10 under-par, 60 today, Spain’s Manuel Morugán. Alongside in a tie for 7th place at 8 under-par, Italy’s Andrea Saracino. Just one stroke back with a two-day total of 7 under-par and in a tie for 9th place, Mathias Eggenberger and Vitor Londot Lopes.
Another beautiful summer day with a pleasant summer temperature welcomed the players at Club de Golf Soria in the inland Northeastern area of Spain for the second round of the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas. The scoring conditions were more favorable for the players in the morning due to calmer wind conditions, unfortunately the wind picked up for the afternoon groups. The course is still playing relatively soft for the players due to the heavy rain that occurred before the beginning of the tournament, giving an advantage to the morning groups. Play began at 8:15am from the 1st and 10th hole.
Second Round Player Quotes-
Hometown favorite, Spain’s Daniel Berna Manzanares shot a 3 under-par round today, to be one of the 6 players tied for the lead heading into the final round. He hopes to have another good round tomorrow and hopefully capture a victory on his home course. When he concluded his round, Manzanares commented on how today was a hard-fought day: “the opposite of yesterday, when I didn’t miss a shot. Today I went out slightly angry because of the three putts on the last hole yesterday. I’m happy to have made zero bogeys and 3 birdies. It was going well, but I started off missing to the left, I didn’t hit the ball well at all and I wasn’t at ease at any moment, but that’s the thing about golf, you have to know when you’re not hitting it well and know how to get the round right.” When asked about his expectations for tomorrow: “if I’m on the 10th tee 3 strokes behind the leader, I know anything can happen, even with three holes to go. I want to fight for it and see if I’m lucky.”
Italy’s Gregorio De Leo is continuing his stretch of good results heading into tomorrow’s final round tied for the lead. He is already one of this season’s past winners, having won the 2022 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon and would like to add another title to his record. After the round, De Leo happily commented: “I like this course a lot. It’s not a short course, therefore you need to hit the ball well, and need to putt well also. In the last few events, I’ve lost some confidence with my driving which I’ve gained some confidence back this week which it comes in handy on this golf course. Tomorrow I want to try and shot a 5 or 6 under-par round and see what happens. I think the winning score will be around 15 under-par.
Jacobo Pastor is another player tied for the lead, with a two-day total of 9 under-par. He shot a second round at 5 under-par putting him in contention heading into the final round. Pastor happy with his position noted: “I’m happy, I played pretty solid, I had moments of good golf and others not so good. Tomorrow I’ll play another day. There are moments when I think too much about the result, it’s a process of improving to make it easier every day and have more opportunities like today.”
Floris De Haas, a further one of the six players tied for the lead after 2 rounds at the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas. He shot an even par round today to remain at 9 under-par. At the completion of his round, De Haas commented: “I just made a couple stupid mistakes today, especially on the greens.” He found that the course “was firmer compared to yesterday and the greens not as soft. Still the conditions were good, especially there wasn’t a lot of wind.” When asked about his expectations heading into the final round, he responded “If you would have given me this position heading into the last round before the start of the tournament I would have taken it. I will take it very easy tomorrow. There are a lot of good players in the lead and close. I have no expectations, will just enjoy the day.”
Closing the 1st place six player tie: Lars Keunen and Giacomo Fortini.
Spain’s Manuel Morugán, winner of the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open, shot an incredible 10 under-par in Round 2 for a two-day total of 8 under-par and is in a tie for 7th place heading into the final round. His second round included 1 eagle and 8 birdies. He shot a 32 on the front nine and a 28 on the back nine to sign his card for a second round 60. After his round, he commented that his “key today was my mental control. I talked to my psychologist yesterday and came up with a mental strategy to approach the round today and it went very well.”
Together with Morugán in a tie for 7th place, and just one stroke back of the lead heading into the final round, Italy’s Andrea Saracino. Saracino is coming off a 3rd place finish last week and is looking for a solid performance and another good finish heading into the final round tomorrow.
This tournament is promoted and organized by JGolf.
The Alps de Las Castillas can count on the support of the joint collaboration between two main sponsors, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Federación de Golf de Castilla León and Castilla La Mancha. The tournament also has the support of numerous co-sponsors: Club de Golf de Soria, el Ayuntamiento de Soria, la Diputación de Soria, el Consejo Superior de Deportes, EDP Solar, Kyocera, Mahou San Miguel and Solán de Cabras. The 2022 Alps de Las Castillas supports the 2023 Solheim Cup.
The final round of the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas, will begin at 8:15 am from hole 1 and 10.
A total of 49 players made the cut which was set at even par (140). The leaders will tee off at 9:21 and 9:32 am from the 1st hole. The winner of the 2022 Alps de Las Castillas, will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.
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23rd June 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
31st August 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Italian amateur Fortini wins Cervino Open
Italian amateur Giacomo Fortini won today after a nerve-wrecking finish the Cervino Open with a total score of -9 at the Cervino Golf Club in northern Italy.
This is Fortini’s first victory as an amateur in a professional tournament.
Fortini entered the final round as sole leader and led throughout most of the day. But the Italian amateur bogeyed hole 15 and double-bogeyed hole 16 giving a path to victory to Timon Baltl (AUT) who had already finished his round. Fortini was able to react and made 2 birdies in the last 2 holes to win the tournament.
Timon Baltl finished in 2nd place at -8 total while a group of 4 players tied for 3rd place at -7 total: Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Michele Cea (ITA), Xavier Poncelet (FRA) and Benjamin Wheeler (ENG).
« I’m feeling very emotional, I’m very happy because I won my first pro tournament as an amateur. I’m on cloud 9 really » 22-year-old Giacomo Fortini said. « It was a hard final because I played well all day but I did not hole many putts. When I got to hole 15, which is a quite difficult hole, I made a bogey. The following hole, I double bogeyed. I was a bit destabilized by all this but then I told myself there are still 2 more holes and I can still make birdies. And this is what happened and I won by one shot » the native of Ferrara explained. « Generally, I have a difficult time forgetting my mistakes. But today was different and I could leave those mistakes behind me and get my confidence back. I hit a beautiful driver on hole 17, I made a very nice approach shot and above all, I holed a 2-meter putt which gave me the victory » he added.
« This is by far the most important tournament I’ve won, I never won a championship before, this is the most beautiful win of my career » Fortini concluded.
Fortini made 4 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey in the final round.
« I had a great day today » Timon Baltl said. « I made a bogey on hole 15 and I thought to myself, ‘alright, it’s not going to happen, not even close’. But then I made a very good second shot on hole 16 and on hole 17, I did an absolutely perfect drive, I was lucky with the bounce, it bounced to 3 feet and I made this one for eagle. And then I thought, ‘oh maybe, if I make another birdie, who knows what happens?’. And on hole 18, I pitched it to 2 meters, holed the putt to make birdie, it was great, it was really cool » he explained.
« I’m satisfied, 2nd place is very good, if you’ve come so close from winning you’re a bit disappointed but I want to congratulate Giacomo for his great finish and for his victory » the Austrian concluded.
Baltl made an eagle, 4 birdies and 2 bogeys.
Xavier Poncelet (FRA) turned in the best card of the day today (-7). « I wanted to have a great day today. It did not start well as I made a double bogey on the first hole. But then I reacted well » Poncelet said. In total, the Frenchman out of the Golf du Médoc near Bordeaux made a double bogey and 9 birdies today. « I’m happy with the attitude, I’m getting closer to where I want to be » he added.
With his 3rd place finish today, Poncelet moves up to 5th place in the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking. At the end of season, the top 5 of the Order gets a card to play on the Challenge Tour.
Santiago Tarrio (ESP) still leads the Order of Merit. He is followed by Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Marcus Mohr (ENG) and Xavier Poncelet (FRA).
Today’s final round was interrupted for 1h32 due to foggy conditions.
Rising golf stars will next travel to Miglianico (Italy) for the Open Abruzzo September 20th through September 22nd.
30th August 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Fortini enters final as sole leader
Italian amateur Giacomo Fortini will enter the final round of the Cervino Open tomorrow as sole leader with a total score of -9. Fortini turned in the best card of the day (-8).
Fortini is followed by Sebastian Petersen (SWE) who is at two strokes behind (-7 total) and by a group of 5 players at -6 total: Anthony Renard (FRA), Jacopo Albertoni (ITA, Am), Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Stefano Pitoni (ITA) and Benjamin Wheeler (ENG).
« I played very solid golf today, I’m very happy » said Fortini. « Tomorrow, I will continue to play my game and we will see what happens at the end of the day » he continued. « The course is quite short, you have to take an iron from the tee on many holes. Because the greens are very small, you have to be very precise from 80 to 100 meters to the green. You need to hit the greens otherwise you’re in trouble » Fortini explained. « My putting was very good today, it was much better than yesterday. Yesterday, I did not hole many putts while today they went in, the putting was my strength today » the 22-year-old native of Ferrara in northwestern Italy continued.
« I’m feeling great despite the fact that my golf has not been good this year. Today, I recovered my game and I’m very happy about this. I will try to keep this feeling for tomorrow » he concluded.
« I hit the ball well. I started with a bogey on hole 10, I missed a birdie on hole 11 by not much and then I had a good sequence with an eagle on hole 13 and a birdie on hole 14. I was then able to benefit from good shots I made, putting the ball not far from the holes and therefore, I was able to make easy birdies. I did not make many mistakes and in all, I made an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey » Anthony Renard (FRA) said.
52 players including 9 amateurs made the cut set at +1 and will play tomorrow’s final round at the Cervino Golf Club .
Final round tees off at 8h local time.
20th July 2017 | Alps Tour Golf
Amateur Fortini set course record 62
Young Italian amateur, Giacomo Fortini, born in 1996, fired 62 during first day of Lignano Open near Venice. France’s Xavier Poncelet signed for 63 and Swiss Marc Dobias is one shot further on his own.
Amateurs have been doing well on Alps Tour in 2017, two of them already won beating the pros and Fortini could confirm that things always come in threes.
« Everything went very well today, from the tee to the green and my putting was very good as well. It would have been difficult to play better than the way I played today. None of the holes seemed difficult. »
Lignano Open is the last event counting for top 6 of the ranking qualifying for European Tour Q School Stage 2. The lucky six players will then avoid the battle of first stage. If Ugo Coussaud, Adria Arnaus and Lars Van Driel seem to be safe, from 4th to 11th place, the difference is less than 2000 points. A podium versus a missed cut could change the ranking on Saturday evening.
The projected cut is -2 and one man in the top 6 is in danger, Maxime Radureau who shot 75.