17th November 2023 | Alps Tour Golf
Giovanni Manzoni wins the 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage
Rome, November 17th 2023 – Italy’s twenty-four-year-old Giovanni Manzoni wins the 2023 Alps Tour Q-School Final Stage with a three-day score of 10 under-par. In 2nd place with a total score of 8 under-par, English amateur Mason Essam. In 3rdplace at 6 under-par Ireland’s Robert Moran (am). In 4th place at 5 under-par Scotland’s Craig Ross. There is a 3-way tie for 5th at 4 under-par that includes: French amateur Maxime Mathey, Italy’s Adalberto Montini, and Luca Memeo (am).
The final round of the 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage began at 8:00 am from the 1st and 10th hole at Golf Nazionale in Northern Rome. The leaders teed off at 10:12 am from the 1st tee. After yesterday’s 36 holes cut, 74 players (45 pros and 29 amateurs) were able to qualify for today’s final round, where they competed to earn their 2024 Alps Tour playing card. It was a beautiful day with clear skies and beautiful sunshine, which allowed the players to take advantage of favorable scoring opportunities.
English amateur Mason Essam, who was in the lead since the beginning of the event, concludes the tournament in 2nd place with a three-day total of 8 under-par. He is 24 years old and represents Dartford Golf Club. Essam qualified to compete in this week’s event after finishing 6th at the Stage 1 Qualifier held at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club. After his round, Essam explained that he plans on “definitely turning professional now, I did what I came here to do, which is nice. However, when you’re in contention, you want to win, so a bit hard feeling for that, but overall, I played well today and just didn’t hole enough putts. Clearly, Giovanni played really well, so can’t complain.” He added that during this off-season, he will “keep seeing my new coach, who I just started working with, and trying to make a steady progression and get my head down in February to try to get a win early on.” Essam went on to comment that he found: “The wind was completely the opposite today compared to yesterday. I played much better today compared to yesterday, so I can’t really say whether it was easier or not, but I definitely think so of the harder holes played fairer today, and the easier holes played normal.”
In 3rd place at 6 under-par Irish amateur Robert Moran. In 4th place at 5 under-par Scotland’s Craig Ross. There is a 3-way tie for 5th at 4 under-par that includes: French amateur Maxime Mathey, Italy’s Adalberto Montini, and Luca Memeo (am).
The 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage draws the 2023 season to a close. Now players are able to enjoy their winter break until the new Alps Tour season will begin in mid-February 2024 in Egypt in the hopes of another successful golf season with the next #risinggolfstars?.
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Mathias Eggenberger wins the Winter Series Golf Nazionale with a 5 strokes margin
Italy, March 23, 2022 – Swissman Mathias Eggenberger wins the second leg of our Italian Winter Series at Golf Nazionale with a 5 strokes margin and a total score of 206 strokes, -10 (67-71-68).
Eggenberger, 30, who earned his card for the Alps Tour in 2018 and had his previously ever-best score right here on this very course last October where he finished 2nd at the Golf Nazionale Alps Open, maintained the lead since R1 thanks to a solid game in one of the hardest courses on the entire Tour.
He dropped only 5 strokes during the week (3 today) and managed to hole a great number of birdies (14).
Eggenberger had a tough start due to 2 bogeys on 3rd and on 4th which complicated his round but his short game was by his side. In fact, he managed to hole 7 birdies to card a daily -4, the second best score today after Tomas Bessa Guimaraes who nailed an impressive -6.
“I’m really happy. It took me a long time but it finally came. I got very close last year but now I’m simply glad I won. My next tournament will be in Pescara and hopefully I will play as good as I have been playing here. I had a really solid game along the 3 days and I managed to hole some important putts at the end which is great. I didn’t know I was leading the tournament until the 18th when I looked at the leaderboard and turned out I had a 4 shots margin on the 2nd place. That made the last putt easier”.
Two golfers finished tied at the second place on -5: Dutchman Davey Porsius, 26, representing Goyer, who has been playing nicely since the start of the season, and French amateur Tom Vaillant, just 20 years old from Cannes-Mougins, who has been among the top players this year since the first tournament on the Alps.
“I’m very happy – said Vaillant. To end a tough week with 3 rounds under par is always good. This is my best result on the Alps Tour so I’m proud of it and now I’m looking forward to battle again for the win”. His game has been pretty solid throughout the whole week (70-70-71) and now he is on the launch pad for the next stop at the Abruzzo Alps Open 2022.
“I had a really great start – said Porsius – and thanks to a good tee shot on 5th , where I holed a 5 meter putt, and a great up & down on 7th, I managed to close the front nine 3 under par. My putts didn’t fall on the back nines but it is really good to finish on T2. I’ve hit really a lot of good shots and this is very important. We’ll see what will happen in Abruzzo”.
It is a 3 way-tie for the 4th place: Portuguese Tomas Bessa Guimaraes, 25, winner of the 2022 New Giza Open, Dutchman Koen Kouwenaar, 24, and French amateur Julien Sale, 24, 3rd in the Order of Merit, finished with a total score of 212 strokes (-4). Bessa Guimaraes carded the lowest score of the tournament during the final round thanks to a brilliant series of birdies (6), 1 eagle on 5th and just 2 bogeys on 12th and 17th.
Italian Stefano Mazzoli, who finished on 8th place on -2 due to a daily round in 74 strokes, keeps the lead of the Order of Merit after the 5th tournament of the season with 12,076.50 points. Chasing the first place there are on 2nd and on 3rd position respectively Bessa Guimaraes with 10,984.50 points and Julien Sale with 10,768.50 pts.
Golf Nazionale confirmed once again to be one of the hardest courses of the season. Only 15 golfers ended their tournament under par with the front nine holes playing an average of 37.28 strokes and the back nines with a 37.71 strokes average.
The Alps Tour Season will move to Miglianico Golf & Country Club which will host the Abruzzo Alps Open 2022 from April 13th to 15th. All the previous winner will be attending the tournament won last year by Italian Jacopo Vecchi Fossa with a total score of 198 strokes.
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