27th August 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour season resumes with Cervino Open

After a 4-week summer break, rising golf stars of the Alps Tour are back in action this week heading to Breuil-Cervinia, northwestern Italy, for the Cervino Open August 29th through August 31st. 
The Cervino Open is held at the Cervino Golf Club , the highest 18 holes (par 68) golf course in Europe located at 2,000 meters above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, the golf course sits at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain which is culminating at 4,478 meters above sea level, one of the highest summits in the Alps and in Europe. This year marks the 4th time the Alps Tour makes a stop at the Cervino Golf Club after 2012, 2013 and 2017. 
«  The golf course is a challenge for all players, it is not a typical flat course, its design follows the mountain and not the opposite » tournament director Alessandro Pia said. «  This course is very particular because some holes are really narrow, others have big climbs, there are also lots of marmots holes » he explained. « Finally, to make things even more interesting, golf balls fly 10% more because of the altitude and we even had snowflakes falling last year! » Pia concluded. 
125 players from 15 countries across five continents have entered the tournament including last year’s winner James Sharp (ENG) and Santiago Tarrio (ESP), leader of the Alps Tour’s Order of Merit. Tarrio is looking for his third victory on the Alps Tour this season which would give him direct access to the Challenge Tour. 
The €40,000 prize money tournament is played over 54 holes of traditional stroke. Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final round of the tournament. 

2nd September 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

James Sharp sealed maiden win in Italy

England’s James Sharp sealed maiden win in Cervinio Open after final 65, -4 and total -11. Spain’s Santiago Tarrio finished one shot further for second place on his own and France’s Ugo Coussaud climbed on the podium with -9 total.

The Cervinio Open had a slox start as the bad weather force the officials to stop the game during first round and many players had a long day to complete their two round on day 2. But eventually, the event was played on 3 rounds and provided suspens as big events can do.

Julien Brun was the leader after 2 rounds and 3 holes from the end he could have reach the lead. England’s james Sharps was leader at the club house but the Frenchman, usually solid, was on shot behind with 3 holes to play. Luckily for Sharp, it was not a bed of roses for Brun and he dropped 3 shots in the last three holes. Sharp could enjoy a maiden win on Alps Tour.

Ugo Coussaud is the current leader of the Alps Tour ranking, Adria Arnaus is a little less than 2000 points further, Robin ROussel and Lars Van Mejel are neck and neck for 3rd and 4th place and Lukas Nemecz completes the top 5 with narrow margin over former European Tour player JB Gonnet.

31st August 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

A group of 6 ahead as play was suspended in Italy

Season has resumed in Italy for Alps Tour players. This event this week takes place in one of the most scenic course, the golf golf Cervinio. Located 2050 meters above the sea, the course is surrounded by mountains, designed by Donald Harradine more than 60 years ago.

Unfortunately, storms and heavy rain disturbed first roud and game was suspended for the day at 15h40. A group of 6 players are leaders at the club house with -5. Amoung them, Italy’s Nunzio Lombardi, France’s Julien Brun, first time winner in 2017 and Richard Jouven, Kiwi Shaun Jones, England’s James Sharp, and Scot’s Daniel Young.

On course, Antoine Rozner from France is in good position to challenge the leaders as he turned first nine 4 under.

The course is short but the greens are so small that precision is more than required to go for birdies. The game will resume at 07:30 tomorrow morning.

15th June 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Sharp still in pole position in Italy

England’s James Sharp signed for 65, 5 under par, to lead by two shots over Netherlands’ Lars Van Meijel and Italy’ Marco Crespi.

Van Meijel set an early leading score when he fired 61 this morning enjoying a fresher air. He holed a few nice putts of 3 or 4 meters and made no mistakes. Since his win in February he had ups and downs on course but kept on training to recover the form he showed in Egypt.

The target was then settled at -11 for the overnight leader when he teed up in the afternoon. The Englishman had a shy front nine but eventually managed to relax and be more efficient.

« I struggled a little bit on the front nine, I was a little nervous. I made a silly bogey on the 7. I miss a birdie on the 8 but I ttok a really shot onto 10, I could have made eagle but from there I felt much more comfortable. This birdie definitively helped to relax.

I just felt better on the back nine, I can not really put my finger on why but Eventually I just get used to be in that situation, see the leaderboard with my name on it.

Lars can shoot low and I have been told that Marco is a multiple winner on Alps Tour and once on European Tour. I would like to play the same tomorrow as I played in the first two days. I picked some positions in the fairways when I leave myself short irons to the greens. It will be some pins tomorrow you can’t go for But if I can hole a couple of putts here and there. But playing with Lars and Marco will be fun. »

14th June 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

James Played Sharp in Italy

England’s James Sharp showed his talent today on La Pinetina golf course. He fired 62, 8 under par, his best score ever in a competition. He has a two shot lead over a group of 5 players including European Tour winner Italy’s Marco Crespi.

Sharp confessed at the beginning of the tournament that money will shortly because an issue if he wants to keep on playing on Alps tour. This emergency seemed to give him wings and skills to shot his best score ever in a tournament.

« This my score ever in competition, by 3 shots. This event is my last event if I don’t get enough money this. I fell like I have been playing well all year. To be honest, I have been making silly mistakes and made triples and so on but today, I avoid these mistakes.

On the last one, I holed about 10 meters. I saw that the leaders were -6 and I was -7. I had a good line and a good pace, I had the pace all day so.
Tomorrow will be very hot in the afternoon when I play so I have to be prepared, lots of water, wet towel around the neck but you know we played in Guadeloupe, Tunisia and it was hotter than this and it is the same for everyone. I will try to stay calm and not spend to much energy on silly things. »

On his toes a pack of 5 players, Italy’s Federico Felli and Marco Crespi, the latter is a multiple winner on the Alps Tour. Austria’s HP Bacher, who is playing his first season on Alps Tour and Frenchmen Marc Rodriguez Calassou and Ugo Coussaud who won in France a couple weeks ago.

2nd June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Five way tie in Guadalupe

France’s Julien Forêt and England’s James Sharp (picture) shot 69, 2 under par par to take the lead after all morning players have completed their round. A group of three other players joined them at the end of the day. France’s Erwan Vielledent and Julien De Poyen and Itlay’s Federico Maccario shot 69 as well. The course defended itself very well as only 14 players beat the par during opening round of Open de Saint-François Guadeloupe.

Sharp had a two shot advantage with -4 until his last two hole. Unfortunately he dropped back to back shots on 8th and 9th to eventually signed for a 69 card. Forêt build his result on the back nine. He had a shy first part of round with a bogey on the third and no birdies but on the 10th, 13th and the last hole he holed for birdie to join the Englishman on top of the leaderboard.

A pack of nine players is one shot back. Among them, Dominique Nouailhac, fellow countrymen François Censier and Romain Bechu, Italy’s Corrado De Stefani and Swiss Marc Dobias. Bechu just had a week in London, invited by the European Tour during the BMW PGA Championship. He was live on Picadilly Circus’ big screen last friday to promote golf thanks to his tricks skills.  The guy knows how to shoot low too.

The shot of the day is from Valerio Pelliccia who aced the 16th hole with  a 5 iron shot. The player from Italy shot level par.

28th June 2015 | Alps Tour Golf

Second win for Casey

Harry Casey of England with his trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones

28/06/2015. AlpsTour 2015. 2015 Open International De La Mirabelle D’Or, Golf de La Grange aux Ormes, Metz, France June 25-28. Harry Casey of England with his trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones

Harry Casey shown nerves of steel by winning his second title of the season in France thanks to final round 67 and -15 total. France’s Damien Perrier caught second place with flawless 64 and England’s James Sharp finished third on his own.

“I have to admit I did not sleep well last night, I was nervous. Even coming with the leading shotS at the end of the round I did not feel that comfortable. On the last hole, I missed the fairway and I had a bad lie so I had to lay up because of the water, I could not hit the green. But Now I feel excited and happy.”

His playing partner, Spain’s Eduardo Larranaga was his closest opponent as they teed off but unfortunately for the Spaniard, his game was not as accurate as during the previous days. He dropped 4 shots in three holes from the 12th and lost all hope to come back in contention.

The best score of the day came from Damien Perrier. The player from Britanny confirmed his good form. He had qualified to play the Alstom Open de France on main Tour last Monday after 36 holes and he signed for stunning 64 to finish second by his own.

With this win, Harry Casey took the pole position on Alps Tour ranking. Damien Perrier is second followed by Léo Lespinasse, then comes Matthieu Pavon and Josh Loughrey.

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