20th April 2023 | Alps Tour Golf
Enrico Di Nitto leads after Round 1 at the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas.
Round 1 Review
20th– 22nd April 2023
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|1||Enrico Di Nitto (ITA)||-9 (63)|
|2||Marcos Pastor (ESP)||-8 (64)|
|3||Victor Jimenez Bravo (ESP)||-7 (65)|
|Lars Keunen (NED)||-7 (65)|
|and 2 other players at||-7 (65)|
A beautiful sunny day with blue skies and temperatures that reached 29°C was the backdrop of today’s first round at the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas. The tournament is being played at Palomarejos Golf in Toledo, Spain. Today, players competed with perfect scoring conditions with approximately 20km/h winds. Play began at 8:30 am from both the 1st and 10th hole. The forecast for tomorrow’s round is expected to remain very similar to today’ with slightly more wind. For Saturday’s final round, some rain and chiller temperatures are expected.
Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto who represents Olgiata Golf Club leads by 1 stroke at the conclusion of the 1st round at the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas. He shot a bogey-free, 9 under-par opening round. He is a past winner on the Alps Tour and is playing this week on a wild card invitation. Di Nitto played the first two events of the season in Egypt finishing T14 and T26. He was very content with his round as it is his Personal Best score: “I had a good start today, I putted really really well today especially under 4 meters and hit my irons very close to the pins. Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of the par 5 but overall, it’s a result I’m very happy as this is my Personal Best score. I will try to keep playing with little to no expectations so I can focus on my game and give 100% during every round. I would like conclude this season earning my full card for the Challenge Tour.”
Marcos Pastor from Spain, concluded his first round with an 8 under-par, 64 and is in 2nd place only 1 stroke back. He began his round on the 10th hole today and made 2 birdies and an eagle on the par 4, 15th hole. Pastor was very satisfied with his round, as this is the 1st time he played this course: “I’m very happy as 8 under-par I believe is a good score to start the tournament. I unfortunately wasn’t able to play a practice round yesterday as I arrived late, I only walked 9 holes and the remaining 9 holes I saw them through Google Earth so that makes it an even better round.” Pastor added: “I began my round making some good putts on the first few holes and then on the 15th hole, I had 103 meters and holed out my 56° wedge for eagle.”
Spain’s Victor Jimenez Bravo, is one of four players tied for 3rd place at 7 under-par. He made 8 birdies and 1 bogey during his 1st round. Jimenez had a good confidence boost following today’s round: “I came to the tournament not hitting the ball very well, but today has been a day that the ball has gone more or less where I wanted. haven’t had good results for a while, since the qualifying round of the Spanish Open when I shot 5 under par and I was one shot away from qualifying. This is a pretty good confidence boost.” Jimenez is also a great tenor singer, “My father supports me one hundred percent with everything I do.” He also added that recently “played with my father and he gave me good advice. The advice he always gives me and everyone else is “hole by hole and stroke by stroke” and in the end that’s what I did today, I thought about the moment, not the result.”
Netherland’s Lars Keunen, shot a 7 under round 65 with 2 bogeys and 4 birdies on his front nine and 5 birdies, 1 double bogey and an eagle on his back nine to be tied for 3rd place. Keunen had a strong finish to his 1st round with 1 eagle and 3 birdies on his last 5 holes. After his round, he was pleased to comment: “Today was definitely a good start! It took me a while to get comfortable with my shots but after 6 holes I got it going nicely.” This is the first time that Palomarejos Golf hosts an Alps Tour event, Keunen found the course in good conditions, “the golf course is nice, not very difficult but in very good condition which makes it fun to play.” When asked about his strong finish, Keunen added “after making double bogey on 13 I knew I had some easier holes coming up glad I was able to take advantage of them. Hopefully I can keep the birdies coming tomorrow!” He went on to add that he expects the winning score on Saturday to be around 18 under-par.
Ireland’s James Sugrue is also tied at 7 under-par and 2 strokes off the lead. He made 6 birdies, 1 eagle and 1 bogey. Sugrue won the 2019 Amateur Championship and he was then able to play in the 2020 Masters, 2020 Open Championship and 2020 US Open. He turned professional at the beginning of 2020 but due to the pandemic, this is his second full season on the Alps Tour. After his 7 under-par round, Sugrue commented on how “the course is very scorable but only if you’re in the fairway, therefore you must drive it well and I’m pleased I was able to do that today. The weather was phenomenal today, even though there is a good breeze now but it was perfect for scoring.” Looking ahead to the rest of the week, Sugrue added “I believe the winning score will be around 19 under-par.”
In the 4-way tie for 3rd place alongside Victor Jimenez Bravo, Lars Keunen and James Sugrue at 7-under par and 2 shots back of the lead there is Netherland’s Kiet Van der Weele. He made 8 birdies today and 2 bogeys.
The 132 players are competing for an overall prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.
The second round of the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas will begin again at 8:30 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. After round 2, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.
The first-round leader, Enrico Di Nitto will begin round 2 at 14:04 local time from the 10th hole.
The 2023 Alps De Las Castillas is promoted and organized by JGolf.
The event is grateful for the support of: Real Federación Española de Golf, Federación de Castilla La Mancha, Federación de Golf de Castilla León, la Diputación de Toledo, City of Talavera de la Reina, la Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Palomarejos Golf, el Consejo Superior de Deportes, Kyocera, Mahou San Miguel, Solan de Cabras and Nextcaddy.
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11th June 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
Victor Trehet and James Sugrue lead after Round 2 at the Open de la Mirabelle D’Or.
Metz, June 11th 2022- Round 2 of the 2022 Open International de la Mirabelle D’Or greeted the players with a favorable sunny day and a high around 27* which allowed them to take advantage of the good scoring conditions of today’s round. The tournament played at Golf Domaine de la Grange Aux Ormes began at 7:30 am from both the 1st and 10th hole.
There is a packed leaderboard at the completion of Round 2 with France’s Victor Trehet and Ireland’s James Sugrue leading the field with a two-day total of 9 under-par. Finland’s Eemil Alajarvi, round 1 leader Italy’s Luca Cianchetti, France’s Nicolas Platret, Netherland’s Vince Van Veen and the other round 1 leader Italy’s Manfredi Manica are in a five-way tie just one shot back at 8 under-par entering the final round of the tournament.
Round 2 Player Quotes-
France’s Victor Trehet, holds a share of the lead at the end of round 2. He shot a 4 under-par 66 for a two-day total of 9 under-par. During today’s round, Victor had 3 birdies on the front nine and 3 birdies and 2 bogeys on the back nine. He turned professional two years ago and this is his first event in the past month. After his round, he commented: “I played very well yesterday but unfortunately doubled the last hole as was disappointed. Today I had almost the same but missed a few putts on the front nine. The golf course is in good shape which allows for good scoring. Victor also is looking forward to tomorrows round: “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so I’d be happy to win here tomorrow.”
James Sugrue, from Ireland, the 2019 Amateur Open Champion, had a brilliant 6 under-par round 64 today and holds a share of the lead at 9 under-par entering the final round. He turned professional at the beginning of 2020 but due to the pandemic, he is playing his first full season on the Alps Tour. James was pleased after his round, “I played very nice today, it was only 3 shots better than yesterday but I played much better. The course was playing very similar to yesterday for me. A win would be great but I’m not going to think about it to much. I’m just going to go out and play my game and see what happens at the end of the round.”
Finland’s Eemil Alajarvi who turned professional last year and is playing his second season on the Alps Tour, is one of the five players one shot back of the lead entering the final round. His round today included 6 birdies and two bogeys for a 4 under-par 66 and a two-day total of 8 under-par. He had a very consistent round today with 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine and 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the back nine to end his round. After his round, Eemil was satisfied with how he played today even though, he said, “It was a solid round, nothing magic, a few good putts and a few bogeys unfortunately, a round very similar to yesterday. The course played similar to yesterday for me, although some pin positions were more difficult.”
Luca Cianchetti, a past winner on the Alps Tour, was co-leading after round 1 at 6 under-par. Today he shot a 2 under-par 68 round for an overall 8 under-par round and he is in the five-way tie just one shot back of the lead. Luca’s round today included, 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 3 bogeys.
Nicolas Platret from France, who represents Golf de Biarritz, is also in the five-way tie at 8 under-par. He turned professional at the end of 2018. Today, he shot a bogey-free 4 under-par round 66. Nicolas has had a successful result here at the Open de la Mirabelle D’Or in 2019 having finished in 2nd place, but is looking for a victory tomorrow, “it would mean a lot to win here in France for sure. I’ve had a good finish here in the past but there are still 18 holes to play so I’ll do my best and see what happens”. When he concluded his round, Nicolas commented, “I played really solid, my strength the past two days have been my tee shots, it helps a lot to hit many fairways here. Overall the last two days have been very similar and I’m pleased.”
Netherland’s Vince Van Veen had a 6 under-par 64 today for an overall 8 under-par round and be one shot from the lead. During today’s round, he had 4 birdies in a row on the front nine holes for a 30 and 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the back nine for a 34. At the end of his round he said, “I played some good golf today. I hit it inside birdie range for most of the day and was able to make some important putts at some important moments.”
Manfredi Manica, one of the two players that was leading after round 1, shot a 2 under-par round 68 today for an 8 under-par overall and be in the five-way tied for the lead, just one shot back. This is his first year as a professional player after he turned pro in January 2022. He has competed in the past as an amateur but this is his first full season as a professional. Manfredi’s round today was very consistent with 2 birdies and 1 bogey on the front and back nine.
In a tied for 8th place at 7 under-par and 2 shots back of the lead there is: Romain Guillon, Andrea Romano, Alessandro Notaro, Benjamin Kedochim, Tom Vaillant, Riccardo Bregoli and Adrien Bonnet.
The Final Round of the 2022 Open de la Mirabelle D’Or, will begin tomorrow at 7:27 am from hole 1 and 10. The final group will tee off at 9 am from hole 1. The winner of this event will earn 6,525 Order of Merit points and €5,800.
A total of 49 players, 42 professional and 7 amateurs, made the cut which was set at 3 under-par.
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This event is organized and promoted directly by the golf club, Golf Domaine de la Grange Aux Ormes. The Institutional Sponsors that support this tournament are: Région Grand Est, Département de la Moselle, Ville de Marly, Inspire Metz and Fédération Française de Golf. The Private Partners at this event are: Crédit Agricole, Quadral, Mercedes Kroely, Demathieu & Bard, JC Decaux, Opéra Théâtre, Mayer and Banque Populaire. The Official Suppliers of the tournament are: Eurogolf Luxembourg, Lemoy, Heineken, Château Sainte- Marguerite, Cristian Senez, Agence Grand Angle and Café Richard. In addition, their media partners are the following two media outlets: La semaine and Républicain Lorrain.
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