1st September 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Julien Brun to lead in the mountains

First round was completed this morning at Cervinio Open as storms and heavy rain stopped the game during opening round. The lead was at -5 with a pack of players reaching this score. France’s Julien Brun was among them. He managed to confirm his leadership after second 17 holes. He shot 62 to add to his opening 63, -11 total.

Bad weather destroyed hole par 3 number 12 so officials decided, with approval of European Tour and OWGR, to play a 17 hole tournament counting for Alps Tour ranking and World Golf Ranking.

Julien Brun did not drop any shot in 34 holes and manage to deal with altitude and bad weather. The play was suspended again on Friday due to hail but eventually, all players could complete 2 rounds in time.

At second place, a single shot behind the Frenchman, Austria’s Christoph Koebler who signed for best score of the day, 61 -7, on, third place of provisional podium, Italy’s Nunzio Lombardi, one shot further.

The cut felt at level par including 48 players, 43 pros and 4 amateurs from Italy and Spanish Amateur, Adria Arnaus, 2017 Alps Tour winner.

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.

21st February 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Rookies Van Meijel and Vacarisas on top in Sokhna

Rookies are leading in Red Sea Little Venice Open. Dutch Lars Van Meijel and Spain’s Lucas Vacarisas (picture) are both -9 total after shooting respectively 66 and 69.

Van Meijel, member of the last victorious Palmer Cup, was in contention last week during the first event of the season. This experience can help him to improve his 4th recorded last week.

« It was really cold this morning but I started really well, I was 4 under through 6 holes. So I thought it would be a pretty low round. Afterward I did not hit that many good shots but that was good enough and the par 5 I birdied.
Tomorrow I am just gonna go play the same I have the last 5 rounds and we will see. It is fun here because there are a lot of players I played with as an amateur and there 3 Dutch guys so it doesn’t really change now that I am professional »

Vacarisas, 18, holed 6 birdies during his round but had some trouble on a couple of holes. He admitted he could feel the pressure of being on top of the leaderboard.

« My day was good but I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the round. But I tried to stay calm and be patient and after 4 holes I started to play my game. I hope I will be able to play the same tomorrow and to hole the putts same as today. There is one round left and if I manage to play my game I have a chance to win. »

Last week winner, France’s Julien Brun is tie for 18th place with -2 total.

16th February 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Brun claims maiden win as pro in Sokhna

France’s Julien Brun claimed maiden win as pro in Egypt. He signed for 69 final round to win by one shot the Ein Bay Open with -13 total. Compatriots Xavier Poncelet and Alex Daydou are ties for second. Brun had already won a pro event as an amateur in 2012 on Challenge Tour in France.

It has been ages since it was so cold and windy in Sokhna. Rain, wind and clouds were on the menu of the final round in Egypt. The joke of the day was that weather was better in Paris or Milan. Julien Brun had a very good start despite the tough conditions.

He holed for birdie on the first hole and gained two other shot on the par 5 7th and the 9th. Meanwhile in the last group, overnight leader Alex Daydou turned 38 after first nine. He admitted he made some mistakes here and there and did not putt as well as the previous two days. He holed for birdie on the last hole to finish second, a one thousand euro putt.

His playing partner rookie Lars Van Meijel played solid and was tie for the lead on the 15th when Brun dropped a shot but the Frenchman took advantage of the last par 5 of the course and holed for birdie on the 17th. Van Meijel dropped a shot there due to a bad tee shot and a 1,5 meter putt missed for par.

In the penultimate group, Xavier Poncelet climbed on the second step of the podium thanks to back to back birdie from the 16th.

Quotes :

Julien Brun

« I started well so it helped to feel more comfortable on the back nine even if i could feel the pressure about a win. I am so happy with this win at the beginning of the season.
I missed a very short putt on the 11th. It kind of knocked me out and I struggled to get back in the pace but what is done is done and I am very satisfied with this win.
I saw the leaderboard on the 15th when I dropped a shot. I realize that there were many guys not so far away and I needed to finish well because they could finish with a hat trick of birdies. I gave myself chances, I had 3 birdies opportunities and I holed one on the 17th.

Alex Daydou

« All in all it was a good though. I played pretty well today compared to the past 2 days but I did not hole as many putts unfortunately but it happens, that is the game. I played par today, a bit disappointed with the way I started the day. It was brutal with the wind and the rain. I did what I could and I made a few mistakes here and there. On the back nine, I played really better and I managed to holed two birdies. »

Xavier Poncelet

« When I woke up this morning I saw it was very windy so I knew it would be tough conditions. I did not look too much at the leaderboard but I saw the one on the 15th and it helped me to play to some nice shots and to finish well.
I am happy because I have been working nicely with my coach -my brother- this winter. We worked less but better I think and I do lots of sports and it seemed to be the right thing. »

From Sokhna Golf Club
Agathe Séron

15th February 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Daydou storms clear in Egypt

France’s Alex Daydou fired back-to-back 66, -12 total to take late two shot lead at Ain Bay Open over fellow countrymen France’s Julien Brun, Léo Lespinasse and Dutch Lars Van Meijel.

It was a fresh and windy day on the banks of the Red Sea. Those who played early in the morning could have taken advantage of quitter conditions but none of them shot low and the surprise came at the end of the afternoon with the 20 year old player from Reunion island.

« It was so weird, I felt not comfortable at all with my driver but under 120 meters and on greens it was like I could not miss anything. But reference to the score, it was a very good day and I am just enjoying it. I had a very solid finish. On 16th, I hit a 5 iron from the tee, and holed 5 meters downhill.

On the par 5 17th, for once, I hit a good tee shot but I miss the green on the left, in the bunker. I made a poor bunker shot but again, I holed about 5 meters. And on the 18th, I played this hole safe with a 5 iron from the tee and hit my wedge 3 meters from the pin and holed it again.
When I read the green I chose a line and when I took my stance I was saying to myself – no, it is not going this way – I changed and put as I felt and it fell, Incredible! »

The young Frenchman will played in the last group in the hunt for a maiden win as pro with rookie from Netherlands, Lars Van Meijel. He turned pro last November.

« I had a bad start. I wanted to take advantage of the lack of wind early in the morning but I was over par after 6 holes. Then eventually, it went better. But today, pins positions were harder than yesterday and I am happy with my score. »

From Sokhna Golf Club
Agathe Séron

14th February 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Brun set the pace in Ain Bay Open with opening 64

France’s Julien Brun set the pace in Ain Bay Open with a eight under par card. He scored a flawless 64 on Sokhna course BC, one shot clear over a group of 3 players, Dutch Lars Van Meijel and France’s Léo Lespinasse and Charly Russo.

Fair conditions this morning for the leader as the wind only picked up during a couple of hours during lunch time. Julien Brun, one of the new French talent, had a brilliant day.

« Really nice to start the season like this. I struggled a bit on back nine but I putted very well so it helped. Everything went right today and my putting was excellent. The course is fair, open, there are many wedge shots to the green. Greens are in excellent shape and I knew I had to go the lowest I can and I managed to do this today.

The key today was the putting, I holed some crucial ones on back nine to stay in the pace. I saved pars and holed long ones for birdies. We had good conditions playing in the morning with non wind but I really like to play in the wind so I am looking forward to play tomorrow. The course will be very funny to play in the wind. »

Eventually the afternoon was quite calm as far as weather was concerned but it was pretty hot on the 7th. France’s Léo Lespinasse holed his first Albatross ever. After nice tee shot, he hit a 5 iron, straight in line and it was rolling on the green, he playing partner, Antoine Rozner shout « Get in ! »

« We saw the ball rolled and then it stopped and we could still see it so I thought I missed it, again. Yes again because, I was close a couple of time to hole for an albatross. We were chatting with my partners then, after a few seconds, we looked at the green and did not see it. A referee was at the green and told us that the ball stayed a few second by the stick and then eventually fell in the hole.
I did not jump nor shout and I managed to stay focus until the end. I holed nice putts and I did some mistakes too but it was a nice day. »

Same score for Netherlands’ Lars Van Meijel, 22, with 8 birdies and one bogey. He turned pro last November, was a member of the winning team in the last Palmer Cup and decided to come and play on Alps Tour because he ”likes France and Italy”.

« I played well, I dropped a shot on the third hole but yes but in general, good wedge shots, I hit the fairways. It was really windy during the practice round and I knew the guys on Pro Golf Tour a couple weeks ago shot really low and I couldn’t see scores like this with the wind but today, the wind went down a little bit. »

From Sokhna Golf Club
Agathe Séron

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