27th March 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Sweet winning feeling for Nemecz

Austrian Lukas Nemecz, 29, is the third winner of the 2019 Alps Tour season after catching the biggest prize in the Dreamland Pyramids Open, the first of the three tournaments of the “Second Swing” of the Egypt Winter Series hosted by three different venues in Cairo.

Nemecz was already leading yesterday on Dreamland GC with a three strokes margin, and he kept the same advantage today finishing on 204 (-12) with a final round in 70 (-2), three strokes clear of Italian Edoardo Lipparelli, 22, author of a great comeback from 10th position with a bogeyfree 66 (-6). In third position, on -8, his fellow compatriot Lorenzo Scalise, 23 (a 66 on last round for him, too) tied with brilliant French amateur Thomas Le Berre, 23, and Englishman James Sharp, 27, who dropped one position compared to the previous day with a 71 (-1).

«I’ve not been playing as good as the previous two days» said Nemecz, from Graz, winner of Gosser Open in 2017, «I did not hit as many fairways, but I’ve putted well – the greens are very difficult here! – and that kept me in the game. I remained very patient although in the end it was pretty close – on the 15th tee I was only one stroke clear of Lipparelli – but then I had two birdies on 15 and 16, so the gap was more comfortable».

«I think the key was actually the big move I made yesterday, a three strokes margin of course made it easier. Last year I was struggling with my putting, I’ve done a lot of work in the winter with my coach and it is really great that it has paid off already. Obviously I’m very very happy, also because now I’ve reached my younger brother Tobias (who had 2 wins on Alps Tour in 2014, ed.)!».

Nemecz is now leading the 2019 Order of Merit with 9.541 points after three tournaments, followed by rookie Frenchman Frederic Lacroix (winner of the first tournament of the season, Ein Bay Open, and 25th at Dreamland) with 7.092 points.

The Alps Tour will resume in just three days with the New Giza Open on a different venue, spectacular New Giza Golf Club.


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26th March 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Nemecz back to old form, leads by three

A familiar name is sitting on top of the leaderboard, after the second round of the Dreamland Pyramids Open hosted by Dreamland Golf Club, in Cairo. Austrian Lukas Nemecz, 29, is doing very well in Egypt and on the tour where his career started, in 2013: he has added a spotless 66 (-6, with four birdies and one eagle) to the 68 he scored yesterday and, with a total of -10, has a comfortable three-strokes advantage over Englishman James Sharp, 27, winner of Cervino Open in 2017, and Argentinian Leandro Marelli, 27, member of the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica and looking for some experience in our Continent.

Nemecz has spent the last few years on the European and Challenge Tours with some mixed results, and is motivated to climb the Alps Tour ranking again to go back to the « First Division » having accumulated more experience: in the First Swing of the Winter Series last February, in Sokhna, he already recorded a 7th and a 6th place, so the premises are all there.

“It was a perfect day, really”, said Nemecz, who lives in Graz and is attached to Murhof Golf Club, “no bogeys and a nice eagle on hole n. 2 (his 11th), a par 5. I was probably helped by playing in the morning, with less wind. I already knew this course – and I like it! – because I had played this tournament back in 2015, when I had a top-ten finish”.

The cut fell on level par, leaving 43 players in contention (three amateurs among them) and fighting for the 40,000 euros prize money at stake.

The venue

The Dreamland Golf Course is a world class facility located just a few minutes away from the Great Pyramids. The layout of the course was designed by the world renowned architect, Karl Litten and in 2010 the course was redesigned by popular Irish architect David Jones. At present it consists of 36 beautifully manicured challenging holes. The Championship Course in total measures an impressive 7,205 yards that can be played from five sets of tees, as well as a floodlit driving range. http://dreamlandgolf.com/

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21st May 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Gösser Open launches Alps Tour’s busy season

Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour head to Austria this week for the 26th edition of the Gösser Open, the oldest tournament on the Alps Tour circuit which was created in 2001.
144 players are scheduled to gather at the Golf Club Erzherzog Johann at the foot of the Stubalpe mountain in bucolic Maria Lakowitz May 24th through May 26th.
«  Players are always looking forward to participating in the Gösser Open tournament administrator Alessandro Pia said. “ The clubhouse is very cozy, it is very quite, we’re surrounded by mountains, everyone loves travelling there” Pia added.
«  It is a pleasant course to play. It seems simple to play but you can quickly get caught » Frenchman Alexandre Daydou said.  
The €42,500 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 title day of the tournament. 
Spain’s David Borda, leader of the Alps Tour’s Order of Merit, is due to take part in this year’s edition. 
Defending champion Lukas Nemecz (Aut), past winners Thomas Elissalde (Fra, 2014) and Brendan Mc Carroll (Irl, 2012-2013) who received a wild-card from the promoter are also expected to play this year in Maria Lankowitz. 
Although Nemecz’s focus this season is on the European Challenge Tour, which is a step above the Alps Tour, the participation of the 28-year-old Graz resident in the tournament was never in question.
« My success in the tournament last year was the initial spark for a really good season » Nemecz said. « Of course, it would be awesome if I could win my home tournament again this year. It will not be easy, as the level on the Alps Tour gets better year after year. But I’m in good shape and I’m confident » said Nemecz, who recently tied for 14th place at the Challenge Tour event in Portugal.
The Gösser Open is launching a busy period for Alps Tour players with almost a tournament every week until the end of July.
The 26-year sponsorship engagement of Austrian brewery Gösser in the tournament is unique in the Austrian sports scene. « Like the Gösser brand, the Gösser Open stands for great tradition and top quality » Gösser Sales Director Ronald Zentner said. 
The Golf Club Erzherzog Johann features a 18 holes, par 72 Championship Golf Course with a total length of 5 967 meters. 

8th September 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Nemecz and Borda took half way lead in France

Spain’s David Borda and Austrias’ Lukas Nemecz (pict TvSportsEvents) share the lead of Citadelle Trophy-Preisch heading to the week-end. They both reach -9. Nemecz signed for the score of the day 67 and Borda fired 68.

« It was really really tough today, said Nemecz. We had perfect conditions yesterday but today we had lots of wind and some rain during the round. It was a big fight today and I managed to keep my score together and I am very happy with the result.
During the first part of the season I had one win and now I am in the top 5 of the ranking which is the goal at the end of the season. Still many tournaments to be played and of course Citadelle Trophy-Preisch is a big tournament so it would be important to make a good result to stay in the top 5. »

A group of 3 Frenchmen are only one shot back, amateur Edgar Catherine, overnight leader JB Gonnet and rookie on Alps Tour Antoine Rozner.

The cut felt at +1 including two more amateurs : Alps Tour winner Spain’s Adria Arnaus and young Frenchman Gregory Luck.

27th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Coussaud wins battle of nerves in Paris

France’s Ugo Coussaud defeated Spain’s amateur Adri Arnaus after 5th extra hole and grabbed his maiden win as a pro. He started the day 9 shots back of the lead, produced the best score of the day 66 and eventually after more than an hour of play-off, lifted the trophy of inaugural Golf Open Clément Ader.

It was a tough day for the overnight leader. Young amateur from Spain could not do better today than 74 and holed for a birdie to gt into a play-off. On the other hand, Ugo Coussaud kept on surfing on his good form – he finished second last week- and signed for stunning 66.

«  I did not expect this win this morning. I was 9 shots back. But I started well but I knew I had to go low if I wanted to get closer to the podium. During the play-off it was really difficult as the 8th is a short par 4 but not so easy to make a birdie and on the 18th Adria made a mistake ending in the water so I took advantage of it. My golf now is to win the Alps Tour Ranking. »

The third player on the podium is last week winner, Austria’s Lukas Nemecz. Thanks to back to back good results, he enters Alps Tour ranking top 3. Coussaud is the new leader is second. Former leader Lars Van Meijel slept the fourth place and Julien Brun is 5th.

26th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Arnaus on a highway to maiden win in France

Spain’s Adria Arnaus dug his advantage thanks to 69 second card for -9 total. He will have a huge margin of 6 shots heading to final day and trying to get his maiden win. His challengers are two former Alps Tour winners, Belgium’s Kevin Hesbois and last week winner, Austria’s Lukas Nemecz, former European Tour player.

The young amateur from Spain kept the rhythm during second round in Paris. He managed to tame the tricky course of Clément Ader Golf Club. Only three players in the total field shot under par back to back, the leader 66-69, Lukas Nemecz 70-71 and Thomas Grava from France 71-71.

The cut is fixed at +5, five shots higher than the average on the Alps Tour.

Arnaus said he kept the same strategy to play the course.

“Same as yesterday, I did my best to keep the ball in play. On this course, it is really important to hit the fairways, then the greens to have chance to roll some putts. I managed to hit 9 greens on the front which gave me a lot of opportunities. And then on the back, I missed a couple greens but I had some good ups and downs.
Obviously, I took some experience 3 weeks back in Madrid when I was in the group behind the leading group and that was a really cool experience. What I will take is just to play my game. Basically my game plan won’t change for tomorrow.”

22nd May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Inaugural Clément Ader Open to make history again

The Alps Tour is very pleased to be in France for the first time this season for inaugural Clément Ader Open. Owned by Ireland’s Tom O’Driscoll, the golf course has a great history to share.

Clément Ader (2 April 1841 – 3 May 1925) was a French inventor and engineer who was born in Muret , Haute Garonne (a distant suburb of Toulouse), and died in Toulouse. He is remembered primarily for his pioneering work in Aviation .

Using the studies of Louis Pierre Mouillard (1834–1897) on the flight of birds, he constructed his first flying machine in 1886, the Éole. It was a bat-like design run by a lightweight steam engine of his own invention, with 4 cylinders developing 20 horsepower (15 kW), driving a four-blade propeller. The engine weighed no more than 4 kg/kW (7 pounds per horsepower). The wings had a span of 14 m (46 ft). All-up weight was 300 kg (650 lb). On 9 October 1890 Ader attempted to fly the Éole. Aviation historians give credit to this effort as a powered take off and uncontrolled hop of approximately 50 m (160 ft) at a height of approximately 20 cm, (8 in).Ader also claimed credit for getting off the ground in the Éole.

This first flight happened on the first fairway of the 18 hole championship course. One of the most difficult in France, Rating Slope 139 SSS 73,2, the 6069 meter golf course will be a true challenge for Alps Tour players.

Last week winner, Lukas Nemecz and current Alps Tour leader Lars Van Meijel are obviously in the mood for a great week.

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20th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Lukas Nemecz seals maiden win in Gösser Open

Austria’s Lukas Nemecz won the 25th Gösser Open on home soil. With final round 68 for -15 total, completed the 54 hole tournament with a 2 shot lead over France’s rookie Ugo Coussaud.

« Emotionally it is just really awesome. Winning a home tournament, it was great fun. It was a great week because I started shooting 64 on the first day and from that day I never left the lead. It makes a lot of fun, it was really thrilling at the end, I knew that some guys were coming close. I had a very good season on the Alps Tour in 2013 when I managed to go out for the Challenge Tour, I had a lot of top 5 and two or three runner up but I never won. The following year my brother won twice including the Gösser Open, and he is my younger brother so it is nice to at least win once, I am only one short of him now!
I manage though to stay very calm, for the last shot, it was windy and I could have been easily too long with the adrenaline as well. I had 127 meters which is normally perfect for a wedge but I hit a full sand wedge. I am very glad I made a very good shot. A bogey was a win too but it is nice finish this way.
I will now have a few Gösser ! »

Should Nemecz decides to take his Alps Tour membership he would jump the the third place of the ranking still hold by Lars Van Meijel.

19th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

JB Gonnet and Lukas Nemecz set for duel in Gösser Open

It is a tie for the lead at -11 heading to the last day of the 25th Gösser Open played in GC Erzherzog Johann. Former European Tour players, France’s JB Gonnet and Austria’s Lukas Nemecz signed for respectively 68 and 69 to lead by one shot over Molteni and Perrot.

It was a hot day in Maria Lankovitz, 27°C but light wind helped to refresh the air. The target was set at the club house in the morning by Italy’s Gregori Molteni and France’s Thomas Perrot with -10 total.

Both player scored flawless card. But the overnight leader and his challenger, playing in the same group, did one shot better.

« I made a bogey on the first hole but it was kind of irrelevant because I missed a small putt because I just did not concentrate so I told myself, OK focus! It was not bad it was just stupid. I played solid but I did not roll many putts but luckily at the end I holed a few. It was tough because the greens are slower in the afternoon, more grainy so I could not get the speed today.
I am looking forward for tomorrow. Winning tomorrow would be very important because at the end of the day it is all about getting more confidence. It would give a lot because it is a tournament at home and there is more pressure to handle. Emotionally it is special to play here. »

It is about regain confidence as well for Gonnet who has been playing on main tour for 7 seasons and lost his privileges end of 2013.

« I am very happy with my 2 rounds without bogeys but believe me today I made some mistakes but I managed to save pars. It was hot, I was a bit tired or something because I was less efficient at the end of the round.
A win is a win, even on a smaller circuit, it would give confidence and obviously it would be great but the main goal is to play well and to improve my game for the future. »

18th May 2017 | Alps Tour Golf

Lukas Nemecz signed for 64 in his garden

Austria’s Lukas Nemecz signed for best score of the day with 64, 8 under par card to lead by one the 25th Gösser Open. Almost in his own garden, the young local talent used perfectly his experience made last Year On European Tour to tame one of his favorite course. The weather was dry and hot for the season.

The two fellows he was playing with played almost as well with JB Gonnet shot 65 and Florian Fritsch 69. France’s Thomas Perrot is third on the provisional podium with 66, 6 under par card.

« First of all it was a nice group to play with. Florian is a good friend of mine and JB I’ve know him for many years on the Challenge Tour, he is a good player and I always liked him. It was a great day for us. All of us were bogey free until Florian made one on the 17th.

I am very solid with my game. I played very solid and I had lots of medium distance to the pin as about 4 meters but I mad also.

I started with a 64 in this tournament a few years ago and I had put for birdie and 63 on the 18th to go for the course record. I am of course way more experienced after my year on European Tour last year. I learn so much and it is great to come back to play a tournament at home. I like this place and the Alps Tour always run great competition. On this course you need to be so patient, because it makes you believe that each hole is a birdie opportunity but obviously not because greens are not so easy to read and you have to stay patient. »

France’s JB Gonnet did enjoy as well the draw of the first two days. The former European Tour player aims to play as well as possible on Alps Tour to be ready for Q-School at the end of the year.

« Before playing, when I saw the draw I was very pleased. It is very kind to have put us together. I have been knowing Lukas and Florian for a while. It was great today as we had a race between us on top. Lukas played perfectly and I was not too bad too. We made lots of birdies.

It can be a tricky course because you first think that each hole is a birdie opportunity but the greens with the grain are so tough to read that you can get frustrated to miss. You have to be patient because you could be at level par or -1 and playing really well though. So you can loose your temper. »

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