15th June 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Vince Van Veen moves into the lead after Round 2 in France.

Metz, June 15th, 2024- After two rounds at the 21st Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or, we have a close leaderboard. Netherland’s Vince Van Veen moves into the lead with a two-day total of 8 under-par. In a three-way tie for 2nd place at 6 under-par: French amateur Nathan LegendreThéo Boulet, and Austria’s Maximilian Steinlechner.

It was a beautiful sunny day with some moderate wind gusts and a temperature that reached 19° Celsius that welcomed the players Golf Domaine de la Grange Aux Ormes near Metz, France, for the 2nd round of the 21st edition of the Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or.  Play began at 7:30 a.m. local time from the 1st and 10th hole.

This is the 21st edition of the tournament, and it has been part of the Alps Tour schedule since 2005.

Round 2 Player Quotes

Netherland’s Vince Van Veen, 27, is in the lead after two rounds at the 2024 Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or. He was in a two-way tie for 2nd place after yesterday’s round 1, and today he shot a 3 under-par, 67 with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys to move into the lead with a two-day total of 8 under-par. Van Veen won the 2022 Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera title and is now looking to earn his 2nd title on the Alps Tour. His most recent best finish occurred at the 2024 Lacanau Alps Open, where he concluded the tournament tied for 3rd place. He has some luck here at Domaine de la Grange aux Ormes as he made a hole-in-one back in 2019 and made another hole-in-one during yesterday’s round 1.  After 3 under-par round, Van Veen commented: I played solid today, I must say that I hit some better shots in the wind compared to what I was able to do yesterday. The conditions were tougher today, as the wind got stronger, and it was gusty at times. So, I hit 2 more shots compared to yesterday, but honestly, it felt like a better round to me.” For tomorrow’s final round, he doesn’t “foresee any big changes to his game plan as the forecast should be similar to what we’ve experienced. To be honest, it’s tough to predict a winning score as the wind has blown firmly, but I would say around 14 or 15 under-par.” Van Veen is already: “proud of myself, so winning tomorrow would just give me a trophy to take home, but I am very proud of my game and the work I’ve put in.” 

French amateur, Nathan Legendre, 22, moves into a 3-way tie for 2nd place after round 2 of the 2024 Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or. He was tied for 26th place at even par after the first round of the tournament but shot a great 6 under-par, 64 with 1 eagle, 6 birdies. and 2 bogeys to move into the 3-way tie for 2nd place with a two-day total of 6 under-par.

The winner of the 2024 Gösser Open, Austria’s Maximilian Steinlechner, 24, concludes his round 2 of the 2024 Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or in a 3-way tie for 2nd place with a total score of 6 under-par. He shot a 2nd round score of 2 under-par, 68 with 1 birdie and 2 bogeys on the front nine holes, and then once he made the turn, he made 5 more birdies and 1 double bogey to end his round.  After his 2nd round, Steinlechner commented that: “the conditions were difficult today with the strong and gusty winds this morning. I feel like I managed the challenges the round put in front of me fairly well, so I’m overall satisfied.” He added that he found that here at Domaine de la Grange aux Ormes“there is pretty much on every hole high rough which essentially plays like out of bounds to the left and right. So even though it might not be a long course, being aggressive off the tee can quickly backfire, especially with the wind we are having.” Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final round, where he has a chance to earn his 2nd trophy of the season, Steinlechnerexplained: “?it would be awesome, but there is some golf left to be played and anyone who has played golf knows what can happen. I like the position I’m in, though.” 

Alongside Legendre and Steinlechner with a two-day total of 6 under-par, there is France’s Théo Boulet, 21. He shot a bogey-free, 7 under-par, 63 with 2 birdies on the front nine holes and 5 birdies on the back nine holes. After his bogey-free round, Boulet was extremely pleased: “It was a very good day, I played well on a really difficult day with the wind gusts on a demanding course. My putting was good I made a lot of putts, putts to save par too, that’s what helped me the most today.” Tomorrow, Boulet has a chance to earn his first Alps Tour title, “I’m going to stay focused on my game plan, I’m not going to change much. Obviously, depending on the weather conditions, but I’m going to stay focused and give it my all from holes 1 to 18. It would be incredible to win my first tournament especially this week in France, but I don’t want to think about it, I want to stay focused on my game and be in the present.”

Final Round

A total of 58 players made the cut which was set at +2 (138).

The Final Round of the 2024 Open International de La Mirabelle d’Or will begin at 9:11 a.m. local time from the 1st and 10th hole.  The Final Pairing will tee off at 10:50 a.m. local time from the 1st hole. In case of a tie after 54 holes, a sudden-death play-off will determine the winner.

The 2024 Open International de La Mirabelle d’Or winner will walk away with €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Tournament Promoter

The tournament 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 EstDépartement de la MoselleVille de MarlyInspire Metz, and Fédération Française de Golf.

The Private Partners at this event are: Crédit AgricoleMercedes KroelyDemathieu & Bard, Centre Porsche Lorraine and Opéra Théâtre.

The tournament’s Official Suppliers are: Eurogolf LuxembourgLemoyHeinekenChâteau Sainte-MargueriteCristian SenezAgence Grand AngleEvianPernod RicardFrance BoissonMetroFayard and Cafés Richard.

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18th May 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Maximilian Steinlechner wins the 32nd edition of the Gösser Open.  

Maria Lankowitz, May 18th, 2024- After 1 hole of a sudden-death playoff, Austria’s Maximilian Steinlechner wins the 2024 Gösser Open with a par on the 1st playoff hole. Steinlechner, alongside Spain’s Asier Aguirre Izcue, concluded their final round at Golf Club Erzherzog Johann tied for the lead and, therefore, took part in a 2-way sudden-death playoff thanks to their final score of 17 under-par. In 3rd place at 15 under-par Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto.

Round 2 of the 2024 Gösser Open, which was suspended last night for darkness at 8:23 p.m., resumed this morning at 7:00 a.m. local time. Only a few groups needed to conclude their round. Once round 2 was completed, 49 players (43 professionals and 6 amateurs) made the cut, which was set at -3 (141).

The 2024 Gösser Open’s final round, played at the beautiful Golf Club Erzherzog Johann in Maria Lankowitz, Austria, began at 9:00 a.m. local time. Players teed off from the 1st and 10th holes. The final pairing teed off from hole 1 at 10:28 a.m. local time. After a lot of rain over the last few days, players competed during today’s final round under sunny blue skies and a warm temperature.

The Gösser Open is the oldest and one of the most important tournaments on the Alps Tour schedule. This year, we celebrated its 32nd edition.

Final Round Player Quotes

Austria’s Maximilian Steinlechner, 24, wins the 2024 Gösser Open after making a par on the 1st playoff hole against Spain’s Asier Aguirre Izcue. He earned the winner’s check of €5,800.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points. He followed his opening round of 5 under-par, with a 4 under-par in round two and an amazing 8 under-par to end the tournament at 17 under-par. Steinlechner mainly plays on the Challenge Tour, but nonetheless, he was very excited to be able to compete this week in his home country. After his win, he was very pleased as this was his first win in his home country: “So starting the third round, I knew the winning score was going to be low as the weather forecast was good. The few more putts that dropped today made the difference between me shooting 64 today and the first two rounds. In the playoff, I did the exact same thing as I did in regulation. Played my game and followed my strategy and got lucky that my opponent made a bogey while I made a solid par. It feels great to have my first win here in Austria, it’s great. I’m going to go enjoy it.” 

Brandon Kewalramani, 25, from the United States, concludes the 2024 Gösser Open tied for 18th place with a three-day score of 9 under par. However, he won the 2024 Austrian International Par 3 Championships which took place on May 14th at Golf Club Graz-Andritz St. Gotthard, which is still owned by the Murhof Gruppe, this week’s promoter. After he concluded the tournament, he commented: “I had a fabulous time playing at the 2024 Austrian International Par 3 Championships at the beginning of the week. It was run very well, and the course was in excellent shape, and I really think it got my game in a good spot for this week’s tournament. It was a challenge as there weren’t only short shots but also 130/140-meter shots.”  Kewalramani added that being from: “the United States in California, I have to say I love playing in Europe, I love traveling in Europe and I must say the Alps Tour is a great tour, it’s run incredibly well, and I love the level of competition we have each week. You must play really well all three days to have any chance of being in contention. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks in France and Spain and the rest of the year.” 

After the sixth event of the season, the Alps Tour Order of Merit rank has Edoardo R. Lipparelli in the lead with 14,715.00 points. Aymeric Laussot stays in 2nd place with 12,001.50 points, and Enrico Di Nitto moves into 3rd place with 11,840.25.

 Final Round

Maximilian Steinlechner winner of the 2024 Gösser Open, earned the winner’s check of €5,800.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

The next event on the schedule is set for next week, from May 23rd to 25th in France. Players will be heading to UGolf Lacanau in Nouvelle Aquitaine, France as they will compete in the 2024 Lacanau Alps Open.

Tournament Promoter

Murhof Gruppe promotes the sixth event of the 2024 season. The Murhof Gruppe owns more than 25 golf courses throughout Austria, including this week’s venue.

This week’s main sponsor is Gösser Beer. The main tournament partners are: Steiermark Tourismus and Region Graz. The Pro-Am Partners are: GösserSteiermärkische Sparkasse and Antenne Steiermark. The Federations that support the event are: Österreichischer Golfverband – ÖGV and Steirischer Golfverband (StGV) and the media partners are: Kleine Zeitung and GEPA Pictures.

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