Round 1 co-leader at the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar, Finland's Eemil Alajarvi.  Photo Credits: Alps Tour Golf/ Federico Capretti 
29th May 2024 | Alps Tour Golf

Two players are tied for the lead after Round 1 at the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar.

Roquetas de Mar, May 29th, 2024 – After the first round of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar, we have a very tight leaderboard. Co-leading at 5 under-par Finland’s Eemil Alajarvi and Ireland’s Paul McBride. There is a 4-way tie for 3rdplace at 4 under-par.

The first round of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar, a new tournament in the Alps Tour 2024 schedule, which is being held at Club de Golf Playa Serena in Almería, Spain, began this morning from Holes 1 and 10 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Players were able to compete in perfect weather conditions as it was a sunny day with light winds and a temperature around 25 °C. This allowed the players in the field to take advantage of optimal scoring opportunities.

Round 1 Player Quotes 

Eemil Alajarvi, 24, from Finland, co-leads after round 1 of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar with a first-round score of 5 under-par, 65. He has earned numerous top-10 finishes since he began playing on the Alps Tour but is now looking to break through and earn his first win. His best finish was a 2nd place at the 2022 Aravell Golf Open. During today’s round, Alajarvi made a total of 6 birdies and 1 bogey. After his round, Alajarvi commented on how: “It feels good to play well on the first tournament day, but tomorrow is a new day, so I have to be ready tomorrow as well.”  He added that he found: “The course is in very good condition. I played here last year on the Challenge Tour, and then there were some problems with the greens, but now those are now perfect. It plays a bit easier than last year because there is not so deep rough now than last year. On this golf course, there are a couple of difficult holes, but otherwise, the course is quite simple, so I think that the winning score will be in accordance with it.”

Ireland’s Paul McBride, 28, finds himself in the lead alongside Alajarvi after round 1 of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar. During today’s opening round, he shot a 5 under-par, 65 with 4 birdies and 2 bogeys on the front nine and 3 birdies on the back nine to end his round. He has earned numerous top 5 finishes since he began playing on the Alps TourMcBride’s best finish so far this season is an 18th place at the 2024 Gösser Open. After his round, McBride was extremely satisfied with the day, “I played very well today. Hit the ball very well which is key around this course, I think. I found this course feels longer than courses we’ve played in recent weeks. I think driving is important this week as you can give yourself a lot of good opportunities from the fairway.” He added that he found that: “playing this morning was good but the weather is the same tomorrow so it will probably even itself out.”When asked about the potential winning score on Friday, McBride commented: “I’m not sure what the winning score will be. It is so difficult to tell as the weather on Friday looks very windy. We will see what happens.”

Round 1 co-leader at the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar, Paul McBride from Ireland.  Photo Credits: Alps Tour Golf/ Federico Capretti

In a 4-way tie for 3rd place with a 1st round score of 4 under-par, there is: Brandon Kewalramani from the United States of America, Spain’s Marcos Pastor, who currently holds the course record at Club de Golf Playa Serena with a 64 back in 2013 when his fellow countryman Pol Bech won the Alps Tour event which took place, Italy’s Mattia Comotti and England’s Harry Goddard.

This week’s competitors are battling for an overall prize fund of €40,000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The Winner of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar will earn €5,800.00 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

A cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 40 players and ties. In case of a tie after 54 holes, a sudden-death play-off will determine the Winner of the 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar. 

Tournament Promoter

The 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar is promoted and organized by JGolf.

The 2024 Alps de Roquetas de Mar can count on the support of the joint collaboration between the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. It also has the support of the City Council of Roquetas de Mar, the Andalusian Government, the Consejo Superior de Deportes and Kyocera.


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