Welcome to Rome, host of the 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage!
Rome, November 13th, 2023 – The final hunt to capture a 2024 Alps Tour playing category gets underway on Wednesday when the 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage begins. It is a very anticipated week for the competitors as they will battle it out in Northern Rome, Italy, from November 15th– 17th to earn their 2024 Alps Tour card.
A full field of 156 players representing 17 different nations, will be competing at this year’s 54 holes Final Stage. 79 players were already exempt into the field, while the remaining 77 players qualified through the three Stage 1 events that were held last week at Miglianico G.C., Terre dei Consoli G.C., and G.C. Le Fonti.
The exempt players from the 1st stage and automatically eligible to participate in the Final Stage are: all of the players ranked in the 2023 Alps Tour Order of Merit who weren’t in the field at the 2023 Alps Tour Grand Final presented by AURALIS, all of the past winners of the Alps Tour Order of Merit, the winners of the past three editions of the Alps Tour Qualifying School, the leading 10 European Amateur players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of October 17th and players who competed at the 2023 World Amateur Team Championship and/or the 2023 European Boys/Men Team Championshipsand/or the 2023 Walker Cup.
For the first two rounds, the 156 competitors will be alternating between Golf Nazionale and Olgiata Golf Club. The final round will be played at Golf Nazionale.
The format of the tournament is a 54-holes stroke play, 18 holes a day. After 36 holes, a cut will be made to the top 65 players and ties who will compete in the final round.
At the conclusion of the 54 holes, the top 35 players and ties ranked according to score, will be eligible to receive Category 6 membership for the 2024 Alps Tour Season.
The remainder of the players who made the cut, and finished between the 36th and 65th position will be eligible to receive Category 8 membership for next year’s season. The remaining players who conclude the tournament between the 66th and 156th position will be eligible for membership in Category 9 for the 2024 Alps Tour Season.
The most recent winner of the Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage tournament is Netherland’s Lars Van der Vight, who won the event last year with a three-day score of 11 under-par.
Olgiata Golf Club is the first venue that will host this week’s 2023 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. It is home to 27 holes of golf: the West Course and the East Course. This week the players will be competing on the West Course, which is a 6547-meters, par 73 golf course. It was inaugurated in 1961 and designed by British Architect, C.Kenneth Cotton. The West Course is the older of the two and is an 18-hole course. Prestigious events like the Italian Open have been played numerous times on this course. This is the second time that an Alps Tour event will be played on the West Course. In 2012, it was completely redesigned by American Architect Jim Fazio to adapt it to new requirements. The current course record for the “West Course” is held by Ian Poulter and Angel Cabrera with a score of 11 under-par (61). Both players achieved the course record during the 2002 Italian Open.
Golf Nazionale, the second venue that is hosting this week’s 2023 Alps Tour Q-School Final Stage, is a 6482 meters par 72 course. It is considered one of the toughest and most challenging golf courses in Italy, as well as being recognized as one of the toughest courses in Europe. It was designed by George and Jim Fazio, and David Mezzacane, and has hosted numerous prestigious events over the years, including the 1991 World Cup and most recently the 2023 Junior Ryder Cup. Golf Nazionale is set in the natural landscape of upper Lazio with dense forests full of ancient oaks. It is a very technical but fun golf course for all types of players.
The Alps Tour wishes all of the competing #risinggolfstars a successful week!
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