30th April 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Lukas Nemezc one clear at Gösser Open
Austrian amateur Lukas Nemecz took a one stroke advantage ahead of pros at Gösser Open. The 20 year old young gun had to struggle with a poor driving but knew the course so well that his recoveries and putts made the score: 64, 8 under par.
“I have played many amateur events on this course and honestly today, 95% of the score was my short game. It is nice to be at this level. I intend to turn pro but I don’t know when. Maybe at the end of the year.”
The weather was perfect at Maria Lankowitz for this first round, no wind and more than 27° under the sun. The best scores mainly came from the morning session but as an exception, English Matthew Cryer shot 65, one stroke behind the leader, in the afternoon. He was -9 with 2 holes to play and then missed the first step of the provisional podium:
“I dropped two shots on the last two holes, what a poor finish ! But whatever, I am happy, I played very solid. I am not so used to put on greens with grain but I managed to adapt the pace quite well.” Cryer won in Italy last year and started 2010 with excellent results.
Fellow rookie English Farren Keenan, 25 year old, signed for a very solid 66 and did not drop any shot. He confessed that it took him some time to enter the season.
“I had a one month break during Christmas which normally I never had. The winter was very hard this year in England, we had snow. Then it took me a while to feel good with my game again and it is OK now.”
Keenan turned pro end of 2009. His nicest result last year was to win at the Berkshire Trophy as defending champion.
Tie at third position, 21 year old Italian Nunzio Lombardi, who has just turned pro. He only hit 10 greens but holed 25 putts and obviously confirmed that golf is not “how” but “how much”…
The leader of the Order of Merit, Matteo Delpodio shot 68 with a perfect game on the first nine and then some frustration not to hole more putts to be higher on the leader board at the end of his round.
The projected cut is -2 and the weather forecast is very good for tomorrow as well.
At Maria Lankowitz
26th April 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
First stop in Austria
The Gösser Open is celebrating its 18th birthday and the famous brewery has been faithfull for all this time. It is the only tournament to be in the Alps Tour schedule since 2001. Maria Lankowitz Golf Club is the host of this great event for 10 years now.
Austrian Challenge Tour player Martin Wiegele, local hero in Styria, will be part of the field this week. Young guns such as amateur Lukas Nemecz or his younger brother Tobias will try to challenge their eldest.
From 30th of April to 2nd of May 2010.
17th April 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Russel king of Spain
Scot Raymond Russel win The Peugeot Open de Emporda with a total of -11, 2 strokes ahead of Spanish Carlos Del Moral, Javier Guzman and Italian Matteo Delpodio.
The day started very bad for Russel. He dropped 5 shot in 3 holes and at this moment of the day, many Spanish players were in good position to catch the trophy.
“To be honest, it was a tough day. I made a very poor start despite my birdy on the first hole. What happened next was so awful. Then I told to myself, – take it the same as on the first days- then I holed a few birdies then I have to wait until the 17th to breath again and drive to win on the last hole. I have had good memories in Spain even more now”.
Delpodio, winner in Valencia, did a very nice finish and his second position increase his advantage on the top of the order of merit.
“I am happy with the way I played but I had 3 putts on 11th and 13th so I could not win with this mistakes. I love to play in Spain, Peugeot Tour is great and you can only ply well if you are in good conditions. I am looking forward to playing the next tournament, I think this season is going to be interesting for me.”
16th April 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Scot Russel half way advantage
Scottish Raymond Russel did better today than all young guns. The 37 year old former European tour player shot a great 64 today to take a easy lead of 3 strokes over a group of 5 players. He didn’t make any mistake and holed 7 birdies.
Russel who has been playing for 10 years on Tour is one of the most titled player in the field this week. He won on European Tour in 1996 in France, the Cannes Open and finished 4th at the Open in 1998 at Royal Birkdale.
“It was a great start, quite windy but I managed to keep the ball in play, made 2 or 3 good saves at the middle of the round, and I’m happy. Today I holed a few more putts than yesterday.
Now I’m playing on both Challenge Tour and Alps Tour and my goal is to go back to main tour next year. I have played many European Tour tournaments in Spain and I love to come over here, I have great memories, especially from this area that I know very well because I played the Tour School here.”
After 2 rounds in Emporda, Russel can see in rear view mirror 5 players in pursuit of him : Spanish Jesus Legarrea, Wavier Guzman abd Daniel Alonso, English Matthew Cryer and Austrian Hurgen Maurer.
The cut is fixed at -1, 46 players got the right to play this week end including Spanish amateur Ivan Arquillo.
15th April 2010 | Alps Tour Golf
Parron to lead at Emporda
Juan Parron loves to play in Spain. His last win was on Challenge Tour in 2006, the Mahou Open de Madrid.
Today, former European tour player took the lead of the Peugeot Open de Emporda after first round. He signed for a 64, minus 7.
“ I played incredible, hit 18 greens, I only made 2 mistakes on greens, 2 times 3 putts, one on hole 6 for birdie and the other on 8 that I was on green in 2 putting for eagle. I was very relaxed. Last year I had the feeling that my game controlled me, and now I keep the control of the game, that is the big difference.”
At second position, one stroke behind, a group of 3 very different players. French rookie Mattieu Bey and Spaniard Jesus Legarrea and Carlos Del Moral. Legarrea had a very good season last year and still waiting for maiden win. Del Moral, European Tour player, is a serious opponent.
“Last year, in summer I asked Olazabal for some advice about my short game and he has made great changes. It took me a while to get used to them but now it is perfect. Now that I feel confident in my short game, I don’t have pressure on long game. Olazabal is really an “A” as a player, as a man, he helps everybody, he is great.”
The leader of Alps Tour order of merit, Matteo Delpodio, is 13th with a score of 68.
The projected cut is -1.