22nd July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

A little more about… Juan Antonio Bragulat


Golf :

What is your favorite golf course ?
Golf de Sevilla and I would like to know Pebblebeach

What dream of golf would you like to live ?
To win the BRITISH OPEN Championship

You are playing the Ryder Cup (or President Cup), with who would you like to play foursome ?
With my friend Bosco de Checa.

Your are playing the Ryder Cup (or President Cup), which American player would you like to play ?
Tiger Woods

If you could change one rule of golf, which one ?
Replace ball from a divot

If you could mix golf of 3 players (long game, short game and putting or mental), what virtual player would it be ?
Tiger Woods (putting), Seve Ballesteros or Phil Mickelson (short game), Sergio Garcia (long game)

Backstage :

If you were an animal ?
A dolphin or a dog

If you were a book or a movie ?
A  book : the 3 books of Stieg Larsson
A  movie : Braveheart or Gladiator

Public character (not in sport) that you admire ?
Nelson Mandela

3 favorite artists (actor, actress, singer….) ?
Denzel Washington, Charlize Theron and Mana

If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, real or fictive :
Bobby Jones, Barack Hussein Obama and Leonardo DaVinci

10th July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Alvaro Salto king in his garden


Spain’s Alvaro Salto took the lead in Madrid on the first round and never let it go. He fired 67 today to win the Peugeot Tour Villa de Madrid 3 shots clear. He already won this trophy in 2003 and despite heat fans were there on course to support him to repeat the story.

Fellow Inigo Urquizu, Alps Tour member, signed for his best result of the season. He fired one eagle, three birdies and dropped two shots. He finished alone at second place. Then, completing the podium, third Spaniard Angus Domingo.

No change in the top 5 of the Alps Tour Order of Merit after Madrid week. Italian Matteo Delpodio increased his leading over Alan Bihan thanks to sixth place tie shared with Englishman Jason Palmer.

Next Alps Tour event will take place in Austria,  from the 6th to 8th of August.

Agathe Séron

9th July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Spanish supremacy in Madrid


Those having a look on the leaderboard could think that Spaniards don’t want to let the third Peugeot Tour title goes to foreign players. No less than 8 Iberian golfers are in top 10. Spain’s Alvaro Salto, former Challenge Tour, is still leading after two rounds. He signed for 67 today and has now 2 strokes advantage ahead of fellows Angus Domingo and Inigo Urquizu with a total of -10.

Italian Delpodio won the first co-sanctioned event played in Valencia 4 months back and Scot Raymond Russell got the title at Emporda a few weeks later. Each time, Spanish players were very closed to lift the trophy.

Tomorrow, odds are more than good for a national win. The cut is fixed at +1 and 33 players out of 50 are from Spain.

Agathe Séron

8th July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour to meet Peaugeot Tour in Spain


Alps Tour is making his third stop of the year in Spain. The Peugeot Tour CCV Madrid is pleased to welcome the best players of both circuits. Spaniards Carlos Balmaseda and Juan Antonio Bragulat are joining fellows former Europeantour players such as Santiago Luna or Alvaro Salto. For sure, the Spanish want to shine in Madrid as their national football team, the “furia Roja” did yesterday as they got qualified for the world cup Final for the first time of history.

Italian Matteo Delpodio, leader of the Alps Tour order of merit is back in the country who offered him his first win as professional last march.

Frenchman Alan Bihan is the only one in the top 5 missing the meeting as he got an invitation to play Challenge Tour in France…

Agathe Séron

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Spaniard Salto leading at home


Spaniard Alvaro Salto, 36 year old, shot 65 in his garden, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Challenge Tour three-time-winner shown that knowing well the course is a serious advantage over the field. He already won this tournament in 2003. Spaniards Inigo Urquizu and  Alfredo Garcia-Heredia are one stroke back.

Temperatures was very high today and leaderboard is mostly painted in red and yellow. No less than 16 Spanish in top 20 after first round. Italians are doing well too in such a heat. Englishman Matthew Cryer is still in a good mood after his win last week. He shared fourth place at -4 with Italians Marco Crespi and Paolo Terreni, Spaniard Raul Quiros and Northem Irishman Richard Kilpatrick.

The projected cut is level par.

Agathe Séron

3rd July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Forcasted win for Cryer


Matthew Cryer wins the Haugschlag NÖ-Open with a closing 66 for a -24 total and a huge advantage of 7 strokes of  Swiss Jann Schmid. Schmid shot 64, best score of the day. Slovenian amateur Tim Gornik is one of the two-way tie third with Englishman Jason Palmer. Cryer confessed his day was strange to deal with :

“I had to play nice golf. It was such a strange situation to be comfortably leading. I decided to stay focus and do what I did the previous days. You can be defensive but it was not my choice. Now I am in the top 6 of the Alps Tour order of merit and the goal is to keep that rank until the tournament in Belgium to avoid the first stage of Qualifying school.”

Since now, this dead line will be in players minds. Scot Gavin Dear just went out of the top 6 as Cryer entered. The 3 next tournaments are going to be very interesting. Nest event is taking place from 8th to 10th of July in Madrid.

Agathe Séron

2nd July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Huge margin for Cryer in Austria


Matthew Cryer confirmed good form with 64 today to increase his margin of 6 strokes. He only dropped one shot in 2 days and already got a hand on the jug of Haugschlag Nö-Open. His fellow Jason Palmer shot 64 as well and is a kind of used to be the runner up this season. He already had five top 5 this year and will have to be extremely efficient to disturb Cryer’s plan tomorrow.

Austrian Leo Astl and Slovenian amateur Tim Gornik are two-way tie fourth 7 strokes back of the lead. The level of the field was very consistent this week and the perfect weather provided great scores. The cut is fixed at -3, the lowest tie this season with Gösser Open one.

Despite this very low score, one player should appreciate this very special day more than the others. Frenchman Romain Zwahlen is going to play more than 2 days for the first time in 21 appearances on the Alps Tour. Everybody has kept in mind Justin Rose’s 19 cuts missed in a row as he turned pro. Now it’s up to Zwahlen to follow in Rose’s footsteps.

Another Frenchman did have his moment today. Now well known Alan Bihan holed in one his 9th hole the 18th. Bihan signed for 66 to be 10th prior to tee off last round.

Agathe Séron

1st July 2010 | Alps Tour Golf

Cryer fired 62 to lead in Austria


Englishman Matthew Cryer fired astonished 62, 10 under to lead 2 clear over fellow Jason Barnes in Austria. It is not Cryer’s best round ever played. He already shot 60, 13 under par as amateur ! But obviously it is the new Haugschlag golf course record. The previous one 65 was established by Autrian Clemens Prader in 2002.

Matthew Cryer, 35 year old, has been playing as professional for only 2 years. His biography is rich of 4 years studying geology at Saint Andrews mid 90’s, 17 England caps at men level as amateur, a European mid-amateur title, then a first win as professional last October.

“I started the day with a kind of good rhythm. I quickly had a good feeling on the speed of the green and I was in those days when you look at the green and you see the line. I never holed long putt from outside but many from 5 meters to one meter. I tried not to think about the score. My goal is to be in top 6 on the Alps Tour order of merit by mid-august. I really want to avoid the “war” of the first stage of qualifying school…”

After a couple of weeks, for once except Matthew Cryer, no famous names on the top of the leaderboard. Lukas Tintera from Czech Republic signed for a great 66 to be alone on third step of the podium. Then one stroke back, a group of 3 players are ties at 4th  place : Austrians Georg Schultes and Leo Astl and Czech Lukas Lizanek.

The projected cut is level par.

Agathe Séron

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