18th December 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
17th December 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Casey feels at home in La Cala
Brian Casey from Republic of Ireland is still leading the final Stage of Alps tour Q School in La Cala after scoring 70 on Asia course for -9 total. England’s Curtis Griffiths fired the best score of the day of same course, 67 to be one shot back. Eventually, Scotland’s James White signed for 69 and climbed on third step of the 100% GB&I podium.
The weather conditions were wetter than during first round and the sun totally missed the call today. The leader confessed that this second round was hard to manage.
“Tough day, the greens are small and they are quite firm. I dropped one shot on the 8th, missed the green again with a wedge, same mistakes as yesterday but I managed to stay focus. I eat a lot on course, that’s the key, it’s my secret weapon but ssshhhh…, don’t tell!”
But the young Irish man has another trick in his bag. He’s been staying in the area for six weeks now with his girlfriend who knows the course perfectly as she used to live here. And they are staying by the Captain’s home of La Cala.
“He is American and he is such a great support! It helps to feel confident.”
Surrey’s Curtis Griffiths, 20 year old, turned pro last June when he was +4 handicap and decided to come to the Alps Tour as some of his friends are former or current members –Steven Brown, Warren Harmston, Alex Christie–.
“I started off quite well with a birdie then I holed three in a row from the 4th, it was a good momentum and I stayed steady. I hit fairways and greens and that’s it!”
The cut eventually fell at +3 to let 23 players from GB&I continue the race with 19 Italians, 16 Frenchmen, 10 Spaniards, 2 Austrians, and one native of Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Norway, Portugal and Czech Republic.
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16th December 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Casey and Christie shot low in La Cala
Ireland’s Brian Casey fired astonishing 65 on America course to take a two shot lead after opening round in Q school final Stage in La Cala. England’s Jack Senior is two shots back. On Asia course, Alex Christie from England signed for solid 68.
Cloudy and fresh, this was the weather today in La Cala. The lower scores came from the America course. Only two players out of 11 on top have played the Asia course today.
“I shot level par on front 9 then I started to hole some putts on back 9 and shot 32. I hit the ball OK but I managed my game very well! I didn’t take any risk, I was sensible.” Christie said.
The best score of the day belongs to Brian Casey, 22 year old from Meath, who just turned pro.
“I turned pro 3 months ago. I decided to try to play the Alps Tour because this is the Satellite Tour where the best players go, I can have the experience of the travels and there are the bigger price money.”
“I missed 3 greens with a wedge, don’t write that, it is not very positive! But I holed 8 birdies and one eagle on the 6th so at the end, it was a good round.”
Great round as well for Jack Senior, 2012 Alps Tour graduate. Senior is always looking for perfection and even if his score is pretty nice he admitted some regrets.
“I think I played brilliantly but the score is not that low. I three putted the last two holes but I holed some good ones as well. I did not play a tournament since the Stage 2 of the European Tour and I don’t if it is a mental block but Ihave never played well in these Q School. Here, I feel confident and obviously, the more confident you are the better you play.”
The projected “full category” after 18 holes is one under.
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15th December 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Ready for the final in La Cala
The Alps Tour Q School Final is to be launched on Monday for the 144 player field. Young golfers will challenge experimented ones to try to be in the top 35 and obtain full category to play 2014 season.
England’s Jack Senior is one of the known names this week. Senior was in the winning team in the 2011 Walker Cup. He had obtained his card on the Alps Tour in december 2011 to play with success the 2012 season. Unfortunately his results in 2013 ranked him lower than 120th on the Challenge Tour and he decided to come back on Alps Tour.
“I planed to play the Alps Tour in Febuary and March before the Challenge Tour season starts. I will have 7 invits on the upper circuit and we will see what happens.”
Same story for Scotland’s Ross Kellett who got graduate last year.
Italy’s Andrea Perrino won the Alps Tour ranking in 2009 after two wins during his golden year. He had two good seasons on the Challenge Tour but in 2013, he finished 112th at the final ranking. He will enter few tournaments on the Challenge Tour but as 2014 is a Ryder Cup year, everyone is concerned. More players on European Tour to try to be in the team, so less spots for the Q School graduate players and so and so until the Alps Tour.
The first two rounds of the Q School final in La Cala are played on both courses America and Asia. Then the final round will take place on Asia. Top 35 and ties will have category 6 to play and below until 65 and ties category 8.
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Big guns in La Cala
Former European Tour player Swiss Julien Clement is one of the great players to be in La Cala this week to try to regain his card on the Alps Tour. Golfers often experiment ups and downs in their carreer and they are used to face them.
The European Tour Q school is full of former European Tour winners and even Ryder Cup players. At Alps Tour level, the Q School is a place where famous names come to play with a target : put their game on the right tracks for next season. Pros confessed that playing on lower circuit after a bad year on Challenge Tour ou main Tour helped them to feel confident again in their swing.
Rookies will compet this week against talented and experimented players such as Julien Clément, Italy’s Andrea Perrino, 2009 Alps Tour winner, France’s Romain Schneider and Xavier Poncelet, England’s Jack Senior, Scotland’s Ross Kellett and Spain’s Juan Antonio Bragulat, former Alps Tour graduates.
The Cala Resort is the perfect place to play golf, practice and players and officials enjoyed the facilities such as spa, indoor swimming pool or fitness center. The Alps Tour is visiting the Cala Resort for the second year in a raw. The Cala Resort offers 3 championship golf courses to their guests and this year, Alps Tour players will challenge ASIA and AMERICA courses.
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Meet Alan Dunbar
Northern Ireland Alan Dunbar is one of the 226 players to attend the Qulifaying school this week. Portrush native is 23 year old and turned pro just after the 2013 Masters.
Dunbar was a member of the winning GB&I team in 2011 Walker Cup and his greatest achievement as amateur is his British Amateur win in 2012 in Royla Troon. With this win, Dunbar get an exemption to play the Open, The Masters and the US Open, altough he forfeited the latter as he turned pro.
Dunbar and his compatriots, six this week, one from Northern Ireland and 5 from Ireland hope to walk in Gareth Shaw’s footstep. Shaw won the Alps Tour ranking in 2012 and had a great season on Challenge Tour in 2013. He also had two great results on European Tour thanks to invits : he finished 13th at the Alstom Open de France and 5th at the Irish Open.
6th December 2013 | Alps Tour Golf