21st September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Nemecz took family revenge
Austria’s Tobias Nemecz won the 12th Open International du Haut-Poitou with one shot advantage at -11 over Jean-Pierre Verselin and current Alps Tour leader Italy’s Nino Bertasio. With this second win this season, Nemecz enters the top 5 of the ranking and could walk on his brother’s steps who graduated last year.
This was an epic finish. Thunderstorms delayed the second round and some players had to complete it this Sunday morning. But the troubles with the weather were not over. The fog forced the officials to find a solution to complete the tournament in time.
The last round was launched in shot gun format, this was the third time in the Alps Tour history after Masters 13 2005 and Mogador 2010. The tournament leader, Kenny Subregis, did not manage to handle the pressure to play for maiden win just for one week after turning pro. He finished at 16th position.
It was uneasy to follow what was going on on course as all the players were holing birdies together but the battle after 12 holes seemed to be between two Alps Tour winners, Nino Bertasio and Tobias Nemecz. Eventually, Nemecz managed to shot 69, 4 under par to win by one this special tournament for Nemecz’ family.
“I had my brother on the phone this morning and he reminded me that he lost here in a play-off. He asked me to take his revenge and I did! I am happy with it.”
The younger Nemecz with this win enters the Alps Tour top 5 and pushed away France’s Thomas Elissade at the worst place, 6th.
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Subregis aims maiden win
Kenny Subregis, 18 years old, took the lead after he completed his 54 holes this morning in Open International du Haut-Poitou. The young man will be chased by England’s Matt Wallace just one shot back of the lead.
Subregis turned pro just before the first round and and found his way quite easily with this new status. After first card of 66, 7 under he scored 71 for second round despite he had to finish it this morning. Thunderstorms forced the officials to suspend the paly yesterday at 18h15 and the rookie with two holes to play eventually reach -9.
On his toes, England’s Matt Wallace with -8 and a group of 3 players, Raphaël Marguery, Gerard Piris and Tobias Nemecz.
20th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Wallace club house leader
England’s Matt Wallace is the club house leader when the play in Open International du Haut-Poitou was suspended. He recorded 71 today, 2 under par for -8 total.
France’s rookie Kenny Subregis is -8 as well but the 18 year old player has two holes to play to complete his second round. The play was suspended at 18H15 due to thunderstorms and one hour and half later officials decided to resume the second round on Sunday morning. Subregis has been leading by two or three all day but he dropped 3 shots on the par 4 sixth, his 15th hole.
A group of three players completed their round and are just one shot back of the club house leader: Spain’s Gerard Piris, Austrian Tobias Nemecz and France’s Raphaël Marguery.
19th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
French duo in command in France
French duo Clément Berardo and Kenny Subregis are leading fater opening round of Open International du Haut-Poitou 2014. Surbregis, who turned pro days ago and 28 year old player from Terre Blanche signed for a 66 seven under par card.
It is never a piece of cake to turn pro just before a tournament but the very young player, 18 year old, did not show any sign of stress today as he teed of as pro for the first time. Haut-Poituou golf course can be tricky, especially on greens and the teenager did more than well to tame the 18 holes. He holed nine birdies and one eagle whereas Berardo sunk seven birdies and an eagle as well.
Berardo is currently fifth at the Alps Tour ranking. He needs some points to secure his card for next year on Challenge Tour.
Defending champion, David Bobrowski shot 70, 3 under par and is already 4 shots back of the leaders.
15th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Sunshine Tour Q-School: 1st Stage in Spain next December
Sunshine Tour announces Premier venue for its inaugural International Qualifying School in Europe
The Alps Tour is proud to organise this event on behalf of Sunshine Tour.
For the first time in Sunshine Tour history, there will be an International stage of its Qualifying School organised in Europe. The Lumine Golf & Beach Club and Bonmont Golf Club, located on Spain’s stunning Costa Dorada region, will host the four-day stroke play tournament from 3rd to 6th of December 2014.
The Alps Tour is delighted to have been chosen by Africa’s premier professional golf tour to organise the inaugural Sunshine Tour International Qualifying School in Europe. Over the past 13 years the Alps Tour has built a strong reputation for developing tomorrow’s champions. Widely respected, the Alps Tour has grown significantly since its launch in 2001, with players from 22 different nationalities competing in 19 tournaments across seven different countries. This partnership with the Sunshine Tour is the first of number of exciting new initiatives set to launch in 2015.
There will be between 10 and 15 spots available from the event at Lumine and Bonmont, depending on the size of the field. Another first stage will take place in South Africa early in 2015. The Sunshine Tour Qualifying School Final is scheduled in January 2015. Qualifiers from the International Qualifying School in Europe will receive entry and travel assistance to the final stage in South Africa.
Lumine Golf & Beach Club is one of Europe’s most popular golf resorts and home to 45 holes of award-winning golf managed by international experts, Troon Golf. The Greg Norman designed Lakes Course, located between beautiful wetlands and the Hills Course, set in the rolling hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea will play host to two venues of the tournament.
Lumine Golf & Beach Club General Manager, Calle Carlsson welcomes the announcement with open arms, “I am confident that our championship courses will provide a stern, yet fair test and I can certainly promise everyone involved an enjoyable experience throughout.”
“We already host the European Tour’s Qualifying School Stage 2 as well as a number of high-profile international events including this year’s Challenge de Catalunya, so naturally I am confident our world-class facilities will live up to the expectations of The Alps and Sunshine Tours.”
Founded in 1990, the Bonmont course was designed by one of the world’s greatest experts, Robert Trent Jones Jr. andhas held two European Tour events. It is a true test of golf and a welcoming environment. The course has numerous natural and artificial hazards, stunning cliffs and six lakes carved into the rock and a large number of bunkers. Spectacular views can be enjoyed all here in Bonmont.
The Sunshine Tour is a men’s professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. The tour is one of the six leading men’s tours which make up the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the PGA Tour, The European PGA Tour, The Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, and the Asian Tour. In 2009 the International Federation of PGA undertook a major expansion in 2009 adding 11 more tours as members. The federation also founded the World Golf Championships in 1999 and sanction the Official World Golf Rankings.
The Sunshine Tour currently co-sanctions six tournaments with the European Tour, these being the Africa Open, The Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Joburg Open, the Nelson Mandela Championship, the Tshwane Open and the South African Open, the second oldest championship in golf. This serves as the launch of the European Tour each season.
Alps Tour is one of the four satellite tours in Europe. Former members such as France’s Julien Quesne and Grégory Bourdy or Italy’s Marco Crespi are now European Tour winners.
14th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Wilde win for Tom
Tom Wilde won his maiden title on Alps Tour. He defeated after first extra hole France’s Matthieu Pavon and Spain’s Alfonso Gutierrez. The 25 year old was the unexpected winner of Citadelle Trophy International thanks to amazing final round.
The Englishman shot the best score of the day 64 to surge at -11 alonside overnight leader Alfonso Gutierrez. The latter was leading fater his front nine. Unfortunately he dropped two shots coming back home and open the door to challengers.
Matthieu Pavon, leader after first round, had a very solid day with 5 birdies and no bogey. He came back on top to be part of the final drama.
The three players hit the fairway with their tee shot. Both Wilde and Pavon hit the green, Wilde 3 meters from the cup and Pavon shorter. The Spaniard struggled with his second shot and ended in the bunker. He could not save par as he putted first. Wilde holed for birdier putting all the pressure on Pavon’s shoulders. The young frenchamn missed his putt and the english players celebrated the win of their fellow.
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Report Final Day – Citadelle Trophy-Golf de Preisch
Final round highlights in Citadelle Trophy International – Golf de Preisch
England’s Tom Wilde wins after play off against France’s Matthieu Pavon and Spain’s Alfonso Gutierrez
13th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Gutierrez stormed clear
Spain’s Alfonso Gutierrez shot the score of the day tie 68 to take the lead after three rounds in Citadelle Trophy International – Golf de Preisch with -9. He recorded three cards under par as his closest challenger German Sebastian Heisele. Heisele is only one shot back. Then a shot further, England’s Andrew Cooley, three time Alps Tour winner.
After two rounds, the podium was celebrating local players but going into the final, it is a very international leaders and challengers who stormed in this moving day. Gutierrez had two top 10 this season but is still looking for a win on Alps Tour.
Sebastian Heisele had a win on Pro Golf Tour and his best result on Alps Tour was a seventh place in France end of June.
The leaderboard is quite congested and players will have to deal with a fourth round as they usualy play a three round event. Patience and nerves of steel will be the keep to win this second Citadelle Trophy International.
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Report Day 3 – Citadelle Trophy International-Preisch
Highlights of 3rd Round in Golf de Preisch – 2014 Citadelle Trophy International
Spain’s Alfonso Gutierrez leads by one shot.
12th September 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
French Connexion in Preisch
Thomas Elissalde from France overpassed overnight leader Matthieu Pavon. He scored 67 for -8 total and a narrow one shot advantage. The two players seemed to enjoy playing on their home soil and will play together during moving Saturday.
Pavon and Elissalde are both rookies on the Alps Tour, they both won the maiden title last May, Pavon in France and Elissalde in Austria the following week. But to Pavon, a ggod result here in Preisch, could help him to jump in the ranking.
“Since I won, I struggled a lot with my game. I had to fight to make the cut and I finished far away in the final ranking. I am very happy to be able to play well again.”
The young player from Bordeaux is now under Benoit Ducoulombier’s wings, National coach working as well with French star, Victor Dubuisson.
Thomas Elissalde from Biarritz managed to erase the bad feeling he had last week in Italy to recover his level of game. He holed seven birdies for only bogeys.
Finally, one shot behind Pavon, Germany’s Sebastian Heisele could prevent the two French guys from being crowned in their country.