23rd May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Matt Wallace won a fourth consecutive win in Vigevano Open

Historic win for Matt Wallace in Vigevano Open. The 26 year old player from England holed for eagle on the last hole to grab the trophy and sealed a three shot victory at -17 over France’s Franck Daux and Swiss Julien Clément who shot 59 during second round.

Wallace is the first player ever to have won a fourth consecutive event on Alps Tour.

Julien Clément and Matt Wallace were tie for the lead going into the last round and Wallace opened his round the best way with 2 birdies. His playing partner holed for birdie on the second as well but dropped two shots on the 5th and 6th. He never managed to put pressure on Wallace.

The threat could have come from France’s Franck Daux. He scored 64 but it was not enough to catch up with Wallace.

With this win, the Moor Park golfer now stretched to more than 16,700 points as a result of his latest triumph, with the top five at the end of the year securing a place on the Challenge Tour in 2017.

20th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

59 alert! Swiss Julien Clément shot magic number to share lead with Matt Wallace

Swiss Julien Clément former European Tour player wrote a chapter in the Alps Tour book signing for 59, -11 to share the lead of Vigevao Open at -13 with Alps Tour leader Matt Wallace who recorded 62.

Should he win, Matt Wallace would be the first player ever on the Alps Tour to record 4 wins during the same season and it would be 4 wins back to back. Julien Clément, who is playing in Italy his first tournament this year, said he was happy to be back on tournament but with different goal.

« I just finished a degree in Marketing in University, golf on tours is not a goal any more and I will become a father in September so I am very happy with my life. »

« I played very well during first seven holes then I hole for eagle on the 8th then for birdie on the 9th and the round like in a dream started. I chipped in 3 times on the back nine. So it was more than in a full season !
I have to admit that on the last hole I was a bit nervous and I felt the pressure about recording a 59. But the 18th is a par 5. If you hit the fairway, the birdie is quite easy to go for. I had 50 cm for 59 and it was a big one believe me !
My playing partners were great. When I chipped in for -7 Giorgio De Filippi had nice words to congratulate me then Nicolas Tacher was amazing, he kept on supporting me with high five each time I holed a birdie. When I finished, they gave me a big hug, it was great to share this with them. »

19th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Shaken first round, Wallace and Bolognesi leaders at club house

Storms and heavy rain delayed tee times by more than 5 hours and Vigevano Open finally started at 13h00. Half of the field still have to complete their first round tomorrow morning. Among those who have finished, Italy’s Andrea Bolognesi and Alps Tour leader Matt Wallace share club house lead with -5.

Wallace has just won the 3 last events on the Alps Tour and it doesn’t seem that the young Englishman want to slow down. His momentum today was when he holed 4 birdies in a row on his back nine from the 4th hole.

Austria’s Uli Weinhandl put himself in a position to overcome the two latters. He only played 9 holes but he already recorded 4 birdies and one eagle without dropping any shot.

Play will resume at 7h30 Friday morning.

18th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Matt Wallace is the man to catch this season

England’s Matt Wallace entered the Alps Tour records book thanks to 3 wins in a row. He first engraved his name on the Dreamland Pyramids trophy in Egypt back in February then he won the biggest regular event of the season, the Tunisian Open begining of May and the week after he confirmed his leadership over the Alps Tour players grabbing the Gösser Open in Austria.

Who can stop him?

9th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

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8th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Wallace let no chance to the field and won his third title in a row

England’s Matt Wallace (picture GEPA) won his third tournament in a row with huge margin of 8 shots in Gösser Open. He signed for final round 66 to go to -20 total. Austria’s Robin Goger finished second on his own. He fired 69 with the support of great crowd from Maria Lankowitz. A group of 5 players are on the third step of the podium.

Players had to complete the second round this morning before teeing off for last round. Wallace started the day holing putts and he had a 5 shot lead going into third round. With this win, he now records about 26 000 points at the Alps Tour ranking, when the second, Franck Daux, only have a little les than 12 000 points.

« It was an amazing week. I played some great stuff. I got off to a great start today with an eagle on the first after hitting a PW from 160 to 6 feet. But then I didn’t putt great. Robin was putting fantastic and was making putts from everywhere.

I stayed patient and the birdies on 5 and 6 were great. I just tried to shoot as low as possible until I was safe to play to the middle of the greens. The feeling walking down the 18th with a 7 shot lead was on of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced. A lot of hard work has paid off recently. three in a row, love it ! I am so happy. »

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Wallace is untouchable, He leads Gösser Open with 5 shots

England’s Matt Wallace seems to be untouchable on Alps Tour this season. He signed for best score of the day during first in Gösser Open, 66 and then, when the game resumed this morning to complete second round, he holed birdies to record a 64 eight under par card for -14 total and a five shot advantage over France’s Raphaël Marguery and Austria’s Robin Goger.

During second round, game was suspended at noon for more than 2 hours. Thunderstoms were on Maria Lankowitz area. When it was suspended for the second time at sunset, more than thirty players were still on course and went back at 7:00 am this morning. The cut felt at -2. Big name was on the wrong side of the line. Franck Daux, second at order of merit, back to back winner in Egypt missed the cut as third at Alps Tour ranking, Itlay’s Enrico Di Nitto. Antoine Schwartz did not play in Austria this week so the ranking with change a lot on Sunday afternoon.

7th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Marguery leader at Club House, Wallace leads but still on course

France’s Raphaël Marguery is the club house leader after 36 holes at Gösser Open. He shot 68 for -9 total. At noon, the game was suspended during 2 hours and a half due to thunderstorms. Matt Wallace has not completed his round, he is currently -5 for the day and already -11 total. Same for young Autria’s Robin Goger. He is -10 total, thanks to -5 today after 13 holes.

Many players shot under par today and the cut should be around -2 or -1 but more or less thirty players will finish their second round tomorrow morning.

6th May 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Three way tie in Austria

A group of 3 players lead the Gösser Open after shooting 66, 6 under first round. Last week winner Matt Wallace, French rookie Léonard Bem (picture) and Swiss Marc Dobias.

Wallace is leading the order of merit and he kept on proving his good form. He holed seven birdies and only dropped one shot the par 3 8th.

« My neck on Wednesday went into a type of spasm. I must of slept funny Tuesday night. It still hasn’t healed fully. It doesn’t hurt when I do my backswing but it does on follow through. I tried to forget about it. I played nice again today. I’m playing very similar stuff.

A few missed putts that hopefully one round I can make in the next few days. This course is playing really nice. Greens are great. If you hit it nice off the tee you will have quite a few short irons into the green. If you’re the right side of the hole you will have a ‘makable’ putt. I’m happy with the start of this week considering my neck. I’m enjoying competing at the moment. »

Léonard Bem had great two rounds in Tunisia but did not manage to keep the pace during the week-end. As Wallace, he holed seven birdies and made a mistake on the 8th.

« I am very happy with the first round. The goal was to enjoy more being on a golf course. My game was very solid, my tee shots especially. I will try to stay focus but to keep in mind to play and having fun with the course and not let the score or the technical disturb me. »

Austria’s Robin Goger, 20, is only one shot back, neck and neck with France’s Raphaël Marguery. Then a pack of six players is one shot further. The projected cut after one round is one under.

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Keep cool, It’s Gössen Open!

The Gösser open always had a nice place in players’ and official’s hearts. The little villlage of Maria Lankowitz and its golf club show the typical postcard of a trip to Austria. Small church, clean buildings and family spirit in Golf Club Erzherzog Johann Maria Lankowitz thanks to the members in charge of the scoring.

England’s Brian Casey won in 2015 with final round 65 , -12 total, to overpassed by one shot Dutch Darius Van Driel and England’s Andrew Cooley. Gösser Open is the fifth event of the year but only two players lifted a trophy this season. France’s Franck Daux twice in Egypt and Matt Wallace once in Egypt and last week in Tunisia.

Time for the players to go and challenge them.

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