30th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Wallace is back on top tie with Perez

England’s Matt Wallace just had a 5 week break from the Alps Tour but not the game. After 4 back to back wins, he is back in Italy, soil of his last triumph and lead by one with 66, -5 tie with France’s Victore Perez. Italy’s Aron Zemmer is one shot further at Open de Frassanelle.

Alps Tour leader was kind enough to leave the place during 3 events to let the other players a chance to lift a trophy. Wallace played on European tour thanks to invits, tried to qualify for The Open and eventually came back this week in Italy. He holed 6 birdies and only dropped one shot on the 16th.

Tie for pole position, rookie Victor Perez, 23, is the only player who managed to catch up with the flying Englishman. Perez is in good form and he is more and more consistent. He recorded five top 10 out of 9 events and did not miss a cut since end of February.

Aron Zemmer just finished on the podium last week and shot 67, -4 to stay in the race.

26th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Hubert Tisserand wins on home soil

Amateur Hubert Tisserand from Lyon, France, won the Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or five shots clear of fellow countryman Fabien Marty.

It was almost a one way battle during last round. Fabien Marty managed to come tie with Tisserand after birdying third hole but Tisserand made a birdie on the 4th par 5 and Marty dropped two shots back to back on 4th and 5th. He never caught up with the 22 year old amateur.

Tisserand played solid but birdies did not fall on the front nine, he turned -10 total. He had a quick look to the leaderboard to check if he was leading and then stuck to his game plan, -make birdies and avoid mistakes-.

« I knew I had to make a lot of birdies today because it’s getting harder if you’re beginning bad. My goal was to be aggressive to achieve my plan. When I hit my tee shot on number 10, I just looked at the leaderboard very quickly to see if I was first or not. I was so I told myself that I needed to keep this lead. I had to continue to make birdies and that is why I try to hit the green on the 11th. But it was not that easy because it was pretty windy on some holes. I knew that playing my game would be the best solution to win. »

You have a 5 shot lead and you hit pretty well so there is no reason not to hit driver on the 18th.

Tisserand as an amateur won’t get any euros, his check will go to the first pro, Fabien Marty but he will get the points for the ranking and will have the opportunity to play when he wants a Alps Tour winner.

A group of four players are ties for third place, Scott Danny Young, Italy’s Aaron Zemmer, France’s Nicolas Tacher and Spain’s Daniel Berna.

25th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Amateur Hubert Tisserand leads in France

French amateur Hubert Tisserand, 22, shot 69 to lead by one shot at -9 over his fellow countryman Fabien Marty. A couple of Spaniards is one shot further, David Berna and Santiago Tarrio.

Saturdays in a 4 round tournament is supposed to be the shortest day of the week but Mother Nature had decided to disturb the schedule and morning heavy rain delayed the game of two hours. It was a totally different playing conditions after summer and 35°C, it was wet, windy and 19°C.

« It did not bother me » said the leader. « I stayed at the hotel this morning and I managed to enter the round very quickly as I holed a long putt on the first hole for birdie. My game was not so sharp until the fourth but then, I played solid.
I made a mistake on the 9th. We had to wait at the tee but eventually we were told to play and we both miss (Fabien Marty and I) our tee shot on the right. I had a good bogey there because my first ball found the water. »

Clément Sordet from Lyon is the last amateur to have lift the trophy in Metz. Tisserand is from the same city and admitted it would be nice if he could walk in the footsteps of his compatriot.

Fabien Marty was leading by 3 shots heading to the 12th hole but his opponent holed for back to back birdie there and Marty dropped one shot on the 14th and two on the 18th to slept back.

Spain’s Daniel Berna fired the score of the day, 66, -5 to join Santiago Tarrio at -7 total.

24th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

100% French podium with Marty leading

It is a 100 % French podium heading to the week end in Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or. France’s Fabien Marty, 33, birdied half of the holes of Golf de la Grange aux Ormes golf course. He had 9 birdies and eventually signed for a 65, 6 under par card to lead with – 9 total.

The player from Biarritz only missed two greens and hit 16 fairways. He could save the par on the 9th and in addition of missing the green on the 13th, he had three putts for a double bogey. Marty’s best season was in 2009 when he recorded three runner up places and many top 10. He had graduated to play on Challenge Tour in 2009.

Amateur Hubert Tisserand confirmed his good form and shot 68 today for -7 total. Louis Capon is 2 shots behind after 68 as well.

The cut felt at +2 for 46 players including 2 amateurs.

23rd June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Trio to lead in France, Grava, Tisserand and Grammatica

A group of 3 players share the lead of Open International de la Mirabelle d’Or with -4. France’s Thomas Grava (pict), amateur Hubert Tisserand and Italy’s Alessandro Grammatica.

Summer finally arrived in Europe but in a brutal way. Last week was sad and wet in Metz, about 17° C and today, the temperature was more than 30°C in the shade. Players suffered a lot from the heat.

Grava, 22, declared his 6 month work with mental coach is helping him a lot.

« I managed to play shot by shot. I understand way better the way I feel and what to do if stress comes. My putting was efficient. I took clear decisions and results are there. I only made one mistake today on the 16th, a par 3. But all in all, it was a nice round. »

Tisserand is a student of University of South Carolina, and had a solid 2015-2016 season. His stats on pars4 are really impressive, -6.

Grammatica, whose best result is a runner up place in 2012 in Italy, had six birdies and 2 bogeys to signed for -4.

A pack of 4 players is one shot behind, Nelson Da Silva, Uli Weinhandl, Fabien Marty and Lucas Vacarisas.

17th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni crowned in La Pinetina Open

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni won La Pintetina Open with -15 total thanks to last round 67. At second place, his fellow countryman Enrico Di Nitto, two shots back. The latter signed for best score of the day, 6 under par card, 64. He played perfect golf, had six birdies and no dropped shots.

A group of 3 players share third place on the podium. Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan who fired 65, Swiss Luca Galliano and England’s Tom Shadbolt who struggled to keep same rhythm as second round. He could not beat the par during last round.

The order of merit has now a new face. England’s Matt Wallace is still leading with ridiculous advantage of mors than 15 000 points (almost 3 wins), Franck Daux is still second with 16 415 points. Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto is third with 13 866 points and Robin Goger and Léo Lespinasse almost tie for 4th place with less than 2 points margin at 9766 points.

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Stefano Pitoni holds firm in the rain

Second round is now finally completed after 2 days and half and Italy’s Stefano Pitoni kept his leadership. He scored yesterday morning back to back 64 to lead at -12 the Pinetina Open. The second had been suspended yesterday in the middle of the afternoon and could only resume this morning.

England’s Tom Shadbolt signed for the best score of the week, 61 to be 2 shots back. His fellow countryman, Matt Wallace, leader of the Alps Tour order of merit and author of a stunning 59 a few weeks back was his biggest supporter on social media as Shalbolt turned first nine -6.

Swiss Luca Galliano, first round co-leader, managed to shot 2 under and is third on his own heading to the last round. The cut felt at -1 and the last round is to be played this afternoon.

16th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Play suspended in Italy, Pitoni leader

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni is the happy leader at Pinetina Golf Club. He played this morning and signed for back to back 64 to lead at -12. The play was suspended at 15h05 due to heavy rain and storms. Fellow countryman, Enrico Di Nitto recorded a great 65 to settle at second position with -7 total.

Play will resume tomorrow at 9:00 and it will a long day as weather forecast is nicer and players will have to complete as many holes as possible.

15th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Pitoni, Galliano and Fernoux to lead in Italy

Italy’s Stefano Pitoni (pict), Swiss Luca Galliano and France’s Simon Fernoux shot 64, 6 under par in La Pinetina Golf Club to take the lead with one shot advantge over a group of 3 players.

Pitoni, 26, only played 2 events this season and made one cut in Gösser Open, where he finished 15th. He had the perfect round to day without any dropped shot. Fernoux, 28, holed 7 birdies and had one bogey. He played the pars 3 perfectly as he holed for birdie on each of them, 5. Finally, Galliano, 30 years old, had 4 birdies and one eagle to signed for 64.

The leaderboard is pretty congested. A group of three players is one shot back and a group of 16 players is two shots further.

14th June 2016 | Alps Tour Golf

Di Nitto ready for home soil battle

Enrico Di Nitto, 23, is the highest Italian ranked at the Alps Tour Order of Merit this season. The young man had recorded one win on home oil in 2015 when he lifted the trophy in Colli Berici Open. This week, the Alps Tour is in La Pinetina near Como Lake.

He already had two podiums this season. He finished third in Ein Bay Open in Egypt in February and holed a brilliant put on last hole during Tunisian Open to finish second on his own. He is currently third behind France’s Franck Daux, double winner in 2016 and behind England’s record man Matt Wallace who fired 4 wins back to back writting a chapter of Alps Tour book.

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