23rd July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Alps de Las Castillas – Maiden win for Victor Perez
France’s Victor Perez won his maiden title thanks to final round 67. He managed to tame Lerma golf course to put his hands on Alps de Las Castillas trophy with -15 total. Spain’s Daniel Berna and France’s Fabien Marty are tie for second place two shots back.
Overnight challenger, Raphaël Marguery, second heading to last round, could not do better than level par today and slept to 5th place. The best score of the day was recorded by double winner Franck Daux with 65, -7. He finished 7th and confirmed his third place at Alps Tour ranking. Wallace is still untouchable but Perez is now at second place with almost 2000 points more than Daux. Marty is 6th behind Di Nitto 4th and Pitoni 5th.
21st July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Daniel Osorio shines in Lerma
Spain’s Daniel Osorio, 31, completed his round birdie –eagle to take Alps de Las Castillas lead thanks to 8 under par card 64. France’s Fabien Marty is one shot back on golf Lerma in Burgos area.
Osorio’s best results this season were during his Egyptian campaign. He recorded a third place during 2016 first tournament, Ein Bay Open and finished 6th in Dreamland Pyramids Open. He turned first nine 2 under par and but came back to the club house in a more efficient way to eventually signed for 64.
Marty made most of his score, -5, from 10th to 18th as well but it was his fist half of round. He had a rollercoaster back nine with two bogeys and 4 birdies to record -7.
A group of three players is one shot further, Spaniards José Ignacio Marin Casado and Alfredo Garcia-Heredia and Victor Perez of France.
The latter had a amazing series from 4th to 9th : he birdied all holes except on par five 8th where he had an eagle.
9th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Pitoni defeated Marguery in Brittany
Italy’s Stefano Pitoni defeated France’s Raphaël Marguery after first extra hole to seal his second victory this season. He won the inaugural Saint Malo Golf Open with -13 total. England’s Andrew Cooley is third on his own two shots back.
That was not an easy win. Pitoni started very well though with two birdies back to back but that was almost the only momentum of the day. He turned first nine two under par but did not manage to secure a leading score as France’s Marguery put pressure. He signed for 71, one under par.
It took 12 holes for the player from Versailles to catch up with the Italian. Marguery eventually took the leadership on his own thank to an eagle on the 15th. But he dropped back to back shot on the following holes. He holed for birdie on the last to record 68 and had to wait for Pitoni to finish to know if extra time on course was needed.
They both drove in the middle of the fairway playing the 18th as first extra hole. Then both went short of the green then hit the green in 3. Pitoni holed for birdie as Margeury missed it.
Thanks to this win Pitoni entered the Top 5 of Alps Tour ranking.
8th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Pitoni soars 3 shots clear in Saint Malo
Stefano Pitoni increased his advantage heading to last round of Saint Malo Golf Open. He shot a five under par card 67, -12 total to stand 3 shots clear of England’s Andrew Cooley and France’s Raphaël Marguery.
It seems to be the year of multiple victories. Franck Daux had back to back wins in Egypt, Matt Wallace recorded five titles in seven tournament and this week, Pinoti is racing for second win after his triumph on home soil last month.
The 26 year old player from Rieti recorded the best score during opening round and he almost did as well today with six birdies and only one dropped shot.
Bit hitter Andrew Cooley, whose last victory was in Egypt in 2015, had the perfect round. A flawless 65 to share second place at -9 with France’s Raphaël Marguery. The latter is the only one on the provisional podium not to have lift a trophy during his pro career. He fired 67.
The cut felt at level
7th July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Stefano Pitoni set the target in Brittany
Italy’s Stefano Pitoni signed for the score of the day, 65, -7 to stand one shot clear of fellow countryman Nunzio Lombardi after first round of Saint Malo Golf Open. Another Italian player is among the group of four tie for third place with -4, Luca D’Andreamatteo, Raphaël Marguery, Julien Rodallec and Jean-Pierre Verselin.
This is the inaugural Saint Malo Golf Open and the sun was generous with the players. Pitoni, who won 3 weeks ago in Italy, managed to tame the course thanks to good conditions and solid game. He recorded 7 birdies, one eagle on the 18th and dropped only 2 shots during his round. On his toes, Lombardi had 5 birdies, one eagle, 18th and one bogey.
Former European Tour big hitter, Britanny’s François Delamontagne had an invitation to play as he wished to feel the spirit of the competition again. He shot one under par.
2nd July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Matt Wallace won fifth trophy in Open Frassanelle
England’s Matt Wallace won his fifth tournament in five events he attended. He shot final round 65 to win by 4 shots -17 total. France’s Victor Perez finished second on his own and David Morago of Spain third one shot further.
When you arrived in Italy, what was your plan ?
Plan was to prepare as well as possible. I arrived on Wednesday around lunch time so couldn’t play the course but I knew it and I asked a few people if anything had changed for last year. I few new tee boxes but that was all that was new. I played well last week at cinque ports for open quali so I wanted to keep the momentum going.
Could explain the improvement of your golf and mental during the past 3 months..?
I’ve learned mentally how to deal with grinding out scores when not playing well. I didn’t play great on the second day for the first 10 holes but was still -2 and finished strong for -6. Also how to deal with being in the lead. I sleep a lot better and play better in this position from the past few years.
How does your experience on European Tour helped you this week?
Playing in Sweden and Austria helps to know what level I need to be at to compete. I’m working towards it and looking forward to the next chance I get. I’m using my experience of those events as motivation because it was so much fun.
1st July 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Wallace heading to last round in pole position
England’s Matt Wallace shot flawless round 65, -6 to lead the Open Frassanelle with -11 total. Italy’s Corrado De Stefani holed two birdies on the last three holes to stay one shot away. Spain’s David Morago is two shots back.
Wallace teed off from the 10th and turned his first nine holes -2 thanks to birdies on hole number 13 and 15. But on back nine, he dug his advantage with first, one shot gained on the par 5 second and a hat trick of birdies from the 6th.
“Yes feeling really good about my game. I worked hard last week preparing for open q but it wasn’t meant to be on the links course. Over the weekend I had never hit so many balls in my life because after playing in Sweden and Austria it has given me the motivation to want to play on the European Tour every week.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see if I can once again go wire to wire. It will be hard but I’m up for the challenge. It’s great to be back playing on the alps tour. The course, food, organisation and the Italian people are great. It makes it even more exciting.”
De Stefani signed for 64, lowest score today, to let only one shot advantage to multiple winner Wallace. The Italian player had the perfect round without any bogeys and if he keeps on playing this way, he might be a real threat to the leader.
Spain’s David Morago, fired best score tie of the day 64. The 22 year old player from Barcelona had eight birdies versus only one bogey today. Morago’s best result this season is a runner up place in Guadalupe where he was defeated by France’s Léo Lespinasse during the play-off.
A group of 3 players including overnight leader France’s Victor Perez, Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario from Italy are -8 total. The cut felt at -1 including 44 players.