22nd September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Migliozzi wins Abruzzo Open, his second victory this season

Italy’s Guido Migliozzi won today the Abruzzo Open at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club  with a total score of -18. It is Migliozzi’s second Alps Tour victory this season, and the second time he wins this tournament in back-to-back years.
 Frenchmen Paul Elissalde, who entered the final round as leader, and Julien Foret finished tied for 2nd place with a total score of -17. Alps Tour veteran Foret turned in the best card of the day (-9) with an eagle, 9 birdies and 2 bogeys.
« My day was incredible » Migliozzi said. « I played a solid game on the front 9 and finished 7 under. Then, I managed my game. Unfortunately, I made a double bogey on hole 17th but at the end, it was enough to win the tournament by one shot he explained.  In the first round, I was a bit struggling with my game but I finished with 3 birdies in a row. Yesterday, I had a great round and finished 8 under par. Today, I was hungry, I was seeing the flags and I just wanted to hit the ball close to the flags, that was my game today »  he continued.
« I’m very happy because I was the defending champion and I defended the trophy » he concluded.
Santiago Tarrio (ESP), who finished today’s tournament tied for 7th place (-13 total), is still the leader of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking. Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Marcus Mohr (ENG) and Xavier Poncelet (FRA). At the end of the season, the top 5 of the Order of Merit qualifies directly to play on the Challenge Tour.
Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will travel to the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées, in Northern Italy, for the last tournament of the season, the 2018 Alps Tour Grand Final (October 18th through October 21st), reserved to the top 50 players in the Alps Tour Order of Merit.

21st September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Paul Elissalde is chasing his first win as a pro

Frenchman Paul Elissalde enters the final round of the Abruzzo Open as sole leader with a total score of -14. Elissalde scored 5 under today in round 2 of the tournament while Carlo Casalegno (ITA) turned in the best card of the day at -9.

Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Guido Migliozzi (ITA) are tied for 2nd place with a total score of -12.   

« Today was a bit more complicated than yesterday because my short game was not as good. It was more a mental issue because I’m no longer used to deal with this kind of situation, it was the case when I was an amateur. On the other hand, my long game was very good, very solid. I was not able to hole many putts on the front 9 even though I was not far. On the back 9, I made 4 good long putts which allowed me to go 5 under. My long game was as good as yesterday. It was a very good day nonetheless  » Elissalde said. 

«  The course is not very long, we can hit a lot of wedge shots. The difficulty for me is the chipping around the greens because the type of grass is not what we’re used on other courses in France and elsewhere, it is rather thick. Also, I had some difficulties to read the greens as there is a lot of grain » he explained. 

« For tomorrow, the challenge will be being as good mentally to try and reproduce the same game » he concluded. 

50 players including 9 amateurs made the cut set at -1 and will play tomorrow’s final round.

Final round will tee off at 7h24 local time at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club . 

20th September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Frenchman Paul Elissalde takes the lead at the Abruzzo Open

Paul Elissalde (FRA) turned in the best card of the day today at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club  for the Abruzzo Open to finish round 1 with a total score of -9. 

The Frenchman is followed by Raffaele Benatti (ITA) who is one stroke behind at -8 total and by a group of 4 players who are all at -6 total: Leo Lespinasse (FRA), Julien Foret (FRA), Kevin Hesbois (BEL) and Albert Venter (RSA). 

«  My long game was really good, some of my shots ended very close to the pin. I did not have to make any long putts as I was never too far from the pin and therefore I was able to make a few birdies as a result. The wedging up to Iron 7 worked really well for me today » 22-year-old Paul Elissalde explained.

«  I’m going to get ready for tomorrow by praticing my putting and by hitting a few balls at the range. I will try to do the exact same thing as I did today » the native of Biarritz concluded.

Ellisalde made an eagle and 7 birdies.  

After some thin rain showers in the morning, the weather cleared up to let the sun shine. Temperatures were warm and humidity prevailed.

Round 2 will tee off tomorrow at 7h30. 

18th September 2018 | Alps Tour Golf

Abruzzo Open marks end of regular season

The 2018 Alps Tour season is almost coming to an end as rising golf stars are gathering this week for the final tournament of the regular season, the Abruzzo Open, at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club (Italy) from September 20th through September 22nd. 

The Abruzzo Open will be followed in October by the Alps Tour Grand Final at a date and place to be announced.

The Miglianico Golf and Country Club, a 18-hole par 71 golf course designed by renowned American architect Ronald Kirby, runs along the woods, wineries and artificial bunkers, with plenty of «  off limits » and « water hazards », making it a very unique place to hold the 5th edition of the Abruzzo Open. 

«  The course is very nice and is well-liked by our rising golf stars » tournament director Alessandro Pia said. «  Matt Wallace won the 2016 Grand Final on the same course. Wallace is today in 18th place in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai » he added.

126 players from 15 countries across five continents have entered the tournament including defending champion Guido Migliozzi (ITA) and Santiago Tarrio (ESP), leader of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour’s official season ranking.  

The €40,000 prize money tournament will be played over 54 holes of traditional stroke. Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final round of the tournament. 

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