A two-way tie for the lead after 36-holes at the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open.
|1||Andrea Saracino (Italy)||66-67 (-11)|
|Mario Galiano Aguilar (Spain)||67-66 (-11)|
|3||Ben Schmidt (England)||70-64 (-10)|
|Alexander Kopp (Austria)||67-67 (-10)|
Agrate Conturbia, September 29th 2022- Italy’s Andrea Saracino and Spain’s Mario Galiano Aguilar are in a two-way tie for the lead at 11 under-par entering the final round of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open. They hold a one stroke lead over England’s Ben Schmidt and Austria’s Alexander Kopp that are in a tie for 3rd place at 10 under-par. There is a 5-way tie for 5th place at 9 under-par that includes two winners of this season: Portugal’s Tomas Guimaraes Bessa and France’s Tom Vaillant (am).
Another typical fall day with overcast skies, chilly temperatures and some light rains towards the end of the day at Golf Club Castelconturbia for the second round of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open. It was another day with opportunities for good scoring conditions for the players to take advantage ahead of tomorrow’s final round. They are eagerly trying to capture important order of merit points and move up as much as possible in the rankings ahead of next week’s 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final. Play began again at 8:00 am this morning from both the 1st and 10th hole. The expected forecast for tomorrow’s final round remains similar, however there will be a chance of rain.
Round 2 Player Quotes-
Italy’s Andrea Saracino who was in a tie for 4th place at the conclusion of yesterday’s 1st round, finds himself in a tie for the lead after today’s round. He followed his opening-round of 6 under-par, with a 5 under-par in the second round for a two-day total of 11 under-par. He turned professional in 2017 and hopes to make a final move in the Alps Tour Order of Merit to try and regain his Challenge Tour card at next week’s event. He has been playing very consistent throughout the season and hopes to breakthrough with a win before the season ends. When Andrea concluded his round, he was very pleased on how he played today: “My long game was very good today, I hit a lot of good shots into the greens for birdies. I putted very well on the front nine holes and then it was steady on the back nine. I’m overall extremely pleased about today’s round and who knows what will happen tomorrow.” He also commented on how “my long game has been solid all season, my putting is what I struggled with the most but the last couple of events it seems like it’s finally coming around.” Andrea went on to add that he wants to “remain focused on these next two events of the season and see what happens before making any plans for the future.”
Spain’s Mario Galiano Aguilar followed his opening round of 5 under-par 67 with a 6 under-par 66 for a two-day total of 11 under-par, which allows him to be in a tie for the lead entering tomorrow’s final round. He made 1 eagle and 3 birdies on the front nine holes and 2 birdies and a single bogey on the back nine. Mario commented after his round that his: “iron play has been very good this week. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about my driving but when I do put the ball in play, I’ve been making a lot of birdies. My putter has been working well good also.” On how he will approach tomorrow, he plans on “trying to do the same tomorrow. Put the ball in the fairways as much as possible and I know I can have a chance to win. Tomorrow will definitely be a day where I can learn a lot and I’m excited to see what will happen.”
England’s Ben Schmidt shot an incredible bogey-free 8 under-par round today for a two-day total of 10 under-par and be in a tie for 3rd place only 1 stroke off the lead entering tomorrow’s final round. He made 6 birdies on the front nine and 2 birdies on the back. When Ben signed for his 8under-par, he was very satisfied: “today was a great day, I played really solidly all around, played very similar to yesterday just today I holed a few more putts. I holed a few long putts and made some clutch savers. When I missed the green, I got up and down. I had the same game plan and yesterday felt it was good so just stuck to that and I will be doing the same for tomorrow.” He found that the course was “playing very similar to yesterday, greens fairly soft which means could fire at the pins and the ball was stopping.” Ben also told said he feels like he’s been hitting his driver very well over the past 2 days which is important on this course, “on this course if you are straight off the tee then you will always have a chance because the course isn’t so long but if you don’t put it in play then you can struggle.”
Alexander Kopp from Austria is tied for 3rd place alongside Ben Schmidt at 10 under-par and only 1 stroke off the lead. He shot a second round of 5 under-par 67 with 8 birdies and 3 bogeys. At the conclusion of Alexander’s round, he was very happy with his first two round here at the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open. “I unfortunately hit some bad drives off the tee today but my short game was very solid. Tomorrow I want to go out there enjoy the round and the wonderful course we are playing on this week.”
The 5-way tie for 5th place at 9 under-par only 2 strokes from the lead includes: Daniel Hebenstreit, Edoardo R Lipparelli, Daniel Gurtner, Tomas Guimaraes Bessa and Tom Vaillant (am).
Edoardo Giletta from Italy made a hole-in-one on the par 3 4th hole during today’s second round. Tom Vaillant(am) shot the low round of the day with a 9 under-par 63 today.
The final round of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open, will begin at 8:00 am from the 1st and 10th hole.
A total of 49 players made the cut which was set 1 under-par (143). The leaders will tee off at 9.20 am from the 1st hole. The winner of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open, will earn the winning check of €5,800 and valuable 6,525 Order of Merit points.
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