Alps Tour Continues in Italy for the Abruzzo Open
April 19th, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. After playing two tournaments in Puglia, the Alps Tour players change region and move further north for the Abruzzo Alps Open. Since its inaugural year of 2014, the tournament has been hosted by the Miglianico Golf & Country Club apart from 2020 when, exceptionally, the tournament did not take place.
And as for the opening tournaments of the 2021 season, players are eager to get out there and play some competitive, professional golf. A full field of 132 players has been confirmed and there is, again, a lengthy reserve and waiting list. Among the 15 nationalities represented there is a total of 109 pros and 23 amateurs.
The previous winner in 2019, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez from Spain, is now playing on the European Tour and will not be defending his title. There are, however, lots of contenders who will be more than happy to succeed him. Among them, the two victors of the 2021 season-opening tournaments, Ryan Lumsden from Scotland at the MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open and the French amateur, Paul Margolis, who celebrated his first professional win at the MIRA Live the Soul Open.
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa from Italy is still savouring his win on this very course just over a week ago at the National Open Golf Championship on the Italian Pro Tour. He was also an Alps Tour champion at the 2020 Italy Open and is joined by his compatriot, Stefano Mazzoli, 2020 Red Sea Little Venice Open winner. Jacobo Pastor from Spain is the third 2020 title holder in the field with his home win at Alps de Las Castillas.
Another recent victor is the experienced Alps Tour member, Xavier Poncelet. He took advantage of the lull between Alps Tour tournaments in Italy to pocket a home turf victory at the Open Ffgolf des Aisses just three days ago in France under difficult weather conditions.
The course here was designed by Ronald Kirby, the renowned American architect whose career spans more than 60 years, and whose name is on over 70 courses around the world including the famous Old Head Links on the coast of Ireland. At the Miglianico Golf & Country Club he created a technically challenging but enjoyable course that winds through natural olive groves with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The greenside sand traps on the par 4 11th are one such example as is the small lake right in front of the green on the par 3 12th. A forward pin position can make for a tricky approach shot.
The forecast for the Abruzzo Alps Open promises to be within the seasonal norms but rain is a strong possibility on the first two days. The wind is also something that needs to be factored into the game. Given the location of the course, nestled in a valley between the Apennine peaks and the Adriatic coast, wind gusts can come from either direction.
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