Filippo Bergamaschi Leads After Day 1
October 28th, 2020 – Rome, Italy – The Italian player, Filippo Bergamaschi shot a -7 (65) to head the leader board here at the Golf Nazionale after Round 1 of the Italy Alps Open.
Bergamaschi is a former Alps Tour player who went on to play on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour. He carded one eagle, six birdies and a sole bogey in a round that he described as perfect. He was also glad to be back on an Alps Tour tournament as he acknowledged how much experience he gained from his time on the tour and what a great training ground it is to raise players’ game.
However, right behind him is the Alps Tour rookie, Jeong Weon Ko at -6 (66). Ko is fresh from his first professional win at the Open PGA France FFgolf de Roissy last weekend. He had not been 100% happy with his game at Roissy but today was different:
“I was a little stressed on the first 3 holes. I was confident of my game, but I knew it was an important tournament for me, so I felt some pressure. I managed the first three holes well, and after that it just came naturally. I had good drives, good irons, I made 18 greens in regulation which obviously helped. It was great to not have a single bogey which is what I’ve been trying to do since the beginning of the year, and this was the first time I have managed it. So, really happy with this first round. The score is no surprise considering the iron shots that I made and let’s hope it continues like that.”
Indeed, currently sitting seventh on the Order of Merit, one of the three available places on the Challenge Tour for next season is still within Ko’s grasp.
Just behind him at -5 (67) is the Irishman, Jonathan Yates. He has had three top ten finishes this season with a runner-up position in February but has yet to nail his first win. A bogey-free round, three birdies and one eagle keep him in the running.
In the group of five players behind at -3 (69) we have two Italians, Carlo Casalegno and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, with Vitor Londot Lopes from Portugal, Julien Foret from France and Jacobo Pastor from Spain who won the last Alps Tour competition at the end of September, Alps de Las Castillas.
We then have a pack of eleven players at -2 (70) so the field remains wide open and the stakes are high.
Weather conditions were good today with some wind gusts and more of the same is forecast for tomorrow.
Results Day 1: click here
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