Giletta & Vecchi Fossa Joint Leaders Round 2
April 23rd, 2021 – Pescara, Italy. It is green, white, and red at the top of the leader board with two Italian players tied at -12 (130), Edoardo Giletta and Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, after 36 holes of the Abruzzo Alps Open. Overnight rain, stronger winds and tougher pin positions were additional factors to be taken into account today on the Miglianico Golf & Country Club course.
Yesterday’s leader Edoardo Giletta was first into the clubhouse after a solid round including six birdies and just one bogey on his card. Starting this morning from the 10th, his sole bogey came on the 12th par 3 which he handled better today after putting a ball in the water yesterday. But as the day before, he immediately riposted with a birdie and then stayed focussed throughout the round for a 66 (-5) for the day:
“My goal was to go for -1 on the front nine and then attack more on the back nine. It was windy but the greens were softer. Although some of the pins were tricky, others could be attacked, and my putting has really helped me these past two days. I tried not to think about leading yesterday evening and thought about playing one shot at a time. the strategy for tomorrow will be the same, and we will see! I dedicate these nice rounds to my family, my grandfather and my coach Alain Vergari who is with me here and always believes in me!”.
Teeing off in the afternoon, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa’s rise up the leader board was as steady as his game today. Also starting at the 10th, he masterfully scored par on the four most difficult holes and sank two birdies for good measure on the outward nine. Coming home he started with four birdies in a row, added another one on the 6th par 4 to card 64 (-7) for the round.
“After three rounds at the National Championship here in Miglianico two weeks ago I won with -8, now -12 after two, I’ve ignited the turbo engine! I started from hole 10, I was careful and didn’t make any errors, then the wind disappeared which meant I could score low on the front nine which are easier. Tomorrow I will play my own game and try not to look at the others’ scores”.
Just one stroke behind them in third place at -11 (131) is the French amateur, Tom Vaillant, who after his second-place finish yesterday, kept a level head and a steady hand to sign a 66 (-5) today with six birdies and one bogey:
“It was a bit complicated at the beginning starting from the 10th and the four hardest holes, but I came through them at +1 so that was okay and after that the putts went in on 16 and 17 for birdie. I had a lot of close approach shots so I’m really happy with how I played and especially my mental approach. I want my game to progress, and I feel that my place now is with the professionals. It’s really good to be able to play here, a real chance so I’m trying to make the most of it”.
Another amateur, Riccardo Bregoli from Italy, sits in fourth place on -9 (133). Five birdies and one bogey gave him a 67 (-4) for the round. A member of the Italian National Amateur Team, he is currently contemplating turning pro:
“It could be the right year. It is very important to play the Alps Tour because it’s a great trampoline with lots of good players … and many of the good ones started from here so I think it is really the best place to begin”.
With forty-two players having played -1 or more today the cut came at Par (142) which sees a total of 55 players going through to tomorrow’s final, 44 pros and 11 amateurs. Play starts at 8:00am from the 1st and 10th tees.
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