Jacopo Vecchi Fossa after his second win this season making him winner of the 2021 Order of Merit Photo Credit: Alessandro Bellicini
9th October 2021 | Alps Tour Golf

Jacopo Vecchi Fossa Wins Golf Nazionale Alps Open

October 9th, 2021, Rome – The Italian player Jacopo Vecchi Fossa held off the other contenders to win the Golf Nazionale Alps Open by one stroke on -9 (207). A repeat performance of last year when he also won here at the Golf Nazionale course and his second win this season after the Abruzzo Alps Open in April.

His result not only puts him at the top of the Order of Merit heading into the Grand Final next week but makes him this year’s winner. The second and third place players, Ryan Lumsden and Angel Hidalgo Portillo will not play the Grand Final and no other player can overtake him even if they win next week in Modena. Thus, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa is guaranteed one of the five full category places on the Challenge Tour next year. Bravo!

It was an exciting final round today as Jacopo Vecchi Fossa teeing off from the 1st, four strokes behind the leader, Mathias Eggenberger, carded four birdies and zero bogeys to be sitting -8 at the turn. In the flight behind him, Eggenberger was on -9.

The Italian continued to play solidly until the 13th when a bogey put him back a stroke to -7, rapidly recovered by birdie on the 14th  to sit -8 with four holes to go. At the rear of him, Eggenberger double bogeyed the 14th to see a reversal of roles with the Swiss player now lagging behind the leader by a stroke.

A masterful birdie on the 18th saw Jacopo Vecchi Fossa enter the clubhouse with a two-stroke lead which could only be threatened by an eagle from Eggenberger on the last hole. Birdie it was and victory for Jacopo Vecchi Fossa:

“I started the round very well with a birdie and then I said to myself, “Don’t look at the leader board until the 15th hole”, just to concentrate on my round and stay focussed. Then I had a look at the leader board and saw I was leading by one. I played some good shots after that and then a birdie on the 18th to win. It’s not always easy being the defending champion but I’m very happy that next week we will play on my home course so I can celebrate with all the members and people I know there”.

Runner-up was Mathias Eggenberger on -8 (208) and in third place was one of his playing partners today, Alessandro Tadini from Italy on -6 (210). The highest ranked amateur for the tournament, Julien Sale from France came in on -4 (212). He scored par today as did David Carey from Ireland to share joint fourth position.

There was some other movement on the OofM after today’s results besides Jacopo Vecchi Fossa taking the top position and winning for 2021 . Mathias Eggenberger’s second place saw him jump twenty places to number 14, and David Carey moves up six to number 15 whilst Paul Elissalde’s joint seventh place pushes him up two slots to number 4.

It is going to make for an exciting Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final at the Modena Golf & Country Club next week from 14th-16th October especially as the points distributed are 30% higher than in the other competitions which can have a major impact on the OofM positions and the remaining Challenge Tour cards at stake.

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