Kiet Van der Weele, Round 1 leader at 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon. Photo Credits: Alps Tour Golf/ Federico Capretti
24th May 2023 | Alps Tour Golf

Kiet Van der Weele leads after round 1 at the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON.

Round 1 Notes

Golf Club La Pinetina
Appiano Gentile,Como, Italy
24th– 26th May 2023Alps Tour Media Contact: [email protected]


   Pos.                 Name      Score
      1 Kiet Van der Weele (NED) -7 (63)
      2 Eemil Alajarvi (FIN) -5 (65)
Manuel Morugan (ESP) -5 (65)
      4 Asier Aguirre Izcue (ESP) -4 (66)
 and 5 other players at -4 (66)

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Kiet Van der Weele leads after round 1 at the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by AON. 

Como, May 24th 2023- After the 1st round at the 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon, we have a tight leaderboard. Netherland’s Kiet Van der Weele leads the way after a bogey-free 7 under-par 63. Tied for 2nd place only 2 strokes back: Finland’s Eemil Alajarvi and Spain’s Manuel Morugan.  There is a 6-way tied for 4th place at 4 under-par that includes: Spain’s Asier Aguirre Izcue, Italian amateur Mattia Comotti, France’s Alexandre Daydou, Netherland’s Lars Keunen, Italy’s Filippo Bergamaschi and his compatriot Elia Dallanegra (am).

The first round at the 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon, being played at Golf Club La Pinetina in Como, Italy started with pleasant weather conditions. It was a sunny day with occasional clouds and some light winds with temperatures around 22°C. However, in the early afternoon, the weather became overcast with some thunderstorms in the area. At 7:04 pm play was suspended due to inclement weather in the area with only a few groups per side left to conclude their round. Luckily play resumed at 7:30pm which allowed the players to finish the 1st round. Some moderate rain is expected for tomorrow especially in the morning but for Friday’s final round a beautiful sunny day is forecasted with temperatures around 27°C.

Round 1 Player Quotes –

Netherland’s Kiet Van der Weele, 22 years old leads by 2 strokes after his great 1st round at the 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon. He shot a bogey-free, 7 under-par opening round. He currently sits in 3rd place in the Order of Merit Rank and captured his 1st professional win at the 2023 Alps de Las Castillas which took place at the end of April. Van der Weele was really happy with his performance at the conclusion of his 1st round: “My game was really good today, I started off well, I made a nice putt on 1 to kickstart the round, I teed off on 10. My putting and short game was really good and it needs to be like that to make a bogey-free round. My game is in a good place right now and I would like to take advantage.” He went on to add on how his home course in the Netherlands is very similar to GC La Pinetina“The course is really beautiful, especially the back nine. There are some holes that are very pretty with a lot of trees. This course is more strategic and you need to be very precise using a lot of irons of the tees. The rough is nice and high so your short game needs to be good if you want a good round. I really like it and I’m very comfortable on it as it’s very similar to my home course.” Van der Weele plans on “taking it a day at the time and playing one shot at a time and one hole at a time for the next two rounds. Tomorrow is a new day and I will go from scratch and see what happens. I obviously would like to win another event, that’s my nature but I will try to play my best and see what the outcome will be.”Eemil Alajarvi from Finland, 23 years old, concluded his 1st round with a 5 under-par 65 and is one of the two players tied for 2nd place only 2 strokes back. He made 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 1 bogey in his round. He turned professional in 2021 and this is his third season playing on the Alps Tour. After his round, Alajarvi commented on how well he played, “It was a solid day. I hit very well from the tee so it was easy to get good birdie chances. I enjoy playing here, I think the course fits me very well. The last tournament was very rainy in Austria, so I’m not worried about the forecast. Obviously, my goal for the season is to earn one of the cards that will allow me to gain access to the Challenge Tour next season.” 

Spain’s Manuel Morugan who represents Real Guadalhorce Club de Golf is the second player tied for 2nd place at 5 under-par. He made 3 birdies on the front nine and 2 birdies, 1 eagle and 2 bogeys on the back nine for a 65. Morugan has obtained numerous good results on the Alps Tour over the years and captured his first win on the tour last season at the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open.

In the 6-way tied currently for 4th place at 4 under-par: Spain’s Asier Aguirre Izcue, Italian amateur Mattia Comotti, France’s Alexandre Daydou, Netherland’s Lars Keunen and Italy’s Filippo Bergamaschi and his compatriot Elia Dallanegra (am).

Alfredo Migliorini had the highlight of the day making a hole-in-one during today’s first round on the par 3 17th hole from 158 meters with an 8 iron.

The 144 players are competing for an overall prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

Round 2-

The second round of the 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon will begin again at 7:30 am local time from the 1st and 10th hole. After round 2, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.

The first-round leader, Kiet Van der Weele will begin round 2 at 1:25 pm local time from the 1st hole.

Tournament Promoter

Like the majority of the Alps Tour events that are played in Italy, the 2023 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon is organized by the Italian Pro Tour, which is a branch of the Italian Golf Federation. They are responsible for promoting the majority of the professional golf events that occur in Italy.

For this week’s event, Aon is the tournament Presenting Sponsor. Aon is also a worldwide partner of the 2023 Ryder Cup which will take place at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome from September 29th until October 1st.

The main sponsors that support the Italian Pro Tour include DS AutomobilesFideuram Intesa SanPaolo Private BankingKappaRinascente and Poste Assicura. In addition, their media partners are the following two Italian newspapers: Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport. The Italian Pro Tour featured social partner is Sport Senza Frontiere Onlus and with an official advisor, Infront Italy.

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