144 players from 22 different home countries are lined up to tee off on Wednesday. The excitement was palpable among the 69 qualifiers from last week’s First Stage. They will join the 75 other eligible players who automatically qualified for the Final Stage and play alternate 18 holes on each course over the first two days. After 36 holes at the end of play on Thursday, the field will be cut to the leading 65 players and those players tied on the final qualifying place score. The final round will be held at the Golf Nazionale.
The top scoring 35 players at the end of the final round will obtain a full Category 6 for the Alps Tour 2022 season.
Players making the cut of the Final Stage and finishing between the 36th and the 65th position will be eligible for membership in Category 8 of the Alps Tour for the 2022 season.
Players between the 66th and the 144th position will be eligible for membership in Category 9 of the Alps Tour for the 2022 season.
The two courses offer quite different challenges for the players. Terre dei Consoli Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr who described his course philosophy thus: “All my courses are symphonies with dominant themes. They have crescendos and lulls. There are different rhythms, you can feel the changes.” Terre dei Consoli Golf Club open parkland layout gently follows the natural contours of the undulating terrain of the location. The perfectly integrated obstacles raise the technical level with signature hole 9, an island green par 3, an absolute delight.
The Golf Nazionale, a Jim and George Fazio design is recognized as one of the best courses in continental Europe. It follows the natural contours of the hilly terrain of the area, with some marvellous panoramas, featuring elevation changes, forced carries, deep rough, undulating greens, numerous strategically placed bunkers, and several water hazards.
Weatherwise, the first day could be a case of dejà-vu for many of the players from last week’s First Stage as strong wind gusts are forecast. Things should settle down on Thursday and Friday promises to be near perfect for golf.
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