Rome, November 9th 2022– Netherland’s Rodi Vlasveld and Spain’s Marc Sabria share the lead with a 5 under-par at the end of the 1st round at the 2022 Alps Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. There are 7 players in a tie for 3rd place only one stroke back at 4 under-par that includes: Ireland’s Robin Dawson and Paul Murphy.
With a brisk morning in Northern Rome, 156 players began their quest to earn their 2023 Alps Tour playing card. Players were split between Golf Nazionale (Par 72) and Olgiata Golf Club (Par 73). The weather was favorable today, allowing players the opportunity to have good scoring conditions.
Netherland’s Rodi Vlasveld is co-leading alongside Marc Sabria after round 1 at the 2022 Alps Tour Q-School Final Stage. He shot an opening round at Olgiata Golf Club of 5 under-par 68 today with 6 birdies and a single bogey. After he signed for his 5 under-par, he proudly commented: “My game felt good, all around it was pretty solid. I’m happy with the way I began the tournament. I really love this course; the design is great and we are playing it in great conditions.”
Spain’s Marc Sabria who represents PGA Catalunya is the other co-leader at the end of round 1. He began his round with 3 birdies on the front nine and then went on to make 3 birdies and 1 bogey on the back nine to score a 5 under-par 67 today at Golf Nazionale. After he finished his round, Marc proudly commented his round by saying: “I played really well, I played with a very intelligent mindset. I’ve played numerous times here before so I know the course very well. My goal today was just to hit the ball in the fairway and believe in my good iron play and it came out to be a very good round to start my Q-School.” When asked about his thoughts about the course he will be playing tomorrow, Olgiata GC, Marc explained: “Olgiata is a great golf course, well actually both of them are. I’m looking forward to tomorrow even though I think Olgiata Golf Club is slightly trickier, it’s very narrow and very long. I’m definitely pleased with my opening round to get ready for tomorrow’s round.”
Ireland’s Robin Dawson is one of the 7 players who is in the tie for 3rd place after today’s 1st round. Today, he began his round at Golf Nazionale with 4 birdies on the front nine and then went on to make 1 birdie and 1 bogey on the back nine to conclude. When his round finished Robin commented: “I’ve been pretty confident coming into this week but you never know until you have a scorecard in your hand. I got off to a good start today being 4 under after 9 holes and it could have been a few shots better. I halted a little on the back nine, I got into a defense mechanism. Pretty please with my 68 today all in all. Hopefully tomorrow another 68 would be nice but we will see it’s a great course so I’m looking forward to it.”
At the conclusion of the tournament, the top 35 players and ties will be eligible to receive Category 6 membership for the 2023 Alps Tour Season. The rest of the players who will make the cut, and finish between the 36th and 65th position will be eligible to receive Category 8 membership. The remaining players will be eligible for membership in Category 9 for the 2023 Alps Tour Season.
For tomorrow’s second round, players will be alternating courses between Golf Nazionale and Olgiata Golf Club. Play will begin again at 8:00am from the 1st and 10th hole at each course. The weather is forecasted to be overcast with temperatures that will reach around 20°C.
After tomorrow’s round, a cut will be made to the top 65 players and ties who will gain access into the final round of the tournament that will be played at Golf Nazionale.
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