2nd May 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
The Tour heads to Milan for the 7th event of the season.
Milan, May 2nd 2022– After a two-week break, the tour returns this week for the 7th event of the season, the 2022 Molinetto Alps Open. The event will be played at Molinetto Golf and Country Club in Milan, Italy from Wednesday May 4th until Friday May 6th. On Tuesday May 3rd, the day prior to the start of the tournament, a shot gun pro-am will take place.
All of this season previous winners except Oihan Guillamoundeguy will be competing for the inaugural 2022 Molinetto Alps Open. Manuel Morugan winner of the last Alps Tour tournament in Abruzzo and currently 13th in the Order of Merit will also be in the field this week. In addition, Stefano Mazzoli who is currently the highest-ranked player in the Order of Merit will also in the field this week. Mazzoli currently has a 1,092 points advantage over Portugal’s Tomas Bessa Guimaraes and both players have played all of this season’s previous events.
There will also be three current Challenge Tour players who are taking advantage of an off week to compete at the inaugural event. The three players are: Italy’s Enrico Di Nitto and Federico Maccario and Germany’s Dominic Foos.
There are 16 different nationalities represented among the 144 players competing this week. Throughout the 144 players the majority are representing Italy, Spain and France. The players will be competing for a prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The tournament winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.
Molinetto Golf and Country Club is a 5914 meters par 71 course. The course was built in the early 80s and was named after an old mill that was on the property when the course construction began. It was then redesigned in the early 90s by architect Luigi Rota Caremoli. Caremoli focused both the remodel of the tees and greens throughout the course, as well as the addition of new lakes and bunkers. A characteristic that remains true to Molinetto Golf and Country Club is its remarkable maintenance of its narrow fairways which require precision from each player.
Even though Molinetto Golf & Country Club has never previously hosted an Alps Tour event, the course gained recognition for hosting the 42* Italian Open in 1985. The event, held during the exact same dates, May 2nd through May 5th, 1985 saw Spain’s Manuel Piñero Sánchez triumphant with a total score of 276, only one shot away from Sam Torrance, close second. This tournament also saw Seve Ballesteros in close contention, closing in 5th place.
Being a new event on the schedule, it is sure to be an intriguing week where players will be subject to a new course, and its subsequent conditions. At the end of the event, we will have an inaugural winner of this Alps Tour stop with a new tournament score record for this course.
Like the rest of the Alps Tour events played in Italy, this event is organized by the Italian Pro Tour, which is a branch of the Italian Golf Federation who promotes all professional golf events. The main sponsors that support the Italian Pro Tour include DS Automobiles, Fideuram, Kappa and Eureco. In addition, their media partners are the following three Italian newspapers: Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport and Il Giornale. The Italian Pro Tour featured social partner is Sport Senza Frontiere Onlus with official advisor, Infront.
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