19th April 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Garcia Rodriguez is no surprise, wins Abruzzo Open Dailies Total 1

It was only a question of time for Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez until he could raise a winning trophy again after that title he had conquered two years ago in the Alps de Las Castillas, in Spain defeating compatriot Adria Arnaus in playoff. Since the first tournaments of the 2019 season, Sebas showed the solid form that made him win Abruzzo Open Dailies Total 1 with two strokes margin and took him on top of the Order of Merit after six tournaments.

Garcia Rodriguez, 30, started the competition with a 65 (-6) and a tied second place after the first day on beautiful Miglianico Golf & CC, but was leading solo in the following round at -11, and was able to keep those 2-strokes margin also at the end of the third and final day with another 66 and a total -16, in spite of the « attacks » of other in-form players, like Italian Edoardo Lipparelli who eventually settled for a second place at -14.

« I’m very proud and happy I could finally win here in Italy », said Garcia Rodriguez, « I feel I’m on the right track that hopefully will lead me to the European Tour in the end, and in order to reach this goal I’m going to train and work as hard as ever. There’s no secret, I think that only hard work gets you where you wish to be, and that’s what I’ve been doing to finally win again ; but there’s always space for improving, you never have to be content ».

In Seba’s scorecards, only two bogeys in three rounds (none today) and 18 birdies (5 today) to get the winner’s cheque – 5,800 euros out of a 40,000 prize money : « I had been playing well for a while, but on the greens I had some troubles ; here in Miglianico, the greens were very good and I’ve putted really well, that was certainly the key ».

Lipparelli, 22, was feeling a bit exhausted after six weeks of tournaments in a row, where he actually performed quite well winning the French Qualifying School and adding a sixth place in the Italian National Championship to the very good scores he had in the Egyptian Winter series (a 2nd place in the Dreamland Pyramids Open and two more top tens) ; his rewards is the third place in the Order of Merit with 12.265 points – very close to the leader Garcia (12.569 pt) and fellow compatriot Lorenzo Scalise, second (12.437 pt) – and a pleasing sum of 10,930 euros after 6 tournaments.

In third place, Frenchman Julien Foret at -13 and fourth is Swiss Mathias Eggenberger at -11. A special mention goes to rookie Dutch Pierre Verlaar, who had an incredible aggregate of 28 strokes on the front nine with 8 birdies and a single bogey ; in the back nine his rythm slowed down – « On hole 12 I missed my birdie putt with a horse-shoe over the hole, and I’ve lost a bit of confidence there », he said – but nevertheless he finished with a 66 (-5) on 8th place with a total on -9.

The Alps Tour schedule will resume in three weeks in Spain, with Alps de las Castillas hosted by Golf Valdeluz in Guadalajara on May 9-11.


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14th April 2019 | Alps Tour Golf

Rising golf stars head to Italy

After the first five tournaments of the 2019 season hosted in Egypt, the rising golf stars of the Alps Tour are back in Europe for the Abruzzo Open Dailies Total 1, starting next week from April 17th through April 19th.

Miglianico Golf & Country Club, in the Abruzzo region (Central Italy, 200 km East of Rome) is a well-tested venue of the tournament for the sixth year in a row, and while in the past it was played towards the end of the season, this year it will be the opening competition of the Continental swing and the first of the five dates of the 2019 Alps Tour schedule in Italy.

Four out of the five 2019 winners will be in the field – Italians Luca Cianchetti (winner of Katameya Dunes Open) and present leader of the Order of Merit Lorenzo Scalise (New Giza Open), Englishman Ben Wheeler (Red Sea Little Venice Open) and Frenchman Frederic Lacroix (Ein Bay Open) – but many other players showed good form and are expected to perform well like Italians Federico Maccario, Enrico Di Nitto and Edoardo Lipparelli, respectively 3rd, 4th and 7th in the ranking, Englishman Andrew Scrimshaw, who was 2nd in the last tournament in Egypt, or Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, who played all the five Egyptian tournaments “in money” with two “top tens”.

The €40,000 prize money tournament is played over 54 holes with a field of 138 players (112 pros and 26 amateurs). Following a cut after 36 holes, the top 40 and ties will qualify for the final day and for the title of the tournament. The winner of the last two editions of the tournament, Italian Guido Migliozzi, is now playing on the European Tour where he recently won the Magical Kenya Open; his scores in the Abruzzo Open were -14 in 2017, when he defeated in playoff Frenchmen Alex Daydou and Julien Foret, and -18 in 2018, one stroke better of Foret, again, and Paul Elissalde, tied second.

The tournament is organized by Italian Pro Tour, branch of the Italian Golf Federation, and title sponsor is for the first time Dailies Total 1, water gradient daily contact lens.

Miglianico G&CC: The 18-hole course, with par 72 and a length of 5875 meters, twists along woods, vineyards and artificial bunkers, with various “out of bounds” and water hazards. The Miglianico Golf & Country Club course was designed by well renowned American golf Architect Ronald Kirby, and has a unique personality. From technical point of view, this is an extremely interesting course with an enjoyable atmosphere, as confirmed by all golfers who play it regularly, by professionals and amateurs coming from abroad to play the international tournaments hosted over the years. Technical, challenging and fun holes are to be found on this golf course which was also venue of the Mediterranean Games in 2009.

Abruzzo Open Roll of Honour :

2014 Juan Antonio Bragulat (Esp) -12

2015 Luca Cianchetti – am (Ita) -11

2016 Stefano Pitoni (Ita) -15

2017 Guido Migliozzi (Ita) -14

2018 Guido Migliozzi (Ita) -18


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