Three-times winner Gregorio De Leo leads after the 1st round at the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open.
|1||Gregorio De Leo (Italy)||63 (-9)|
|T2||Augustin Hole (France)||65 (-7)|
|Daniel Hebenstreit (Austria)||65 (-7)|
|T4||Daniel Gurtner (Swiss)||66 (-6)|
|Andrea Saracino (Italy)||66 (-6)|
Agrate Conturbia, September 28th 2022- Italy’s Gregorio De Leo leads with a 9 under-par 63 at the conclusion of Round 1. In a tie for 2nd place at 7 under-par, France’s Augustin Hole and Austria’s Daniel Hebenstreit. In 4th place just 1 stroke back, Austria’s Daniel Gurtner and Italy’s Andrea Saracino. There is a 6-way tie for 6th place at 5 under-par which includes two of this season’s past winners: Portugal’s Tomas Guimaraes Bessa and Ireland’s Gary Hurley.
A typical fall day with overcast skies, a slight breeze and chilly temperatures in Northwestern Italy, welcomed players for the first round of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open played at Golf Club Castelconturbia in Agrate Conturbia, Italy. This week is the last event of the regular Alps Tour season where players are trying to capture the final points in order to make a move in the rankings ahead of next week’s 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final. Play began at 8:00 am this morning from both the 1st and 10th hole. The forecast will remain chilly for the remainder of the week and some rain is expected for Friday’s final round.
Round 1 Player Quotes-
Three-time winner and order of merit leader Italy’s Gregorio De Leo has a two strokes lead at the conclusion of the 1stround at the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open. He shot an amazing bogey-free, 9 under-par 63 round today. He shot 5 birdies on the front nine hole and 4 birdies on the back nine. Gregorio who has already won the 2022 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni, 2022 Alps de Las Castillas and the most recent Alps Tour event, the 2022 Roma Alps Open was very satisfied with today’s round. “Today was very good, today my putting helped me tremendously which actually it’s what I struggled with the most lately. Today I holed a lot of putts and a few very long putts. I didn’t take a lot of risks today and had a good strategy which helped me put together today’s round.” He’s already secured his Challenge Tour card for next season, but he wanted “to compete this week to gain some confidence back. The last few tournaments I slightly lost it so I wanted to come back and compete on a course I’m familiar with the regain some confidence. Even though I have already three trophies this season, of course the ultimate goal would be to win another event.”
France’s Augustin Hole who represents Biarritz le Phare and turned professional at the end of the 2019 season, is one of the two players tied at 7 under-par at the end of the 1st round. He shot an incredible bogey-free round with 3 birdies on the front nine and 4 birdies on the back nine. After his bogey-free round, Augustin commented on how: “the pins were interesting on the par 3 today, smart golf was required to be on the right side. It is a great course, you don’t need to hit it very far of the tee, but you need to hit it in the good area of the course to make birdies, and if not, bogeys can come very easily.” He was “very pleased with this bogey-free round, I was able to hit the correct side of the course and had very very good putting.”
Austria’s Daniel Hebenstreit who represents Golf & Country Club Brunn is the other player in the two-way tie for 2ndplace at 7 under-par. He turned professional in January 2020 and has played on the Alps Tour since. In today’s round, he shot 8 birdies and 1 sole bogey. Daniel was pleased about his round today especially his putting: “The course was playing were nicely, there were some tough pins out there today that’s for sure. The greens are very tricky, very sloppy. My game off the tee and into the greens was very solid today. I holed a lot of putts today which was good.”
Daniel Gurtner from Switzerland who turned professional in 2021 and represents the Swiss PGA as well as Kyburg Golf Club, sits in a two-way tie for 4th after today’s first round. He shot a 6 under-par round 66 with 8 birdies and 2 bogeys. After his round Daniel commented on how he found the conditions ideal during today’s round: “The weather was ideal for golf, it was accessible in terms of weather. There was not much wind and the temperature was pleasant.” He also mentioned on how he found some of the pins were tricky but had the best putting round of the season: “Some of the pins today were tricky as some of the greens are very sloppy which made it harder. I tried to give myself the easiest putts possible and I was able to achieve that as I had my best putting round of the season. It was very rewarding.” Daniel went on to comment how he’s really enjoying the course: “It’s the first time the Alps Tour competes here, I really like this course, I like the conditions of the course, I like the greens even though they are tricky as they reward good putting. I hope we will be back here to compete next year.”
Tied for 4th place alongside Daniel Gurtner at 6 under-par and 3 shots back of the lead, there is Italy’s Andrea Saracino. There is a 6-way tie for 6th place at 5 under-par which includes: Spain’s Mario Galiano Aguilar, Austria’s Alexander Kopp, Portugal’s Tomas Guimaraes Bessa, Italy’s Edoardo Lipparelli, Ireland’s Gary Hurley and France’s Xavier Poncelet.
Julien Sale is competing in his first event as a professional player. He is currently 2nd in the Alps Tour Order of Merit and one of the players that is contenting to earn a Challenge Tour card for next season.
The 120 players in the field this week are competing for an overall prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points.
The second round of the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open will begin again at 8:00 am from the 1st and 10th hole. After round 2, a cut will be made.
Like the majority 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. They promote a great part of professional golf events that are played in Italy. The main sponsors that support the Italian Pro Tour include DS Automobiles, Fideuram, Kappa, Rinascente and Poste Assicura. In addition, their media partners are the following three Italian newspapers: Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosportand Il Giornale. The Italian Pro Tour featured social partner is Sport Senza Frontiere Onlus and with an official advisor, Infront.
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