The wait is over. On the course of the Parco de ‘Medici Golf Club, the Roma Alps Open, the fifth event of the Italian Pro Tour 2022, the circuit of national and international competitions of the FIG, kicks off, with the support of the Infront official advisor. The race, which is also part of the Alps Tour, is of significant importance because, being the third from last on the calendar, it will award points that could be decisive for the order of merit. In fact, at the end of the year the top five finishers will have a ‘card’ for the Challenge Tour 2023 and, with this in mind, all the best players on the circuit take part in the tournament, including the top ten of the money list itself, including the leader Gregorio. De Leo and Stefano Mazzoli, sixth.
Rome Alps Open, The Pro Am
The tournament was anticipated by the traditional Pro Am won with 32 shots under par by the team led by pro Takayuki Matsui, with amateurs Vito Caradonio, Berardino Grego and Marco Padula, which preceded that of the Spanish Manuel Morugan with Marco Cavallaro, Marco Contaldi and Michele Gallo (minus 30). In third place, with the same “minus 30”, but with a worse score in the last holes, the team of Frenchman Augustin Hole with Pierre Sled, Massimo Vitelli and Fabio Ceccarini, therefore with “minus 29” the formation of Portuguese Tomas Guimaraes Bessa , with Davide Germoni, Filippo Base and Andrea De Romanis and with “minus 28” the team of the Iberian Mario Galiano Aguilar with Fernando Pellegrino, Stefano Sciarretta and Fabio Di Diego. In tenth place with “minus 25” the team with Giuseppe Incocciati, former player of Napoli di Maradona, and with the comedian Maccio Capatonda (pseudonym of Marcello Macchia) led by Michele Cea and which included Silvia Pilardi.
In the field the top ten in the order of merit – De Leo (two titles this season) to consolidate his position and Mazzoli (a success) to return to the top five where he has been for most of the year. A task that requires maximum concentration and attention because the other eight who make up the top ten of the ranking and all the seasonal winners with the exception of the Austrian Markus Brier (his Gosser Open at home) will be on the starting tee. Moreover, the opponents of the two Azzurri are all in excellent shape. In particular, the two French amateurs Julien Sale (# 2) and Tom Vaillant (# 3), two titles also for him, and the Dutchman Koen Kouwenaar (# 4). The other two Dutchmen Vince Van Veen (n.8), fresh from the success in the Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera in the Canary Islands, and Davey Porsius (n.10), as well as the Portuguese Tomas Guimaraes Bessa (n. 5), the Swiss Mathias Eggenberger (No. 7) and the Irish Gary Hurley (No. 9).
Among the 60 Italians competing, many have the opportunity to figure well among which we mention Giacomo Fortini, Andrea Saracino, Carlo Casalegno, Cristiano Terragni, Manfredi Manica, Gianmaria Rean Trinchero, Davide Buchi and Riccardo Bregoli.
Competition formula and prize money – The Roma Alps Open will be played over a distance of 54 holes, with a cut after 36 which will leave the top 40 in the race and the tied ones in 40th place. Up for grabs a total prize money of 40,000 euros, with the first coin of 5,800.