Tom Vaillant has won the Aravell Golf Open by Credit Andorra, an Alp Tour tournament that took place at the Aravell Golf & Country Club (course designed by José María Olazábal, winner of The Masters in 1994 and 1999) in Aravell ( Lleida), in the northeastern part of Spain. The French amateur won with a total of 191 (63 65 63, -22) ahead of the Finnish Eemil Alajarvi, second with 197 (-16). Stefano Mazzoli, the best of the Italians, finished in 7th position with 201 (66 71 64, -12). Behind him, 8 / o with 202 (69 69 64, -11), Andrea Romano. Giacomo Fortini placed 11 / o with 203 (69 65 69, -10), while Gregorio De Leo (67 71 67) and Michele Ortolani (68 70 67) 17 / i with 205 (-8).
Tom Vaillant, results
Another success for Tom Vaillant, the second in a row on the Alps Tour after the one obtained last week at the Open de la Mirabelle d’Or (where he won the fourth additional hole ahead of Manfredi Manica). Thanks to this exploit, the transalpine managed to climb to the top of the order of merit of the circuit overtaking Koen Kouwenaar, who finished 20 / o with 206 (-7). Gregorio De Leo remains in third position on the ‘money list’, while Stefano Mazzoli rises from sixth to fifth place.
The Alps Tour is a professional European men’s golf tour which acts as the third European division behind the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. It mainly concerns France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Morocco. Other third-tier European tours are the PGA EuroPro Tour, Pro Golf Tour and the Nordic League.
In 1986, the Satellite Tour was born, dependent on the European Tour, from the desire of countries such as Sweden, France and Italy to open their national events to foreign players. Since 1989, the best players at the end of the season have been eligible to join the European Tour the following season. In 1990, this circuit was renamed Challenge Tour.
The Challenge Tour has grown successfully and can accommodate all European players who wish to participate in its events. As a result, the European Tour decided to create regionalized European third divisions in 2000. Thus were created four regional circuits: a region comprising Great Britain and Ireland (the PGA EuroPro Tour), the second group the Scandinavian countries (Nordic League), the third in Central Europe (the EPD Tour today called Pro Golf Tour), and the last, the Alps Tour, including Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland.
Since July 2015, like the other regional European circuits, the Alps Tour offers points counting for the world ranking.