The English Ben Schmidt won with 201 (70 64 67, -15) strokes the Castelconturbia Alps Open, the sixth tournament scheduled in the Italian Pro Tour, the national and international competition circuit organized by the Italian Golf Federation, with the support of 'official advisor Infront, and penultimate seasonal stage of the Alps Tour.
On the course of the Castelconturbia Golf Club (par 72) first among the Italians was Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli, fourth with 204 (67 68 69, -12) and finished among the top ten Andrea Saracino, tenth with 207 (-9), who was at the top after two rounds.
Castelconturbia Alps Open, results
In a highly spectacular finish the scene is changed on each of the last four holes. Dutch Vince Van Veen arrived in the clubhouse, setting the bar at "minus 14" with 202, when Schmidt had the same score, but still four holes to play.
He seemed to slip away with a bogey at 15 and at that point Lipparelli had a chance to move alongside the leader for a possible playoff, but at 18 he scored a bogey (partial of 69, -3 with five birdies and two bogeys). Then the imperious shot by Schmidt who made everyone agree with two birdies to close.
The 20-year-old Englishman, in the first year of the Alps Tour, where he finished third in the Qualifying School, has so far only obtained a tenth place, as the best result, in the Alps de La Gomera (won by Van Veen ). He finished in 67 (-5, six birdies, one bogey) strokes and was rewarded with a check for € 5,800 on a prize pool of € 40,000.
In third place went the Irishman Gary Hurley with 203 (-13) and Lipparelli was joined by the English Sam Robinson and the Frenchman Tom Vaillant, two titles in the year and on the occasion best amateur. In good position Pietro Ricci, Gregorio De Leo and Lodovico Gallavresi, higher among the blue amateurs, 15th with 208 (-8), Gianmaria Rean Trinchero, 21st with 209 (-7), Riccardo Bregoli and Andrea Ferraris (am), 24.i with 210 (-6).
Further back Federico Zucchetti, Gregory Molteni and Michele Ferrero (am), 38.i with 215 (-1), Carlo Casalegno, 42nd with 216 (par), Cristiano Terragni, 45th with 219 (+3), Tommaso Rossin ( am), 46th with 220 (+4), and Federico Bugané, 47th with 222 (+6).