Stage 1 QS Alps Tour on three Italian courses

The race towards the 'cards' for the Alps Tour 2024 begins with the Qualifying School's Strage 1, now in its 19th edition, which will be held on 9 and 10 November on three different clubs

by Andrea Gussoni
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Stage 1 QS Alps Tour on three Italian courses
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The race towards the 'cards' for the Alps Tour 2024 begins with the Qualifying School's Strage 1, now in its 19th edition, which will be held on 9 and 10 November on three different clubs: at the Le Fonti Golf Club in Castel San Pietro Terme (BO), at the Miglianico Golf & Country Club in Miglianico (CH) and at the Terre dei Consoli Golf Club in Monterosi (VT).

There will be 193 competitors competing (54 Italians) who will compete over the distance of 36 holes with the number of those promoted in each competition which will be communicated during the course of the competition. Between Stage 1 and the final, over 260 athletes from 27 different nations will compete, including Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and the United States.

Stage 1 QS Alps Tour, schedule

At the Le Fonti Golf Club there will be 70 players at the start with 28 Italians, seven professionals including Marco Archetti and Federico Zuckermann and 21 amateurs. 52 of them will start in Miglianico with five pros, including Stefano Pitoni and Luca D'Andreamatteo, and 12 amateurs.

Finally 71 will be on the starting tee at Terre dei Consoli GC with nine Italians, two pros and seven amateurs including Filippo Ponzano and Alessandro Notari. The final will take place from 15 to 17 November on the Golf Nazionale courses in Sutri (VT) and the Olgiata Golf Club in Rome.

156 competitors admitted (79 automatically qualified with 22 Italians), who will alternate on the two courses in the first two rounds, then the first 65 classified and those tied for 65th place will enter the final round on the National Golf course.

At the end, the first 35 and those tied for 35th place will have a category 6 'card', i.e. full time on the 2024 Alps Tour. The others will have a category 8 'card', with fewer playing possibilities, while those who do not pass the cut will receive category 9.

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An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

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