Luke Donnelly has won an Alps tour qualifying school tournament in Italy shooting 7 under through 2 days in very tough conditions.
Donnelly started the competition from the 10th yesterday with two bogeys, two birdies and an eagle on the ninth hole saw him turn for home at -2 . An error-free inward nine with birdies on the last three holes saw him at -3 at the end of the first day. This score meant Donnelly started the second in joint second with Spanish amateur Joel Ramirez.
After another succesful day today the Thomastown man will now moves on to the next stage of the qualifying.
The aim of the Alps Tour is to give young professionals the opportunity to play and get a better experience of professional tournaments to play the Challenge Tour and the European Tour. It allows also for best players to get a category on Challenge Tour or/as well as exemptions from Stage 1 of the European Tour Qualifying School.
Format of the tournament :
– 120 to 144 players (60% Alps Tour members, 40% national players and invitations)
– 3 or 4 rounds of 18 holes, usually from Thursday to Sunday
– cut after the first two rounds to keep the leading 40 and those tied for 40th place
– minimum prize money 40,000 Euro (3 rounds/ 54 holes) and 45,000 Euro (4 rounds/72 holes).