Friday, July 20, 2018


Alps de Las Castillas 2018
Leon Golf Club (Leon, Spain)
18-20 July 2018
Frenchman Thomas Elissalde wins the Alps de Las Castillas play-off


Picture @Tristan Jones Photography


Alps Tour veteran player Thomas Elissalde (FRA) won today the Alps de Las Castillas at the Leon Golf Club with a total of -14 after a nerve wracking final round which saw three players end the day tied for 1st place.
Thomas Elissalde, who turned in the best card of the day at -9 (an eagle and 7 birdies), was first to tee off today's final round with his brother Paul.
He had to wait 2hr 30min before finding out he would have to do some overtime in a play-off.
« I thought the other players would have made more birdies so I was not expecting a play-off. I went to practise for 40 minutes to be ready for the playoff » he said after winning the three-man play-off. 

It is the Elissalde’s fifth victory on the Alps Tour in his five years on the circuit. « I’ve won one Alps Tour tournament each year since turning pro, it’s just great to win five times on the Alps Tour. I just want to share this victory with my friends and family and be ready for next week’s event » Elissalde concluded. 
Markus Habeler (Austria), who had been leading the tournament since round 1, made par in the final round to finish in 4th place.  
The top 5 of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, remains unchanged after this week’s tournament. Santiago Tarrio (ESP) is still the leader while Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Marcus Mohr (ENG) and David Borda (ESP) complete the top 5 of the ranking. At the end of the season, the top 5 of the Order of Merit qualifies directly to play on the Challenge Tour. 
Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will now travel to Italy for the Iles Borromees Open July 26th through July 28th. 

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