Ireland’s fledgling pros on the Alps Tour have an August date to look forward to when Austria will welcome the players eager to feel the thrill of competition once more.
It was not an easy task to reorganise the remaining of the 2020 Alps Tour schedule, which started regularly in February with two tournaments in Egypt – Ein Bay Open and Red Sea Little Venice Open, both at Sokhna GC – before play was suspended due to Covid-19.
But thanks to the support of Alps Tour sponsors and stakeholders, and the commitment of the board of directors, Estelle Richard – Alps Tour Chief Executive and Operations Director – the Tour has been able to announce a new program:
“Our goal is to organise at least 10 events in total, or even 13 if the second Egyptian swing is hopefully reasonably possible. Since safety is our priority,” said Richard.
“And in view of the information we now have on the positive evolution of the epidemic, it is reasonable to assume that we will be able to resume in August, considering that health measures and travel restrictions will be greatly eased.”
The new calendar includes some traditional venues and some new experiences in Austria (one tournament), Italy (three), France (two), Spain (two) and Egypt (three).
It is so appropriate that this complicated season is going to restart with the oldest tournament in the history of Alps Tour, certainly one of the most cherished, also known as “the 5th Major” to Alps Tour’s members; the 28th edition of the Gösser Open will take place on August 13-15, once again on the beautiful and challenging 18 holes of Erzherzog Johann Golf Club in Maria Lankowitz, about 40 km from Graz airport.
Another classic venue will follow with Cervino Alps Open on the spectacular 18 holes of Cervino Golf Club in Italy, 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooked by majestic Matterhorn mountain (Valtournenche, September 2-4).
The Egyptian Cairo swing, which originally was to be played in March, has now been postponed from the 12th to the 24th of November while at the end of the season, the best ranked players will be granted a coveted reward:
“We are very proud to announce that, thanks to our common work with the other Satellite Tours (Pro Golf Tour and Nordic League), we have obtained a great result as the Challenge Tour will offer to each Satellite Tour 3 spots for the 2021 season,” stated Richard.
“Please be assured that we closely monitor the situation and we are ready to take immediately any appropriate new decision to protect the safety and health of our players, employees, contractors, volunteers.”
Qualifying School will take place for the 9th time at beautiful La Cala Resort, in the South of Spain, from December 13th to 19th (First and Final Stage).