Yates signs off on Alps season with top-6 finish


Jonathan Yates (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Naas professional Jonathan Yates will focus on the positives of another largely consistent campaign despite not being able to capture one of three Challenge Tour cards on offer from this season’s Alps Tour.

The Kildare man went into this week in Italy knowing that nothing short of a win and a bit of luck would do in order to force his way into the reckoning on the Order of Merit but a final round two-under par 70 saw him finish out the event in a share of sixth. Yates’ final round comprised four birdies and two bogeys but was ultimately seven shots shy of Jacopo Vecchi Fossa’s 13-under par winning mark.

All-told, it meant from nine events this season, Yates amassed 10,206 Order of Merit points, a tally that saw him rise three places into outright eighth on the table as the curtain came down on a curtailed Alps campaign. Up next is Q-School for those wanting to attempt to scale the Alps Tour mountain with First Stage beginning on November 11.

Fossa’s victory on home soil saw him finish a place behind Yates on the money-list with the Spanish duo, Jordi Garcia del Moral and Lucas Vacarisas taking first and second while Frenchman Jeong Weon Ko clinched the last Challenge Tour card for next season with third place on the podium.

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