David Carey leads seven Irish hopefuls into Thursday’s starting Gösser Open in Austria for what’s the eighth event on this season’s Alps Tour calendar.
The Darwin Escapes golfer, who last time out began the final round of the Molinetto Alps Open just three shots back of the lead, will be looking to bounce back from a bitter last round 76 that put paid to his chances.
Carey has been extremely consistent on the Alps circuit in recent years, narrowly missing out on earning full Challenge Tour status via the tour’s order of merit standings in 2021.
Currently ranked 20th on the points’ list, and only bettered from an Irish point of view by Conor Purcell in sixth and Gary Hurley in 12th, Carey will be looking to kick on ahead of a busy summer as he looks to fast-track his development towards the main DP World Tour.
Seven Irish take their chance at Erzherzog Johann GC with Tour regulars Jonathan Yates and West Waterford’s Hurley both looking to climb the Alps rankings from 37th and 12th respectively. Hurley arrives fresh off announcing a new partnership with Saadiyat Beach GC after becoming a Club Ambassador with the venue and will hope to continue what’s been an extremely encouraging start to the year.
Simon Bryan (Druids Heath), James Sugrue (Mallow), Luke Donnelly (PGA Catalunya) and Paul McBride (The Island) complete the Irish raiders ahead of this 30th celebratory edition of the Gösser Open. The event began in 1993 at Steiermärkischer Golf Club Murhof and in 2000 moved to Erzherzog Johann GC, now its permanent host location. A year later, in 2001 when the Alps Tour was founded, the Gösser Open became part of the Alps Tour, and has been a regular event on the schedule since then. This event has become the most traditional professional golf tournament played in Austria.
This week there will be 150 players competing from 17 different nationalities for the title. The players in the field will be playing for a prize fund of €42,500 and 45,000 points.
- Full list of entries HERE