The European Challenge Tour reaches an even higher peak this week as the players move from the mountains of the Auvergne in France to the heights of the Alps in Kitzbühel, Austria, for the Kitzbühel Golf Alpin Open at the Kitzbühel Schwarzsee Golf Club.
Against the backdrop of skiing Mecca the Hannenkan, Challenge Tour Number One Martin LeMesurier will resume his bid to top the end of season Rankings amid some stiff competition.
Seven out the 13 Challenge Tour champions this season will line up at the Kitzbühel Golf Alpin Open, including the winner of the Open des Volcans Challenge de France last week, Spainiard Ivo Giner.
“I’m looking forward to playing in Kitzbühel,” said Giner. “I moved up to 13th on the Rankings after winning in France and hopefully I can take my confidence and form to Austria and get another good finish to get further up the money list.
“I think I have to earn about €60,000 guarantee a top 15 finish, so I’m going to play in as many Challenge Tour events as I can to try and reach that number.”
Giner, Argentineans Sebastian Fernandez and Daniel Alfredo Vancsik, Englishman LeMesurier along with Greig Hutcheon from Scotland and the two Swedes, Martin Erlandsson and Michael Jonzon will all be looking to secure that €18,330 first prize to take them one step closer to a coveted top 15 finish and a place on The European Tour next year.
Austrian Martin Wiegele, whose second place finish at the Volvo Finnish Open two weeks ago lifted him to 32nd place on the Rankings having accumulated €16,564 so far this year, is sure to be a firm favourite on the fairways of the 6573 yard, par 71 Kitzbühel Schwarzsee course.
Meanwhile, before the tournament gets underway, Wednesdays Pro Am will see the presence of a true sporting legend.
Tony Sailer, who was the first man in Olympic Games histroy to complete a clean sweep of all three Mens Downhill Skiing Gold Medals at Cortina, Italy, in 1956, will tee up in the Pro Am before watching his nephew, Rudi, battle it out with the Challenge Tour players from Thursday to Sunday.