Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley won for the third time on the Alps Tour in eight starts this year when he captured the Styrian Mountain Golf Open on Saturday in Trabach, Austria.
Paisley, whose last season at UT was 2009, leads this year's Alps Tour Order of Merit with the equivalent of nearly $41,000 in prize money.
Paisley claimed Saturday's prize after fashioning a closing round of 63 and then winning with an eagle on the first playoff hole over Spain's Carlos Aguilar. Paisley shot 70-69-63--202 for the tournament.
Earlier this year, Paisley began his debut Alps Tour season with consecutive victories in his first two events at the Peugeot Tour de Valencia and the Peugeot Open de Catalunya, both in Spain. Paisley also owns second- and third-place results and has made the cut in all eight of his Alps Tour events, finishing no worse than 25th.
In addition, the Newcastle, England, native has made four of seven cuts on the next-level European Challenge Tour. Paisley ranks 76th on that list with an additional $20,700 in earnings. Included was an early June tie for third place at the Karnten Golf Open in Klagenfurt, Austria.
The Alps Tour is a developmental professional golf tour sanctioned by the national golf associations of France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Morocco. It is a third-level tour behind the European PGA Tour and Challenge Tour. Other third-level tours in Europe include the United Kingdom-based PGA EuroPro Tour, Germany's EPD Tour and the Nordic League in the Nordic countries.