28th February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022 – French amateur Guillamoundeguy takes the lead after R2

Egypt, February 28, 2022 – It was another sunny day along the shores of the Gulf of Suez.

After R2 of Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022 at Sokhna Golf Club (course B+C), French amateur Oihan Guillamoundeguy, only 17 years old, moved up from the 2nd position after R1 and took the lead with an impressive 4 strokes margin.

The cut, at -4, allowed 53 player (48 pros and 5 amateurs) to compete for the title in the last event here at Sokhna before the Alps Tour will move to Cairo.

Today Oihan, one of the youngest players in this tournament, finished 8 under par for a total score of -15 while Dutchman Davey Porsius, who was leading the tournament after day 1, finished his second round on 25thplace due to a daily score of 73 strokes (+1).

I’m really excited about my round. I started very well with a birdie on 10th which gave me a lot of confidence. Then, I holed a couple of putts on 13th and 15th , and on 17th I holed a 8 meters putt for an awesome eagle. I’ve been driving off the tee very well and this made me able to attack the course from easier positions. Too bad for the bogey on the 5th. I had to hit a tricky iron and I ended up chipping from outside the green. However,  I’m very satisfied for today. I get along very well with my dad who is on my bag here, from time to time I ask for his advice when I’m in doubt with some breaks on the putting greens, but apart from that, every decision I make on the course it’s only mine”.

Following the leader, 4 shots behind at -11, Italian Andrea Saracino, his compatriot Federico Livio and Dutch Lars Keunen, respectively with a daily score of -6, -5, -6.

I’ve been playing very well my long game and my irons during these 2 days. I hit lot of shots very close to the hole so I had many chances to score birdies. I hope tomorrow will be the same. I have to thank my mental coach, Francesco Garruba, who taught me how to focus on the course and to stay as positive as I can” said Andrea Saracino.

This is my first time among the top players in a professional tournament. I’ve scored an impressive bogey free round today. I’m very satisfied with my game, specially with my putter. I had a slow start until the 7th where I started to hole some putts and then my round suddenly changed. I’m looking forward for tomorrow” said Federico Livio.

Lars Keunen, 25, was the winner of the Ein Bay Open 2020 here at Sokhna: “I had a good start today, specially from the tee. I think this course is pretty similar to the other one but this configuration is a little bit easier. I’m looking forward to what this year will bring to me”.

The defending champion Luca Cianchetti is chasing his second title here in Egypt. He is on 5th place with a total of -10 thanks to two very consistent scores in 67-67. “During the past few months I’ve been working on my long game and I think I really improved it a lot. My short game, instead, could be better but fortunately I can have a lot of birdie opportunities. It is awesome to be the defending champion but I try to approach this tournament as if it was a simple round of golf and tomorrow I’ll try to do my best to stand out”.

Today, Italian Stefano Mazzoli, winner just last week of the 2022 Ein Bay Open , scored an awesome -8. He worked a lot on his short game and holed 9 birdies and just 1 bogey for a 64. “I didn’t have the feeling I had last week but, however, I had a lot of birdie chances. I hope to keep doing like this also tomorrow”.

The 2022 Red Sea Little Venice Open enjoys the support of Sokhna Golf Club, Ein Bay, Hassan Allam Properties, TPC – Touristic Promotion Company, Jaz Hotel Little Venice.

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27th February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022 – Dutchman Davey Porsius leads after R1

Egypt, February 27, 2022 – After the first round of the Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022 at Sokhna Golf Club (course B+C), Dutchman Davey Porsius, 26 years old, who concluded on 16th place last week during the Ein Bay Open 2022, took the lead thanks to a score of 64, -8.

It was nice to go early in the morning on the course today. Even if it was a little bit chilly and I had a rusty start on the fron nine, I came out of the gates on the back nine. This configuration of the course (B+C) is easier to me and I think you don’t have to be as aggressive as last week. I hit some really good wedges which gave me the opportunity to hole lots of putts”.

Chasing the first place, one stroke behind, is the French amateur Oihan Guillamoundeguy, only 17 years old, coming directly from the Qualifying School where he gained full category (6). He is at his first appearance in Egypt and today scored a -7 (65) thanks to a bogey free round and 7 birdies (2 on the front nine and 5 on the back nine).

I’m pretty happy about my game. I had a good rhythm along the round, specially with the driver off the tee. I didn’t hole a lot of putters on the front nine where I made just 2 birdies but from the 10th my short game definitely changed and I managed to score 5 birdies in 9 holes. I made only one mistake with an iron shot but I’m definitely satisfied with the day”.

It was a 3 way-tie for the 3rd place. Italian Federico Livio, Spaniard Manuel Elvira and his compatriot Jacobo Pastor finished their round with -6 (66). Italian Luca Cianchetti, 26, former and defending champion here at Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022, ended his first round with a -5 on the 14th position.

Three amateurs are among the top 30: Frenchmen Tom Vaillant on 16th position with a score of 67 and Nicolas Muller on 26th place with a 68, and Italian Flavio Michetti, 29th with a round in 69 strokes.

Congratulations to Tomas Bessa Guimaraes, 25 years old from Portugal, who made 2 eagles in a row on 17thand 18th which took him to 4 under par for the day.

Tomorrow will be the moving day for the 120 golfers playing this tournament. They will have to try their best to make the cut and compete for the title.

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24th February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Ein Bay Open 2022 – Italian Stefano Mazzoli wins in Egypt

Egypt – February 24, 2022 – Italian Stefano Mazzoli, 25, kept the overnight lead during the 3rd final round at Sokhna Golf Club battling head to head till the 17th hole with Irishman Conor Purcell  to claim the victory of the Ein Bay Open 2022, the first stage of the Alps Tour Season 2022.

Mazzoli started his last round with 3 birdies on the first six holes but lost 2 shots on the 7th due to a double bogey. He came back on the back nine with 3 birdies on the last five holes. He scored just 3 bogeys and 1 double bogey during the whole tournament and saved strokes with 17 birdies and 1 eagle. He scored a total of 202 (69-65-68).

This is my second victory in Egypt (after 2020 Red Sea Little Venice Open) and the third on the Alps Tour (2021 Antognolla Alps Open). I’m very happy about my start, I’ve played very well during the week. Today I scored a bad double bogey on the 7th where I ended in the water hazard but then I came back soon. It was almost a matchplay between me and Conor until the 17th where we finished on the green with the second shot but I ended up making a birdie and Conor three-putted. I’m very happy with my start here for the first stage of the Tour”.

Mazzoli earns a cheque of 5,800 euros and adds 6,525 points to lead the Order of Merit.

The prize for the second place (3,940 euros) went to Irishman Conor Purcell, 24, who was in 6th place just 2 shots behind the leader after day 2.

It was particularly tough knewing I had to score probably a 5 or 6 under par to gain the victory. But I’m happy with my score also because the weather got a little windier on the course. I can’t complain with my game even if I had the chance to score some more birdies. Congratulations to Stefano who played a very solid 3rdround here”.

The third place was shared between Frenchman Pierre Pineau and Spaniard Enrique Marin Santander both at -11.  “I didn’t expect such a great start said Enrique Marin Santander. I’ve been playing well all the week. I’m really excited for the next couple of tournaments coming up these next weeks. I recently turned pro and my goal is to make some experiences here on the Alps Tour and even if I had some invitations to play on the Challenge Tour my main goal is to play well here on the Alps”.

A great results during these 3 days came from French amateurs Tom Vaillant, 20, in 7th position with a total of 208 (69-68-71) and for his compatriot Martin Couvra, 19, in 15th place with a total score of 209 (70-67-72).

Tomorrow, Friday 25th, it is time for the Sokhna Golf Club Pro Am with 18 teams on courses B+C, the same that will host the second stage of the 2022 Alps Tour Season from Sunday 27th to Tuesday 1st for the 2022 Red Sea Little Venice Open where Italian Luca Cianchetti will try to defend his title.

The Tour will then move to New Giza Golf Club on March 4th for the 2022 New Giza Open.

The 2022 Ein Bay Open enjoys the support of Sokhna Golf Club, Ein Bay, Hassan Allam Properties, TPC – Touristic Promotion Company, Jaz Hotel Little Venice.

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23rd February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Ein Bay Open 2022 – 5 way-tie at Sokhna Golf Club after second round

February 23, Egypt, 2022 – It was another lovely day along the shores of Gulf of Suez.

The course, after yesterday’s heat and light winds, got a little bit dryer and harder. The 120 partecipants had to re-adapt their game to make the cut.

Co-leading the field, with a brilliant -10, Italians Gregorio De Leo (68) and Stefano Mazzoli (65), Frenchman Pierre Pineau (69), Englishman Jack Floydd (68), Dutch Davey Porsius (64) .

In particular, Davey Porsius and Stefano Mazzoli scored an impressive round today which took them to the top of the leaderboard. The Dutchman, 26 years old, who was in 35th place after the first day, scored a fabulous 64 (-8) while Mazzoli, 25, scored a bogey free round with 5 birdies and 1 eagle.

Some great results also came from the amateurs. The French Julien Sale and the two compatriots Martin Couvra (the winner of the 2022 Qualifying School) and Tom Vaillant are just three shots behind the leaders tied with a total score of -7. The other amateurs who made the cut are the Italian Flavio Michetti and the French Oihan Guillamoundeguy currently in 26th and in 40th place respectively.

Among the 53 players who made the cut at -1, 10 nationalities are represented: 16 Italians, 13 French, 8 Spanish, 4 Irish, 3 English, 2 Dutch,  2 Austrians, 2 Portuguese, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from South Africa.

Today the course was bit easier than yesterday: 421 birdies (13 more than yesterday) 1293 par (9 more than yesterday) and 328 bogeys (26 less than yesterday).

“Even if I’m struggling a little bit with my driver off the teesaid Porsius – I hit a lot of good shots with my wedges and this gave me the chances to nail a lot of putters. Fortunately I had a couple of good bounces with my tee shots and if you’re near the fairway you have plenty of possibilities to attack the course. I was a little frustrated the first holes because I three-putted twice but then on the back nine I holed almost everything”.

“Conditions were basically the same as yesterday. Unfortunately on the first day I ended up loosing 3 shots on the greens and today on the front nine I had the same feeling. From the 10th hole, however, my game changed and I managed to hole an eagle and many birdies” said Mazzoli.

Jack Floydd, 25, who was tied at the second place after day 1, said: “It was pretty a solid day for me today. I played very well on the front nine. I converted earlier some birdies but I missed a couple of putters on the back nine which were a bit tougher. I had a good pace on the green which are in perfect conditions. We’re very lucky to be able to play in such a course”. Today he scored a solid 68 (5 birdies-1 bogey).

“I had a tough start because I had to save 4 important par and I got a bogey on the fourth. When I holed a very difficult putt downhill on 6th hole my round suddenly changed and I had a good pace on the green for the rest of the day. I really enjoy this kind of golf course even if I don’t have the real opportunity to prepare myself to this game. The course is in great shape” said Gregorio De Leo, 21, at his second appearance at the Ein Bay Open.

I missed few birdies opportunities today but I had a solid start. I’m very happy with my long game today, just need a few more putts tomorrow. I hit an incredible hybrid shot on 8th from west area to 3 feet for eagle”, is Pierre Pineau‘s quote.

The 2022 Ein Bay Open enjoys the support of Sokhna Golf Club, Ein Bay, Hassan Allam Properties, TPC – Touristic Promotion Company, Jaz Hotel Little Venice.

Results Round 2click here or check on the Alps Tour Golf app.

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22nd February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Ein Bay Open 2022 – Pierre Pineau and Conor Purcell leading the field after day 1

February 22nd, Egypt, 2022 – A wonderful first day of golf along the coasts of the Gulf of Suez at the Sokhna Golf Club.

The 120 participants melted away their tensions and faced off each other under the sunshine and in almost perfect weather conditions.

Due to the rains of the past few days, the course was slightly different than last year when it was played in May and players had to adapt their game to those differences.

Two players are co-leading the Ein Bay Open after the first 18 holes with scores of 65 (-7): One is the French Pierre Pineau, 22 years old, who came second last year here at Sokhna GC.

He scored a total -7 thanks to 10 birdies, 6 on the front nine and 4 on the back nine, one bogey and one double bogey.

I immediately started very aggressive and delivered 3 nice birdies in a row but unfortunately I made a double bogey at the fourth after finishing outside the green with a putter. I quickly recovered thanks to a few birdies and started putting really really well throughout the round. 3 times I nailed putters from 10 meters away”.

Irishman Conor Purcell also returned a brilliant card with the same 65 (-7) as Pineau. He got an invitation to play here at the Ein Bay Open after he had to withdraw from the Qualifying School last November due to a food poisoning.

Conor, who turned pro in 2019, said: “The course was pretty generous off the tee. I started slow my round and I took my chances when I could. I made a great eagle at the 8th and I’ve played the par 5s of the course 4 under par which is pretty great. I really loved some good iron shots I hit during this first day. I’m looking to play a lot this year and I really have to thank the Alps Tour for giving me the invitation to come here this week”.

Right behind the leaders there are three players tied at -6: Spaniard Juan Luis Sanchez Perez, Italian Gregorio De Leo and Englishman Jack Floydd.

Weather forecast for tomorrow gives slightly cloudy skies in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon with increasing temperatures compared to today. Deciding factor will be the wind gusts, expected up to 18 knots northbound.

Results Round 1: click here or check on the Alps Tour Golf app.

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19th February 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

Alps Tour 2022 Season ready to kick off at Sokhna GC for the Ein Bay Open


February 19th, 2022 – Everything is finally under way to kick off the Alps Tour season.

120 players, from twenty countries around the world, will challenge each other to try to reach the highest step of the podium in Egypt from February 22nd to 24th during three day of pure golf.
The course chosen to host the opening stage of the Tour, the Ein Bay Open 2022, is the Sokhna Golf Club (course A&B), now in its tenth appearance in the Alps Tour schedule and a true point of reference in these recent years.
Located along the shores of the Gulf of Suez, this par 72 will give the newcomers a hard time even during the following week.
The 27-holes resort of Sokhna GC, in fact, will also be the venue for the second leg of this Egyptian Swing which will take place from February 27th to March 1st during the Red Sea Little Venice Open, on course B&C.
The course is well renowned for its technical difficulties and sometimes the strong winds or high temperatures can add to the challenges that the participants have to fear. In fact, despite most of the players concluded under par last year when the tournament was played in May, the weather conditions definitely tested the bodies and minds of the participants.

Last year Spaniard Angel Hidalgo Portillo, 23, grabbed here his first professional win, igniting the spark for his stellar season which eventually brought him on Challenge Tour and DP World Tour thanks to his brilliant results.

Among the favorites players, there will be Frenchman Frank Medale, who narrowly missed out one of the Challenge Tour cards last season, or Italians Stefano Mazzoli winner of the Antognolla Alps Open in 2021 and Luca Cianchetti who last year won the Red Sea Little Venice Open here at Sokhna GC.
Among the participants there will be also Frenchman Pierre Pineau and Spaniard Jacobo Pastor, two players who last year seriously challenged the eventual winner finishing respectively second and third with -14 and -13 under par.

The host country Egypt will be well represented here at Sokhna Golf Club by pro Issa Abou El Ela and three amateurs, Abdel Monem El Shafei, Anshul Kabthiyal and Ahmed Naim, who will participate in all the three tournaments organized in Egypt over the next weeks.

The French contingent is the most conspicuous, though, with 30 players, including the winner of the 2022 Qualifying School, amateur Martin Couvra, one of the nine “under 20” players who make up for one of the youngest field ever for an Alps Tour event. Italy and Spain follow with 27 and 24 players, respectively.

Players, as for all the competition organized during the year by Alps Tour, will compete for a prize money of 40,000 euros.

The access to the tournament is ruled according to the 2021 Alps Tour ranking and to the results in the Qualifying School played last November, assigning the playing categories to Alps Tour members. Other exemptions include the National Field, with a number of spots varying depending on the host country, plus some invitations and wild cards.

We just have to wait for the initial tee-shot to officially kick off the golf season and wish all the guys good luck. Check the Alps Tour Golf app for the full schedule.


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