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.