17th February 2023 | Alps Tour Golf
The 2023 Alps Tour season gets underway in Egypt!
Sokhna Golf Club
21st – 23rd February 2023 and 26th – 28th February
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Tournament Entries for 2023 Ein Bay Open
Tournament Entries for 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open
The 2023 Alps Tour season gets underway in Egypt.
Egypt, February 17th 2023 – The 2023 Alps Tour season will begin in Egypt with back-to-back events which enclose the 2023 Egypt Winter Series. Both events will be played on two different courses at the beautiful Sokhna Golf Club in Ain Sokhna. The first tournament, 2023 Ein Bay Open, will be played from February 21st until February 23rd on courses B&C. Only 3 days later, the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open will get underway from February 26th until February 28th on courses A&B.
The Field –
A riveting start to the 2023 season is expected as players are eager to begin the season in their chase for the 2024 Challenge Tour cards.
Last year Stefano Mazzoli won the 2022 Ein Bay Open with a score of 14 under-par. This year, he won’t be in the field defending his title as he earned playing status of the major tours. The 2022 Red Sea Little Venice Open was won by Oihan Guillamoundeguy as an amateur with an incredible score of 24 under-par. He will be defending his title as a professional player from February 26th until February 28th.
Approximately 22 different nations are represented among the players competing at both tournaments during the 2023 Egypt Winter Series. The host country will be well represented by three professionals competing each week. At the Ein Bay Open there will be: Maged Abdel Tawab, Selim El Ebiary and Ahmed W Naim. While at the Red Sea Little Venice Open there will be: Abdel Monem El Shafei, Ahmed Moslhey and Ahmed W Naim.
For each event in the 2023 Egypt Winter Series, there will be 120 players competing for a prize fund of €40,000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The winner of each tournament will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points. Both events will be played as 54 holes stroke play tournaments where a cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 40 players and ties.
The venue for both events, Sokhna Golf Club in Ain Sokhna, Egypt is home to 27 holes of golf. The golf club has hosted Alps Tour events for the past 10 years now and therefore has become a point of reference for players. The 2023 Ein Bay Open players will compete on courses B&C as a 7296 yards par 72, while for the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open players will compete on courses A&B as a 7620 yards par 72.
The courses are located along the shores of the Gulf of Suez and were designed by John Sanford & Tim Lobb. They were built with gently undulating fairways and well-placed water and sand traps. The courses are known for their technical difficulties being located near the shores. With that being said, the players could face strong winds.
Sokhna Golf Club is a joint venture between the Little Venice Golf Resort which is part of Hassan Allam Properties and El Ein Bay owned by Galalah Touristic Investments Company. They joined to create a “real first-class golfing destination” in Ain Sokhna.
Both the 2023 Ein Bay Open and the 2023 Red Sea Little Venice Open are grateful for the support of: Sokhna Golf Club, Ein Bay, Hassan Allam Properties, TPC- Touristic Promotion Company, Jaz Hotel Little Venice and Coca Cola Egypt.
While we are eagerly awaiting the first tee shot on February 21st to get the 2023 season started, we wanted to wish all the players the best of luck this season.
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8th October 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
Jonathan Yates wins the 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final!
|1||Jonathan Yates (IRL)||-14 (202)|
|2||Stefano Mazzoli (ITA)||-12 (204)|
|3||Julien Sale (FRA)||-11 (205)|
|T4||Tom Vaillant-am (FRA)||-10 (206)|
|Lukas Lipold (AUT)||-10 (206)|
Modena, October 8th 2022- Jonathan Yates wins the 2022 Alps Tour Order of Merit with a three-day score of 14 under-par. In second place, Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli who concluded the event at 12 under-par after a final round of 68. France’s Julien Sale who turned pro only a few weeks ago, concluded his tournament in 3rd place with a final round 68 and moved into 2nd place of the Order of Merit rank.
Gregorio De Leo is the 2022 Alps Tour Order of Merit winner and secures himself a 2023 Challenge Tour card.
The final round of the 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final began at 7:50 am this morning with a brisk temperature and slightly overcast skies but soon after that when the final pairing teed off at 9:30 am from the 1st hole, the sun peaked through for another beautiful fall sunny day at Modena Golf & Country Club.
The winner’s trophy that was handed to Jonathan Yates was designed and created by artist-designer Roberta Verteramo. Gregorio De Leo wins the 2022 Alps Tour Order of Merit rank and earns one of the coveted 2023 Challenge Tour cards that was up for grabs.
Jonathan Yates wins the 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final with a three-day score of 14 under-par. He earned 9,500 Order of Merit points and the winning check of €10,000. He followed his opening round of 5 under-par, with a 6 under-par in the second round and a final round of 3 under-par to end the tournament at 14 under-par. After Jonathan’s victory, he was very satisfied: “Today was the best of the week. My game was very very solid. Stefano got off to a really quick start and put up to me early but I’m very happy I responded really well to him. It was a great day and a great week.” When asked to explain his experience on the tour this year he said: “The Alps Tour is fantastic, there is not better 3rd year tour, the tournaments and the golf courses are fantastic. The level of golf this year was phenomenal. I’m going to go 2nd stage of q-school next and then I will re-evaluate my schedule after this week’s result.”
Gregorio De Leo wins the 2022 Alps Tour Order of Merit rank and earns one of the coveted 2023 Challenge Tour cards that was up for grabs. Throughout the season he won two events in Italy and one in After Gregorio secured his title as this year’s order of merit rank he commented: “I was nervous at the start, I knew the other players had to win for me not to qualify. I had a slow start but then luckily turned things around to end a good round. I made silly mistakes on the first few holes which cost me some bogeys but luckily, I turned things around. On the back nine, I started off on the 10th hole with an eagle. Gregorio wins the Order of Merit following Jacopo Vecchi Fossa last year making himself the second Italian to win the order of merit in back-to-back years. When asked to comment on what it meant to him to win the Order of Merit rank, Gregorio explained: “It’s a great honor to win the ranking after Jacopo last year, I didn’t expect it. It was never a goal of mine to win the rankings, I definitely wanted to earn one of the Challenge Tour cards but I’m glad I was able to achieve both.” He wants to dedicate this win to his coach, Alain and then his entire family for their continuous support. Gregorio went on to add that, “the Alps Tour is an amazing experience if you’re an amateur or pro. The courses are great and it gives you tremendous experience especially if your ultimate goal is to reach the highest ranked tours.”
The 5 sought after 2023 Challenge Tour cards, category 12 were earned by Italy’s Gregorio De Leo, France’s Julien Sale, France’s Tom Vaillant (am), Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli and Ireland’s Gary Hurley. France’s Tom Vaillant is expected to turn professional within the next few weeks. Gregorio De Leo won with a 6,078.50 points advantage over the second ranked player that was Julien Sale.
The Alps Tour will be back in action in mid-February 2023 in Egypt.
The 2022 Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final is promoted directly by the Alps Tour. The event can count on the support of Regione Emilia- Romagna, Modena Golf & Country Club and Federazione Italiana Golf. The tournament also has the support of numerous sponsor suppliers such as: BPER Banca, Costa Crociere, Jaguar Land Rover, Sky Sport, Golf 2.0, Hygien Fee and Tweentee. The event also has numerous partners such as: Geo Group, Farmacia Costa, Consultants, Nanoprom, Costruzioni Generali due, Spin Automazioni, Golf’us, Ecoricerche, Gruppo Fiori, GSM, Slurp, Blondi Gioielli, Termoidraulica Venturelli/Ferretti Costruzioni, ITAS Assicurazione Agenzia Bevilacqua, Marano Lamiere, Poligolf Modena, Modula, Voiello and Parmigiano Reggiano.
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23rd July 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
Gregorio De Leo secures his Challenge Tour card at the 2022 Roma Alps Open.
|1||Gregorio De Leo (Italy)||-20 (196)|
|T2||Stefano Mazzoli (Italy)||-17 (199)|
|Gary Hurley (Ireland)||-17 (199)|
|4||Davey Porsius (Netherlands)||-16 (200)|
|5||Alex Esmatges (Spain)||-15 (201)|
Rome, July 23rd 2022- Gregorio De Leo wins his 3rd tournament of the season and secures his Challenge Tour card for the 2023 season. He captured his third win of the season at the 2022 Roma Alps Open with a total score of 20 under-par. Two of this seasons previous winners: Stefano Mazzoli and Gary Hurley concluded the tournament in a two-way tie for 2nd place at 17 under-par. In 4th place at 16 under-par, Davey Porsius. Alex Esmatges concludes his tournament in 5thplace at 15 under-par.
The weather conditions have been constant throughout the past few days at Golf Club Parco de’ Medici in Rome, Italy. Today, players had to face another day of humid summer temperatures. At the 2022 Roma Alps Open, the temperature once again, reached again over 40° which made it physically exhausting. Play began at 7:30 this morning from both the 1st and 10th hole. The leaders teed off at 9:09 am.
Final Round Player Quotes-
Gregorio De Leo, only 22 years old, captures his 3rd win of this season by 3 strokes. He shot a final round of 8 under-par for a three-day total of 20 under-par. His final round included 1 bogey, 7 birdies and an eagle on the 17th hole. He previously won the 2022 Memorial Giorgio Bordoni presented by Aon with an unbelievable 59 in the final round and the 2022 Alps de las Castillas. Thanks to his three victories, Gregory guarantees himself one of the Challenge Tour cards with Category 13 for the 2023 season. After he finished his round, his first reactions were, “I’m extremely happy! Obviously being able to win 3 events on the same tour during the same season it’s incredible. This is my first year as a professional and it’s very special. Winning definitely gives you extra confidence. After my first win it gave me some extra motivation to do well for the rest of the season.” He dedicates his 3rd win “to my coach, we are doing any incredible job together. It’s definitely for him and then my family and girlfriend who are always ready to support me.” He was happy he was able to recover after an unfortunately bogey on the 15th hole with a great birdie on 16 and then making an eagle putt from 6 meters on the 17th hole.
Italy’s Stefano Mazzoli, 25 years old and winner of the first event of the season, concluded the tournament in a tie for 2ndplace at 17 under-par alongside Gary Hurley. Today, Stefano made an unbelievable 11 birdies and 2 bogeys for a 9 under-par final round. When he finished his round, he was very satisfied with his game this week, “I played well all week. My long game was very solid all week. I struggled with my putting in the first 2 rounds but today finally putts were dropping.” When asked how he plans to get ready for the final tournaments of the season after this break, Stefano commented, “I’m going to take some time off to recharge and then I will play a few events on the Challenge Tour to get ready for the final event and the Grand Final.”
Gary Hurley from Ireland, winner at the 2022 Alps de Andalucía shot a final round at 6 under-par to conclude the tournament in the two-way tie at 17 under-par. He made 3 birdies on the front nine holes and 1 bogey, 2 birdies and an eagle on the 17th hole to conclude his round. Gary has now moved into 5th place of the Order of Merit rank ahead of the final two event of the season.
The Alps Tour Order of Merit rank remains intact, with Italy’s Gregorio De Leo leading and France’s Tom Vaillant (am) and Julien Sale (am) to close out the top three spots.
Gregorio De Leo winner of the 2022 Roma Alps Open, earned 6,525 Order of Merit points and the winning check of €5,800.
The Alps Tour players now have a few weeks off before the next scheduled event which will remain in Italy but move north to Castelconturbia Golf Club for the 2022 Castelconturbia Alps Open. The event will be played from September 28th– September 30th. It will be the last regular event of the season before players head to the 2022 Alps Tour Grand Final which will be played the following week at Modena Golf & Country Club.
Like the majority of the Alps Tour events played in Italy, this event is organized by the Italian Pro Tour, which is a branch of the Italian Golf Federation. They promote the majority of the professional golf events that are played in Italy. The main sponsors that support the Italian Pro Tour include DS Automobiles, Fideuram, Kappa, Rinascente, Eureco and Poste Assicura. In addition, their media partners are the following three Italian newspapers: Corriere dello Sport,Tuttosport and Il Giornale. The Italian Pro Tour featured social partner is Sport Senza Frontiere Onlus and with an official advisor, Infront.
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24th December 2021 | Alps Tour Golf
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4th November 2019 | Alps Tour Golf
The Victors of the Alps Tour Order of Merit 2019
After a closely fought Grand Final in Italy on the Terre dei Consoli and Golf Nazionale courses, the top five Alps Tour players on the Order of Merit 2019 earned a place on the Challenge Tour for the 2020 season.
In first place was the Italian player, Edoardo Lipparelli. A rookie on the tour, he played 15 of the 17 tournaments this season, achieving 8 top ten tournaments finishes including winning the Open de Saint Francois Region Guadeloupe in June. Consistency of play would maybe be the keyword to his game with only two tournament finishes over par and a stroke average of 68.87.
His compatriot, the rookie Enrico di Nitto came in second on the OofM. The highlight of his season was winning the Nazionale Open in July. This coupled with 9 top ten finishes over 15 tournaments and a stroke average of 69.24 underlines his determination on the tour.
Frédéric Lacroix from France holds a well-deserved third place after winning three tournaments in his rookie year; the Ein Bay Open in February that opened the 2019 season, the Alps de Las Castillas in May and the Saint-Malo Golf Mixed Open in July. This third victory after 13 tournaments gave Frédéric a place on the Challenge Tour for the remaining 2019 season. His sixth-place finish at the Grand Final and extremely focussed play throughout the season allows him to continue on the Challenge Tour in 2020.
Federico Maccario’s win last week at the Grand Final on his home turf of Italy, secured him fourth place on the OofM. Disappointed by having been a strong contender but having finally lost some of the 17 tournaments he competed in this season, his patience and commitment paid off with an incredibly solid game to give him his rookie victory.
The only non-rookie in the top five, the Austrian player, Timon Baltl’s perseverance finally paid off in this, his third season on the Alps Tour.He savoured his first tournament win on home turf at the Gosser Open in May of this year which contributed to his season-end ticket to the Challenge Tour.
Five rising stars in the world of golf who now move on to the next chapter in their professional careers. A career started on the Alps Tour which has proven to be a successful springboard for launching aspiring, young golfers on the professional European circuit.
Just this weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Victor Perez came in joint fourth. This follows on from his victory at the prestigious Dunhill Links Championship in September of this year. The French player made his début on the Alps Tour in 2016 where his OofM third place saw him move on to the Challenge Tour in 2017 and at the end of 2018, earn a place on the European Tour.
He is now the highest ranked French golfer at N°57 of the Official World Golf Ranking and rises to number 13 in the Race to Dubai.
Another recent notable former Alps Tour player is Matt Wallace from England who after winning six tournaments on the Alps Tour and the OofM in 2016, moved on to the Challenge Tour in 2017. His performance including winning the Open de Portugal, a dual-ranking event with the main tour, gave him promotion to the European Tour. His 2018 season saw him win three events; the Hero Indian Open, the BMW International Open and Made in Denmark. With a share of fifth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and tying for second at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship he moved into the top 50 of the OWGR. 2019 has seen him continue to progress with a notable joint third at the PGA Championship Major. He is currently 28th on the OWGR and 6th in the Race to Dubai.
Winner of the Portugal Open in October 2019, the English player, Steven Brown, started out on the Alps Tour in 2012, went on to win the OoM in 2014 and moved to the Challenge Tour where he played until 2017. He had a successful season with seven top-ten finishes to finish 12th on the OoM and earn a place on the European Tour for 2018 which he finished at 97th on the OoM. A disappointing start to the 2019 season has been compensated by his recent victory plus an 11th place at the Amundi Open de France.
Two more French players also continue to make their mark. Antoine Rozner gained notoriety in 2019 when he won two back-to-back Challenge Tour events at the start of the season; the Challenge de España and the Prague Golf Challenge the very next week. He started on the Alps Tour in 2017 before his third place on the OofM saw him move on to the Challenge Tour in 2018 . Robin Roussel was on the Alps Tour for the same season as his compatriot where he finished fifth on the OofM. He has had six top 10 finishes this season on the Challenge Tour including victory at the Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open. They are currently fourth and fifth on the OoM with a European Tour card beckoning.
Other former Alps Tour players can be cited but let’s leave the last word to Frédéric Lacroix, one of this year’s top five OoM when recently interviewed and asked what he thought of the Alps Tour: “It’s underrated. It looks easy from the outside but in the end it’s not. There are good players and you have to play solid to get on top.”
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5th February 2019 | Alps Tour Golf
New season, new challenges
A new season is starting and new challenges are awaiting the Alps Tour players, the « rising stars » of golf looking to climb all the steps that lead to Challenge Tour, European Tour and beyond.
And the premises for another brilliant year are all there: just think of the record number of entries received for the Qualifying School last December – 255 players – and the level of low scores recorded on challenging America & Asia courses at La Cala Resort, with Spaniard Angel Hidalgo totalling -14 to gain the final top spot. The trend is continuing with the first tournaments of 2019 and at two weeks before the start, the number of entries are exceeding the available spots, with a long waiting list.
There’s a lot of expectations to see who will be the next players following in the footsteps of some really talented players who have sharpened their skills on the Alps Tour : like Englishman Matt Wallace, 28, who only two seasons ago won six tournaments and the Order of Merit of the Alps Tour, gained access to the Challenge Tour the following year and soon progressed to the European Tour, where he won 3 tournaments in 2018 and ended the season on 10th position on the Race to Dubai, with nearly 2,9 millions euros of prize money.
The 2019 season will tee off in Egypt, as it has been the case since 2013, with the Ein Bay Open played from February 19-21 on beautiful Sokhna Golf Course (pictured, a view of the 13th hole, credit Tristan Jones Photography), followed by Red Sea Little Venice Open (February 25-27), on the same venue. The Egyptian « Winter Series » will go on with three tournaments played from March 25th to April 6th on three different courses near The Caire and the pyramids : Dreamland Pyramids Open on Dreamland GC, New Giza Open on New Giza Gc – a new spectacular venue inaugurated last October – and Katameya Dunes Open, on the Lakes Course of Katameya Dunes.
Italy will have the role of opening the season in Continental Europe, with traditional Abruzzo Open on Miglianico Golf moved from September to April 17-19, just before Easter. After that, Alps Tour will then get to the heart of the schedule with some exciting changes : we are pleased to welcome new venues in Italy like Acaya Resort near Lecce, and Golf Nazionale near Rome ; and we will return to Golf de Valdeluz in Spain, host of the Alps de Las Castillas again.
And, for the first time in Europe, we’re going to host a new format, a real mixed event co-sanctioned with the LET Access Series : the Saint-Malo Golf Open (4-7 July) will see ladies and men compete together for the same prize money.
One thing is not changing, and it is the enthusiasm and the commitment of an army of young golfers chasing their dream and looking for a promotion. A total of at least 18 tournaments during the year will bring the best 50 players in the Order of Merit to compete in the Grand Final, the last fight to gain one of the 5 spots at stake to be admitted in the Challenge Tour 2020.
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11th February 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Daux sealed maiden win in Sokhna
France’s Franck Daux sealed maiden win in Ein Bay Open. He signed for impressive 65, -7 to win with a 3 shot advantage over overnight leader, Julien Forêt. A group of 3 players tied for third place : England’s Matt Wallace, Spain’s Daniel Osorio and Enrico Di Nitto of Italy.
It was only slightly breezing today on Sokhna golf course and those fair playing conditions were perfect to expect low scores. Franck Daux took advantage not to be in the last group. He admitted it was a nice position to go for hunting the leaders. His target was very ambitious.
« I knew I was 3 shots back and I figured that Julien (Forêt) could shot -5 so my goal was -9. I started pretty well, I hit really solid iron shots and I managed to hole putts very soon. I made birdie on the 1st, third, 6th and 7th so I turned -4. I saw that I was tie with Di Nitto I think but they were 3 holes behind me.
I kept on saying to myself that it was not enough and I holed a hat trick of birdie from the 10th. Finally I holed two good putts, more then a meter at the end of the round and it could have been different if I had missed them.
I was 3 of 4 times in contention last year but it was too early. You know I almost quit golf 2 years ago but I gave myself one last chance and when I was leading last Spring in Spain it was to soon. Now I feel way more confident and that makes the difference. I am very happy with the work of my coach, Laurent Cabanne. We just came back from 2 weeks in the USA to practice and I am sure it was a big part of my success today. »
With this win, Daux earned an invitation to play the Egyptian Challenge Tour next April.
12th January 2016 | Alps Tour Golf
Invits for Challenge Tour!
The 2016 Alps Tour season will start in February with a 3 event swing in Egypt. Breaking news : each winner will get an invitation for the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge, official Challenge Tour event to be played mid April.
The Alps Tour and its Tour Operation Director Estelle Richard always had close business relationship with Challenge Tour Director, Alain de Soultrait. The Alps Tour offers golf directors to test their course and their team to organize a pro event with the support of a recognized pro circuit. The best golf clubs can go further and be part of the race to be the host of a Challenge Tour event.
Sokhna GC will host the fourth edition of Alps Tour winter series in 2016 next February but Ali Mohamed, its director, will have to deal with a great challenge in April, to welcome an official Challenge Tour event. Alps Tour members have an opportunity to play on Challenge Tour thanks to their result. Winners in February will be part of the field in April.