27th February 2013 | Alps Tour Golf

Will Andrea Rota become first Alps Tour Pharaoh


Another sunny and warm day in Ain Sokhna for the second round of the Red Sea Ain Bay Open. The Italian Andrea Rota keeps the lead by one stroke. He scored 71, starting with a bogey and three putts on first hole. “I had a bad start, made a lot of mistakes, three bogeys, only one birdie on par 5. But I’m still leading and I’m very happy. I like the course which is really good. During practice days, I played 36 holes on the first day and 27 holes the day after with fun. I did a good job this winter. Two weeks ago, I played in Kenya on the Challenge Tour and I missed the cut by one even if I played a good game. I also practised with the national team and that helped me. Tomorrow, I have to make another good round without bogeys to win.”
Behind him, with just a point between them, Spain’s Fernando Adarraga and England’s Andrew Cooley are eager. A lot of players will target the victory and among them: the French rookie Edouard Espana and past winners Ross Kellett (Montecchia), Nicolas Joakimides (Normandy).
41 players are qualified for the final round, including one young German amateur who used to practice here, at Sokhna Golf Club with his pro, Christian Arenz.The golf course of Sokhna is in perfect conditions and ready for a new challenge.
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