Jonathan Yates and David Carey produced strong finishes to claim a share of seventh place at the close of the Alps Tour’s Red Sea Little Venice Open in Egypt.
Naas professional Yates warmed up for this week’s Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links with six birdies in a four-under 68, his best round of the week at Sokhna Golf Club. The Kildare man, who was announced as a new addition to the Team Ireland Golf Scheme on Tuesday, proved his worth with a 10-under par total, the same 54-hole score as good friend Carey.
The Darwin Escapes golfer raced up the leaderboard with a final day blemish-free eight-under par round of 64, banking €1,161 for the finish to move just outside the top-10 on the Alps Tour’s Order of Merit.
The title this week went to deserving Italian Luca Cianchetti who led from pillar to post in Egypt, signing off with a two-under 70 for a 16-under par tally and a comfortable two stroke win.
“I am super happy for this win,” said Cianchetti, 25, who can boast two more successes in Alps Tour tournaments, the first when still an amateur in the 2015 Abruzzo Open, and the second in the 2019 Katameya Dunes Open in Cairo.
“I didn’t really expect it after the first tournament here where I missed the cut, but after the 62 in the opening round I gained a lot of confidence. It was a difficult day because I was a bit nervous in the beginning and I had a bogey on the 2nd hole and a double bogey on 4, but little by little I found my focus back and I managed to keep calm and play my game.
“I started holing some putts and making some birdies, including four in a row from 11 to 14. Of course I like Egypt, as I already won in Cairo two years ago, and it is a bonus to share the podium here with two other Italian guys who are also friends of mine.”
The Alps Tour schedule will resume next month in France with the 18th edition of the Open de La Mirabelle d’Or at Golf de La Grange aux Ormes, in Metz, from June 11-13.
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