18th February 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
Etchart placed in Egypt
Spain’s Borja Etchart scored 68 during opening round of Red Sea El Ein Bay Open. He took the lead with a one shot narrow margin over French duo, Jean-Pierre Verselin and rookie Clément Batut.
Etchart, Alps Tour winner in 2013, discovered the golf course and Little Jaz Venice resort a few days ago. He attends the event for the first time and the place suits him very well.
“I didn’t play here last year but I like this course really much, a lot. Very great course and great location. Hotel is great and everything fine.”
He admitted the course is fair and that his putter was the most important club in his golf bag. The Spaniard holed seven birdies.
“I trained a lot in Madrid with my new coach Salvador Luna ( Santi’s brother) this winter to be ready to play a good season on Alps Tour. This is my intention and it is great to start the season here.”
Defending champion, England’s Andrew Cooley struggled on the fairways that crowned him last year. He shot four under par and needs to do better to play the final round.
The opportunity to avoid bad weather in Europe is much appreciated. Egypte is a rising golf nation and one of his young talent, the amateur Soliman El Aser managed to deal with the pressure very well. Among all the professionals, El Aser signed for solid 76 that let him in the middle of the leaderboard. he has a good chance to make the cut. He holed 3 birdies to day and is 65th tie.