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Current issue | Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)
Thursday,23 November, 2017
Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Little wins big

Egypt hosted the Stella Di Mare International Pro-Am golf tournament in Ain Al-Sokhna, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

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Al-Ahram Weekly

England’s Jamie Little won the sixth edition of the Stella Di Mare International Pro-Am golf tournament held from 18-25 May in Ain Al-Sokhna in Egypt.

Little scored a -16 to take the $6,000 prize.

Little, well known throughout Europe, has been a top level golfer for 14 years.

Compatriot Paul Broadhurst finished in second place with -12. Welsh Ryan Thomas ended in third place with a score of -8.  

A total of 76 male and female golfers competed in the tournament. The participating countries were Australia, Algeria, Egypt, England, Ireland, Jordan, Scotland, Sweden, Nigeria, Holland and Wales. This year’s total prize money was $23,000.

Assistant director of golf at Stella Di Mare Golf and Country Club in Ain Al-Sokhna Chris Geraghty told Al-Ahram Weekly, “This year the number of participants were bigger than last year. The famous golfers participating in the tournament this year were England’s Paul Broadhurst and Steven Richardson, Welshman Phillip Price and Irishman Ronan Rafferty.”

Broadhurst is a Ryder Cup legend, six-time winner of the European Tour and most famously back-to-back Portuguese Open titles in 2005 and 2006.

Richardson won the English Amateur Championship in 1989 and turned professional later that year. In 1991, He finished second on the European Tour Order of Merit, fifth in the USPGA Championship and represented Europe in the Ryder Cup.

This year is the first time for Price, the winner of three European Tour titles, to compete in the tournament. Rafferty has seven European Tour victories to his name and played in the Ryder Cup in 1991. He was the European Tour Order of Merit winner in 1989.

In the team event, British professional golfer Sam Forgan and three amateurs from Cairo — Mark Fearn, James Brown and female golfer Yvonne Brown — won first place with a score of -61.

“The three lived in Cairo for many years and they are members in the Katameya Heights golf course. They were the winners of the team event for two years in a row and captured the team title last year,” added Geraghty.  

The team was comprised of Will Lambert, Vito Strippoli, Marco Cappanera and Mi Young Lee and came in second place with a score of -54.

The first edition of the tournament was held in 2010, won by the Englishman Steven Tiley. In 2011, Broadhurst took it. Since his victory Broadhurst has returned every year.

In 2012, Stuart Manley from Wales took the title. Matt Ford from England captured the title in 2013 while Forgan won in 2014. Forgan took both individual and the team title. He birdied the second extra play-off hole against 2011 champion Broadhurst in what was a fantastically exciting finish.

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