Despite the recent disquiet over travel to Egypt, Taba Heights recently played host to players from across Europe as they gathered for the clubs 7th International Pro Am, sponsored by Taba Heights Marriott Red Sea Resort. In a hotly contested four-day event, two Professionals shone through. Playing over the magnificent desert layout, designed by Florida based architect John Sanford, it was to be Chris Gill, Head professional of Newquay Golf Club – UK, who tamed the 7,100 yard course to edge out the two-time defending champion, Henrik Engdahl. In a nail biting finale, Gill finished with a final round of 69 for a total of 9-under par and a comfortable three shot victory and the $10,000 prize. In addition to the Professional’s event, teams also competed for a fabulous vacation on the Red Sea, courtesy of Marriott and the team headed by Professional Ian Proverbs took home the title by a massive margin of 10 points. Players, including winners Peter Thompson, Matt Glancy & Mike Jones from Walsall Golf Club, were unanimous in their praise for Taba Heights which is blessed with spectacular scenery, lying
between the imposing cinnamon Sinai Mountains and the azure waters of the Red Sea. The all-inclusive resort continues to be an irresistible destination for discerning travellers and plans are already
underway for the 2014 event.
Henrik Engdahl from Sweden, the head professional at Crete Golf Club has emerged victorious from the Taba Heights International Pro Am Invitational 2012. The tournament was sponsored by Sofitel Taba Heights; Henrik finished the tournament on 10 under par for 4 rounds of championship golf. Course conditions were perfect with a 28 degree temperature and light winds. The golf course, as usual was in
pristine condition. Adrian Cafaro General Manager mentioned that he set up the golf course to play firm but fair with flag and tee positions designed to produce an exciting finish. This is exactly what he got and only 1 professional broke par on the final day, which was Henrik Engdahl who out classed all other
professionals by scoring 67 (-5) to finish 5 shots clear of Darren Bragg from England. Henrik is now a 2 time consecutive winner and collects a cheque for $5,000. Henrik in his presentation speech thanked everyone involved in making this a wonderful event and he promised to return next year to defend his title to become a triple championship winner. In the team event Neil Holman (professional), Ian Doyle, John Ireland and John Simpson were champions after scoring a total of 327 Stableford points to win by 6 shots. The amateurs won a free holiday to return for 7 days to Sofitel Taba Heights. There were multiple other mini competitions to keep the players amused including longest drive, nearest the pin and magic 2’s. Any professional and amateurs interested in playing in the 2013 event please firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Taba Heights Pro‐Am Invitational 2011 kicked‐off with a welcome cocktail at the Golf Resort catered by the InterContinental Hotel and attended by both players and guests. This is the first invitational hosted at Taba Heights Golf Resort. Professionals and their teams consisting of 3 amateurs were selected in relation to both their performance from previous years and their continued support to Taba Heights Golf Resort. This years’ exclusive field consisted of thirteen teams coming from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The field of 52 players competed over three rounds of golf in total 54 holes for both the overall winning professional score and the combined overall team score.
David Lewer, General Manager, Taba Heights Golf Resort and Acting Tournament Director got the proceedings underway each morning by starting the players off at 7am.
Day One – Results
Leading Professionals: 1st Henrik Engdahl 69 (‐3); 2nd Mark Baker 71 (‐1); and 3rd Chris Gill 73 (+1)
Day Two – Results
Leading Professionals: 1st Darren Bragg 68 (‐4); 2nd Chris Gill 69 (‐3); and 3rd Henrik Engdahl 70 (‐2)
Day Three – Results
Leading Professionals: 1st Henrik Engdahl 68 (‐4); 2nd Darren Bragg 72 (par); and tied 3rd Adrian Cafaro and Ian Proverbs 73 (+1)
Overall – Results
Leading Professionals: Winner ‐ Henrik Engdahl 207 (‐9); Runner Up – Darren Bragg 217 (+1); and Third Place – Chris Gill 219 (+3)
Team: Winners – Atti Sayed (Pro), Paul Weaver, John Nesfield and Chris Burrows 244 Stableford Points; Runners Up – Adrian Cafaro (Pro), Asad Khan, Jamil Raja and Asif Padhani 242 Stableford Points; and Third Place – Mark Baker (Pro), Steve Wynne, Stuart Macaulay and Ian Devenish 235 Stableford Points The prize giving gala dinner took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel sponsored by the Hyatt Regency and
Quote from David Lewer “The tournament was played on outstanding course conditions, fast greens and in challenging wind. The professional and competitive approach combined with the sportsmanship of all the players produced a truly successful Invitational.”
11th – 13th November 2010 saw the 4th staging of the annual Taba Heights International Pro-Am. The course was again presented in pristine condition and welcomed 32 teams, totaling 128 competitors from countries as far afield as South Africa, England, Sweden, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and a local contingent from Egypt. The players delivered some masterful strokes over the three days, as word spread through the resort of the high quality of golf being played hotel guests came to the course to view firsthand the tournament and its stellar field.
Participants enjoyed unrivaled luxury from the host Hotels, Intercontinental Taba Heights Resort, Marriott Red Sea Resort & Hyatt Regency as each Hotel played host to an evening function with the venue for the Gala Dinner and Prize Ceremony being held in the unrivalled setting of the poolside at the Intercontinental Taba Heights Resort. Players were kept refreshed on the Golf Course with beverages from tournament sponsors, Heineken and Pepsi, whilst each competitor took home goodie bags from Egypt’s premier golf merchandise suppliers Orabi
Agencies & Harriman Golf.
World Class performance seals Victory for Professional Chris Gill
PGA Professional Chris Gill (UK) was crowned Champion for the 2010 Taba Heights International Pro-Am with a stunning performance and a hot putter for company, as he sets a new tournament record of 14 under Par.
Round one saw Gill get off to a flyer returning a 5 under Par 67 that produced 7 Birdies. Also returning a 67 was Mark Baker (UK), Baker’s round also showed a high number of Birdies as he collected 6 over his round, this left day one with a tie for first place and poised for a showdown over the weekend. Only two shots further back was Neil Holman (UK), Holman shot a flawless round containing 3 birdies and no dropped shots to close with a 69.
Gill started round 2 in a steady fashion as be reached the turn in 2 under 34 with back-to-back birdies on holes 5 and 6, his back 9 holes saw him pick up another shot to Par and return a bogey free 69 to sit at -8 for the tournament. Another impressive performance from Mark Baker saw him keep in the coattails of Gill as a 68 saw him move to -7. Also moving into contention with 4 under 68’s were defending champion Bjorn Pettersson, 2009’s third placed – Darren Bragg. 2008 Champion also threw down the gauntlet as a 69 saw him move to -5 for the event. The fine scoring continued as Henrik Spongh (Sweden) was amongst the birdies shooting 69 to move -4. The final round got under way in sublime scoring conditions similar the past two days as the wind hadn’t tested the golfers, leaving the course open for attacking golf. Gill set about his task reeling off 5 straight pars, reaching the long Par 5 6th, two arrow like shots set up a birdie 4 and moved him to -9, another birdie quickly followed at the tricky par 4 7th hole and closing the 9 with a birdie at the 9thbrought victory within sight at -11 with 9 holes to play. Launching a monster drive down the par 5 10th hole saw Gill well within reach of the green in two as he struck another sweet shot onto the Green and calmly rolled home the Putt for an Eagle 3 to reach -13, another Birdie followed and the short Par 4 12th hole, as he cruised home with 6 straight pars to close in on the 2010 title with a bogey free 66 and set a new tournament record of -14.
Second place remained a very close affair as Bragg, Tarchetti and Baker fought for the runner-up position, both Bragg and Tarchetti returned impressive 69’s Baker slipped to 73 to leave them all tied on -8, an impressive total in its self. Separated by a last 9 countback saw Darren Bragg claim Runner-up spot, with Tarchetti in third and Baker claiming fourth.
Team Baker sets tournament record for Victory
The team of Steve Wynne (6 H’cap), Ian Devenish (12 H’cap), Stuart MaCauley (5 H’cap) and Professional Mark Baker, set a new tournament record of 255 points – 39 under par and were duly crowned champion team for 2010. Round 1 came to a close with a different team sitting atop the leader board as the team of Roger Dally (19 H’cap), Willem Kiljen (28 H’cap), Abeer Slaeem (36 H’cap) and Ahmed Shindy raced to a 4 point lead returning a superb 91 points, a round that saw the team gel together to produce some spectacular scoring and holing putts for fun. 4 points further back in second place was the team of Andrew Charlesworth (13 H’cap), Craig Woodman (15 H’cap), David Williams (21H’cap) and professional Henry Law. A further shot back was the team of Professional champion Chris Gill and his team of JJ Galloway (18 H’cap), John (20 H’cap) & Christine Bell (27 H’cap).
Round two began with beautiful sunshine without a breath of wind the buzz around the clubhouse was that birdies were there to be had today if the benign weather conditions continued as the players warmed up on the range. Hot out of the blocks was the team of Steve Wynne (6) Ian Devenish (12 H’cap) Stuart MaCauley (5 H’cap) and Professional Mark Baker, they raced to the turn in a stunning 47 points, continuing their fine form over the back nine, they came home in 44 points for a 91 point total to fly up the leader board. Team Shindy,
round one leaders, made steady progress without the fireworks of round one to shoot a commendable 83 points to have a 2 point cushion for the final round. Team Law maintained their hold on second place with a commendable score of 84 points, the day closed poised for a thrilling finish. The first team to make a move on the final day was the team of Jason Andrew (12 H’cap), Asad Khan (16 H’cap), Anna Antonen (10) along with Professional Adrian Cafaro. Making light work of the course they returned a day’s best score of 88 points to claim third placed team overall with 253 points (36 under Par).
Round one and two leaders, Dally, Kiljen, saleem and Professional Shindy, found themselves with cold putter as the putts failed to drop as they did over the first two days as they fell back into fourth place. Team Charlesworth, Woodman, Williams and Professional Law, again produced a very consistent performance as they returned an 11 under 83 points to claim second placed team with 254 points – 37 under Par. This left a grandstand finish for Steve Wynne, Ian Devenish, Stuart MaCauley and Professional Mark Baker as they continued their march towards the 2010 team title, standing on the 18 green Wynne needing to hole a tricky putt for 3 points to seal victory, he coolly rolled his putt home to salutes from the gallery around green the green as they bought the 2010 event to a thrilling close with a tournament record of 255 points – 38 under Par.
At the presentation ceremony in the stunning setting of the Intercontinental Taba Heights Resort, Professional Champion Chris Gill thanked the organisers, sponsors and host hotels for an incredible tournament and tremendous hospitality and promised to return next year to defend his title.
In closing, James Shippey, General Manager of Taba Heights Golf Resort paid tribute to all involved in making the event an outstanding success and looked forward to welcoming back all competitors for the 2011 Tournament
19th – 21st November 2009 saw the 3rd staging of the annual Taba Heights International Pro-Am. The immaculately presented course welcomed 35 teams, compiling of 140 competitors from countries as far a field as South Africa, Australia, England, Sweden and Greece.
The golf never failed to impress the crowds as these swelled over the 3 days competition as word of the inspiring golf spread throughout the resort.
All competitors enjoyed unrivaled luxury from the sponsor Hotels, Marriott RedSea Resort, Hyatt Regency and Intercontinental as each Hotel hosted a players evening with the venue for the Gala Dinner and Prize Ceremony being held in the spectacular setting the Marriott Hotel.
Players were kept refreshed on the Golf Course with beverages from tournament sponsors, Heineken and Pepsi, whilst each competitor took home goodie bags from Egypt’s premier golf merchandise supplier Orabi Agencies.
Swede taste of Victory for Professional Pettersson
Challenge Tour Professional Bjorn Pettersson (Sweden) was crowned Champion for the 2009 Taba Heights International Pro-Am with scintillating golf over the three day event. Pettersson started round one slowly with an even par 72 that included 4 Birdies and 4 bogies. Day one belonged to Darren Bragg (England) as he returned a stunning 69 a round the produced 3 birdies and no dropped shots, finishing his round with a stunning birdie 3 and the testing finishing hole. He closed day one with a two stroke advantage from England’s Nick Mitchell who
shot a very steady 71, a round that could have been much better had it not been for a few putts that slipped by the hole.
Pettersson started round 2 with a birdie 3 at hole one, but failed to fire as he reached the turn on 1 over par 37, staring the back 9 with a birdie at the long par 5 tenth hole, Bjorn then reeled off five straight pars before he stepped up a gear to finish with three Birdies for a closing 2 under par 70. A score that was equaled by Sweden’s Henrik Engdahl, Henrik arriving in Taba Heights the night before the first round due to flight cancellations played very consistent golf returning two 9’s of 1 under par 35 to sit primed for a final day charge up the field. However, as in day one, the day belonged to Darren Bragg, as he kept up his fine form with a
days best equaling 70, a closing bogey left a bitter taste in his mouth as he was looking to return a second consecutive 69, this left Bragg sitting atop the leader board by 3 shots on 5 under par from Pettersson. Nick Mitchell shot 73, to remain in contention. Keeping the fine form from Sweden as Cairo based Henrik Spongh, as he moved into contention with a 1 under par 71.
Day 3 got under way in perfect scoring conditions and Pettersson set about histask of reeling in overnight leader Bragg. Pettersson raced to the turn in 3 under par 33, making another Birdie at hole 10, Pettersson was now on cruise control, a slight misjudgment from the tee on the par 3 hole 13 saw Bjorn drop his only shot for the day, this was soon rectified as he picked up the dropped shot immediately and the long par 5 14th hole. Sitting at 4 under par for the day and 6 under for the tournament, the victory line was in sight. Further back in the field overnight Leader Darren Bragg was finding the going a little tough as his hot putter went cold overnight, a disappointing 75 saw Bragg slip back into third place overall, never the less an excellent performance from Darren and he promised to return next year to battle out for the title. Sweden’s Henrik Engdahl continued his form from round 2 as he returned a 1 under par 71 which included an impressive finish of Birdies on holes 16 & 18. Stood on 16 Tee, Pettersson not knowing if 6 under par was enough for victory, he moved up a gear to Birdie the tricky short par 4 16th hole, a Par at hole 17 set him up for a Grand Stand finish as he holed an majestic putt in front of the applauding gallery on hole 18 to shoot a weeks best 6 under par – 66 and be crowned Taba Heights International Professional Champion 2009.
Team Cilliers makes Final Day Charge
The team of Steve Barnett (18 H’cap), Scott McNeill (24 H’cap), Mayor Patel (12H’cap) and Professional Norman Cilliers, were the toast of the event as they raced through the field on the final day to take 1st place and be crowned champion team for 2009. A different story closed day one as the team of Peter Mcgilvray (11 H’cap), Steve Formby (17 H’cap), Grant Bennett (20 H’cap) and Professional Henry Law along with the team of Ian Dawes (20 H’cap), Nick Avery (7 H’cap), Tony Retaino (10H’cap) and professional Darren Bragg set the early pace with an impressive 82 points. Very tough conditions made scoring tough as the players we buffeted by strong winds, resulting in playing times being in excess of 5 hours 20 minutes, this resulted in two teams being unable to complete their rounds as they stood on 18 Tee in fading light, the decision was made to resume play the next day at 6am.
Day two began with similar wind conditions, however the players made light work of the course as the team of Dawes, Avery, Retaino and Bragg gelled incredibly well to return an 18 under par total of 90 points and race into a 6 point lead with a two round total of 172 points, from the chasing team of Bennett, McNeill, Patel and Cilliers who returned an also impressive score of 86 points leaving them on a total of 166 for two rounds. Moving through the field on day two was the team of Lasse Oquist (5 H’cap), Nisse Oquist (5 H’cap), Ulf Melin (6 H’cap) and
Professional Bjorn Pettersson as they improved by one shot returning a second round 82 points to sit poised on 163 points.
Day 3 started early in the cool sunshine at 06.25 to ensure play was completed if weather conditions proved deteriorated, Play was far from cool as the early teams raced out of the blocks picking up birdies for fun. Second round leaders Dawes, Avery, Retaino & Bragg found the going a little tough as they could not get the ball to drop as it had over the first two days as they started to fall back to the chasing pack, an inspired finish to the round saw them claim third place overall with a still impressive three round total of 246 points (30 under Par). The
Swedish team of Oquist, Melin, Oquist and Pettersson continued day 3 where they left off on day two as they produced Birdie after Birdie shooting 84 points to secure Second place with an overall total of 247 points (31 under par). The day and tournament belonged to Barnett, McNeill, Patel and Cilliers as they scored a final day’s best round of 86 points, to claim victory and be crowned 2009 champions with a tournament record score of 253 points, an incredible 36 under par.
Professional Cilliers thanked the organisers and sponsors for an incredible tournament and tremendous hospitality and hoped he and his team would return next year to defend their title. In closing, James Shippey, General Manager of Taba Heights Golf Resort paid tribute to all involved in making the event an outstanding success and looked forward to welcoming back all competitors for the 2010 Tournament
The Taba Heights International Pro-Am 2008 was staged from the 25th to 29th of November over the challenging Taba Heights championship golf course in Sinai, Egypt. A total of 32 teams from Egypt, Austria, Sweden, South Africa, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, England, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman included players from over 30 countries and produced some scintillating golf in an event played with high spirits and excellent sportsmanship.
In the Professional category, Challenge Tour and Europro rising star Anthony Tarchetti of England was crowned Champion 2008 with a 9 under par score of 207 points. His second time to participate in the tournament, Tarchetti placed 5th in 2007. The Saudi Arabia team of Anna Highgate (Professional), Tony Lowe, Sue Lowe, and Trevor Graham were declared Team Champions 2008 with a 13 under par score of 85 points.
“The Striker” Trick Shot World Champion 2005 Paul Barrington, who participated in the Pro-Am, showcased his incredible talents for all competitors during the official practice day with his trick shot routine. Paul commented, “I hope I do not see too many trick shots from my team this week!”
The Hyatt Regency Taba Heights was the official hotelier for the event with event with sponsorship from OTV Media, Pepsi, Heineken, RainBird Irrigation, EZ-GO Golf Carts, Longwood Holidays, Shahrazad Wine, Excel Travel, Johnson Diversey, Basco, Orascom Hotel & Development, ASIC, PGA Golf Academy and ASIC Tour. Additional support was had from TGR Golf Reisen-Austria, Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort, Canyon Motor Safaris and InterContinental Taba Heights Resort.
The breathtaking natural setting is complemented by an offering of lavish four and five-star hotels. Worldwide hospitality leaders provide an unparalleled experience in relaxation and leisure. Each hotel offers an astonishing array of services and comforts set in innovative, state of the art facilities designed for those who wish simply to sit back and enjoy.
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