Bid for the summit

Andy Scrimshaw has been in impressive early season form on the Alps Tour.

After six events, the 26-year-old from Prudhoe has come close to victory in Egypt in the Katameya Dunes Open and racked up some lucrative finishes to move to 10th in the order of merit with nearly €9,000 in winnings.

Andy shot a final round 68 in Egypt to get within one shot of forcing a playoff with Luca Cianchetti – a costly bogey at the 17th by Andy saw the 23-year-old Italian hang on to the title.

Cianchetti finished with a 73 after rounds of 67 and 70, and admitted he did not play well while Andy produced a superb 68, which included six birdies and two bogeys.

Andy was on the charge after starting the day in ninth place following rounds of 73 and 70, and found himself in the lead at six under-par after Cianchetti made a bogey on 10. However, the Close House-based pro bogeyed the 17th when he lost concentration.

“I never looked at the leaderboards during the round,” said Andy, “Then I saw my name on top and lost concentration.”

A fifth place finish in the Abruzzo Open – Andy’s fifth cheque in six events – followed the second place finish in Egypt.