Now in its fifth edition at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, the competition has proved to be a big hit with hundreds taking to the greens. And next month’s will be no different.
Beginning on the first day of Ramadan, which could begin on June 6 (and can change according to the moon sighting), the series will run for a month with daily and overall prizes to be won.
Open to players with a valid handicap, the format will see them play in a nine-hole stableford competition and they can play as many times as they want per day.
“We run the tournament each year and it’s something people can look forward to that they can play some competitive golf at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club,” said Mark Ruddy, golf events manager at the venue.
“The previous editions have been a huge success. Last year, we had over 250 players play throughout Ramadan with over 800 entries so we were quite overwhelmed by the response. People were playing six or seven times an average and, besides the regulars, there were a lot of new faces which was great to see.”
With the Ramadan Stableford Series just one of many events on Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club’s calendar, Ruddy isn’t surprised by how highly it’s regarded and expects an even bigger turn-out this year.
“With the feedback we got from the players so far, I think we will have even bigger numbers. We expect more than 1,000 entries and that is quite impressive,” he said.
The series is open for juniors, visitors, Emirates Golf Club and Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club members, with entry fees priced at Dh10 per play plus the standard 9-holes green fee.
Golfers can play from 07:00 to 21:00 daily, while on Wednesdays, the course will be open until 01:00.
With not long to go until the series begins, Ruddy insists it’s a tournament not to be missed.
“The best thing about this tournament is that it’s really popular and it’s great value,” he said. “There are attractive prizes to win daily while there are accolades for the overall top-three. It’s ideal for those who want to keep playing the sport throughout the summer and get ready for the winter season when it begins.”
What: Golf World Ramadan 9-Hole Stableford Series
Where: Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club
When: From June 6 (dates could change according to moon sighting) until July 7/8 (when Eid Al Fatr begins)
Contact: For more information, visit www.golfandshootingshj.com
Rahm, who won the men’s Order of Merit this year after winning four of the 11 events he played in, could not finish the season in style, but his superb round of four-under par 68 did liven up the proceedings on the final day of the tournament.
Rahm paid the price of an inconsistent opening round over the Earth course (78) and had to settle for the second place behind Lobo, who closed with a one-under par 71 on Fire following his 73 over Earth.
One player who did all the hard work over the much tougher Earth course on Friday was ladies champion Kim Chiang. The 15-year-old, who defended her Order of Merit Championship title, could afford to shoot a 79 at the Fire course yesterday after a stunning bogey-free round of six-under par 66 – a course record for ladies – on the opening day.
Chiang aggregated 145 for the two rounds and was a two-shot winner over Els Club’s Anastacia Bakal and Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Alison Muirhead.
Lobo, who finished his schooling at British School Al Khubairat this year, started the final round two shots ahead of Stephen Loftus, and was never in danger of losing the title as he played solid golf.
The Brazilian led all the way through, dropping just one shot on the 17th hole.
“I really wanted to finish the season with a trophy. But I knew Chris was playing really well ahead of me. I wanted to play a bogey-free round and just hang in there and make things a little difficult for him,” said Lobo.
Rahm, who is a member at Jumeirah Golf Estates, was delighted with his round, but disappointed to miss out on some more silverware.
“I have never played well in a tournament in JGE. So, to finally shoot 68 and give myself a chance was good, but my opening round left too much work to be done to catch Tiago,” said Rahm, who is a student at Dubai American School.
Chiang, who studies at Dubai American Academy, said: “It was a completely different day from yesterday when I just could not do any wrong. It was easily the best round of golf I ever played. Thanks to the 66, I could make all the mistakes today and still win.”
One of the perks of winning the championship for Lobo and Chiang is that along with Rahm and ladies Order of Merit champion Alison Muirhead, they will be sent by the EGF on an all-expense paid trip to attend the Singha Thailand Amateur Golf Championship in Bangkok at the end of August.
Men’s Division (Gross)
144 – Tiago Lobo 73-71
146 – Christofer Rahm 78-68
148 – Bilbo Perrot 76-72, Stephen Loftus 75-73
150 – Martin Fenandez 79-71
151 – Matthew Baxter 79-72
156 – Aarkesh Bhatia 83-73
Ladies Division (Gross)
145 – Kim Chiang 66-79
147 – Anastacia Bakal 76-71, Alison Muirhead 76-71
155 – Madeleen Grosskopf 77-78
160 – Sahana Paravantavida 81-79
Junior Divison (Gross)
139 – Zubair Bin Mohd Firdaus 72-67
151 – Aryaan Kumar 75-76
156 – Tariq El Chaib 85-71
Episode 2 comes to you from the famed Abu Dhabi Golf Club, home to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship – find out some of the shots that have made the capital’s premier course famous.
Also inside is a “wild” time at The Track, Meydan Golf, a bit of British comfort at The Address Montgomerie Dubai, doing some good at The Els Club, Dubai and celebrating the ladies at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
The team also stay and play with an ocean-side view at the Al Zorah Golf Club and take in a state of the art swing session at Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
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