This first National EGF event of 2016 – 2017 season saw Mahmood Skaik claim the event with a Stableford score of 38 points.
Humaid Al Mazroua finished runner-up with 36 points, while third-place went to Rashid Al Jarwan with a total of 34 Stableford points.
The Best Gross Award went to Mohammed Al Hajeri who shot a four-over-par, 76 after shooting a 39 front nine and 37 back nine.
Awards were also given based on handicap with an A-Division [0-14 handicap] and B-Division [14-24 handicap] winners. Winning the A-Division Prize was Sultan Al Ali and in the B-Division equivalent it was Shawqi Sajwani who came out on top.
The event also hosted a Junior Division with six competitors that saw Alia Al Emadi win her first competition with 39 Stableford points. Her brother, Rashid, came in second ahead of Reema Al Heloo in third.
The first UAE National Monthly Medal of the 2016 – 2017 golf season will take place on December 31st at Al Zorah Golf Club.
Fiercely-competitive Suzann Pettersen has signed up for the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, raising the prospects of an intriguing showdown with defending champion Shanshan Feng at Emirates Golf Club from December 7-10.
The Norwegian veteran golfer will have an extra spring in her step as she will be seeking to set the record straight against Feng after finishing runner-up to the Chinese ace at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October this year.
Pettersen, a two-time major winner, will be making her maiden appearance in the season-ending Ladies European Tour event, and the 15-time champion on the LPGA Tour (seven wins on Ladies European Tour) was looking forward to the occasion.
“It will be fun playing Dubai, a city I have heard many good things from fellow players and know the tournament attracts a very strong field each year,” said the 35-year-old Norwegian.
“It will feel nice to have my name written on a famous trophy, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself and will take things as they come. It would take something special to beat the challenge, but I will try my best and see what happens.”
Popularly known by her nickname Tutta, Pettersen reached a career-high No. 2 in the world rankings after her victory in the Evian Championship in 2013 and held that position several times, most recently from August 2011 until February 2012.
With eight top-10 finishes in 20 starts, Pettersen enjoyed a solid 2016 season on the LPGA, but insisted her game turned around during the Olympics where she finished solo 10th on seven-under.
“It’s taken a while for me to wake up. But I feel like I’m swinging the best I’ve done all year. My putting is getting better. I switched to oldstyle putter. So I feel like I’m back to some good grooves on the putting,” she told the LPGA website recently.
“The Olympics is kind of where my body showed up and was excited to play. So it’s always nice when you have the desire of wanting to play well and feeling good and feeling good about your game as well.”
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, the promoters and organizers of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Suzann, an exceptionally talented golfer who is a true a global ambassador for women’s golf and a tireless worker for charity.
“She remains a popular figure with fans all over the world and deservedly receives a huge reception when her name is announced on the first tee. We really look forward to seeing her play in Dubai.”
Staged every year, rotating amongst the members of the Arab Golf Federation, this 72-hole stroke play championship is a quest to find the best golfers in the Arab world.
Representing Team UAE was Rashid Hamood, Khalid Yousuf, Saif Thabet, and Sohail Al Marzouqi, who finished a respectable 6th Place with a team score of 937.
Rashid Hamood led the way individually on for the team who shot rounds of 75-78-73-81 for a championship total of 307 seeing him finish ninth overall in the singles category.
Khalid Yousuf finished tied for 10th place in the Individual Category with rounds of 74-73-79-83 for a total of 309. Said Thabet finished in 24th, while Sohail Al Marzouqi came in at 40th with a total of 340.
Winning the Gold Medal in the team and individual categories was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who had a team score of 887. Leading the way for them on an individual basis was Khalid Attieh with rounds of 74-74-74-69 for a championship total of 291. Coming in at second was Morocco who scored 903, while Qatar snatched a bronze with an impressive 916.
Over the next two months the UAE National Golf Team will be playing in the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit as well as training for the upcoming GGC Golf Championships that will take place early 2017.