On Monday, the UAE 18 & Under and 15 & Under National Golf Teams traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in the 2017 GCC Golf Championship.
With the championship rounds from April 11-13, the teams will have two practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday in order to finalise their preparations.
The teams have spent the last four weeks training out of the Jumeirah Golf Estates – European Tour Performance Institute (JGE – ETPI) preparing for this championship event.
“Scoring is the most important part of playing in the GCC Championships,” said National Team Manager and Emirates Golf federation Secretary General, Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi. “Recovering from mistakes and keeping the ball in play will help our team place in the top spots for this championship. We have some young talent and we have prepared well for this event, it is now time to put that hard work to the test.”
The Riyadh Golf Course will provide the young golfers with a good challenge. Its undulating terrains and wide fairways will be a test for both teams.
Representing the 18 & Under National Team will Mohammed Al Hajeri, Mohammed Abdulla Saeed, and Rashid Al Qubaisi. Al Qubaisi will be playing in his first international event but leading the way for the UAE will be Al Hajeri.
Al Hajeri is just coming off competing in the GCC Golf Championship for the UAE Senior Team where the team place third and collected the Bronze Medal in Bahrain.
Leading the way for the 15 & Under National Golf Team will be Rashid Al Emadi. Al Emadi has had a strong 2016 – 2017 golf season and has really focused on his short game in order to keep his scores low.
Obaid Al Heloo and Khalid Al Mutawa will be looking to add support in the Team Category.
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UAE U15s and U18s will soon participate in a four-week training regime ahead of the 2017 GCC Golf Championship.
Hosted in Saudi Arabia, the tournament will take place from April 11-16.
Working alongside the Jumeirah Golf Estates, the European Tour Performance Institute and Emirates Golf Federation have devised this programme to help players mentally prepare and perform at their best in anticipation of the championship.
While official championship roster announcements are pending, nine young golfers will take part in this preparatory programme.
The Director of Instruction at the Jumeirah Golf Estates-European Tour Performance Institute, Mark Gregson-Walters said he is “excited to be part of the 18 & under and the 15 and under teams final preparation before the GCC Golf Championship.”
He continued: “We have witnessed the teams’ hard work and enthusiasm when it comes to practice over the past months.
“We have a vast amount of experience at the European Tour Performance Institute, which we can share with the team to refine their games and prepare for the upcoming event in Saudi Arabia.”