Final awards celebrate UAE National Monthly Medal season

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Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the final UAE National Monthly Medal of the 2016–2017 golf season at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on Saturday.

Jamal Bin Marghoob won the overall Stableford Prize, while the EGF also took time out to recognize the UAE National Team winners.

The UAE National Monthly Medals are run on a Stableford format and, with an impressive score of 34 points, Jamal Bin Marghoob came out on top as overall winner.

National team golfer Khalid Yousuf won the Best Gross prize, having shot a round of five over par 76.

Awards were also given based on handicaps, with separate winners for the A-Division (0-14 handicap) and B-Division (14-24 handicap).

Khalid Al Halyan won the A-Division Prize with 30 Stableford points, while Akram Skaik won the Division-B prize with 30 Stableford points.

The event also hosted a Junior Division, with the top prize going to Reema Al Heloo with 33 points.

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During the event there were a number of on-course challenges up for grabs, too. Khalid Yousuf took home the Adult Longest Drive Award, while Abdulhamid Nassouri won the Adult Nearest to the Pin Award.

Wrapping up the on-course challenges, Reema Al Heloo won the Junior Longest Drive Award and Alia Al Emadi won the Junior Nearest to the Pin Award.

The EGF also recognised the UAE National Teams’ accomplishments over the past six months, rewarded for winning Bronze in the 2017 GCC Golf Championship and Ahmed Skaik winning gold in the individual category.

The National Ladies Team also won gold in the 2017 GCC Golf Championship, with star peformer Tara Al Marzooqi taking gold in the individual category.

Lastly, the 15 & Under National Team won Gold at the 2017 GCC Golf Championship with Rashid Al Emadi winning Gold in the Individual Category.

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India's junior No1 golfer ensures trip to UAE is worthwhile

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With the year-long Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit drawing to a close, a strong field containing the finest junior golfers in the UAE gathered to gain valuable points and move their way up the rankings at the annual Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Junior Open, sponsored by Titleist.

It turned out to be a battle between two young talented juniors in the boys category. Rising talent Max Cashmore was first in the clubhouse with a fantastic score of one-under par 70, which included a back nine three-under par 33.

However, Kartik Sharma, who flew in from India to participate, tied for the lead with his own one under par 70.

The difficult par-4 18th was the chosen hole for the play-off and a two-putt par was enough to see Sharma claim title.

A delighted Kartik, India’s No1 junior player, commented: “I am so happy to have won today and it is a real honour.”

“It has been a fantastic trip coming here from India to play and I feel it has all been worthwhile now. A big thanks to Dubai Creek Regional Golf Cricket for their hospitality and I hope to return to play next year.”

Toby Bishop used his course knowledge to complete the podium with a score of one-over par, 72.

In the boys’ net competition, Mousa Shana’ah fired a fantastic round of 69 to add to his recent successes and claim the title. Asanka White was in second place after a round of level-par 70.

The Girls’ Division also produced some superb individual performances. A round of three-over par 74, saw the talented Kate Bibby win the Gross Division. It was a superb round by Kate which included two consistent nine-hole scores of 37.

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Four players share the lead after opening round at RAK Classic

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Max Williams.

Birdies and eagles flew in flurries as the English trio of Max Williams, Daniel Owen, Paul Dwyer and Spain’s Francisco Perez shot matching six-under 66 to take a share of the lead after the opening round of the MENA Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Classic at Tower Links Golf Club Monday.

Between them, the foursome notched up 23 birdies and four eagles – two each by Williams and Owen – against seven bogeys to sit atop a tight leaderboard, one stroke ahead of Sweden’s Jesper Alm, who mixed six birdies with a bogey.

Lee Corfield, a four-time winner on the MENA Golf Tour, overcame an early bogey on the first to shoot a four-under 68 that left him in a seven-way tie for sixth as his fellow Englishman Craig Hinton, winner of the 2016 MENA Tour’s Order of Merit title, shared 13th place a further shot adrift. Also on 69 in a four-man group was Spain’s Leo Lilja, who won the season-opening Palmeraie Country Club Casablanca Open in March.

“I played really well and very pleased with my day’s work. The course is just fantastic and in great condition,” said Williams, who drilled his nine-iron to six feet for an eagle on the 18th, apart from his first one on the fifth hole.

“It’s always nice to get an eagle, let alone two. Just kind of everything fell together, ball striking, putting and ball control.”

Bahrain-based Owen lit up his opening round with five birdies and two eagles (on the fifth and 13th) against three bogeys to put himself in contention for his maiden win on the MENA Tour.

Dwyer flew off the gate in style, making three birdies in a row and kept the momentum rolling all through, dropping just one bogey while Spain’s Perez picked up eight shots, including five on the front nine, against two bogeys on a day when 34 players broke par.

Also, Welsh ace Stephen Dodd, who plies his trade on the European Senior Tour, carded a 70 while England’s Andrew Marshall returned a 71. UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh started with a four-over par 76.

Dubai-based Michael Harradine (71) rolled in three back-nine birdies after making the turn at
two over to hit the front in the amateur division, two ahead of a four-man group that included Saleh Al Kaabi.

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