MEGAs honour the best in golf industry

It was a full house as 283 guests applauded the winners in 16 different categories plus two recognition awards – Arab Initiative of the Year and Serviceman of the Year.

Also honoured during were winners of the UAE PGA and Rayhan Thomas, the celebrated Dubai amateur who created history by becoming the youngest to win on the MENA Golf Tour.

The MENA Tour, an initiative of ‘Golf in DUBAi’ which now carries world ranking points, was recognised as the Arab Initiative of the Year. The Serviceman of the Year is a fine example of what the MEGAs has always wanted to achieve – honour and recognise those who put in the hard yards behind the scenes.

This year’s award went to Eravathra Parappurath Ummer, Golf Operations Supervisor at Emirates Golf Club, where he completed 26 years of service on December 19. In the submission, the club branded Ummer “irreplaceable”, “a living legend” and someone who has never ever shirked his responsibilities.

Welcoming the guests, Didier Brun, Publisher and Deputy CEO of Sport360, said: “Our objective each year is not only to keep the awards credible but also to continue being innovative to keep pace with the evolution of the industry.”

The Golf Digital Platform of the Year award was won by Golf GameBook, the digital scorecard introduced by Onside Sports that is introducing a new dimension to tournaments.

Five of the 18 categories were voted by the public, with a little more than 10,000 votes being polled, while 14 judges, comprising some of the most respected names in the industry, deliberated for over 18 hours to find the other winners. As many as 156 submissions were received, an increase of eight per cent over last year.

Among other big winners on the night were Dubai Golf, who manage the two courses that won the Best Golf Course Over and Under Dh500 – Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club and the Greg Norman-designed Almouj Golf in Muscat, Oman; while Troon Golf managed Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and The Els Club walked away with the honour of Best Overall Club Experience, Golf Course Maintenance Team of the Year and the Best F&B Team of the Year awards respectively.

As for the events, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship once again scored over the other high-quality tournaments in the region by winning the Best Live Experience at a Professional Event, while Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship at Doha Golf Club was named the Amateur Tournament of the Year and Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge the Corporate Tournament of the Year.

Chris May, CEO of Dubai Golf, said: “I think I speak for the industry when I say that the MEGAs is one of the most anticipated event for us every year. The golf industry in the Middle East is doing some wonderful things and we’d like MEGAs and Sport360° for highlighting what we do.”

The 2016 edition of the MEGAs was sponsored by Singha Corporation, Dubai Sports City, Hydroturf and One & Only Royal Mirage.

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With 282 guests congregating at the Amphitheatre of One & Only Royal Mirage, it was as much a rare occasion for the industry to get together, as it was to recognise the amazing efforts of all involved.

Among the big winners last night were Dubai Golf, who won the prize for ‘Best Golf Course Under Dh500’ for the Greg Norman-designed Almouj Golf in Oman, as well as the ‘Best Golf Course Over Dh500’ for Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club.

Troon Golf also had a great night, winning the ‘Golf Course Maintenance Team of the Year’ for Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, ‘Best F&B Team’ for The Els Club Dubai, ‘Best Teaching Professional’ for Danny Jakubowski of Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the ‘Best Overall Club Experience’ for Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

A delighted Chris May, CEO of Dubai Golf, said: “This is a fantastic night for the industry. We are thankful to Sport360° for not only providing us great reporting on golf throughout the year, but also for an event like the MEGAs.


“We are very happy with the awards. Both were decided by public vote, so that makes it even better. They pay money to play on our courses and our aim is for them to go back with a great experience. These awards show we have managed to do that.”










Mark Chapleski, Area Managing Director and Senior Vice-President, Troon Golf Middle East, said he was proud of the team effort.


“Abu Dhabi Golf Club has been without a General Manager for nearly six months now, and for these men to take things in their own hands and work so hard in these difficult times, I am so proud of them,” said Chapleski.


Welcoming the guests, Didier Brun, Publisher and Deputy CEO, Sport360°, said: “The MEGAs, now in its fourth edition, offers a unique platform to showcase and reward the ambitions and achievements of the golfing industry across the entire region.


“Our objective each year is not only to keep the awards credible but also to continue being innovative to keep pace with the evolution of the industry.”






Several new awards were introduced this year, including ‘Arab Golf initiative of the Year, ‘Golf Digital Platform of the Year’ and the ‘Serviceman of the Year’.


The Arab Golf Initiative of the Year was awarded to MENA Golf Tour, which has established itself as the premier tour of the region.


Rayhan Thomas, who has become the poster boy of MENA Tour after becoming the first amateur and youngest player to win a tournament earlier this year, said: “I think the MENA Tour deserves all the accolades. I must give credit of my achievements to them because they have given us a very strong tour to compete in and get better.”


Living up to its reputation of honouring and recognising the men behind the scenes, the MEGAs

instituted the Serviceman of the Year. Eravathra Parappurath Ummer, who has served Emirates Golf Club for 26 years now, walked away with the inaugural honour.


In spite of the challenging business conditions this year, an impressive 156 submissions were received in the various categories, which was an increase of eight per cent over last year.


The MEGAs was sponsored by Singha Corporation, Dubai Sports City, Hydroturf and One & Only Royal Mirage.




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