In an exclusive column to Sport360, Henrik Stenson pays tribute to the man who played a key role in his Open Championship win.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, visited the Akoya by Damac, Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, three years ago when he hit the first ever drive at the club.
Trump hit his drive straight down the fairway much to the amazement of the crowd in attendance.
It was also when Trump was asked about who he would like to see as the winner of the first international professional tour event at the Akoya, and he replied with Tiger Woods.
That was back in 2014 when Trump was better known as the man fronting the US Apprentice.
A lot has changed since then with Trump now the US President and, on Wednesday, the course opened bookings for February tee-times and its Golf Academy ahead of this weekend's grand opening.
Dubai Sports City and The Butch Harmon School of Golf have signed an exclusive partnership with GEMS Sports Academy Dubai which will see high school students benefiting from training and coaching at the Dubai Sports City facility.
As well as training, The Butch Harmon School of Golf will also prepare young golfers for the next steps of their professional and academic careers by providing them with support through a new scholarship programme.
The partnership will see highly-trained staff at the golf school steer each young player towards a potential scholarship in America by developing their skills and linking them to the right college through a network of universities whilst attending GEMS Sports Academy.
Speaking after the announcement Justin Parsons, director of instruction at The Butch Harmon School of Golf said: “Since opening in 2009, we have been passionate about delivering developmental golf programs for young players. With the link to GEMS Sports Academy, we can now work with some of the most talented players in the region and help them to attain scholarships to the US.”
The Butch Harmon School of Golf has already produced some incredible talent such as local raising golf star Rayhan Thomas, who currently trains at The Els Club.
17-year old who is coached by Justin Parsons has already competed in major competitions such as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and most recently Omega Dubai Desert Classic where he made it to the final day of play.
In recent years, the School of Golf has seen its students attain scholarships at the University of Southern California and the University of Tulsa and has also seen Junior players performing in all three tournaments of the Desert Swing.
Speaking about the partnership James Tucker, principal director GEMS Sports Academy said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Dubai Sports City.
“The partnership will not only grant students access to world-class golfing facilities but they will also have access to world-class coaching at the Butch Harmon School of Golf.
“This combined with the education we can provide allows us to grow the talent in the next generation of athletes, which can also lead to a scholarship at a world-wide University.”
Gerbich was a close friend to many around the UAE and beyond, and particularly world number four Henrik Stenson.