The Dubai-based teenager once again showed the immense strides he has made in the last few years when he made the cut in his debut Challenge Tour event and posted rounds of 71, 70, 70 and 72 to card a commendable five-under par finish for tied 55th place in the tournament, for which he was handed a sponsor’s exemption by organisers Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).
Thomas, who left straight for Muscat to take part in the MENA Golf Tour Championship which begins on Sunday, could have finished with four straight sub-par rounds, but a lipped-out par putt from six feet denied him that pleasure.
Thomas was still delighted with his effort, even though he felt he left a few shots out there.
“I’m happy, although five-under par is the worst I could have shot in the tournament. I could have done a lot better than this. But I came into the tournament thinking whatever I did, was going to be a learning experience for me. So, the mistakes I made were as important as all the birdies I made,” said the 16-year-old, now ranked 132nd in the world amateur golf rankings.
“That last one didn’t drop but this performance gives me a lot of confidence for next year and the future. The only way is up. If I keep progressing at this rate then the sky is the limit.
“This experience has been invaluable to me and my first Challenge Tour event is something I’ll cherish forever.”
Thomas’ participation in Muscat is a mere formality as far as MENA Tour amateur Order of Merit is concerned. No other amateur can overtake him, even if they win the tournament.
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