A total of 98 EGF members took to the Earth Course in what was the largest field since the competition was launched three years ago.
Playing in the Stableford format, Carroll and Farquharrson combined well to top the leaderboard with a score of 45.
They were pushed all the way by JGE’s Lawry Cook and Michael White, who finished second with 44 points, while Jaco Van Heerden and Duayne de Waal took third spot.
Ben Mulvaney and Nick Hymas also had a strong day, collecting the fourth-place prize, having accumulated a total score of with 41 points.
Besides the winning trophy, there was plenty to play for with its ‘Own Course Competitions’.
Anne Bauer and national team member Reema Al Heloo took home the ladies’ Nearest to the Pin prizes, after winning on Holes Six and Seventeen respectively.
In the men’s event, Chris Park and Nick Humas won on Holes Four and Seventeen.
The event marked the end of this year’s EGF Summer Swing with the new season set to begin soon.
EGF expressed their thanks to sponsors Hilton Abu Dhabi, GolfLan and JGE.
Rayhan Thomas swung himself into the history books by becoming the first amateur to win a MENA Golf Tour event Wednesday in dramatic fashion in Dubai.
The 16-year-old Indian golfer claimed the Dubai Creek Open in a tense play-off against England’s Luke Joy, winning by one shot.
Starting the day tied for the lead with another Englishman in Jake Shepherd on 10-under, Thomas closed with a 69 to reach 12-under for the tournament, forcing a playoff with Joy, who returned a brilliant five-under 66.
Teenager Thomas bogeyed the first extra hole, the 18th, but Joy double bogeyed after hitting his approach from the bunker into the water, with the playoff drama providing a fitting climax to the tour’s landmark 50th event.
“I am delighted with my efforts. Winning it in the 50th event of the tour and on my home course made it special,” said Thomas following victory.
After finishing runner-up to Shepherd last year, Thomas insisted taking a relaxed attitude into the final round worked wonders.
“I was pretty calm out there and focused on one shot at a time,” said the rising talent, who hails from the southern Indian state of Kerala. “The only anxious moment I had was at the 18th when my approach shot hit rocks, nearly ending up in the water, but I managed to save par to get into the playoff.
“I played steady golf and holed some nice putts. It feels nice to get the job the done this time around.”
Joy was certainly not full of happiness after the narrow loss. Third overnight, he staged a compelling fightback, but a wayward drive on the first extra hole that landed in a bunker cost him.
“The lie was pretty bad. I had just five per cent chance of getting over the water. I couldn’t,” said Joy, winner of this event in 2014.
Playing on a special invitation from Darren Clarke, patron of the MENA Golf Tour, Australia’s Benjamnin Eccles produced the highlight of the day, firing a sizzling eight-under 63 to match the course record, jointly held by Lee Westwood and Clarke himself.
“I am very happy with my efforts. I birdied the first and then eagled the fourth and that kind of set the tone for the day,” said the 21-year-old from Melbourne, who nailed seven birdies, including four in a row from the seventh, and an eagle.
Elsewhere, Faycal Serghini of Morocco finished on level par for the tournament to win the MENA Division for professionals, while Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla took the honours in the amateur division on four over 217.
The MENA Golf Tour will stay in the Emirates for the Shaikh Maktoum Dubai Open, starting on Monday at Al Badia Golf Club.
Defending champion Jake Shepherd continued to be chased hard by teenage prodigy Rayhan Thomas in the Dubai Creek Open on Tuesday.
On the second day of the MENA Golf Tour event, the Dubai-based 16-year-old Thomas, who was denied the chance to become the first amateur champion of the Tour last year by Shepherd, caught up with the English professional.
Going into the final day at Dubai Creek today, Thomas tied Shepherd at the top of the leaderboard at 10-under par 132 following his solid four-under par 67 round yesterday. Shepherd, leading by one shot after the first round, added a 68 to his opening 64.
The duo is now three shots clear of former Order of Merit champion Luke Joy, who carded a 69 for a seven-under par total, while Zane Scotland (71) still remains a big threat at five-under par 137, where he was joined by Pakistan’s Shafiq Masih, Stuart Archibald of England and Sweden’s Fredrik From.
On a day when hot and humid conditions took its toll on energy levels and stamina, Shepherd moved to 11-under after the 13th, but a bogey on the tough closing hole of Creek prevented him from maintaining his overnight lead.
“I played scrappy golf. Drove the ball well, but iron game wasn’t that good. Also, I had a lot of putts that refused to go in,” said Shepherd, who made two birdies, one eagle (for the second successive day on the 10th hole) and the bogey on the 18th in his second round.
“Even though I couldn’t concentrate well on the last four or five holes, I will take a 68,” said Shepherd, who, like last year, will play alongside Thomas in the final group.
“He is a massive talent and a good friend. It will be fun playing with him again,” said the 25-year-old Englishman.
Thomas, who made a bogey on the second hole but recovered well with five birdies after that, said: “Overall, I am very pleased with my efforts. Struck the ball as well as I did in the first round, but did not hole that many putts. I must have missed at least four birdie chances from within 12 feet.
“But I sank a nice one on the 15th from 20 feet to get to 10-under. I am not thinking too much about the final round. I will try and focus on each shot as it comes and see what happens.”
England’s Joy felt it was a different challenge out there, a question of survival because of the tough conditions playing in the afternoon.
“On the back nine I had a little good spell, making four birdies in five holes which helped,” said Joy, the winner of the Dubai Creek Open in 2014.
Danny Poulter, elder brother of Ryder Cup hero Ian, carded back-to-back 71s for a share of 20th while Morocco’s Faycal Serghini led the MENA Division for the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation Award on one-over.