Get into the swing of things as Duplays’ Social Monday Golf League returns for its fifth edition with registration still open until Friday. Running from October 23 to December 11 at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, the league is open to players of all levels, whether you have aspirations of becoming the next Dustin Johnson or just want to try out the sport.
Players will tee off with others of similar ability and club residents will ensure fair handicaps are in place to make sure it’s competitive until the final week. They will also offer advice and tips each week so that you can improve your game every week. On the first week of the event, you will be given a Duplays Golf Par 3 handicap, which will be adjusted each round to create a level playing field for everyone.
The five best scores from the eight weeks will count towards the final standings, meaning even if you miss a couple of weeks, your league position will not be affected. As the UAE’s biggest sport and social club with more than 5,000 members, Duplays certainly know a thing or two about organizing leagues and tournaments.
Their portfolio includes basketball, netball, football and badminton and it’s no surprise that golf is hugely popular. “Duplays’ Golf Leagues have been running almost from the day Duplays began and we’re celebrating 10 years this year,” said Stefan Topalovic, marketing manager at Duplays.
“It has been a great platform for networking between like minded and active members of Dubai’s sports community. On a given night, we would get between 50 to 60 golfers at Emirates Golf Club competing and socialising.
“We strongly believe Duplays’ Golf Leagues provides a unique golf experience. We connect golf enthusiasts in Dubai to find other golfers to play with and provide a platform and competition element for the players looking for that type of golf experience. Being part of the largest sport community in Dubai is an important element too.”
The league will be played every Monday between 20:15 and 22:00, and Topalovic insists it will be worthwhile signing up for the social tournament at the home of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. “It will be a great golf competition and it’s a great platform to meet new players and an opportunity to make new friends,” he said.
WHAT: Duplays Social Monday Golf League
WHERE: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
WHEN: Mondays from October 23 to December 11
CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit https://duplaysdubai.playpass.com. Registration closes on Friday.
The 24-year-old American has been appointed the new Official Starter of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic – the longest-running European Tour event, aptly tag-lined ‘Made for Greatness’, in recognition of her growing global influence in the game of golf.
A college golf standout at San Diego State, Spiranac is no stranger to Dubai, having competed in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in 2015 and 2016, but it will be the first time she will assume the podium on the first tee, hoping to leave behind a collection of happy memories to savour.
“I am absolutely delighted and feel privileged to have been offered this interesting role by the promoters. Meeting and interacting with many of the greats of the game on the first tee will be just awesome. I just can’t wait to get started,” Spiranac said.
“It will be my first time in a role like this and I’m excited about this opportunity. As the field attracts players from so many different countries, getting the pronunciation of their names right will also be challenging and fun.
“Playing in Dubai in the last two years was a great learning curve for me both inside and outside the ropes. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I am looking forward to being a part of the Dubai family again,” said Spiranac, who became a social media phenomenon when her golf team at San Diego State created a trick-shot video that got millions of views.
The golf influencer, who has more social media followers than any LPGA Tour professional, helped to guide her San Diego University to victory in the 2015 Mountain West Conference Golf Championship and won the Colorado State Match Play Tournament.
Spiranac made the cut at the 2016 Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links and went on to capture her first professional victory on the Cactus Tour later in the year.
David Spencer, the tournament director and advisor of Golf in Dubai, the promoters and organisers of the event, said: “Paige belongs to a new breed of golfers who are fun-loving and pro-active on social media, bringing a vibrant atmosphere to the course.
“I think it’s great for the game to open up to social media savvy platforms in whatever capacity it can to attract new talent and a wider audience. Paige is an interesting character, one who lends her celebrity status to a number of charity events. She’s got a heart of gold.
“We look forward to welcoming her at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January and hope her presence will draw a huge gallery to the first tee, pretty much setting in stone her relationship with the city. I think we have some exciting times ahead of us.”
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic, now in its 29th year, will get under way at Emirates Golf Club from January 25 to 28, 2018.
— OMEGA Golf Dubai (@OMEGAGolfDubai) October 12, 2017
As the countdown to the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Challenge begins, Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm is looking to Jordan Smith, winner of last year’s inaugural event, for inspiration in one of the European Challenge Tour’s most-significant events.
Taking place at the stunning Al Hamra Golf Club from October 26-29, the Ras Al Khaimah tournament is the penultimate stop on the Road to Oman and one of the last remaining opportunities for players to gain a spot in the all-important top 15 on the season rankings to gain promotion to the European Tour.
Having finally secured his first title in his tenth season as a Tour professional at the Italian Challenge Open by Lyoness in July, the 32-year-old now has his sights set on emulating Smith – whose victory at the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge in his rookie season last year sealed top spot on the Road to Oman Rankings.
The win proved to be a springboard to further success on this year’s European Tour where Smith has already won his first title at the Porsche European Open and risen to 18th in the Race to Dubai with his spot in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November already guaranteed.
“I think that all of these fantastic stories of players that go from nothing to everything very quickly shows you that the Challenge Tour is a great place to be but you want to get off it as soon as possible to progress to the European Tour and everyone wants to be like Jordan Smith,” said Sjoholm who was getting some practice in at the European Tour Performance Institute at Jumeirah Golf Estates ahead of the crucial run in of the Challenge Tour season.
“I could clearly see Jordan was a fantastic golfer but I never dreamed his rise to success would go so quickly. But that’s the beauty of golf and everyone is striving to become the next Jordan Smith.”
Sjoholm experienced three seasons in Europe’s top tie, but dropped back down to the Challenge Tour in 2014.
Sjoholm and his fellow Challenge Tour stars in the soaking up the Ras Al Khaimah 2017 Golf Challenge action will be three local amateurs who secured spots in the event’s Pro-Am after claiming the podium positions in the Golden Ball Grand Final at Al Hamra Golf Club.
Over 500 amateurs competed in 20 qualifying events across the region with the winners claiming in spots in the Grand Final where Tower Links Golf Club member Michelle Im took the spoils with a fantastic net 67, while playing partner Sandra Chia from Emirates Golf Club posted a net 72 to take second with Graeme Field from Trump International Golf Club, Dubai.