UAE golf: Saadiyat named best course

Joy Chakravarty 08:44 11/11/2015
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Jon Schauder (c) of Troon.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club has been named as the Best Golf Course in the United Arab Emirates at the second annual World Golf Awards, which was held recently in Algarve.

The World Golf Awards serve to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations, providing an extension to the highly-regarded World Travel Awards.

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Scott McCaw, director of golf at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, was delighted with the victory, and said: “We are extremely happy to claim such a significant award.

The whole team at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club work tirelessly to ensure our guests receive the best golf day imaginable.

“We are blessed with a fantastic Gary Player layout which golfers enjoy all-year round. Special mention must go to Andrew Whittaker, our group director of agronomy along with his team who present the course in immaculate condition.”

The golf course was also joined in the winners-circle by its partner hotel, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, which won the United Arab Emirates’ Best Golf Hotel.

Young Kamyar continues his winning run in Sharjah

Kamyar Tajfar.

The second Orient Travel–Malaysia Truly Asia Monthly Medal showcased the skills of the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club junior member Kamyar Tajfar as he claimed back-to-back victories in the event.

Tajfar took the spoils in the last medal event with a net 65 and followed up that win with another great score of net 70 to claim the trophy again last week.

The front nine wasn’t good for the 11-yearold with 41 net, but a back nine of 29 meant he would take the overall prize.

The morning winner was Jaydeep Sarkar, who carded net 73 that included five net birdies and a net eagle on the par-5 15th hole to beat Ryan Taylor by one shot. The afternoon winner was SS Son, who also had the lowest gross of the day with 78.

The third Orient Travel-Malaysia Truly Asia Monthly Medal will take place on Friday, January 15.

Close win for Barwell and Amarneh in Audi Medal

Barwell (2nd l), Ramsay (c) and Amarneh (2nd r).

There was a nice surprise for the winners of the exclusive members-only Audi Medal, with the three-time European Tour winner, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, present to hand over the prizes to the winners.

Category A and B winners (handicap 0-12 and 13-28) saw a very close race to first place where both first and second place winners secured their spot with a better back nine.

David Barwell was marginally better over the last nine holes compared to Grace Groves after both finished with net 74.

Hassan Amarneh was awarded his first place with a net 70 in Division B to edge out Charles Katsuyoshi on same score. Yas Links’ PGA professional, Liam Cregan was on hand with TrackMan to give members some swing analysis.

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Winners of MidCom Diwali.

The annual Diwali Scramble at Emirates Golf Club was a big success once again with 132 golfers celebrating the occasion on the Majlis course.

A fantastic team score of 59 won the tournament for Tom Luig, Gokul Mani, Suresh Shewakramani and Kunal Nijhaven.

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