(Dubai, UAE) – Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club hosted the PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open 2016 EGF Order of Merit (OOM) event this past weekend. It was one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and attracted top amateur players from throughout the region as well as a number of competitors from overseas. This year’s event was no exception boasting another strong field of some 40 players turning out to compete in this prestigious event.
As ever, the golf course was in stunning condition, providing the players with a testing yet enjoyable challenge. Leading the way after a superb 1 over par front 9 containing 6 pars and a birdie on the par 4 3rd hole, was current OOM leader Alison Muirhead. Alison led the way by a single shot over the former two time PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open Champion, Anastacia Bakal. An astonishing back 9 of 35 (-1), containing a hole in one on the 14th followed by a birdie on the 15th, was enough for Anastacia to claim her 3rd PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open title and vital EGF order of Merit points. After being presented with her prize, Anastacia commented: “What a great feeling it is to get a hole on my way to winning the tournament! I must say a huge thank you to my playing partners today, the course superintendent and his team for presenting the course in great condition and of course the sponsors PING for making this event possible!” Finishing runner to Anastacia was the current EGF OOM leader, Alison Muirhead, who managed a very credible score of 76 (+5).
Elsewhere in the field there were more superb rounds of golf. In the Silver Division, Kayleigh Korneski managed 3 gross birdies on her way to an astounding net 65 ensuring a 6 shot victory over Sakura Kawakami. Both players clinched the Winner and Runner-Up prizes in their respective division. Meanwhile in the Bronze Division, Beatrice Galeppini claimed the winning prize after a superb net 67, ensuring a 5 shot winning margin over the Runner-Up, Teresa Gow. Former Dubai Creek Lady Captain Harini White had the same net score as Teresa; however a fine back 9 guaranteed her prize on countback.
Sakura Kawakami and Anastacia Bakal were awarded the Nearest the Pin prizes on the 8th and 14th holes respectfully; Anastacia making sure of her prize by holing her tee shot from 105 yards!
After the prize giving, Dubai Creek’s Assistant Golf Experience Manager, Rashid Hamood commented; “I would just like to thank you all for your support today, for coming back to the Creek to play in this event and congratulations to all of our winners! But of course a huge thank you must go to PING; their support allows this event to be so successful! I wish you all the very best for the rest of the year and good luck with the EGF OOM!”