Young Amateurs Break Records at the 2016 EGF Order of Merit Championship

(Dubai, UAE) – On May 27-28, 2016 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) held the 2016 EGF Order of Merit Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. This prestigious event hosted over 50 elite amateur golfers across three different divisions.

5 – 2016 Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit Champions

5 – 2016 Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit Champions

The EGF Order of Merit Championship had representing divisions for Men, Ladies’ and Juniors’. The Championship was played over a two day, 36-hole, Strokeplay format, on the Earth and Fire Courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The field was composed of the top amateur golfers in each division that supported and competed in the 2015 – 2016 EGF Order of Merit Season.

Tiago Lobo

Tiago Lobo

18 year-old, Tiago Lobo from Abu Dhabi Golf Club was the Champion of the Men’s Division. After shooting a 73 (one-over-par) first round, Lobo had a two shot lead going into the final round. With a one-under-par, 71 in the second round, Lobo sealed the victory with a Championship total of 144, even-par. Making the transition into the Men’s Division this year, Lobo is the first player to win the Junior Division followed by winning the Men’s Division the next year at the EGF Order of Merit Championship.

Finishing as the Runner-Up was Men’s Order of Merit Season winner Christofer Rahm. Playing at his home club Rahm had rounds of 78 – 68 for a Championship total of 146m two-over-par. Taking Third Place was Bilbo Perrot with rounds of 76 – 72 for a Championship total of 148.

Kim Chiang

Kim Chiang

Leading the way in the Ladies Division was 15 year-old Kim Chiang. Playing out of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club Kim defended her title with rounds of 66 – 79. Kim’s first round of 66 (six-under-par) on the Earth Course set a new course record at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Kim has now set two course records while playing the EGF Order of Merit Championship. With a Championship total of 145 (one-over-par) Kim won by two strokes.

After a back nine, last six-hole count back, Anastasia Bakal was the Runner-Up in the Ladies Division. Playing out of the Els Club, Anastasia shot rounds 76 – 71 for a 147 Championship total. Rounding out the top-three, coming in Third Place was Alison Muirhead. Representing the Jumeirah Golf Estates and winning the Ladies Order of Merit Season, Alison shot rounds of 76 – 71 for a Championship total of 147.

Zubair Firdaus

Zubair Firdaus

The Junior Division was played with the Girls and Boys golfers combined. This division was full of talent as Zubair Firdaus from Jumeirah Golf Estates was the 2016 Champion. Firdaus shot an EGF Order Merit Championship record with rounds of 72 – 67. His Championship total of 139, five-under-par, is the lowest 36-hole score ever recorded at an EGF Order of Merit Championship. Firdaus won by 12 strokes.

The Runner-Up in the Junior Division was Aryaan Kumar. Kumar fired rounds of 75 – 76 for a Championship total of 151. Winning the Third Place prize was Tariq El Chaib. Tariq had rounds 85 – 71 for a Championship total of 156.

The EGF is proud to announce that the winner of the Men’s Order of Merit Season (Christofer Rahm) and the winner of the Ladies Gross Order of Merit Season (Alison Muirhead) along with the winners of the Men’s (Tiago Lobo) and Ladies (Kim Chiang) Divisions from this weekend’s Championship will be traveling to the Singha Thailand Amateur Golf Championship at the end of August.

After the tournament the EGF hosted an award ceremony where the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Championship and the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Season received their well-deserved prizes. To see all of the results from the EGF Order of Merit Season, please revert to the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.

The EGF would like to thank all Golf Clubs, partners, and most importantly all EGF Members for a successful 2015-2016 Order of Merit Season and Championship.

To see all photos from this event please visit the EGF’s Facebook book page (Emirates Golf Federation).

EGF Launch NJDP Foundation Squad Powered by Golf DXB

(Dubai, UAE) – Over the course of the 2015 – 2016 Golf Season the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and Golf DXB have created a partnership with the goal to introducing the game of golf to United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nationals. The incentive has been an enormous success in which approximately 3,000 UAE National children have been introduced to the game through in school taster sessions.

Golf DXB and EGF Coaches introducing the “Golf Grip” to UAE National students

Golf DXB and EGF Coaches introducing the “Golf Grip” to UAE National students

Drawing from the school taster sessions a surge of interest has led to the establishment of 5 classes (golf lessons) per week at The Track, Meydan Golf. These classes are exclusively for UAE Nationals, which are very well attended throughout the week. The classes’ focus on fundamental athletic movements and skill based activities that develop speed, balance, flexibility, stability and awareness. The lessons are than focused more on golf instruction with long game, putting and specific aspects of short game drills.

Based on the accomplishments of the introductory classes, the EGF and Golf DXB are excited to announce that we will be expanding on this season’s success with the introduction of the EGF National Junior Development Program (NJDP) Foundation Squad. This Foundation Squad has been formed on the basis of the dedication and development within the game of golf. The children on the Foundation Squad have shown tremendous enthusiasm, commitment, and focus for the game and have made great strides in the last 8 months. The group of 15 hand selected children will receive, technical instruction, golf specific fitness as well as on course playing lessons on a weekly basis.

Golf DXB LogoGolf DXB PGA Golf Professional, Aaron Williams, is leading this group. Aaron is working closely with the UAE National Team coaches, David Condon and Greg Holmes to monitor the progress of these talented youngsters as they progress through the EGF National Team and Development programs.

On the Foundation Squad Aaron Williams said, “It has been very rewarding to see a group of beginners develop so quickly and really get hooked onto the game. From here we will look to introduce the players to the full golf course, getting competent at Par 3 length and then look to move to modified tees. Tuition wise, we will be keeping a close eye on set up fundamentals whilst gradually introducing work on swing mechanics and golf specific fitness that are suited to the individuals within the group.”

Greg Holmes, UAE Nationals Team Head Coach said, “The introduction of the Foundation Squad is another positive step taken by the EGF. With the help of Golf DXB we are reaching goals and seeing the interest of golf growing amongst UAE Nationals. This Foundation Squad is a great way to award the children who are dedicated and this will add to the process of developing a strong National Team”.

Looking forward, the EGF and Golf DXB will continue to introduce the game at a grass roots level through schools. These school visits are sparking interest for children to get involved in the introductory classes. Both organizations are very excited about the introduction of The Foundation Squad, and the pathway to elite performance that has been created.

 

The golf lessons run every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm with the Foundation Squad playing on the course from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Saturdays. To find more information on the EGF or Golf DXB or to sign up for these golf lessons revert to the following websites or email Coach Marcus at marcus@golfdxb.com ~ EGF – www.egfgolf.com ~ Golf DXB – www.golfdxb.com

 

Follow the EGF and Golf DXB on social media to see frequent updates on the programs.

2015 – 2016 EGF Order of Merit Season Results; UAE Amateur Golfers Prep for the EGF OOM Championship

(Dubai, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Order of Merit (OOM) final results have been calculated. Now, top adult and junior amateur golfers across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have less than a week to prepare for the EGF OOM Championship.

Winners of the 2014 – 2015 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship

Winners of the 2014 – 2015 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship

The EGF OOM Championship is a two-day event that will take place on May 27-28, 2016 at Jumeriah Golf Estates (Earth & Fire Course). This event hosted by EGF, will have representing divisions for Men, Ladies, and Junior golfers. The fields will be composed of the top golfers from Men’s and Ladies Divisions and top placed Juniors in OOM events all season long.

The EGF OOM Men’s Division, played in a Gross format, was composed of 13 events, starting on October 3, 2015 and ending on May 7, 2016. These two-day, 36-hole, events proved to deliver a test for every golfer participating.

Christopher Rahm playing out of the Jumeriah Golf Estates was the 2015 – 2016 EGF OOM Men’s Division Champion. With 239.9 points, Rahm is a strong favorite going into this year’s EGF OOM Championship. Rahm had four First Place finishes and four Top Five finished out of the 10 events that he competed in.

Finishing as the Runner-Up in the EGF OOM Men’s Division was Steve Kelbrick. Representing the Jumeriah Golf Estates, Kelbrick had a total of 205 points for the season. Taking the Third Place position was Tiago Lobo playing out of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club with 199.55 points.

In the EGF OOM Ladies’ Division there are two different scoring categories, Gross and Net. The Net category includes the calculation of the golfers handicap. The ladies started the season on October 16, 2015 and finished on April 30, 2016. There were a total of 11, one-day, 18-hole, events throughout the season.

Taking the top honors of the EGF OOM Ladies Gross Division was Alison Muirhead from Jumeriah Golf Estates. Alison had a total of 234 points. Alison played in 9 events, with four First Place finishes and five other Top Five finishes. Alison also finished as the Runner-Up in the Net Category with 147 points. Look for Alison to have a big impact at the EGF OOM Championship, as she will be playing on her home course.

Anastasia Bakal, playing out of The Els Club, took the Runner-Up position in the Gross category with 204 points. Wrapping up the Top Three spots and placing Third in the Ladies Gross Category was Madeleen Grosskopf playing out of Al Badia Golf Club. Madeleen had 152 Gross Points.

In the Ladies Net Category, Sakura Kawakami from Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club was the EGF OOM Season winner with 170.3. The Third Place prize went to Glory Xavier who plays out of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Glory had 137 points.

The EGF OOM Junior Divisions consists of two divisions and two categories for each division. Both, Boys and Girls Junior Divisions had a Gross and Net Category. The season started on October 10, 2015 and ended on April 30, 2016. Each division was played over a total of 10, one-day, 18-hole, tournaments.

Winning the EGF OOM Boys Gross Division was Aryan Chorida playing out of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Chordia played in all 10 events with one First Place finish and five Top Five finishes. Chorida finished with a total of 215.3 points.

Zubair Bin Mohammed Firdaus, playing out of Jumeriah Golf Estates, finished as the Runner-Up with 197.8 points. Finishing in Third Place was Aryaan Kumar who is also from Jumeriah Golf Estates. Kumar had 156.8 points.

In the EGF OOM Boys Net Division, Vijayesh Haridas, playing out of Al Badia Golf Club, was the Champion with a total of 170.5. The Runner-Up was Ahmed Ashfaq representing the Emirates Golf Federation. Ahmed had 152 points. Finishing in Third Place for the Net Category was Hoshi Yadav from The Els Club with 131.5 points.

With the same format in the EGF OOM Girls Divisions, Da Eun Jung was the Champion of the Gross Category and Net Category. Da Eun Jung had 241.5 points in the Gross Category and 228 points in the Net Category. Da Eun Jung plays out the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club.

Chantel El-Chaib, playing out of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, finished as the Runner-Up in the Gross Category with a total of 190.5 points.

Finishing in Third Place in the Gross Category and Net Category was Eshna Bhargava, from the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Eshna finished with 183.5 points in the Gross Category and 173.5 points in the Net Category.

Anushka Bhargava, from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club finished as the Runner-Up in the Net Category with 182 points.

To find the complete results of the seven month long OOM season please visit the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.

Now that the 2015 – 2016 EGF OOM Season has ended golfers are gearing up for the EGF Order of Merit Championship at Jumeriah Golf Estates. The EGF is excited to present this prestigious event as the winners OOM Season and winners of the OOM Championship will be celebrated after the second round.

To follow the EGF OOM Season and Championship find the EGF on social media. The EGF will post daily updates and photos from the event.

Yas Links Men’s Open

(Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Friday, May 6th  and Saturday, May 7th  held arguably the signature Open tournament at Yas Links, the Yas Links Men’s Open. This year we had the partnership of Pirelli who provided eye-catching race cars to be kitted around the clubhouse as well as very attractive prizes to be extended to the winners on their first sponsorship of a Golf Event in the Middle East. The Men’s Open has been running for 6 years now, held annually every year since the clubs inception in March of 2010. Every year the competitions popularity increases resulting in a full draw sheet.

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The day is largely made up of Yas Link’s members though we do get a full range of guest’s even golfers travelling internationally to attend. It allows a great opportunity for the golfing community to come together see how one stands against each other in and around the emirate. The competition as well offered incredible value with private check in, Breakfast and lunch buffet on both days, Two rounds of golf on the Championship Links Course, Unlimited practice ground access on both days and prizes for both days; an enjoyable social day with friendly competition. Bragging rights of a win was certainly an accolade competitors were striving for although Pirellis presence certainly made a win more attractive.

 Mikki Mirza took the top title in 2015 and was keen to reclaim that victory. Though by the end of day one, Yas Links Member William Royce and EGF Member Chris Johnston were in the lead. By the end of Day 2, 2014 Yas Links Men’s Champion Craig Vance took back his title and became the 2016 winner. Craig’s name will be etched back on the trophy as well as earned an incredible Aston Martin Racing Experience at the Yas Marina Circuit. He finished his round with a 2 day score of 150. The co-leader of day one Chris Johnston finished just behind with a 2 day score of 153 putting him in second place. Third place was presented to Tiago Lobo who finished in a 4 way tie of 154 but earned his spot with a better last 18.

 Nett Winner of the Championship went to Ian Houghton who blew away the field with a two day Nett score of 139. Second place was between John Burki and Mark Majer who both had a combined score of 149, though Burki had a better last 18 holes and took the second place title.  

 Honorable mentions and trophies were also presented to the individual days best Gross and Nett winners:

Day 1 Best Gross: William Royce – 75 Gross

Day 1 Best Nett: Andrew Smolak – 77 Nett

Day 2 Best Gross: Dave Guinee – 73 Gross

Day 2 Best Nett: Sun Jing Hwang – 74 Nett

22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup Supported by the EGF

(Dubai, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Club hosted the 2016 Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup supported by the Emirates Golf Federation. Forty-four players enjoyed the challenge of the Faldo Course along with the hospitality of sponsors Dubai Duty Free.

Dubai Duty Free’s Senior Vice President- IT & Logistics, Ramesh Cidambi along with Darwish Al Quabaisi - Board Member of the Emirates Golf Federation and Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi – Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation, presents the trophy to Saeed Al Balooshi, overall winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup.

Dubai Duty Free’s Senior Vice President- IT & Logistics, Ramesh Cidambi along with Darwish Al Qubaisi – Board Member of the Emirates Golf Federation and Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi – Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation, presents the trophy to Saeed Al Balooshi, overall winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup.

Three golfers tied on 38 points in the gents division. Saeed Al Balooshi was the 2016 Gents Champion Saeed Al Balooshi after a card count back. The first runner up also with 38 points was Rashid Al Emadi. Also with 38 points but finishing as 2nd runner up was Faisal Al Sayegh.

Winning the best gross prize was Khalid Yousuf with score of 4 over par 76.

The Ladies Champion with a score of 31 points was Hamda Al Suwaidi and the Boys Champion was Obaid Al Heloo with another superb score of 38 points.

Commenting on the UAE Nationals Cup, Ramesh Cidambi, Senior Vice President, IT & Logistics of Dubai Duty Free said: “This year marks the 22nd running of Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup and the tournament has grown popular among UAE National since 1995 with junior Emirati golfers as well. Our thanks to all our participants and to the Marketing team at Dubai Duty Free and to the Emirates Golf Club for their efforts in ensuring a great day was had by all.”

The on course prizes were won by Omar Thabit for the nearest to pin on hole number 8 and the longest drive on hole 16 was won by Khalifa Al Masaood.

The tournament was a great success and our thanks go to Dubai Duty Free for their continued support for all sports and golf in the region.

Muirhead Wins Emirates Ladies Open

Alison Muirhead from the Emirates Golf Club was crowned the Emirates Ladies Amateur Open Champion after scoring a fantastic level par 72 on the Majlis course. Alison will add this to her Emirates Junior championship victory to conclude a fantastic season.

Muirhead Winner

Muirhead Winner

Her nearest competitor and runner up with a two over par 74 was Cheng Kim Chiang from the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, a further shot adrift was Julia Alhemoud (EGF) who posted a gross 75 to claim third place.

In the net division the winner was young Ailsa Brannock from Castle Douglas Golf Club, Scotland. Ailsa scored an excellent net 63 to win by three strokes. The runner-up was Fiona Hall of Emirates Golf Club with a net 66 and in third place was Jenny Ayres of Emirates Golf Club who scored a net 67.

Our sincere thanks to PING for sponsoring this year’s championship, congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all the ladies who competed again this year.