(Ras al-Khaimah, UAE) – Michael Harradine claimed his second RAK Mens Open title after winning the BMW 11th RAK Mens Amateur Open with a score of 142. The key EGF event saw the 11th instalment from Al Hamra in which the finest talent from around the UAE competed in a 2 day, 36 Hole Stroke Play event. There was also the added incentive of a BMW 4 series convertible for anyone who could muster a hole in one on the tricky par 3, 15th.
With competitors teeing it up the final two days before the course closed for the prestigious Challenge Tour event, the course was in immaculate condition with beautiful lush fairways and speedy smooth rolling greens.
Michael Harradine, who had the privilege of being the first player to tee off on the first day of the Challenge Tour event, had an exceptionally solid two rounds of golf with rounds of 73 and 69. His closest competitor was round one leader Craig Vance, who after having fired an opening round 72 let it slip on his final nine dropping 4 shots down the final stretch. Michael however, birdied 3 holes in his day 2 front nine followed by a level par inward nine to watch all other competitors fall away. Arkesh Bhathia improved dramatically on his first round 79, carding a solid 73 for a 152 total to pick up the third and final gross division prize.
The net division saw a clear runaway winner in the form of Christoph Hager. Christoph finished on a whopping 10 under par total of 134 after rounds of 66 and 68. Round one included and astonishing 7 net birdies and a net eagle, whilst in round two, only 6 net birdies would suffice. His score meant he would finish 6 shots clear of his nearest competitor, Byung Jin Woo, who also finished comfortably on the better side of par after rounds of 72 and 68. Claiming the third and final net division prize was Sidney De Souza on 146 who stole the prize from Julian Hawlitzy after a card play-off.
His score meant he would finish 6 shots clear of his nearest competitor, Byung Jin Woo, who also finished comfortably on the better side of par after rounds of 72 and 68. Claiming the third and final net division prize was Sidney De Souza on 146 who stole the prize from Julian Hawlitzy after a card play-off.
1st Place 1 – Michael Harradine – 73 + 69 = 142
2nd Place – Craig Vance – 72 + 76 = 148
3rd Place – Arkesh Bhathia – 79 + 73 = 152
1st Place – Christoph Hager – 66 + 68 = 134
2nd Place – Byung Jin Woo – 72 + 68 = 140
3rd Place – Sidney De Souza – 72 + 74 = 146