UAE Amateurs Retain Dubai Golf Trophy

(Dubai, UAE) – Congratulations to the top Amateurs of the UAE who successfully defended the Dubai Golf Trophy, they defeated the best PGA Professionals in the region in a Ryder Cup-style showdown. The match took place over two days at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, followed by the final round on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club. This year was the 18th staging of this popular match with the Amateurs coming out on top by 17-15 points.

Both teams took to the fairways in their team Footjoy colors courtesy of shirt sponsors Pro Sports International. On day one, the Amateur team, captained by Bayhaan Lakdawala claimed the morning foursomes by 4.5 points to 3. 5. The teams were equally matched in the afternoon four balls, both claiming 4 points, giving Bayhaan and his team a 1 point advantage overnight.

The professionals captained by David Gray, would have been hoping for a fast start in the final day singles. Again both teams were equally matched early on. After the opening 7 games, 4 points went in the favor of professionals Callum Nicoll, Alex Nicholson, Shane Peakcock and Mike Bolt to tie the match. However, in the middle matches, strong performances and convincing victories for amateurs Mike Mezei, Aryan Chordia, Max Burrow and Arjun Gupta put the Amateurs back safely in pole position. A win on the 18th green for Chris Rahm in one of the latter matches confirmed their victory.

Notable mentions go to Mike Mezei and Chris Rahm, who earned maximum points for their side. Also to professionals Dong Lee, Shane Peacock and Alex Nicholson, who went undefeated and gained 3 from 3 points.

The event originally started as a social season-ending tournament in 2000 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Since then the event has grown in popularity and prestige and is now one of the highlights of the local golfing calendar for Professionals and Amateurs alike. Once again the Dubai Golf Trophy was played in great spirit over the two days; our thanks go to captains David Gray and Bayhaan Lakdawala, and their respective teams for taking part and competing so honorably in what is a fantastic local golfing spectacle. This year’s result brings the tally to 14 wins for the Professionals against four for the Amateurs.

Chiang Three-Peats Ladies’ Title as Hill Captures Men’s Win at the EGF Order of Merit Championship

Cashmore Cashes In With Junior Victory

(Al Ain, UAE) – On May 18-19, 2017 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) held the 2017 EGF Order of Merit Championship at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club. This prestigious event hosted over 30 elite amateur golfers across three different divisions.

2016 – 2017 Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit Winners

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 newly redesigned Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club, golf course. The field was composed of the top amateur golfers in each division that supported and competed in the 2016 – 2017 EGF Order of Merit Season.

Josh Hill

13-year-old, Josh Hill from Jumeirah Golf Estates was the Champion of the Men’s Division. After shooting an impressive 68 (two-under-par) first round, Hill battled the winds on day two to fire a 75 (five-over-par) for a championship total of 143 (three-over-par). Making the leap into the Men’s Division for the championship after winning the season’s Boys Gross Division, Hill capped off a strong 2016 – 2017 United Arab Emirates (UAE) golf season with this victory.

Finishing as the Runner-Up in the Men’s Division was Tariq El Chaid. Tariq shot rounds of 72 – 73 for a Championship total of 145, just two shots behind the leader. After a final round count back UAE National Team Player Ahmed Skaik took home Third Place prize. Skaik also won Third Place in the overall Order of Merit season for 2016 – 2017.

Kim Chiang

Successfully defending her title for the third year in a row in the Ladies Division was 16-year-old Kim Chiang. Playing out of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Kim shot rounds of 68 – 73 for a championship total of 141 (one-over-par). Kim’s first round of 68 (two-under-par) tied the course record at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club. While playing the EGF Order of Merit Championship Kim has set two course records, once at The Els Club in 2015 and again last year at Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course) in 2016.

Anastasia Bakal was the Runner-Up in the Ladies Division. Playing out of the Els Club, Anastasia shot rounds 73 – 76 for a championship total of 149. Rounding out the top-three, coming in Third Place was Sara Engsig. Sara shot rounds of 76 – 75 for a 151 total.

Max Cashmore

The Junior Division was played with the Girls and Boys golfers combined. This division was full of talent as Max Cashmore from Jumeirah Golf Estates was the 2017 Champion. Cashmore fired rounds of 70 – 72. He started the championship off on a positive note as he chipped in for birdie on the second hole during his first round. Cashmore was one shot back after round one but with a solid second round in tough conditions, Max was crowned the junior champ with a championship total of 142, two-over-par.

The Runner-Up in the Junior Division was Arjun Gupta. Gupta shot rounds of 69 – 75 for a championship total of 144, two shots off the lead. Winning the Third Place prize was Sasha Sparacino. Sasha had consecutive rounds of 73 for a 146 total.

The EGF is proud to announce that the winner of the Men’s Order of Merit Season (Steve Kelbrick) and the winner of the Ladies Gross Order of Merit Season (Alison Muirhead) along with the winners of the Men’s (Josh Hill) and Ladies (Kim Chiang) Divisions from this week’s championship will be traveling to the Singha Thailand Amateur Golf Championship at the end of this year.

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

The EGF would like to thank all Golf Clubs, partners, and EGF Members for a successful 2016 – 2017 Order of Merit Season and Championship.

Kelbrick Lands Top Spot as Muirhead Goes Back-to-Back in EGF Order of Merit

Top UAE Amateurs Set for the EGF Order of Merit Championship in Al Ain

(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 at Al Ain Equestrian Shoot & Golf Club.

Winners of the 2015 – 2016 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship

The EGF OOM Championship is a two-day event that will take place on May 18-19, 2017 at Al Ain Equestrian Shoot & Golf Club. This event hosted by EGF will have representing divisions for Men, Ladies, and Junior golfers. The fields will be composed of the top supporters of Men’s and Ladies’ qualifying rounds 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 7, 2016, and ending on May 13, 2017. These two-day, 36-hole, events proved to deliver a test for every golfer participating.

With 203.25 OOM points, Steve Kelbrick was the 2016 – 2017 EGF OOM Men’s Division Champion. Kelbrick, a veteran UAE Amateur that has been competing in the OOM for many years finds himself at the top for 2016 – 2017. Kelbrick played in 12 OOM events with eight top five finishes and two-second place finishes.

Finishing as the Runner-Up in the EGF OOM Men’s Division was last year’s champion, Christofer Rahm. Representing the Emirates Golf Federation but training out of the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI), Rahm had a total of 190 points for the season. Taking the Third Place position was UAE National Team Player Ahmed Skaik. Ahmed played in eight events collecting 137 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 21, 2016, and finished on May 6, 2017. There was a total of ten, one-day, 18-hole, events throughout the season.

Winning the EGF OOM Ladies Gross Category for back-to-back years was Alison Muirhead from Jumeriah Golf Estates. Alison had a total of 210 points. Alison played in eight events while collecting an impressive six victories.

Chantal El-Chaib, playing out of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, took the Runner-Up position in the Gross Category with 199.5 points. Chantal was also the winner of the Net Category with 173.8 points. El-Chaib played in all ten events collecting one victory and five other top five finishes in the Gross Division.

Wrapping up the Gross Category, Natalii Gupta won the Third Place prize with 174.3 points. Playing out of Emirates Golf Club, Gupta played in nine events and had five top five finishes.

With Chantel El-Chaib winning the Ladies Net Catagory, Deborah Chang from Emirates Golf Club finished second with 144.95 points. The Third Place winner was Sara Engsig with 142.5 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 22, 2016, and ended on April 29, 2017. Each division was played over a total of eight, one-day, 18-hole, tournaments.

Winning the EGF OOM Boys Gross Category with 165.3 points was Joshua Hill. Playing out of the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Hill played in eight events with six top five finishes. Hill also played in six Men’s events where he won the last event at Yas Links Abu Dhabi.

Also from Jumeriah Golf Estates Toby Bishop finished as the Runner-Up in the Boy Gross Catagory with 161 points. Toby was also the winner of the Boy’s Net Category with 141.15 points.

In the Third Place position, there was a tie in the Boys Gross Category between Arjun Gupta from Emirates Golf Club and Max Cashmore from Jumeirah Golf Estates. Both players finished with 157 points.

In the EGF OOM Boys Net Division, Toby Bishop was the winner, but following him was Advay Mohindra from Abu Dhabi City Golf Club in second place with 112.3 points and Mattia Sparacino in Third Place from Jumeirah Golf Estates with 101.8 points.

With the same format in the EGF OOM Girls Divisions, the Ladies Gross Third Place winner Natalii Gupta was the winner of the Girls Gross Category with 186.5 points. Natalii played in eight events with one victory and seven other top five finishes. Natalii was also the Girls Net Category winner with 154 points.

The Ladies Gross Runner-Up was also the Runner-Up in the Girls Gross and Girls Net Categories. Chantal El-Chaib finished with 146.5 points in the Gross Category and 145 points in the Net Category.

Finishing in Third Place in the Girls Gross Category was Deborah Chang with 146.6 points, and finishing in Third Place in the Girls Net Category was Jamie Roslyn Camero from Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club with 144.3 points.

To find the complete results of the seven-month long OOM season please visit the EGF website at

Now that the 2016 – 2017 EGF OOM Season has ended golfers are gearing up for the EGF Order of Merit Championship at Al Ain Equestrian Shoot & Golf Club. Following the EGF OOM Championship, the EGF will celebrate the 2016 – 2017 season by hosting an award presentation at Al Ain Equestrian Shoot & Golf Club for all winners.

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


(Dubai, UAE) – Meydan Golf welcomed some of the region’s top Lady Golfers to compete for the AGMC Ladies Open, Event 10 on the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit schedule.

With the first Tee Time commencing at 7:30 am, playing conditions were perfect without a single cloud in the sky. It was evident that temperatures were going to increase as the day went on, however, this wasn’t going to influence competitors.
Current Order of Merit leader Alison Muirhead was looking to defend her AGMC Title at Meydan, her last event in the region before heading to College in the United States. Muirhead was paired with Natalie Gupta and Deborah Chang, who are currently 4th and 5th in the Ladies Order of Merit. With two halves of 37, Alison finished with a total of 74, two over par. This put her two shots ahead of Deborah, who forged a comeback on the back 9 with birdies at 14 and 15; however, two late bogeys proved to be the deciding factor as the action unfolded.
Chantal El Chaib, Alison’s nearest competitor in the Order of Merit was the one to watch out for in the remaining groups on the Golf Course. After closing with a round 78, 6 over par, it was confirmed that Muirhead had retained her Meydan crown.
In the Net Division, Jamie Roslyn Camero claimed victory after a countback from Elsie Bruce. A Net Score of 73 was very impressive from the youngest competitor in the field.
During the Prize Presentation, Phil Dobson (Golf Operations Manager) expressed his appreciation to the Main Event Sponsor AGMC and Prize Sponsors Rivoli Group and Adidas/TaylorMade.