UAE National Juniors Hong Kong Bound for APGC Junior Championship

(Dubai, UAE) – On August 30th – September 1st, 2017 four United Arab Emirates (UAE) Junior National Golf Team members will compete in the 2017 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) Junior Championship in Hong Kong. Two girls and two boys will compete in a 72-hole mixed gender team competition hosted at the Hong Kong Golf Club on the New Course. Representing the UAE will be Reema Al Heloo and Tara Al Marzooqi for the girls, and Mohammed Al Hajeri and Rashid Al Emadi for the boys.

Rashid Al Emadi & Mohammed Al Hajeri Practicing at the European Tour Performance Institute at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Over 3-days (72-holes), teams will be made up of one male and one female player from each country. Teams will be grouped with a different country each day except the seeded draw for round 3. The team competition will be all stroke play as the first round will be four-balls, the second round in foursomes, and the third round will be an individual gross score.

Heading into this competition the UAE junior golfers have a little momentum on their side. Coming off a team gold medal at the latest GCC Ladies Golf Championship, Tara and Reema will be looking to have a strong appearance in Hong Kong. Tara won the gold medal in the individual category at this year’s GCC Championship.

For the boys, Rashid Al Emadi also had a solid GCC Golf Championship winning the Team and Individual Gold Medals in the Boys 15 & Under division. A product of the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) is expecting this event to add more experience to Rashid’s golf resume. Mohammed Al Hajeri has been a rising star for UAE golf. Starting over four years ago, Al Hajeri has seen improvements in all aspects of his game and will be looking to compete with the top players at the championship.

Traveling with the juniors will be Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi, EGF Secretary General, and National Team Captain. “The girls have had a few strong years in our region but this will be a good test for them leading into the 2017 – 2018 season that starts in October. This championship will be a good measurement to see how their game has improved since we’ve competed in this event last year.

“We have had a two-week summer camp in Germany during July and a full month of preparation for this championship and the upcoming season. We have set personal goals for this event and I think we will achieve them,” said Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi.

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Ismail & Hesham Sharif Win the Final EGF Summer Swing Event

(Dubai, UAE) – On August 18, 2017 the Trump International Golf Club played hosted to the final Emirates Golf Federation Summer Swing event for 2017. Over 40 EGF Members battled the heat to produce some phenomenal scores. Sponsored by StayPrime, the event showcased valuable prizes for the golfers to compete for. Coming out on top was father and son duo Ismail and Hesham Sharif with 42 Stableford Points.

Winners of the EGF Summer Swing at Trump International Golf Club

Built on over 500 acres of barren desert the Trump International Golf Club’s (TIGC) championship-style, 18-hole golf course was designed by architect Gil Hanse. TIGC provides a “one-of-a-kind experience” for golfers of all skill levels allowing golfers access to their perfect game.

Putting together a fantastic round under the Paris Better Ball Stableford format was United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nationals Ismail and Hesham Sharif winning the first place prize. The pair combined for 42 points. Ismail has been a long time member of the UAE National Team while his son who just started playing golf is making quick strides in his game.

Collecting the Second Place prize just one point back was Christina Lerchedahl and Christian Klynge. The pair walked away with 41 stableford points.

Finishing in Third Place with 40 points were brothers Hisham and Ahmed Sultan.

The final EGF Summer Swing event also saw four UAE National Team pairs. “This event is a fun way for our team to get ready for the upcoming UAE golf season. We saw some good scores and on behalf of the team we’d like to thank the golf club and the EGF for hosting us”, said UAE National Team Captain Khalid Yousuf.

There were also “On Course Competitions” that were up for grabs during the event. National Team Player, Saif Thabet won The Nearest to the Pin on Hole 5 and Steve Thomas won on Hole 17.

The EGF would like to send a special thank you to the sponsor of the EGF Summer Swing, Stayprime. Also, The EGF would like to thank Trump International Golf Club for running this event at a top level.

As the summer is coming to an end, the UAE golf season is just over a month away. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest news and upcoming EGF Order of Merit events across the UAE via social media, the EGF Website, and EGF App. On behalf of the EGF we thank all competitors for participating in the 2017 EGF Summer Swing events and we hope to see you for the start of the 2017 – 2018 season.