(Hammam Sousse, Tunisia) – On November 16th – 18th, 2017 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Junior and Ladies National Golf Teams traveled to Tunisia to compete in the 2017 Junior and Ladies Arab Golf Championship. Leading the way for the UAE was Mohammed Al Hajeri who finished in Fifth Place in the Individual 18 & Under Division, while the Ladies Team Placed Fourth in the Team Division.
The Junior and Ladies Arab Golf Championship is a three-day event that has three different representing divisions – 18 & Under, 15 & Under, and Ladies which took place at the El Kantaoui Golf Club. The 18th edition of Junior Arab Golf Championship and the 9th edition of the Ladies Arab Golf Championship, under the Arab Golf Federation, hosted 9 different countries with over 70 players.
Leading the way for the UAE was Mohamed Al Hajeri. Al Hajeri struggled the first round with an 87 but after a strong second round of 79 and a great final round of 75, Al Hajeri finished in Fifth Place with a 241 total, only two shot back from Third. Playing alongside Al Hajeri was Mohammed Abdulla Saeed. Mohammed shot rounds of 107 – 96 – 98 for a 301. The 18 & Under Team finished in Ninth Place overall.
The Ladies Team had a good outing placing fourth in the Team Division. Reema Al Heloo led the way for the ladies with rounds of 95 – 78 – 91 for a total of 264. Along with Reema, Hamada Al Suwaidi fired rounds of 88 – 92 – 96 for a 276 total. Rounding out the UAE Team was Dr. Rabab Al Haj with rounds of 100 – 102 – 107 for a 309 total.
The UAE 15 & Under Team was made up of Rashid Al Emadi, Obaid Al Heloo, and Khalid Al Mutawa. The team placed fifth with a score of 531. Top player for the UAE in the 15 & Under Division was Rashid Al Emadi with rounds of 91 – 88 – 82 for a total of 261.
For back-to-back years, Morocco outshined the rest of the field. Morocco won Gold in both the 15 & Under and Ladies Team Divisions while taking the Silver in the 18 & Under Team Division. Tunisia won the Gold in the 18 & Under Division and Silver in the 15 & Under and Ladies Divisions.
Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation and National Team Manager had this to say after the Championship, “The Emirates Golf Federation is proud to have participated in this event. This event always shows the direction and strategy of the Arab Golf Federation in developing golf across the region. The UAE Teams will build on this event and look forward to the upcoming GCC Golf Championships.”