Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Emirates Amateur Open, Rayhan Thomas, who won by virtue of a dramatic sudden-death playoff after Round 2 on the Majlis Course.
Heading into the final round on the Majlis Course, 6 shots behind overnight leader Stephen Loftus, Rayhan produced a sublime 69 to post a clubhouse score of +1 on what was tricky scoring conditions on the Majlis Course. Stephen Loftus and Max Burrows, having both played very well in Round 1 on The Faldo Course, were able to match Rayhan’s score and force a playoff. After pars all round on the first playoff hole, the 17th, it was Rayhan who emerged victorious with a birdie on the second playoff hole, the 18th on The Majlis, edging out Stephen Loftus and Max Burrows. Finishing in fourth place was Mikhail Pinto with scores of 71 & 77, +4.
In the net section, it was Graeme Braybrooke winning first place with net scores of 74 & 73 = 147 total, to win by a shot. Second place was settled by a better second round score, where Adam Zahri beat Nick Pomeroy to second with his final day net 69, both shooting 148 total net.
Daily prizes went to Ahmad Skaik for best gross on Day 1, shooting 73 on the Faldo with a better back 9 score. Best gross on day 2 was claimed by Maximilian Grieb with a fantastic one under par 71 on the Majlis. Day 1 best net went to Ramsey Yassin, with 73 strokes and a better back 9 score, whilst Day 2 best net was claimed by Chris Alderman, also with 73 strokes and a victory on a back 9 scorecard-playoff!
Congratulations to all players for taking part, from across the region and internationally, and well done to all winners! Also, we would like to especially thank Omega for their continued support of the very successful Emirates Amateur Open.