(La Marsa, Tunisia) – On October 18th – 21st 2018 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Golf Team competed in the 38th Arab Golf Championship in La Marsa, Tunisia. After four days of battling the wind and challenging weather conditions, the UAE National Golf Team finished in Fourth Place out of 12 different countries. This is UAE’s best finish since 2011.
Hosted by the Arab Golf Federation at The Residence Tunis, the UAE Team was made up of Ahmed Skaik, Khalid Yousuf, Mohamed Adel Al Hajeri and Saif Thabet.
Leading the way for the UAE was Ahmed Skaik, finishing in Fifth Place in the Individual Category. Skaik shot rounds of 71-72-75-67 for a championship total of 285, 3-under-par. Skaik was just three shots behind the third places finishers and 11 shots back from the Individual Golf Medalist, Souadi Ayoub from Morocco.
Coming in 12th Place in the Individual Category was Khalid Yousuf, with three consecutive rounds of 74 and a final round of 71 for a championship total 293. Finishing in 23rd and 24th Place in the Individual Category was Mohamed Adel Al Hajeri and Saif Thabet. Al Hajeri shot a total of 302 and Thabet had a total of 304.
“We are very proud of our team’s accomplishments over this weekend. To have our best finish in seven years displays that our teams’ are working hard and pushing each other to be their best. The team showed strength and unity this weekend, after a full two months of traveling while playing in golf tournaments all over the world and to finish as strong as we did demonstrates the desire our team has for this game,” said Emirates Golf Federation Secretary General, Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi.
The Championship was run over four rounds, the best three scores in a team of four are counted toward each round. Individual scores of players from each country are also recognized for individual Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.
Winning the Gold Medal for the 38th Pan Arab Golf Championship was Team Morocco. Morocco shot for a combined score of 823, an impressive 41-under-par. Team Qatar took the Silver Medal and host country Tunisia finished with the Bronze.
During the weekend the UAE Team will be accompanied by, H.E. Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (Emirates Golf Federation Chairman and Arab Golf Federation Chairman), Adel Zarouni (Emirates Golf Federation Vice Chairman and Arab Golf Federation Vice Chairman), Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi (Emirates Golf Federation Secretary General), and Samir Wallian (National Team Coach).
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