Emirates Junior Open 2018

(Dubai, UAE) – Congratulations to Christopher Jammal (Emirates Golf Club) who scored a fantastic gross 68 on the Faldo Course, to claim this year’s Boys Emirates Junior Open. Chris was on top form during the tournament before eventually shooting a 4 under par 68 to beat Jay Mullane (The Els Club), who shot a two-over-par gross 74, with Louis Viallaneix (Emirates Golf Club) one shot further back on 75 gross. Our 2018 Girls Emirates Junior Open Champion was Sahana Paravantavida (Emirates Golf Club) shooting an impressive 3 under par 69 total. Sahana blitzed the field in the Girls Division, winning comfortably after some fantastic golf on the Faldo Course.

Emirates Junior Open 2018 Winners

In the Boys “A” division it was Aditya Kushalapa (Emirates Golf Club) who emerged victorious shooting a net 1 under, 71 on a tough Faldo Course. The Boys “B” division saw Dilan White (Trump International Golf Club) win, also with a 1 under par net 71 and winning on countback with a better back nine.

In the Girls net division (HCP 0 – 36), winning with a net 65 was Paula Marie Foubikova (Emirates Golf Club), followed by Fatima Zafar Rizvi (Emirates Golf Club) who finished with a net 66.

Congratulations to all participants and winners who made the journey to Emirates Golf Club. We would also like to thank ProSports and especially Titleist for their continued support of the Emirates Junior Open.

UAE National Ladies and Junior Golf Teams Head to Morocco for the 2018 Pan Arab Golf Championship

(Marrakesh, Morocco) – November 14th – 16th, 2018 the United Arab Emirates National Ladies, 18 & Under, and 15 & Under Golf Teams will travel to Morocco to play in the 2018 Ladies and Junior Pan Arab Golf Championship. The three-day championship will take place at The Palmeraie of Marrakesh Golf Course.

UAE National Ladies and Junior Golf Teams Training at ETPI – Jumeirah Golf Estates

This event will be the 19th edition of the Junior Pan Arab Golf Championship and the 10th edition of Ladies Pan Arab Golf Championship that falls under the Arab Golf Federation. With over 10 countries and 3 divisions, the championship will host more than 60 players.

Robert Trent Jones designs The Palmeraie of Marrakesh Golf Course. Sprawling over 120 hectares and featuring 11 lakes, this 27-hole golf club hosts some of the largest professional tournaments.

For the UAE Ladies Team, Reema Al Heloo will be leading the way with the support of Alia Al Emadi and longtime veteran Dr. Rabab Al Haj. Reema is coming off a busy summer after traveling to Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games and to Argentina for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

Representing the 18 & Under UAE National Golf Team will be Mohammed Adel Al Hajeri, Rashid Al Qubaisi, and Rashid Al Emadi. Looking to make an impact for the UAE will be Al Hajeri after his summer tour at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Al Hajeri also played on the UAE Men’s Team at the 38th Pan Arab Golf Championship where UAE finished in fourth place.

For the 15 & Under Golf Team Obaid Al Heloo will be making his third Pan Arab Golf Championship appearance. Along with Obaid will be some new faces, as Majad Lootha and Rayyaan AlMaazmi will be competing in their first international tournament.

Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation had this to say about the upcoming event. “This tournament will be a great test for our young golfers. With our newly structured 15 & Under team making some first-time appearances we hope that this will continue to build our program. Our players have been working hard for the past 6 months and many of them have been competing just to be on the teams to represent the UAE”.

The three-day championship will have Team and Individual winners in each division. For the Team Category, the final score will consist of the top two gross scores, out of three players each round, totaled after three rounds. The Individual Category will be scored as the best individual gross score from each division.

Follow the Emirates Golf Federation on social media to get the latest updates and photos from the event.

Al Marzouqi & Al Jassmy Triumphant at The First UAE National Monthly Medal of the 2018 – 2019 Season

(Ajman, UAE) – On November 10, 2018, The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the first United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Monthly Medal of the 2018 – 2019 golf seasons at Al Zorah Golf Club. Over 40 UAE Nationals ranging from ladies, juniors and senior golfers gathered to battle the windy conditions at Al Zorah. Winning the overall event was Sohail Al Marzouqi while Rashid Al Jassmy was the proud winner the Junior Division.

Winners of 2018 November UAE National Monthly Medal at Al Zorah Golf Club

Located along the coast of Ajman, Al Zorah Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course designed by Nicklaus Design. The course is arranged with flowing dunes and spectacular mangroves to give the golfers a unique UAE experience.

Sohail Al Marzouqi scrapped together a fantastic score in some challenging conditions. Al Marzouqi collected a total of 36 Stableford points while shooting a 77 gross score.

Finishing as the Runner-Up for the event was Abdulwahed Al Qasem, just one point back with a total of 35 Stableford points. Coming in Third Place was Hisham Sharif with a total of 34 Stableford points.

National Team member, Khalid Yousuf collected the Best Gross prize by shooting, 2-over-par, 74 gross score.

Awards were also given based on handicap with an A-Division (0-14 handicap) and B-Division (14-24 handicap) winners. Winning the A-Division Prize, on a countback, was Mohammed Darwish with 28 Stableford points. Hassan Al Qemzi won the Division-B prize with 31 Stableford points.

In the Junior Division, the EGF had eight juniors compete for the top three spots. Coming in first place was Rashid Al Jassmy with 35 points. Finishing in Second Place was Rashid’s brother Sultan Al Jassmy with 34 points and rounding off the top-three was Humaid Al Suwaidi with 25 points.

The event had two “On Course Challenges” up for grabs. Taking home the Longest Drive Award was Khalid Yousuf. Winning the Nearest to the Pin Award was Saleh Al Ameri.

To see all photos of this event and prize presentation view the EGF Facebook page.

The next National Monthly Medal will be held at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club on December 29th. To follow the EGF and check up on the latest UAE golf news revert to the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB PREPARES TO WELCOME WORLD’S BEST AMATEURS

With four events on the horizon, Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Beach Golf Clubs are getting ready to welcome the crowds and players

(Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Saadiyat Beach Golf Club will host the first ever Amateur World Ranking Event in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship (15th-19th December), with the champion and leading Emirati player receiving places in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in January.

The announcement comes just after Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Beach Golf Clubs also confirmed the dates for the major Tour events they will play host to in 2019, as the world-renowned venues continue to drive their reputation as world class golf destinations.

 

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA returns to Abu Dhabi Golf Club in January, whilst there’s a new date in the calendar for the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. These events, bolstered by the Gary Player Invitational and the Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship, mean that there’s a feast of golf for fans and Abu Dhabi to look forward to over the course of two months, starting in December.

 

The golf clubs, managed by the world’s leading golf management company, Troon, have become central figures in Abu Dhabi’s evolution into one of the most innovative and progressive cities in the world. This progression is further demonstrated as Abu Dhabi has even more to offer outside of the golf clubs and its events, with highlights in the sporting calendar such as Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (22nd-25th November 2018), football’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup (5th January-1st February 2019) and the Red Bull Air Race (2019 dates TBC).

 

Visitors to Abu Dhabi will not only enjoy these events as well as experience playing championship golf courses and staying in luxury hotels, and the opportunity to take in some of the best sites Abu Dhabi has to offer, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Yas Island attractions.

 

Further details on the upcoming golf events:

 

Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship: 15th-19th December 2018

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club will play host to the first ever Amateur World Ranking Event in Abu Dhabi, attracting the world’s leading male Amateur Golfers to the region to compete over a 54 Hole Strokeplay Tournament for the chance to earn WAGR points (for those already in the standings). Saadiyat Beach will be sure to provide a stern test for the amateur players, with the champion and the highest placed Emirati both receiving places in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.

 

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open: 10th-12th January 2019

The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in partnership with the Ladies European Tour, are set to host the third Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. This event marks a milestone event in the women’s golfing calendar, as it was the first-ever ladies professional golf

 

event to take place in Abu Dhabi. Last year, the tournament was held in November during which a field of 126 Ladies European Tour players competed over the stunning, Gary Player designed ocean-front course at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The format next January will be different to previous editions, with a new, shortened 54-hole Pro-Am format.

 

Gary Player Invitational: 13th January 2019

The Gary Player Invitational (GPI) in the United Arab Emirates was first launched in Abu Dhabi and historically has been the first leg of the 2019 GPI global series of world-leading charity golf events. Past events have been hugely successful, not just in terms of a world-class experience and high-profile Tour Professional participation, but also in raising funds for charity. A star-studded cast of golf professionals and celebrities will join Gary Player in 2019 at Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Beach Golf Club over two days, to celebrate a ‘Union of Golf and Giving’.

 

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA: 16th – 19th January 2019

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA is often deemed the unofficial start to the European Tour, drawing in massive names every year, with an attractive prize pot of around $2,700,000. Last year eight of the World’s Top 20 played in the early season event, leading to another thrilling championship in Abu Dhabi. Next year’s event is predicted to be no different, as Tommy Fleetwood will be looking to capture an incredible three consecutive wins at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. This

is the largest event on the Abu Dhabi annual golfing calendar and a stop on the European Tour that never disappoints the players or the fans.

 

Commenting on the major events, Ed Edwards, General Manager at Abu Dhabi GC and Saadiyat Beach GC, said: “These four events are driving Abu Dhabi forward, not only as a golfing location but also a fantastic destination with lots more on offer visitors, and we are excited to witness the drama that they promise this year. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA has been highly anticipated over the last 8 months, as everyone is excited to see if Fleetwood can make it three in a row. It will not be an event to miss.

 

“The Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship and the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open should also not be overlooked or put in a shadow of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. Both these events are at the forefront of growing golf in the UAE, in particular the Fatma Bint Mubarak Ladies Open has caused a spike in Emirati ladies golf because of the quality of the event. With the Gary Player Invitational to follow, the early season events in Abu Dhabi will certainly give golf fans a lot to look forward to.”

 

To find out more about these major golf events, or for group bookings and tourism queries, please contact Clinton Norris on cnorris@adgolfclub.ae

UAE NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS ENJOY THRILLING DAY AT RAS AL KHAIMAH NATIONAL MATCHPLAY CHALLENGE

By: Thomas Wragg – WorldWide Golf Magazine 

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Four of the UAE National Team’s finest golfers enjoyed a ‘once in a lifetime’ golfing experience on the second day of the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final as they went head-to-head at the picturesque Al Hamra Golf Club for the Ras Al Khaimah National Matchplay Challenge.

Ahmed Skaik, Rashid Al Emadi,Obaid Al Heloo and Khalid Yousef

The duo of Ahmed Skaik (Address Montgomerie) and 16 year old Rashid Al Emadi (Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club / 7.8) came out on top in the 18 hole Betterball Matchplay Gross event after defeating Khalid Yousuf (ETPI) and 14 year old Obaid Al Heloo (Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club / 7.6) 1-up after coming back from 3-down after four holes.

The tournament, which was run by the Emirates Golf Federation in conjunction with the European Challenge Tour, saw all four National Team members experience an authentic professional event course setup as they teed off at 11:10am, just 30 minutes after Romain Langasque, Adri Arnaus and Niklas Lemke got their second round started in a bid to be crowned champion of the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final.

Skaik

“It was a really good experience to play just after the Challenge Tour stars at Al Hamra Golf Club,” said Skaik who came third at the Ras Al Khaimah Men’s Open last weekend. “The greens and fairways were in pristine condition so that was really enjoyable. I didn’t manage to catch many of the players playing today but I’ll be back over the next couple of days to see what I can learn from these players and hopefully one day I’ll be playing alongside them!”

Rashid Al Emadi said: “It was an amazing to experience to play with the same course conditions as the professionals. I’m only 16 years old so it’s definitely a goal of mine to try and reach the Challenge Tour in the future. I’m looking forward to coming back on Saturday to watch the players and receive our trophy.”

The two winners are highly respected members of the UAE National Team with Scratch golfer Skaik representing his country earlier this year at the iconic Eisenhower Trophy as well as finishing in fifth place in the individual category at the Pan Arab Championship last month. Al Emadi will also be heading to junior version of the Pan Arab Championship in Morocco next week.

Skaik and Al Emadi will be in attendance during the final round on Saturday November 3 to receive their trophies as part of the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final and Road to Ras Al Khaimah prize giving on the 18th green at Al Hamra Golf Club.

“Congratulations to Ahmed and Rashid on winning the Ras Al Khaimah National Matchplay Challenge,” said Nick Tarratt, Director, European Tour Dubai Office. “This is one of many initiatives that the European Tour and Challenge Tour offer to the local communities when they visit for a golf tournament.

“We also thank the Emirates Golf Federation for playing their part in this special tournament which was a rewarding and unforgettable experience for all four UAE National golfers.”