Young Generation Dominates UAE National Monthly Medal as Rayyan Al Maazmi Wins His First

(Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) – On January 26th, 2019, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the January National Monthly Medal at Al Hamra Golf Club. Over 45 United Arab Emirates (UAE) national golfers gathered to compete in the first National Monthly Medal of 2019. At this month’s event, there were four different divisions, a Par 3 Division, a Juniors Division, the Main Event Division, and the newly added Senior Division.

January 2019 National Monthly Medal Winners at Al Hamra Golf Club

Three young golfers from the UAE National Junior Team dominated this month’s event. Winning his first National Monthly Medal was youngster Rayyan Al Maazmi. Playing off a 24 handicap, Rayyan had a fantastic round of golf collecting a total of 48 Stableford Points.

Finishing as the Runner-Up for the event was Majid Looth with 37 points and coming in Third Place was with a total of 36 Stableford Points was Obaid Al Heloo.

Men’s National Team Member, Ahmed Skaik collected the Best Gross prize by shooting a 74, 2-over-par.

Starting the New Year the EGF added a Senior Division, a new division for those who are 50 years of age or older. Mr. Jalal Abbasi won the Senior Division. Abbasi collected 34 points.

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 was Akram Skaik with 33 Stableford Points. Dr. Rabab Al Haj won the Division-B prize with 32 Stableford Points.

In the Junior Division, the EGF had 12 juniors compete for the top three spots. Coming in first place was Abdullah Saeed Al Suwaidi with 39 points. Finishing in Second Place was Sultan Al Jassmey with 38 points and rounding off the top-three was Humaid Saeed Al Suwaidi with 33 points.

During the event, the EGF hosted 12 members of the National Foundation Squad on the Academy Par 3 Course. The winner of the Par 3 Division was Mohammed Ahmed after a card playoff. Mohammed fired an impressive 37 gross score.

The Runner-up for the Par 3 Division was Aysha Al Almualla with a 37 gross score and Rafea Al Owais finished in Third Place with a 38 gross score.

The event also had two “On Course Challenges” up for grabs. Taking home the Longest Drive Award was Ahmed Skaik. Winning the Nearest to the Pin Award was Obaid Al Heloo.

The next event will be the UAE Presidents Cup with will be held on the 8th and 9th of February at Yas Links Abu Dhabi. To follow the EGF and check up on the latest UAE golf news revert to the EGF website at

OMEGA Emirates Amateur Open 2019

(Dubai, UAE) – The 29th OMEGA Emirates Amateur Open was held on the Faldo and Majlis courses on the 10th and 11th of January, with a strong field of almost 100 players competing for the championship. Congratulations to the overall winner and defending Champion Rayhan Thomas (DGCYC), who carded fantastic scores of 71 and 68 totaling, 139 (-5). Taking the runner-up spot was Zubair Firdaus (GA) who shot great scores of 74 and 70 totaling 144 (E). Steven Kelbrick (TIGC) came in with a 71 and a 75 to give him a total of 144 strokes which also left him at Even par. In fourth place was Joshua Hill (TIGC) who carded scores of 72 and 73 totaling 145 (+1).

Moving to the Net division, the winning prize went to our Club Captain Paul Byrne, who scored 75 and 70 net strokes, totaling 145 (+1). In second place was Chaher Sakkal (EGC) who came in with 71 and 74, totaling 145 (+1). Pavel Foubik Jnr (EGC) took third place with net scores of 77 and 71 totalling 148 (+4).


The Best Gross on Day 1 on the Faldo course was Max Burrow (DGCYC), scoring an excellent 68 (-4). Winning the prize for Best Gross on Day 2 on the Majlis course and winning on better back nine countback, was Bradley Mogire (EGC) scoring a 73 (+1).


The Best Net score on Day 1 on the Faldo course, winning on better back nine countback went to David Moody (EGC), who scored a 70 (-2). Barry Pavic (EGF) took the prize for Best Net on day 2 on the Majlis course, also winning on countback with a better back nine, scoring a 72 (E).


Congratulations to all players, and to all winners! Our thanks goes to OMEGA for their continued support and exceptional dedication to such successful events. We look forward to the upcoming OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course and wish our champion, Rayhan Thomas, the very best of luck in the tournament!

Adrian Otaegui Hosts Clinic for UAE National Ladies & Junior Golf Programs

(Dubai, UAE) – On Saturday, January 5th 2019, Adrain Otaegui in conjunction with the Emirates Golf Federation hosted a clinic for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Ladies and Junior Golf Programs. Number 67 in the World Golf Ranking, Otaegui is a young talent who is quickly moving with the world rankings in golf, especially after finishing tied fourth at the DP World Tour Championship this past November.

Adrain Otaegui putting on a Short Game Clinic for the Ladies & Junior National Golf Programs

EGF Vice Chairman Adel Zarouni had this to say about the clinic. “Adrain is a future superstar and to have him working with our young players is a great opportunity for the National Golf Programs. Because Adrain is young [26 years old] the players can relate to him and he works really well with the kids. This time of year is very special for UAE golf. With all of the events coming up [Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, and Omega Dubai Desert Classic] the Federation likes to take advantage of having the best players in the world practicing at our facilities. This clinic is a great example of that”.

The afternoon consisted of a short game clinic directed by Otaegui followed by a skills challenge where Otaegui gave tips to the players on how to master certain shots, and the afternoon was wrapped up with a short Q&A where Adrain reflected on his pathway to world number 67.

The young boys and girls will use this knowledge over the next few months competing in the Ladies, Men’s and Junior Opens across the UAE. The EGF would like to thank Adrain and his team for their time as well as wish them the best of luck for the upcoming events and for 2019.