(Al Ain, UAE) – On April 18th – 20th, 2019 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) held the 2019 EGF Order of Merit Championship at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club. Leading the way in the Men’s and Ladies Division and completing a strong season with convicting victories were Steven Kelbrick and Hyeonji Kang.
The EGF Order of Merit Championship was a three-day event for the Men’s and Ladies Divisions, which held World Amateur Golf Ranking points and a two-day event for the Junior Division. The fields will be composed of the top supporters of Men’s and Ladies’ qualifying rounds and top-placed Juniors in EGF Order of Merit Season.
Winning the Men’s Division was Steven Kelbrick firing rounds of 68-68-67 for a championship total of 203; 7-under-par. Kelbrick looked comfortable all weekend as he collected 17 birdies over the three rounds. Kelbrick has had a fantastic season by not only winning the championship but as well as the overall season EGF Order of Merit by 57 points and competing in the new Jordan Mixed Open.
Finishing as the Runner-Up in the Men’s Division was Ziang Xu. Ziang shot rounds of 71-67-70 for a total of 208; two-under-par. – 75 for a championship total of 148. Seven shots back and finishing in Third Place with scores of 74-71-70 (215 total) was UAE National Team Member Ahmed Skaik.
Dominating the Ladies Division and winning the championship by six strokes was Hyeonji Kang. Kang has a historic season by winning the not only the overall season Order of Merit Ladies Gross Division but also winning the Junior Girls Gross Division and tied for first in the Junior Girls Nett Division. Kanf shot rounds of 73-66-66 for a championship total of 205; five-under-par.
Chantal El Chaib was the Runner-Up in the Ladies Division. Katie shot rounds of 72-69-70 for a 211 total; one-over-par. Rounding out the top-three, coming in Third Place was Natalli Gupta. Natalli shot rounds of 72-74-69 for a 215 total.
The Junior Division was played with the Girls and Boys golfers combined. This division was full of talent as Jay Mullane started strong and maintained that lead over the two rounds firing 70-74 for a winning total of 144.
The Runner-Up in the Junior Division was Asanka White. Max shot rounds of 75 – 74 for 149 total, five shots off the lead. Winning the Third Place prize was Viggo Sorensen with rounds 77-73 for a 150 total.
After the tournament, the EGF hosted an award ceremony where the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Championship and the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Season received their well-deserved prizes. To see all of the results from the EGF Order of Merit Season, please revert to the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.
The EGF would like to thank all Golf Clubs, partners, and EGF Members for a successful 2017 – 2018 Order of Merit Season and Championship.