Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club played host to the 12th Men’s Open Golf Championship on the weekend of the 6th & 7th December. As ever the event was fantastically supported by some of the best golfers from across the UAE, with a mixture of young guns bidding to put their mark on the event & the seasoned master craftsmen of the game.
The weekend event was hotly contested and the course was in fantastic condition and praised by the competitors. Day one saw both Toby Bishop and Dan Byrne come hot out of the blocks & posted impressive scores of one under par seventy-one. Toby and Dan were closely followed by some big names including SGSC’s very own Nathan Fisher who was a single shot back and EGFs Khalid Yousef just two shots back. Also after a poor first round for his standards defending champion William Ang would feel he wasn’t out of it.
The overnight leaders Toby and Dan were nip and tuck throughout the final round until Dan who plays from the Els club, unfortunately, dropped a few shots late on and had to settle for fifth place. Toby Bishop representing Trump international Golf Club held his nerve on what was a very close affair, he posted a very solid round of golf level-par seventy-two. Adding this level par second round to his first round of one under par seventy-one saw him finish on one hundred and forty-three, which saw him become the 12th SGSC Men’s Open Champion. The third player in the final group chasing his first Men’s Open title was SGSC member Nathan Fisher and despite having ten birdies over the weekend dropped too many shots and finished in fourth place one over par. The runner up and the third spot came from late charges from probably the pre-tournament favorites William Ang and Josh Hill. William was three-under for his last four holes to post the best round of the weekend five-under-par sixty-six for a level par total and runners up spot. It was a similar story for Josh representing Trump International who posted four under par and equaling Williams total only losing out to second place via countback.
Dan Bryne (TEC) picked up the trophy for Day one’s best score with a score of seventy-one. The Day two best score went to Gordon Munro representing the Dubai Hills Golf Club as he posted seventy-two level par.
The first place net was won by a visitor all the way from San Francisco who said he had the weekend of his golfing life with a staggering net total of fourteen under par winning by a massive twelve strokes. Runner up went to SGSC member Mohan GC who had a very solid weekend of golf finishing on a net total of two under par. Third place went to SGSC member Ravi AE. Picking up the best day one net score was Edoardo Scialanga with a score of seventy-one for the emirates golf club member. The day two best score went to Sharjah Golf & Shooting club member Namir Al Naimi as he showed his experience around the course to post a level-par seventy-two.
The event was played in a great spirit and a record number of competitors for the SGSC Men’s Open and was highly competitive all the way to the last putt.