(Dubai, UAE) – Thursday 9th & Friday 10th January 2020: Emirates Golf Club hosted its prestigious Amateur Open sponsored by Omega these past few days. The Faldo course was host to Round One on Thursday, with the Majlis course, primed to host the Desert Classic in less than two weeks, hosting the final round on Friday. With a field of over 100 golfers competing to be crowned Emirates Amateur Open Champion 2020, an exciting few days golf was in store.
In the net competition, Ahmed Naim (Els) had the best day one score with a solid 71, while Carl Zachau (EGF) prevailed in tough conditions on day two to win the best net with a score of 73. The overall net competition across the two days was a tight affair. Emirates Golf Club member Rajinder Razdan came third with scores of 74 & 76 to finish on a total of 150. Just a shot ahead in second place, missing out on victory due to a better back nine, was Saad Atiq also of Emirates Golf Club. Saad had scores of 71 on Faldo and 78 on Majlis to finish with a total of 149. However, the winner of the best net across the two days was Dubai Creek member Humayun Shahryar with scores of 71 & 78.
In the main gross competition, it was a head-to-head race for much of the tournament between Ashley Rees (East Sussex National) and Dan Byrne (Els). Both players fired superb 69’s (-3) on Day one, and through 16 holes on day two Dan led by just a single shot. However, after Ashley made bogey on 17, Dan played a nerveless final hole hitting his wedge to just a few feet before rolling in the putt for a finishing birdie. It gave Dan a final score of 145 (+1) after rounds of 69 & 76, and meant he was crowned Omega Emirates Amateur Open Champion 2020. Dan also won Hospitality for two to the Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a spot in the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic Pro-Am.
Ashley Rees won best gross on day one with his excellent score of 69, with UAE National Golfer Ahmad Skaik winning best gross on day two with a 76. Ahmad is gearing up for his debut in the Abu Dhabi Championship next week.
Across the two days, Max Burrow, who had won the Dubai Creek Amateur Championship last week, came fourth with back to back 75’s for a total of 150 (+6). Max Grieb from Germany came third with scores of 72 & 77. Bayhaan Lakdawala proved his consistency following up his runner up position at Dubai Creek the week before, with another runner up finish courtesy of his 149 total (75 & 74).
The competitions generous sponsors Omega ensured all winners were left not only happy with their golf, but also with the excitement to enjoy hospitality for two at the upcoming Dubai Desert Classic.
After the prize presentation Cian Hurley, Emirates Golf Clubs Golf Services Manager, commented; “Thank you to everyone who has joined us these past few days, and of course to our sponsor Omega. Congratulations to Dan for his victory and prevailing in the tough conditions today on the Majlis – we hope you enjoy the experience of playing in the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic Pro-Am”.