Omega Dubai Creek Men’s Amateur Open 2021

Despite what has been a turbulent twelve months since last January, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club was once again delighted to hold the OMEGA Dubai Creek Men’s Amateur Open this weekend. The demand for a slot in this year’s event was exceptionally high, receiving over 160 entries. We had to limit the field to 105 and run a handicap ballot for the reserve list. Our entrants came from all over the world with 11 overseas entrants heralding from nations such as Malaysia, the USA, the UK and Ireland. As such, the caliber of golfer was impressive and 34% of the field played from a handicap lower than scratch with the lowest, Toby Bishop, playing off +4.6!

Players arrived on Friday morning to see the 747’s taking off from DXB Airport into the south east signaling a switch in the wind from its prevailing direction. The rough was juicy, the air cool and the pins lurked on the edge of the greens – even the most experienced Creek regular would struggle with the conditions…

Many faltered, some prevailed.

Winning best net on day one with a score of 71 (E) was Christopher Cornwall and winning best gross was Bradley Mogire with a 72 (+1). At the end of play on day one, the leaderboard was topped with the hugely impressive -4, 67 of Zubair Firdaus.

A closely fought tussle between the top four ensued over the final nine holes. We had a new leader after every hole and Bayhaan Lakdawala set +1 as the target in the clubhouse. All three players in the last group were on the green in two after a variety of drives, but Christopher Rahm’s approach to three feet stood out from the rest. A tap in for birdie for Rahm and a three putt bogey for Miki Mirza gave Rahm a one shot lead heading into the notoriously difficult last hole, framed by the low evening sun. Firdaus and Rahm found the waste on the right with their tee shots but flat lies in the sand posed no trouble to their superior skills. Rahm found the first cut pin-high left, Firdaus found the front portion of the green and Mirza’s ball lay just beside Rahm’s after his shot from the centre of the fairway. Mirza made a five and Firdaus a four, but it would not be enough. With cool confidence, seemingly unperturbed by the occasion, Rahm chipped to three feet once again and delivered his winning putt with ease, securing his title at Champion of the OMEGA Dubai Creek Men’s Amateur Open 2021 after rounds of 70 and 72 for an even par finish. Behind Christopher, the field remained tightly packed with Bayhaan Lakdawala in second (+1), Zubair Firdaus third (+1), Max Burrow fourth (+4) and Miki Mirza fifth (+4). Congratulations to Christopher for a brilliant performance over the two days!

The overall net prize was won by Bilel Belaid (E) followed by Raghav Gulati (+2) and Shezad Lakdawala (+5). The best net score of day two was Anders Khron (+1, 72) and the best gross on day two was Niklas Korjonen (-2, 69).

After the price giving ceremony, in which winners were awarded with OMEGA hospitality tickets to the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club later this month, Golf Services Executive, Thomas Hall commented, “This event was a delight to run as always and we love to see the golf course in its finest condition holding firm against some great golf. A huge thank you goes to our sponsors OMEGA for their continued generosity and support. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to welcoming you all back next year!”

The 2020 Emirates Golf Club Junior Open

(Dubai, UAE) – Saturday 17th October 2020: Emirates Golf Club hosted the Emirates Junior Open supported by Titleist this past weekend on the Faldo.

Faaris Cheema (JGE) won the boys Championship with a gross 71, while Carlotta Scialanga (EGC) won the girls Championship with a gross 76.

Runner up in the boys division was EGC member Valdemar Kofod Olsen with a gross 73, while Aarnav Nath from Dubai Creek came third with a 74.

In the Division ‘A’ Boys (Handicap 0-14), Dilan White from Trump International won with a net 69, while Bjorn Brake (EGC) won Division ‘B’ Boys (Handicap 15-28) with a net 70.

In the Girls net Division, Hannah Alan had a net 75 to win courtesy of a better back nine from Alia Al Emadi who also had a 75.

Thank you to the event sponsors Titleist for providing the wonderful prizes!

2020 Jumeirah Golf Estates Junior Open

(Dubai, UAE) – March 6th, 2020:  This past weekend there were some talented juniors battling it out on the fabulous Fire Course to be crowned junior champion.

Viggo Sorensen was victorious following a playoff after finishing on a five-under-par 67 which was equaled by Natali Gupta, the duo went back to the 1st on the Fire course and it took four attempts of hole 1 for Viggo to be crowned champion holing a birdie putt with barely any daylight remaining.  Winning the boy’s best gross was Bonnen Clark closely followed by Josh Bibby. The boy’s net prize was won by Jay Chinchankar with the net runner up Emanuel Gallepini.

The girl’s gross winner was Natali Gupta with 67 followed by Sakura Kawakami on 70. Net Champion with a score of 72 was Kate Bibby

The final awards went to Chantal El Chaib for her efforts on the 2nd hole with nearest to the pin leaving Natali Gupta with nearest to the pin on hole 11.

Stephen Hubner Quote “Junior golf is an integral part of golf within the UAE. We are delighted to see Viggo Sorensen crowned as our 2020 champion. The playoff was nail-biting and exciting and there was some excellent golf from all the juniors who participated. We are so proud to see this level of golf this year”

PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open 2020

(Dubai, UAE) – On Friday, February 21st, 2020 we were delighted to once again hold the PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open here at DCGYC. As ever, we had a very strong field who turned up on the day determined to take home the spectacular maritime trophy displayed on the first tee.

The morning started chillily but, just like the competition, things soon started to heat up. Prevailing against the conditions and trumping the advances of her fellow competitors was Natali Gupta, who claimed the 2020 PING Dubai Creek Ladies Amateur Open with a fantastic -3, 68 gross. Natali’s round included four birdies and just one bogey, including a bogey-free front nine – very impressive indeed!

Finishing runner-up to Natali was Hannah Alan with a level par 71 and in third place was Hyeonji Kang with a +1, 72.

In the net division, Creek member, Retna Schepens took the victory with a steady -1, 70, followed closely by Janet Kim (71) and Glory Xavier (72).

We had two special events on the golf course this year, rewarding the very best shots of the tournament. Liang Wei Liu won the nearest the pin on the 8th hole, while Chantal El Chaib was nearest to the pin on the 14th hole.

After the prizegiving, Golf Operations Intern, Thomas Hall commented: “It is with great pleasure that we hold this tournament here at the Creek for another year and a huge thank you to those who have traveled so far to support it once more. Congratulations to all our winners today and especially to Natali for your stellar performance on the course today. A final thanks of course to our sponsors, Ping, and ProSports for their continued support and generous donations.”

JGE Men’s Amateur Open 2020

(Dubai UAE) – Craig Vance was victorious in the Men’s Amateur Open over the weekend following a playoff with Jay Mullane, both golfers were tied on a score of 145 (+1) after the regulation 36 holes but with Craig making par on 1st playoff hole he was crowned JGE Men’s Amateur Open Champion for the second time at JGE. Jay Mullane despite missing out in the playoff deserved of second place following a closing round of 70 (-2). In third place was Ahmad Skaik with a total of 146 (+2) having been tied for 1st place after day one. Chris Alderman with 148 (+4) placed fourth with Nathan Fisher taking fifth place on 149 (+5).

In the net division, Paul Kistner was crowned Net Winner with a total score of 142 (-2). Two strokes back on 144 (Par) Gavin Ritchie finished runner up following a card playoff over Hisham Shammas who finished in third place.

Stephen Hubner Quote “With a full field of 99 players and both the Fire and Earth courses in great shape we are delighted to have Craig as our Open Champion once again. It is always difficult to lose in a playoff but I have no doubt we will be seeing Jay’s name at the top of many a leaderboard in the future”


(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”.

Bishop Holds His Nerves To Become 12th SGSC Men’s Open Champion

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.

Yas Links, Host of the 2019 SOWG Supports UAESO Golf Team With Club Membership

(ABU DHABI, UAE) – This year, the world’s largest humanitarian sports event, the Special Olympics World Games (SOWG) was for the first time held in the Middle East. From 14th-21st March 2019, 192 countries traveled to Abu Dhabi to compete in Olympic sporting events including golf.

The UAE Special Olympic Golf Team with Yas Links Administration and Emirates Golf Federation Officials

Last week, Yas Links Golf Club gifted the UAE Special Olympic (UAESO) Golf Team with membership packs to support their participation in the sport. Each athlete received complimentary golf membership at Yas Links for one year. This gives all athletes unlimited access to both the Championship Links course, Par 3 Academy, and driving range facilities.

The golf tournament was hosted at the world renowned Yas Links Golf Club, an 18 hole Championship Links course designed by Kyle Phillips. Over 150 athletes competed in the tournament and were split into 5 divisions based on golfing ability. Level 1 athletes participated in skill challenges on both the driving range and the academy course. These skills challenges involved pitching over an obstacle, putting and chip shots, and iron/wood shots. Athletes in levels 2-5 competed in either 9 or 18 holes on the Championship course. In the Level 2 competition, Special Olympics Athletes were accompanied by a unified partner.

Yas Links Golf Club and the Emirates Golf Federation are delighted to share the following results of the UAE team:

Pieter Snyman – Gold (Level 1)
Ali bin Saif Al Sumaida – Silver (Level 1)
Saif Al Qubaisi – Bronze (Level 1)
Gabrielle Snowden – 5th place (Level 1)
Vincent Bayer – Silver (Level 2)
Omar Al Bastaki, Unified Partner – Silver (Level 2)

 “The athletes showed so much hard work, dedication and passion in the lead up to the games, taking part in weekly coaching and practice sessions with Director of Instruction, Mathew Parker. We, therefore, did not want this to just simply finish after the games, undoing all of their hard work. We would love to see all of the athletes continue to improve and develop so that the next time the games come around they can compete within a higher level. We are all so honored to be a part of such an incredible event and we look forward to seeing the athletes grow in their golf journey with our ongoing support,” – James Ibbetson, Director of Golf at Yas Links.

Yas Links Golf Club is dedicated to making golf accessible for everyone, to increase participation in the sport and to introduce the game to people regardless of age, gender, or ability. 

2019 JGE Junior Open

(Dubai, UAE) – The annual Junior Open was hosted on the Fire course this weekend with 42 of the regions rising stars battling it out to be crowned junior champion and adding to the list of worthy champions. With EGF Order of Merit points up for grabs the stage was set for a fantastic showdown with only 5 more events before the close of the season.

JGE Junior Open Winners

Alexander Hedes was victorious following a playoff after being matched on 74 by Felix Faessler, the due went back to the 18th on the Fire course and it was to be Alexanders day coming off the green as champion. Eoin Freeman secured third place one shot back on 75 having just missed out on the playoff. In the Net division following a card playoff with a superb 69 was Bonnen Clark with Saransh Raina as net runner up.

The girl’s gross winner was Hannah Cheryle Alan with 87 followed by Helena Ludwig on 89. Net Champion with a score of 70 was Lara El-Chaib.

The final awards went to Sam Mullane for his efforts on the 2nd hole with nearest to the pin leaving Adrian Larsson with nearest to the pin on hole 11.

Stephen Hubner Quote “Junior golf really does play such an important role in the future of golf in the UAE and we are always excited to see that talent on display here at the club. The EGF OOM really is getting into the business end of the season now and we wish all of those juniors involved the best of luck for the remaining events”

Hyeonji Kang Defends Her Title at SGSC Ladies Open

(Sharjah, UAE) – On the 2nd of February Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club hosted its 11th Ladies Open Golf Championship, the course is currently in excellent condition and the players were full of praise on both the course and the three new ladies tees that opened this season.

Ladies Open – Group Picture

Hyeonji Kang (EGC) produced an excellent score of level par 72 to defend her title as the 11th Ladies Open Champion. Hyeonji only dropped 2 shots all day in what was a very solid round of golf, the Emirates Golf Club member picked up birdies on the 2nd and 15th to post a score of 72 that proved too good to be beaten. Two years in a row Hyeonji has won this event at a course that must really suit her eye. Chantal El-Chaib (ADGC) came closest the Hyenoji with a score of 76 a round that included 4 birdies but unfortunately for Chantal 2 doubles bogeys proved too costly. Chantal didn’t go home empty handed as she picked up the runners up prize.

In third place was Liang Wei Liu also from EGC as she posted a score of 78 a great score from the 10 handicappers and was enough for the third spot. The net prize on the day was won by Satnam Kaur (EGF) with a net score of 73, Satnam has been in a rich reign of form at the moment and this was another good day for the EGF member.