UAE National Junior and Lady Squads Set for Germany Summer Camp

(Dubai, UAE) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Junior and Lady Golf Squads are set to travel back to Fleesensee, Germany for a 14 day Summer Camp. With the UAE golf season in transition and the warm weather minimizing practice time, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) is taking this opportunity to travel and train with the National Junior and Lady Squads to prepare for upcoming events.

The UAE National Junior and Ladies Teams at the 2015 Arab Golf Championship in Al Ain

The UAE National Junior and Ladies Teams at the 2015 Arab Golf Championship in Al Ain

6 Ladies and 8 boys will be training at the Golf & Country Club Fleesensse in Germany. This will be the second year that the squads have traveled to this facility. With a more elite level of training schedule this year, the EGF Coaches and Team Manger are looking forward to a dynamic and productive camp. The facility has four golf courses, one of Europe’s largest practice facilities, a “Golf Arena”, and a PGA Premium Golf School.

The Squads will be working on fine-tuning their technical skills in all aspects of the game to improve their tournament play. The teams will play over 10 rounds of golf while working on course management and tournament preparation. The camp will also include fitness training at the facilities Tennis Club that will help develop the players’ balance, agility, speed, and hand-eye coordination. The Junior and Ladies teams will be training for the upcoming Arab Golf Championships and GGC Golf Championships that will start in October

Traveling with the squads are National Team Head Coach Greg Holmes, Performance Coach David Condon, and EGF Secretary General and Team Manager Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi. Al Shamsi had this to say in regards to the camp, “ we really enjoyed the facility last year and we are excited to go back this year. The teams will be looking to build on last season’s success, especially the ladies who had a strong 2015 – 2016 season. Our focus will be on-course fundamentals and training in order to create competitive teams for future events”.

To find more information regarding the National Squads visit the EGF Website at www.egfgolf.com or email the EGF at info@egfgolf.com.

You can also keep up to date with the Summer Camp on social media, as there will be daily posts of the squads’ time in Germany. Like, Share, or Comment on the Federation Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Theuns & McCarthy Win the EGF Summer Swing at Yas Links

(Abu Dhabi, UAE) – 60 Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) members from across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took to the course on June 18, 2016 at Yas Links Abu Dhabi to take part in EGF Summer Swing, sponsored by Rotana Hotels – Centro & Yas Island and GolfLan. Webb Theuns and Patrick McCarthy came out on top after shooting 46 Stableford points.

Winners of the EGF Summer Swing at Yas Links Abu Dhabi

Winners of the EGF Summer Swing at Yas Links Abu Dhabi

The Yas Links Abu Dhabi Championship Course is designed by the world-renowned architect Kyle Phillips. Playing at 7,414 yards, Yas Links Abu Dhabi was the ideal venue for the first EGF Summer Swing event of the 2016 summer. Being the number one rated golf course in the Middle East, EGF Members got to experience the value that Yas Links Abu Dhabi brings to the region.

After putting together a fantastic round under the Paris Better Ball Stableford format, Webb Theuns and playing partner Patrick McCarthy claimed the first place prize. The two players combined for an impressive 46 points, three points better then any other pair.

Coming Second Place for the event was Ian Haywood and Damien Ward. The pair finished with 43 points.

The Top 5 positions for the event received prizes. Third, Fourth and Fifth Place pairs all finished with 42 points, which then resulted in a three-way, count back. With the best back nine score and coming in Third Place were Ramesh Nagaraju and Ben Mulvaney. Finishing in Fourth Place was Jacob Hall and Oliver Seldon. The last prizes went to Peter Lane and Jeremiah Kaplan finishing in Fifth Place.

There were also “On Course Competitions” that were up for grabs during the event. With prizes from Rotana Hotels on the line for the Longest Drive Competition, Manny Ostojic and Andrew Smolak crushed their drives and found themselves as the lucky winners. Winning the final prize, was Sami Al Zarooni on the Nearest to the Pin competition.

The EGF would like to send a special thank you to the Sponsors of the EGF Summer Swing, Rotana Hotels – Centro & Yas Island and GolfLan. Also, a big thank you to Yas Links Abu Dhabi and the fine staff that ran this event at a first-class level.

The EGF will be back in action on July 16th at Al Zorah Golf Club for the second EGF Summer Swing of 2016.

To see all of the pictures from this event visit the EGF Facebook page.

Young Amateurs Break Records at the 2016 EGF Order of Merit Championship

(Dubai, UAE) – On May 27-28, 2016 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) held the 2016 EGF Order of Merit Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. This prestigious event hosted over 50 elite amateur golfers across three different divisions.

5 – 2016 Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit Champions

5 – 2016 Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit Champions

The EGF Order of Merit Championship had representing divisions for Men, Ladies’ and Juniors’. The Championship was played over a two day, 36-hole, Strokeplay format, on the Earth and Fire Courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The field was composed of the top amateur golfers in each division that supported and competed in the 2015 – 2016 EGF Order of Merit Season.

Tiago Lobo

Tiago Lobo

18 year-old, Tiago Lobo from Abu Dhabi Golf Club was the Champion of the Men’s Division. After shooting a 73 (one-over-par) first round, Lobo had a two shot lead going into the final round. With a one-under-par, 71 in the second round, Lobo sealed the victory with a Championship total of 144, even-par. Making the transition into the Men’s Division this year, Lobo is the first player to win the Junior Division followed by winning the Men’s Division the next year at the EGF Order of Merit Championship.

Finishing as the Runner-Up was Men’s Order of Merit Season winner Christofer Rahm. Playing at his home club Rahm had rounds of 78 – 68 for a Championship total of 146m two-over-par. Taking Third Place was Bilbo Perrot with rounds of 76 – 72 for a Championship total of 148.

Kim Chiang

Kim Chiang

Leading the way in the Ladies Division was 15 year-old Kim Chiang. Playing out of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club Kim defended her title with rounds of 66 – 79. Kim’s first round of 66 (six-under-par) on the Earth Course set a new course record at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Kim has now set two course records while playing the EGF Order of Merit Championship. With a Championship total of 145 (one-over-par) Kim won by two strokes.

After a back nine, last six-hole count back, Anastasia Bakal was the Runner-Up in the Ladies Division. Playing out of the Els Club, Anastasia shot rounds 76 – 71 for a 147 Championship total. Rounding out the top-three, coming in Third Place was Alison Muirhead. Representing the Jumeirah Golf Estates and winning the Ladies Order of Merit Season, Alison shot rounds of 76 – 71 for a Championship total of 147.

Zubair Firdaus

Zubair Firdaus

The Junior Division was played with the Girls and Boys golfers combined. This division was full of talent as Zubair Firdaus from Jumeirah Golf Estates was the 2016 Champion. Firdaus shot an EGF Order Merit Championship record with rounds of 72 – 67. His Championship total of 139, five-under-par, is the lowest 36-hole score ever recorded at an EGF Order of Merit Championship. Firdaus won by 12 strokes.

The Runner-Up in the Junior Division was Aryaan Kumar. Kumar fired rounds of 75 – 76 for a Championship total of 151. Winning the Third Place prize was Tariq El Chaib. Tariq had rounds 85 – 71 for a Championship total of 156.

The EGF is proud to announce that the winner of the Men’s Order of Merit Season (Christofer Rahm) and the winner of the Ladies Gross Order of Merit Season (Alison Muirhead) along with the winners of the Men’s (Tiago Lobo) and Ladies (Kim Chiang) Divisions from this weekend’s Championship will be traveling to the Singha Thailand Amateur Golf Championship at the end of August.

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 most importantly all EGF Members for a successful 2015-2016 Order of Merit Season and Championship.

To see all photos from this event please visit the EGF’s Facebook book page (Emirates Golf Federation).

EGF Launch NJDP Foundation Squad Powered by Golf DXB

(Dubai, UAE) – Over the course of the 2015 – 2016 Golf Season the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and Golf DXB have created a partnership with the goal to introducing the game of golf to United Arab Emirates (UAE) Nationals. The incentive has been an enormous success in which approximately 3,000 UAE National children have been introduced to the game through in school taster sessions.

Golf DXB and EGF Coaches introducing the “Golf Grip” to UAE National students

Golf DXB and EGF Coaches introducing the “Golf Grip” to UAE National students

Drawing from the school taster sessions a surge of interest has led to the establishment of 5 classes (golf lessons) per week at The Track, Meydan Golf. These classes are exclusively for UAE Nationals, which are very well attended throughout the week. The classes’ focus on fundamental athletic movements and skill based activities that develop speed, balance, flexibility, stability and awareness. The lessons are than focused more on golf instruction with long game, putting and specific aspects of short game drills.

Based on the accomplishments of the introductory classes, the EGF and Golf DXB are excited to announce that we will be expanding on this season’s success with the introduction of the EGF National Junior Development Program (NJDP) Foundation Squad. This Foundation Squad has been formed on the basis of the dedication and development within the game of golf. The children on the Foundation Squad have shown tremendous enthusiasm, commitment, and focus for the game and have made great strides in the last 8 months. The group of 15 hand selected children will receive, technical instruction, golf specific fitness as well as on course playing lessons on a weekly basis.

Golf DXB LogoGolf DXB PGA Golf Professional, Aaron Williams, is leading this group. Aaron is working closely with the UAE National Team coaches, David Condon and Greg Holmes to monitor the progress of these talented youngsters as they progress through the EGF National Team and Development programs.

On the Foundation Squad Aaron Williams said, “It has been very rewarding to see a group of beginners develop so quickly and really get hooked onto the game. From here we will look to introduce the players to the full golf course, getting competent at Par 3 length and then look to move to modified tees. Tuition wise, we will be keeping a close eye on set up fundamentals whilst gradually introducing work on swing mechanics and golf specific fitness that are suited to the individuals within the group.”

Greg Holmes, UAE Nationals Team Head Coach said, “The introduction of the Foundation Squad is another positive step taken by the EGF. With the help of Golf DXB we are reaching goals and seeing the interest of golf growing amongst UAE Nationals. This Foundation Squad is a great way to award the children who are dedicated and this will add to the process of developing a strong National Team”.

Looking forward, the EGF and Golf DXB will continue to introduce the game at a grass roots level through schools. These school visits are sparking interest for children to get involved in the introductory classes. Both organizations are very excited about the introduction of The Foundation Squad, and the pathway to elite performance that has been created.

 

The golf lessons run every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm with the Foundation Squad playing on the course from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Saturdays. To find more information on the EGF or Golf DXB or to sign up for these golf lessons revert to the following websites or email Coach Marcus at marcus@golfdxb.com ~ EGF – www.egfgolf.com ~ Golf DXB – www.golfdxb.com

 

Follow the EGF and Golf DXB on social media to see frequent updates on the programs.

2015 – 2016 EGF Order of Merit Season Results; UAE Amateur Golfers Prep for the EGF OOM Championship

(Dubai, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Order of Merit (OOM) final results have been calculated. Now, top adult and junior amateur golfers across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have less than a week to prepare for the EGF OOM Championship.

Winners of the 2014 – 2015 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship

Winners of the 2014 – 2015 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship

The EGF OOM Championship is a two-day event that will take place on May 27-28, 2016 at Jumeriah Golf Estates (Earth & Fire Course). This event hosted by EGF, will have representing divisions for Men, Ladies, and Junior golfers. The fields will be composed of the top golfers from Men’s and Ladies Divisions and top placed Juniors in OOM events all season long.

The EGF OOM Men’s Division, played in a Gross format, was composed of 13 events, starting on October 3, 2015 and ending on May 7, 2016. These two-day, 36-hole, events proved to deliver a test for every golfer participating.

Christopher Rahm playing out of the Jumeriah Golf Estates was the 2015 – 2016 EGF OOM Men’s Division Champion. With 239.9 points, Rahm is a strong favorite going into this year’s EGF OOM Championship. Rahm had four First Place finishes and four Top Five finished out of the 10 events that he competed in.

Finishing as the Runner-Up in the EGF OOM Men’s Division was Steve Kelbrick. Representing the Jumeriah Golf Estates, Kelbrick had a total of 205 points for the season. Taking the Third Place position was Tiago Lobo playing out of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club with 199.55 points.

In the EGF OOM Ladies’ Division there are two different scoring categories, Gross and Net. The Net category includes the calculation of the golfers handicap. The ladies started the season on October 16, 2015 and finished on April 30, 2016. There were a total of 11, one-day, 18-hole, events throughout the season.

Taking the top honors of the EGF OOM Ladies Gross Division was Alison Muirhead from Jumeriah Golf Estates. Alison had a total of 234 points. Alison played in 9 events, with four First Place finishes and five other Top Five finishes. Alison also finished as the Runner-Up in the Net Category with 147 points. Look for Alison to have a big impact at the EGF OOM Championship, as she will be playing on her home course.

Anastasia Bakal, playing out of The Els Club, took the Runner-Up position in the Gross category with 204 points. Wrapping up the Top Three spots and placing Third in the Ladies Gross Category was Madeleen Grosskopf playing out of Al Badia Golf Club. Madeleen had 152 Gross Points.

In the Ladies Net Category, Sakura Kawakami from Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club was the EGF OOM Season winner with 170.3. The Third Place prize went to Glory Xavier who plays out of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Glory had 137 points.

The EGF OOM Junior Divisions consists of two divisions and two categories for each division. Both, Boys and Girls Junior Divisions had a Gross and Net Category. The season started on October 10, 2015 and ended on April 30, 2016. Each division was played over a total of 10, one-day, 18-hole, tournaments.

Winning the EGF OOM Boys Gross Division was Aryan Chorida playing out of the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Chordia played in all 10 events with one First Place finish and five Top Five finishes. Chorida finished with a total of 215.3 points.

Zubair Bin Mohammed Firdaus, playing out of Jumeriah Golf Estates, finished as the Runner-Up with 197.8 points. Finishing in Third Place was Aryaan Kumar who is also from Jumeriah Golf Estates. Kumar had 156.8 points.

In the EGF OOM Boys Net Division, Vijayesh Haridas, playing out of Al Badia Golf Club, was the Champion with a total of 170.5. The Runner-Up was Ahmed Ashfaq representing the Emirates Golf Federation. Ahmed had 152 points. Finishing in Third Place for the Net Category was Hoshi Yadav from The Els Club with 131.5 points.

With the same format in the EGF OOM Girls Divisions, Da Eun Jung was the Champion of the Gross Category and Net Category. Da Eun Jung had 241.5 points in the Gross Category and 228 points in the Net Category. Da Eun Jung plays out the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club.

Chantel El-Chaib, playing out of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, finished as the Runner-Up in the Gross Category with a total of 190.5 points.

Finishing in Third Place in the Gross Category and Net Category was Eshna Bhargava, from the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Eshna finished with 183.5 points in the Gross Category and 173.5 points in the Net Category.

Anushka Bhargava, from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club finished as the Runner-Up in the Net Category with 182 points.

To find the complete results of the seven month long OOM season please visit the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.

Now that the 2015 – 2016 EGF OOM Season has ended golfers are gearing up for the EGF Order of Merit Championship at Jumeriah Golf Estates. The EGF is excited to present this prestigious event as the winners OOM Season and winners of the OOM Championship will be celebrated after the second round.

To follow the EGF OOM Season and Championship find the EGF on social media. The EGF will post daily updates and photos from the event.

22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup Supported by the EGF

(Dubai, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Club hosted the 2016 Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup supported by the Emirates Golf Federation. Forty-four players enjoyed the challenge of the Faldo Course along with the hospitality of sponsors Dubai Duty Free.

Dubai Duty Free’s Senior Vice President- IT & Logistics, Ramesh Cidambi along with Darwish Al Quabaisi - Board Member of the Emirates Golf Federation and Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi – Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation, presents the trophy to Saeed Al Balooshi, overall winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup.

Dubai Duty Free’s Senior Vice President- IT & Logistics, Ramesh Cidambi along with Darwish Al Qubaisi – Board Member of the Emirates Golf Federation and Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi – Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation, presents the trophy to Saeed Al Balooshi, overall winner of the 22nd Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup.

Three golfers tied on 38 points in the gents division. Saeed Al Balooshi was the 2016 Gents Champion Saeed Al Balooshi after a card count back. The first runner up also with 38 points was Rashid Al Emadi. Also with 38 points but finishing as 2nd runner up was Faisal Al Sayegh.

Winning the best gross prize was Khalid Yousuf with score of 4 over par 76.

The Ladies Champion with a score of 31 points was Hamda Al Suwaidi and the Boys Champion was Obaid Al Heloo with another superb score of 38 points.

Commenting on the UAE Nationals Cup, Ramesh Cidambi, Senior Vice President, IT & Logistics of Dubai Duty Free said: “This year marks the 22nd running of Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup and the tournament has grown popular among UAE National since 1995 with junior Emirati golfers as well. Our thanks to all our participants and to the Marketing team at Dubai Duty Free and to the Emirates Golf Club for their efforts in ensuring a great day was had by all.”

The on course prizes were won by Omar Thabit for the nearest to pin on hole number 8 and the longest drive on hole 16 was won by Khalifa Al Masaood.

The tournament was a great success and our thanks go to Dubai Duty Free for their continued support for all sports and golf in the region.

EGF Hosts Emirati Golf Day at Al Zorah Golf Club

(Ajman, UAE) – On Saturday April 27, 2016 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) in association with the Ajman Tourism Department hosted an Emirati Golf Day at Al Zorah Golf Club. In effort to raise awareness and promote golf in Ajman and the Northern Emirates Al Zorah Golf Club opened their facilities to all Emiratis that wanted to participate in a fun interactive afternoon of golf.

Emirati Golf Day at Al Zorah Golf Club

Emirati Golf Day at Al Zorah Golf Club

Over 40 UAE National beginners turned up for full afternoon of golf activities that included a 6-hole mini putt course, to one-on-one training lessons with EGF and Al Zorah Professional Golf Coaches.

Rashid Al Jarwan, EGF Board Member, was in attendance and had this to say about the incentive. “This was a terrific afternoon. For us to bring together so many UAE National kids and families at the golf course is a great accomplishment by Al Zorah and the EGF. With the assistance of the Ajman Tourism Department we are eager to see the development of golf in Ajman. The Federation is focused on the continued growth of golf in the Emirati community and this is a true demonstration of that commitment”.

DSC_0127At the beginning of this month the EGF launched the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) at Al Zorah Golf Club and due to the hard work of their Pros and Administration the club has produced 5 weeks of successful lessons seeing over 50 kids with 20 kids that have registered for weekly lessons.

Martin Dewhurst, PGA Professional and leading the charge for the NJDP at Al Zorah had this to say about the newly adapted program, “Our goal is to try and attract as many Emiratis from Ajman, Sharjah and Um Al Quain as possible to experience golf at the beautiful AZGC. We are looking forward to starting the process of the NJDP. We look to develop the juniors making them the best players that they can be, whilst having players from our region representing the UAE internationally.”

The EGF is encouraging all UAE Nationals to get involved with this National Junior Development Program and golf. If you, a friend, or family members want to play or learn golf in Ajman or other Emirates contact the EGF at info@egfgolf.com. To contact Martin Dewhurst or the Al Zorah Golf Club call this number 800AZGOLF or email mdewhurst@troon.com.

To sign up for the National Junior Development Program visit the EGF Website at www.egfgolf.com

You can see photos from the event on the EGF Facebook page.

Bin Marghoob Wins Last National Monthly Medal of 2015 – 2016 Season; R. Hamood Best Gross

(Dubai, UAE) – On April 16, 2016 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the last National Monthly Medal of the 2015-2016 season at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The legendary Creek Golf Club saw a field of 39 players. With high winds playing a major factor the competitors were put to the test to end the season.

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Winners of the April 2016 National Monthly Medal at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Playing at 6,967 yards the par 71 The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club golf course was a perfect test for the Emirati players. With both an Adult and Junior division being represented the players showcased the skills gain over the season.

The overall winner of the April 2016 National Monthly Medal was Jamal Bin Marghoob. Al Bin Marghoob shot a very impressive round in difficult conditions collecting 37 stableford points.

The Runner-Up with 34 stableford points was Abdulla Al Marzooqi. Rounding out the top three, in Third Place was Yousef Al Ali with 30 points.

DSC_0033Rashid Hamood found himself on the results sheet after winning the Best Gross award. Hamood shot 6-over, 77 for the day.

Awards were also given based on handicap with A-Division (0-14 handicap) and B-Division (14-24 handicap) winners. Winning the A-Division Prize was EGF Board Member Darwish Al Qubaisi with 29 stableford points. Sultan Al Ali won the Division-B prize with 29 stableford points.

In the Junior Division, Rashid Al Qubaisi won by 5 points, with a stableford score of 37 points. The Runner-Up was Khalid AL Mutawa with 32 points and the Third Place prize went to with 30 stableford points.

The event had On Course Challenges for both the Adults and Juniors that added competitive edge to the day. Winning the Adult Longest Drive Award on Hole 4 was Dr. Rabab Al Haj. The winner of the Junior Longest Drive Award on Hole 12 was Reema Al Heloo. Wrapping up the On Course Challenges, Abdulwahed Al Qasem won the Adult Nearest to the Pin Award on Hole 14.

Keep in touch with the EGF and the UAE National Golf Teams by following the Emirates Golf Federation on social media and on the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.

Al Zorah Golf Club Launches National Junior Development Program in Ajman

(Ajman, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) is excited to announce that the newest United Arab Emirates (UAE) golf club, Al Zorah Golf Club, (AZGC) has launched the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) in Ajman. In partnership with the EGF the Al Zorah Golf Club will look for new and young talent to develop the future of Emirati golf.

Martin Dewhurst, PGA Professional working with players at AZGC

Martin Dewhurst, PGA Professional working with players at AZGC

Martin Dewhurst, PGA Professional and leading the charge for the NJDP at Al Zorah had this to say about the newly adapted program, “Our goal is to try and attract as many Emiratis from Ajman, Sharjah and Um Al Quain as possible to experience golf at the beautiful AZGC. We are looking forward to starting the process of the NJDP. We look to develop the juniors making them the best players that they can be, whilst having players from our region representing the UAE internationally.”

J1279 Al Zorah Golf BM Pantone AWStarting last weekend and running every Friday and Saturday at Al Zorah Golf Club, Martin had 29 players in attendance all of which were experiencing golf for the first time.  “We would like to really develop our Junior Program in association with the EGF with our aim being to have over 80 children enrolled by 2017,” said Martin. “We will keep the lessons fun and informative making sure that all of our juniors have a solid set of fundamentals which a good golf swing derives from. We will also incorporate interactive drills and diverse exercises to help increase coordination, speed and power.”

“We harbor great hopes of producing some of the UAE’s best players and we see Ajman as a great place for us to attract young, enthusiastic children who have a willingness to learn and practice hard. We will be hosting an Open Golf Day in April with the EGF where we will attract Emiratis from all over the Northern States of the UAE. In addition, to this we will be promoting our junior program and our men’s and ladies programs in the local schools and various governmental departments in a bid to attract the whole family to AZGC to take up the game,” Martin added.

Junior LOGO“This is a great opportunity for the EGF and the local community in the Northern Emirates”, said Khalid Murbarak Al Shamsi the Secretary General of the EGF. “With the population being very Emirati influenced in the Ajman area we are hoping that this program will introduce the game of golf to many upcoming stars,” Mr. Al Shamsi added.

With two months left in the 2015-2016 UAE golf season the EGF is encouraging all locals to get involved with this National Junior Development Program and golf. If you, a friend, or family members want to play or learn golf in Ajman or other Emirates contact the EGF at info@egfgolf.com. To contact Martin Dewhurst or the Al Zorah Golf Club call this number 800AZGOLF or email mdewhurst@troon.com.

 

To sign up for the National Junior Development Program visit the EGF Website at www.egfgolf.com

Faldo Series Success for Mathieson; UAE’s Balooshi Wins Best Net in Under 18 Boys

(Al Ain, UAE) – Mikkel Mathiesen never gave up the lead from the first round to not only land the Under 16 boys title but also the Overall title at this year’s Faldo Series Middle East supported by Emirates Golf Federation.

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All players that qualified for the Faldo Series Grand Final, (left to right) Matthew Faldo, Magdy Al Kholy, Christofer Rahm, Ryan Hunter, Mikkel Mathiesen, Kim Chiang, Alison Muirhead, Martine Garbutt, Eric Smith

Leading by 2 going into the final round, Mikkel carded a bogey free round of 69 (-2,) his 3rd consecutive 69, to win his division by an impressive 7 shots. “Today was much calmer winds” stated Mikkel at the end of his round, “I did not played as well as I did the first two days but thankfully I scrambled well, especially on the back 9. It was great to finish with a birdie at the last hole to secure my victory. I am looking forward to going to the Faldo Grand Final. This was an exciting opportunity to compete at the highest level as well as learning from Sir Nick Faldo.”

Dubai based Swedish Giant Christofer Rahm claimed a win in the Under 18 Boys division. After carding a 73 in the final round to win by 3 shots, Chris said, “You could feel the pressure between the players out there today. This caused us to make a few more errors than we had done in the first two days. I was happy with the way I battled and finally started to hit fairways and greens which was the difference in the end. It’s a huge tournament to win, and now I can look forward to the rest of the season and the Final.”

Ryan Hunter secured his place in the Grand Final by winning the Under 21 Boys division. The Yas Links Abu Dhbai member scored 74,71,74 to win by 3. “3 birdies in the last 4 hole helped” he said after securing the victory. “I have not played great this week but very happy the way I stuck to the task and got the job done. The opportunity that this victory gives me is priceless.”

Last year’s Under 18 Girls winner Kim Chiang made it a double victory this year. Leading from the first round, Sahana Paravantavida pushed her very hard in the final round, but a strong finish meant she lifted the trophy by 5 shots. “The conditions this year have been very tough, I feel I have played good and it has been a fantastic tournament hosted by AESGC. Last year’s experience helped me today and I look forward to going back and giving a good account of myself in the Final,” Stated Chiang.

The Under 21 Girls tournament saw the biggest turn around in the final round. Trailing by 4 shots, Scotland’s Dubai based Alison Muirhead, produced a scintillating round of level par. This included an eagle 2 at Hole 14 to win the division by 2 shots. “I putted poorly yesterday so last night I headed back to Dubai for a lesson from my coach Mark Gregson Walters, and thankfully it worked. I drove the ball well today putting pressure on my playing companions and it’s always good to hole a few nice putts. Alison now heads for to the Grand Final for the second time having won the Scottish qualifier last year.

image1 (1)The United Arab Emirates (UAE) saw 8 National players compete in this year’s Faldo Series. The standout performance for the UAE went to Saeed Al Balooshi. Balooshi won the first place Net prize in Under 18 Boys with rounds of 76-65-66 for a three-day total of 207.

Also for the UAE Reema Al Heloo came in second place in the Under 16 Girls Net division and Mahmood Skaik took third in the Under 16 Boys Net division.

With 58 players in this year’s field the Faldo Series saw some of the best junior talent in the Middle East region. As a supporter of the event the Emirates Golf Federation is looking forward to the next two years as this event is a valuable opportunity for junior golf in the region.

Press Release by AEGSC, Edited by Emirates Golf Federation.