Event partners BMW added even more value to this month’s event with a BMW 1-series car as the prize for the hole-in-one competition on the par, 14th, along with two BMW 7-Series weekend test drive vouchers up for grabs for the beat the pro competitions.
To make this event extra special, the winner would receive the ‘Luckiest Ball on Earth’, which would be there ticket into the qualifying event for this year’s DP World Championship Pro-Am.
In the end it was Patrick Morrow who was crowned champion after his superb net 65 gave him victory by three strokes over Craig McBride and his second win in the 2013 Mashreq medal Championship order-of-merit series. Mr. Morrow’s win also saw him jump to the top of the order of merit standings for the series. After receiving his trophy and prize Mr. Morrow commented; “It always feels good to be in the winner’s circle but to finally break 80 after 11 months has really brought back the enjoyment of the game that I have been playing 41 years.”
The best gross score of the day came from Dubai Creek Junior Rayhan Thomas who carded a superb 2 under-par 69 to beat Max Burrows in a countback.
Craig McBride’s net 68 saw him collect 1st prize in Men’s Division A. The runner-up spot very closely contested as four players all finished tied on net 70. In the end it was Peter Stapleton who secured the spot on a 6-hole count-back.
Men’s Division B champion on the day was Nick Clayson who finished with a level par net 71. Just one shot further back and also securing his runner-up spot on a count-back was Naresh Handa.
The Ladies Division was won by new Dubai Creek member, Miss. Amelie Burty who shot a net 70, and the Senior Division prize went to Mr. S G Nair who managed a net 73.
After narrowly missing out last month Monty Stapleton made a superb net 65 to win the junior division and also jump to the top of the junior order of merit.
The winners of the beat The Pro competitions were Mark Jolliffe, Michael Nielsen and Edward Fearn, whilst Kennon Rider, Alan White, Ryan Riley, Adam Savage and again Michael Nielsen were all successful in the 2′s club.
Pat Morrow’s win has put him in pole position now after nine events with a total of 401 points but with both Mark Bishop on 386 and John Fellingham on 346 still lurking, it could prove to be a very tight end to a thrilling series.
In his prize presentation speech Stephen Hubner, Head Golf Professional at Dubai Creek said; “Enjoying full fields in the Mashreq Medal Championship has become par for the course these days and it really is wonderful to see the members enjoying the order of merit format so much. Many thanks to Mashreq Bank, BMW, and Harvey Nichols Dubai for making this year’s event so special.”
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