Fahad Al Rajaan Crowned Champion of the 21st Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club was again the host venue for the 21st edition of the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup. The event is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year and the 21st edition proved no exception. Over 100 players turned up to battle it out over the stunning Dubai Creek course despite the hot and humid summer conditions.
June 17, 2013 8:47 by Dubai Duty Free
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club was again the host venue for the 21st edition of the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup. The event is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year and the 21st edition proved no exception. Over 100 players turned up to battle it out over the stunning Dubai Creek course despite the hot and humid summer conditions. Included in the starting line-up were four past champions; Khalid Al Halyan (1994), Craig McBride (2002), Francisco Giles (2008) and last year’s champion Marino Chiarentin, who looked to make a successful defence of his title.
In the end it was golfer Fahad Al Rajaan who was crowned champion after a superb score of 42 stableford points gave him a one shot victory. Mr Al Rajaan was extremely delighted with his victory and after being presented the trophy went on to comment; “This is my fist win in the game of golf since I started playing 20 years ago! Everything just went right today and I thank Dubai Duty Free and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club for putting on such a wonderful day.”
Commenting on the Dubai Duty Free Golf Cup, George Horan, President of Dubai Duty Free said; “This annual event has been running for 21 years and the tournament has grown quite popular with a huge turnout of 107 golfers from different clubs. Thanks to our team at Dubai Duty Free and to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club for organising this great event and look forward to seeing you all next year.”
The battle for the Men’s Division was also a closely contested affair with both Alok Pant and Rabih Sfeila finishing with 41 points. In the end it was Alok Pant who was successful over Sfeila on a count-back over the back nine holes. Just one shot further back, and finishing 2nd runner-up was Peter Stapleton with a solid 40 points.
The event also has a category for senior golfers (50+). Topping the division this year with a fantastic performance and a score of 40 points was J H Mun. The best gross performance of the day came from Creek member and senior golfer, John Fellingahm. Fellingham made full advantage of his knowledge of the course and made a solid 35 points to take top prize in the division. Winner of the junior division trophy was Dhruv Nair who matched the winning score of his younger brother last year of 38 points.
The ladies division produced some great scores also. Emirates Golf Club member, Soumaya Salem, managed 37 points to finish top of the division by two strokes. Dubai Creek member Vanessa North collected the first runner-up prize with 35 points and it was Ji Won Bae who finished as second runner-up a further three strokes back with 32 points.
Arshad Waheed showed pin point accuracy to pick up the nearest the pin prize on the par-3 5th. Jamal Saab did the same on the par-3 14th whilst John Fellingham and 2013 Dubai Creek Club Champion Ryan Riley picked up the longest drive prizes on the par-4 7th &12th holes.
At the awards ceremony Dubai Creek’s Head Golf Professional Stephen Hubner said; “It has been wonderful to enjoy another full field of over 100 players. This is a clear indication of the popularity of the Dubai Duty Free events and the wonderful hospitality that comes with them. This is a very special year for Dubai Creek to host this event for two reasons; we are celebrating our 20th anniversary year and of course our Club Captain Mr George Horan is the President of Dubai Duty Free. I would like to thank the Executive Chairman of Dubai Duty Free Mr Colm McLoughlin and of course the Mr George Horan for continuing to allow us to look after their wonderful events and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.”