2013 Summer Open

05 July 2013Back

AMG & MH

5th and 6th July 2013 - As part of the on-going effort to grow the game within the Sultanate Almouj Golf and Muscat Hills combined efforts to host the first dual club Summer Open. Played in Stableford format the participants competed over 36 holes with the first round being played at Muscat Hills and the second at Almouj Golf. Being an 'open' event the Tournament was offered to golfers from within the Sultanate and also to those in the neighbouring Emirates. In an encouraging sign of interest in golf in Oman there were 14 players from a field of 48 who made the trip from Dubai to participate, these golfers came from both Emirates and Dubai Creek Golf Clubs and were accompanied by a Professional from each club.

 Day 1 began with each competitor eager to produce a good score and stand them in good stead for the overall prize. The course at Muscat Hills presented well with the recent renovations clearly having a positive effect. Using her extensive local knowledge Almouj Member Yvonne Welling posted 41 points to rocket to the head of the leaderboard, hot on her heels was 2013 Almouj Golf Men's Captain who amassed 37 points. Recording notable scores without course knowledge were visitors from Dubai Allan Stanton (36 points), Neil Taylor (35 points) and Rashid Ali who scored a creditable 34 points playing off a 3 handicap. In addition to the overall Stableford scores there were on course competitions on the 5th hole where the longest drive for men was won by Tom Metzger and for ladies by Louise Daly and on the 12th hole where nearest the pin was won by Neil Taylor and Yvonne Welling.

Despite having a comfortable overnight lead an unfortunate turn of events meant that the round 1 leader was unable to participate in round 2, as small consolation Yvonne Welling's score of 41 was the best score on Day 1 for which she won a prize. With Yvonne unable to add to her total of 41 points the tournament was wide open with no fewer than 11 players within 3 points of the lead.

Taking to the challenging links layout of the Championship Course local knowledge definitely came to the fore with many Almouj Golf Members making their way to the head of the leaderboard. As on Day 1 there were on course competitions to play for in addition to the Stableford, taking the men's longest drive on hole 7 was Captain William Welsh, the ladies equivalent on hole 16 was won by Catherine Shackleton. Nearest the pin for men was on hole 17 and was won by visiting golfer Dalip Tripathi and the ladies on hole 2 was taken by Louise Daly. Excluding those who finished in the top three positions the best score for Day 2 was won by Nasaruddin Mohammed with 32 points by virtue of a back 9 countback over Ahmed Kamel Mahmud. The happy recipient of the two's pot who recorded the solitary 2 was Brian Mills.

In the overall competition Danny Renihan played well to take third spot by adding a steady 32 to his Day 1 score of 35 for a total of 67, this was matched by visitor Allan Stanton who missed out on a prize due to a lesser second round score. In runner up spot with a total of 68 was 2013 Men's Captain William Welsh who scrambled his was to 31 points on Day 2 to retain his overnight second place. Taking the honours in the 2013 Summer Open with very consistent rounds of 36 points at Muscat Hills and 34 points at Almouj Golf for a well-deserved total of 70 points was 13 handicap Keith Harvey.

The top 10 36 hole scores can be found in the table below.

 

 

 

H'Cap

DAY 1 POINTS

DAY 2 POINTS

TOTAL

 

 

1

Keith Harvey

13

36

34

70

2

William Welsh

14

37

31

68

3

Stephen Hubner (Pro)

0

30

37

67

4

Danny Renihan

11

35

32

67

5

Allan Stanton

8

36

31

67

6

Rashid Ali

3

34

31

65

7

Milind Nadkarni

11

34

31

65

8

Ahmed Kamel

11

32

32

64

9

Nasaruddin Mohammed

9

31

32

63

10

Stephen Deane (Pro)

0

33

30

63

 

We hope that the 2013 Summer Open was enjoyed by all and look forward to working on similar events in the upcoming season.

 Summer Open 2013

  2013 Summer Open Winners (from the left) William Welsh, Keith Harvey and Danny Renihan