A day of low scores as GCC Golf Championship enters second day

25 February 2013Back

Oman Junior Team Finishes Second Overall

Oman Team Day 2

With one day of play behind them, the forty players taking part in the 17th GCC Golf Championships were raring to go on the second day of play.

Several low scores were carded on the first day and, with similar weather on Monday, many players were hoping to get ahead of their GCC counterparts. Nasser Yacoob of the Bahrain National Team carded the lowest score of the day with a 70 total, 2 under par. 'The course was beautiful, the conditions were perfect and my putting was good. I learned a lot yesterday and today I put that together and it paid off. The Almouj Golf course is very challenging with narrow fairways and very fast greens. I have been concentrating on making sure my drives are in the centre of the fairway and setting myself up for as few putts as possible.' He credited his playing partners for keeping him on his toes and not letting him take it easy, 'Tomorrow is another day and it will be a challenge to keep ahead as everyone's standard is getting better.'

Qatar's Ali Al Bishi remains the overnight leader in the adult category after parring the course on the second day, adding to his 2-under par on the first day. He will go into the final day with a total of 142, a 6-shot advantage over second place Hamad Mubarak and Nasser Yacoob, both of Bahrain. Leading the Omani teams is Azzan Al Rumhi who was disappointed with his score today but stayed ahead of the UAE players, many of who were amongst the favourites. In the team scoring, the order remains Bahrain on top with 446 points, Qatar on 457 points, UAE on 485 points and Oman on 514 points. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait round-off the table with 526 and 585 respectively.

Yesterday's leader in the junior category with the lowest net score was Ahmed Al Balushi who was very happy with his round yesterday, but was acutely aware of having to keep his consistency over the following days. To his credit he did exactly that and ended the championships in second place with a very impressive score to stay close to eventual winner, Faisal Salhab of Saudi Arabia. UAE player, Abdullah Al Qubasi followed in to take third place. 

The best news of the day was the overall result of the junior team. Playing for only two days as opposed to the adults who play a full three days, the Omani team secured second place overall, keeping their cool and staying ahead of the other teams and keeping the eventual leaders, the UAE, under pressure.

The GCC Golf Championship has been made possible due to the work put in by Golf Oman, with support from the Ministry of Sport and the key sponsors who see the long-term benefits of developing a sport such as golf in Oman. These sponsors include Etihad Airways, National Bank of Oman and Omantel. Almouj Golf is the official venue sponsor for the 17th GCC Golf Championships.