By Kent Gray
Rayhan Thomas’ love for Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club seemingly knows no bounds.
The 18-year-old added a career first hole-in-one to his already glittering collection of accolades at his home club during a friendly round on Friday.
Thomas conquered up the perfect shot with a seven iron from 172 yards on the water-guarded par-3 14th en-route to a causal three-under par 69 as he continues his buildup to the prestigious Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy.
“I did see it go in, it took one hop about two feet short of the cup and dropped straight in. As soon as I hit it…I hit a great shot and I thought it was going to be pretty close but didn’t expect it to go in. When the ball disappeared I was surprised how I excited I got. It was pretty cool,” Thomas told GolfDigestMe.com
“I was super stoked I was able to get that hole in one, my first one ever. I’ve had a couple on the par 3 course bit it was finally good to get one on the main course.”
It comes after the now world amateur No.18 created history by becoming the first amateur to win a MENA Tour event in 2016 before sensationally equalling the world record for successive birdies in a pro event during his defence of the Dubai Creek Open title in September. He went on to finish tied second with former English Men’s Amateur champion Todd Clements in MENA event won by South African Mathiam Keyser.
Thomas’ next big examination is the Bonallack Trophy from March 8-10. He’s a key member of the Asia Pacific team and will line-up against reigning MENA Tour Amateur Order-of-Merit champion Clements who was deservedly confirmed in Europe’s lineup for the Ryder Cup-style matches at Doha Golf Club overnight.