Division A winner Guy Williams is flanked by Golf Digest Middle East Editor Kent Gray and Al Hamra G.C. chief Andrew Matthews.
By Staff reporter
Guy Williams didn’t quite travel the furthest to the second event of the Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Series but he sure left Al Hamra Golf Club happiest.
The Abu Dhabi City G.C. member made the trek from the UAE capital to Ras Al Khamiah – with wife Amanda – well worth it when he captured the division A title (0-10 handicap) with 34 stableford points on September 30. The avid Springboks fan overcame sweltering conditions and Sean Kinsley by two points to depart with a pair of new Ecco shoes and a hospitality pass for the Thursday of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Kinsley’s consolation wasn’t too shabby either – hospitality on the Saturday of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, also in January.
Kyle Taggart won division B (11-24 handicap) with 36 stableford points from Byung Jin Woo (33 pts) while Ken Davies scored a weekend drive in a Mercedes, courtesy of series’ official lease parter, Autoroute, after winning the nearest-the-pin prize on Al Hamra’s picturesque 7th. For the record, Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club member David Nabi, who features in the tweet below, made the biggest commitment to get to RAK.
Casper Schonfeldt, meanwhile, took the gross prize with a fine 78 given the energy-sapping conditions. His prize is an invite to the Kings College Hospital London-sponsored Golf Digest Middle East Classic, the series finale, at Emirates Golf Club on Oct.17. He will also return to the Majlis in Jan. after winning Saturday hospitality to the Desert Classic which will be headlined by the PGA Tour star Pat Perez.
The 2017 Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Series decider will coincide with the official 100th our issue celebrations.
The three-tournament series opened at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the home of the HSBC Championship, on September 21.