40 Emirati golfers took part in the 29th edition of the Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup at Emirates Golf Club in which Shames Al Hashemi took the spoils with 36 Stableford points.

A tight victory for Shames around the Faldo Course where he edged out Rashed Al Emadi and Rayyan Al Maazmi by a single shot.

The Junior Division was claimed by Tariq Khoory with 32 points after making three net birdies in his final five holes, while Aasiya Saleem took home the Ladies Division with 34 points thanks to her net birdie on the 18th. Signing off the top spots was Intissar Rich in the Gross Division on 37 points.

29th Dubai Duty Free UAE Nationals Cup Results:
Shames Al Hashemi – 36 points
Rashed Al Emadi – 35 points
Rayyan Al Maazmi – 35 points

Junior Division:
Tariq Khoory – 32 points

Ladies Division:
Aasiya Saleem – 34 points

Gross Division:
Intissar Rich – 37 points

On Course Competitions:
Nearest the Pin Men – Hole 8 – Darwish Al Qubaisi
Nearest the Pin Ladies – Hole 12 – Hannah Alan
Longest Drive Men – Hole 16 – Shames Al Hashemi
Longest Drive Ladies – Hole 5 – Aasiya Saleem

Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, along with Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing was joined by General Abdullah Alhashmi, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation at the prize presentation.

Commenting on the UAE Nationals Cup, Ramesh Cidambi said: “Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the participants who played today. We were pleased to have 10 junior golfers participate and to have several female golfers play.

“We are keen to grow this tournament, which marks its 30th anniversary next year. Thanks to Emirates Golf Club for their efforts in ensuring a great day was had by all.”

General Abdullah Alhashmi added, “The UAE Nationals Cup is a highlighted event for the UAE national golf community every year. For almost three decades, Dubai Duty Free and the Emirates Golf Federation have worked together to encourage UAE nationals to play the sport of golf.

“On behalf of the Emirates Golf Federation, I would like to personally thank Mr. Colm McLoughlin for his hard work, support, and leadership in UAE golf development. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and growing the game that we all love.”

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