Rayhan one off the lead after breaking record
Teenager Rayhan Thomas shot a sparkling six-under 65 to beat his own amateur course record and finish one shot behind early leader Jake Shepherd after round one of the MENA Golf Tour’s Dubai Creek Open. The English duo of Zane Scotland and Luke Joy, both former winners of the Dubai Creek Open, signed for matching 66s to share third. Sixteen-year-old Thomas, a two-time runner-up on the MENA Golf Tour, said: “I struck the ball pretty well and holed some great putts. Overall, it felt very good out there. “If I can keep the momentum going, I think I stand a good chance of posting a strong finish.” Shepherd was equally pleased, the Englishman said: “It was a bit crazy out there. I had no expectations coming into this tournament as I hardly played any golf in the last three months, but things fell into place, especially my long game, which was in great shape.