Ama­teur ace Thomas im­presses again

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Dubai-based ama­teur golfer Ray­han Thomas was pleased to have made the cut on his Chal­lenge Tour de­but but was dis­ap­pointed with his clos­ing 72 at the Ras Al Khaimah Golf Chal­lenge. The 16-year-old was handed an in­vi­ta­tion to the tour­na­ment af­ter im­press­ing on the MENA Tour and showed his qual­ity by pro­duc­ing three con­sec­u­tive un­der-par rounds. He then closed with fi­nal round that in­cluded three birdies and three bo­geys to fin­ish the tour­na­ment on five-un­der par. “The ex­pe­ri­ence was re­ally good and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to play,” Thomas told 7DAYS. “I will al­ways cher­ish this mo­ment, my first Chal­lenge Tour event, mak­ing the cut and shoot­ing five-un­der for the first three days. “I wish I could have played bet­ter in the fi­nal round but over­all it was great play­ing with so many good play­ers and I’m look­ing for­ward to next year.” Thomas fin­ished tied for 55th place, 15 shots be­hind even­tual win­ner Jor­dan Smith of Eng­land. Now, af­ter com­pet­ing against the next gen­er­a­tion of stars on the Chal­lenge Tour, Thomas will again be in ac­tion this week at the Mus­cat Hills Golf and Coun­try Club. The teenager will ap­pear in the fi­nal event of the MENA Tour sea­son safe in the knowl­edge that he has al­ready se­cured the lead­ing ama­teur ti­tle ahead of Ma­tias Calderon of Chile.

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