Nail-bit­ing fin­ish to As­sarain Golf Clas­sic

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As many as 140 golfers from the sul­tanate and over­seas par­tic­i­pated in the fiercely con­tested 24th edi­tion of The As­sarain Golf Clas­sic. The par­tic­i­pants were com­pet­ing in the 2-day, 36-hole event with Gross and Nett cat­e­gories in Men’s, Ladies and Ju­nior divisions. The event was held at the Ghala Golf Club and was open to all am­a­teur lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional golfers with a reg­is­tered USGA hand­i­cap.

The 2019 As­sarain Golf Clas­sic has con­tin­ued with com­mit­ment to ex­pand their an­nual event. The 2019 event at­tracted more in­ter­na­tional play­ers than any pre­vi­ous years. Leon Sassen, Gen­eral Man­ager of Golf World, said, “This event is a pin­na­cle tour­na­ment in the golf­ing cal­en­dar. We reached ca­pac­ity after 48 hours, ad­ding to another record set by the As­sarain Group of Com­pa­nies. This proves how pop­u­lar the tour­na­ment is. I would like to ex­tend a big thank you to all of the play­ers for their sup­port of the event, it was a fan­tas­tic two days and over­all a tremen­dous oc­ca­sion.”

The 2019 As­sarain Golf Clas­sic had all the top am­a­teur play­ers in Oman com­pet­ing against each other, Azaan al Rumhy, Fiaz Riaz, Ahmed Ejazz, Ten­zin Ts­rong, Badr al Amri, Walta Southy, Emma Mer­rit and Jameela Daud, to name a few.

In the Men’s gross cat­e­gory, after the first day of play, Fiaz Riaz shot a 73 to be club­house leader by one shot over de­fend­ing cam­pion Ahmed Ejazz and Oman Na­tional Team player Badr al Amri. Hamed Faris from Bahrain shot 75 fol­lowed closely be­hind by Ten­zin Tas­rong who fin­ished with 77.

The Men’s Nett Cat­e­gory was another closely evened scor­ing after the first day with Mark Davies shoot­ing a tremen­dous nett 66 to be leader after day one of play.

Oman Na­tional Ju­nior player Ahmed al Wa­haibi was the lead­ing ju­nior after day one with a score of 79, over fel­low Na­tional Ju­nior player Mo­hammed al Balushi who fin­ished with 80.

In the ladies divi­sion, Jameela Daud fin­ished the day with a score of 88 in the lead over Emma Mer­rit and Jacky Franssen.

The evening gath­er­ing was held at Ghala Golf Club with live en­ter­tain­ment and live cook­ing sta­tions to help ease play­ers into day two of the tour­na­ment.

The se­cond day proved to be the test­ing fac­tor in all cat­e­gories.

The men’s Nett cat­e­gory was won by Mark Davies who fol­lowed up with a nett score of 74 to give him a com­bined to­tal of 140, ahead of Badr al Amri who fin­ished with a 75 for a com­bined to­tal of 143 in se­cond place.

Jameela Daud won the ladies gross cat­e­gory with another im­pres­sive 90 on day two for a com­bined to­tal of 178.

The ladies’ Nett cat­e­gory was won by Emma Mer­rit with a to­tal nett score of 157.

The ju­nior cat­e­gory was won by Ahmed al Wa­haibi who held his lead for the tour­na­ment with a com­bined gross score of 158.

The Men’s gross cat­e­gory was a close match be­tween Faiz Riaz, Ahmed Ejazz and Ten­zin Tas­rong. The lead switched places through­out the day as all play­ers bat­tled the windy con­di­tions. The clos­ing holes proved to be cru­cial as Ahmed Ejazz would bo­gey the 18th hole to drop into tied se­cond place with Fiaz Riaz. Last year’s run­ner up, Ten­zin Tas­rong, kept his nerves and played out­stand­ing shots around the course to be crowned the 2019 As­sarain Golf Clas­sic Cham­pion with scores of 77 and 74 giv­ing him a to­tal of 151.

The pre­sen­ta­tions evening was at­tend by Ghala Golf Club pres­i­dent H H Sayyid Taimur al Said, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of As­sarain Group of com­pa­nies Khalid al Wa­haibi and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of As­sarain Group of Com­pa­nies Ibrahim Al Wa­haibi.

Com­ment­ing upon his win Ten­zin Tas­rong said, “After com­ing run­ner-up last year I made the de­ci­sion that this year I would win. I worked hard on my game with the sole pur­pose of win­ing this year’s tour­na­ment. I would like to thank the As­sarain Group of Com­pa­nies for cre­at­ing this event and a big thank you to my play­ing part­ners. I look for­ward to next year’s tour­na­ment.”

The As­sarain Clas­sic ended with the tra­di­tion of raf­fling off a Rolex watch. This year’s win­ner was a spe­cial one for Ghala Golf Club! Long term found­ing mem­ber, Mo­hammed Suli­man al Wa­haibi, who was in­volved with the orig­i­nal open­ing of the club be­fore it was grassed, was the win­ner this year.

Com­ment­ing upon the suc­cess of the event, Ibrahim al Wa­haibi, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of As­sarain Group of Com­pa­nies said, “I would like to con­grat­u­late all the win­ners in the re­spec­tive cat­e­gories. We were al­ways com­mit­ted to host­ing a tour­na­ment that sets a new stan­dard every year, even with the un­pre­dicted weather prior to the start we had no in­ten­tions of di­min­ish­ing the pro­fes­sional and high­qual­ity stan­dards that are ex­pected from this tour­na­ment.”

A to­tal of 140 play­ers at­tended the tour­na­ment for the 36-hole stroke event. Lo­cal com­pany Golf World Oman co­or­di­nated and man­aged the tour­na­ment with Ghala Golf Club dur­ing the two days to en­sure pro­fes­sional stan­dards were met. The Ghala Golf Club will now pre­pare for the up­com­ing sea­son’s tour­na­ments.

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