Dunn Claims Crans Sur Sierre Trophy ... more
Mike Dunn produced a magical performance to claim the first major members' fixture of the year, The Crans Sur Sierre Trophy. The key Al Hamra fixture, which started back in 2010, sees the winners name added to the Swiss music box which was kindly donated by the President of Crans Sur Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Mike got off to a flying start with 2 net birdies and a net eagle on his front nine for 21 points. With his putter on absolute fire and holing putts from everywhere, Mike followed his great front nine with a solid back nine of 19 points and subsequent 40 point total. This resulted in a 5 point winning margin from his nearest competitor and runner-up Eui Yong Jeon. Third place required a massive 6 way card play-off between Oli Spencer, Maggie Neil, Ian Fada, Bill Grosser, Jae Woong Lee, and Richard Cuddihy. With the best back nine score of 18 points, Oli finally found himself on the winning side of a card play-off collecting the last of the main prizes.
Tournament Winners 1st Place Mike Dunn - 40 Pts 2nd Place Eui Yong Jeon - 35 Pts 3rd Place Oli Spencer - 33 Pts
Young Ahn, There's No Need To Feel Down ... more
Young Joon Ahn claimed a comfortable victory in the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge following 20 points in a rollercoaster round. With only 1 par on his card, Young Joon carded 4 net birdies and a net eagle to finish 3 clear of his nearest competitors. That honour went to Maurizio Gambini and Sourit Sen who both carded 17 points, meaning a card play-off would be required. With 12 points on his back 6 holes, Sourit bettered Maurizio by 3 points meaning he would take home second and Maurizio third. Maurizio also carded the only 2 on the evening, sweeping the entire triple rollover two's pot whilst Dave Michie claimed the nearest the pin on hole 7 prize.
Tournament Winners 1st Place Young Joon Ahn - 20 Pts 2nd Place Sourit Sen - 17 Pts 3rd Place Maurizio Gambini - 17 Pts
Ciani & Carley Claim Summer Scramble ... more
Luca Ciani and Neal Carley claimed the final major event of the Summer Season, The Summer Scramble, in one of the closest scamble's to date. With only 0.2 separating the top 3 podium finishers they proved they could handle the horrible humid conditions in one of the most popular summer events. After a solid front nine of 33.4 they then turned on the after burners on the back nine carding 3 net birdies and a net eagle for an inward nine on 32 and subsequent 65.4 winning score. Second and third place required a card play-off following a tied score of 65.6 from the duo of Oli Spencer with partner John Kendall, and Ahmad Afzaal with partner Ahmad Arbaaz. Both teams battled side by side on the course with eventual runners-up Ahmad and Ahmad pipping it with their better back nine score of 32. Pistol Pete Loughran claimed the longest drive on Hole 8 prize followed by Cliff Brand for his straightest drive effort on Hole 17.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners 1st Place Luca Ciani & Neil Carley - 65.4 2nd Place Ahmad Afzaal & Ahman Arbaaz - 65.6 3rd Place John Kendall & Oli Spencer - 65.6
Right Place, Woong Time ... more
Jae Woong Lee has now finished on the winners podium the last 3 weeks in a row with 2 wins and a runners-up. Seemingly all fellow competitors are in the right place but wrong time as they just can't seem to touch the formidable Jae Woong Lee. This week's format was fan favourite Individual Bogey, in which all competitors would take on a match play battle against the course. Jae carded 4 net birdies and 2 net bogies to finish on a +2 score, the only player to finish up against the course. Runners-up prize went to Bill Grosser who finished on -1 following 8 pars and a lonesome bogey on hole 17. There were not two's recorded resulting in a 100 Dhs rollover going into next week whilst Oli Spencer picked up the WOW mug for his abysmal - 6 score.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners 1st Place Jae Woong Lee +2 2nd Place Bill Grosser -1
Sourit Sen claimed the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge following a successful ... more
Sourit Sen claimed the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge following a successful card play-off against last week’s winner Jae Woong Lee. The duo both carded 18 points in the incredibly humid conditions, but Sourit’s back 6 of 13 points proved crucial trumping Jae’s back 6 of 10 points. Sourit also experienced one of the most turbulent rounds ever in a Floodlit Challenge recording just a single par on his card. Third place, finishing 1 point behind first and second, was Mike Magee on a score 17 points. The two special events were collected by Sourit Sen and Bosung Kang for their nearest the pin in 2 efforts on holes 1 & 5 respectively. Dave Owen carded the only 2 on the evening sweeping the entire 2’s pot.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners 1st Place Sourit Sen – 18 Pts 2nd Place Jae Woong Lee – 18 Pts 3rd Place Mike Magee – 17 Pts
Gerry Gibson clubs sizzled as he produced his round of the summer to claim ... more
Gerry Gibson clubs sizzled as he produced his round of the summer to claim comfortable victory in Friday's Summer Sizzler event. The aptly named Summer Sizzler saw competitors tee it up early in the morning in order to avoid the sizzling August conditions. Weather aside, Gerry carded and outstanding score of 38 points following nines of 18 and 20 points respectively. With 7 net birdies on his card, Gerry was obviously back on top form in a round which saw him finish a colossal 6 points ahead of his nearest competitor Craig Mainey, who carded 32 points. After a solid start opening with 17 points on his front 9, Craig then dropped 5 shots between 12 and 17 for an inward 9 of 15 points. Sen Sourit claimed the last of the main prizes following a score of 31 points. Sen had to prevail through way of card play-off as Elgadaffe Hawas also carded the same total. The 2 special events were collected by Craig Mainey on Hole 4 followed by Ikea Miller on Hole 11.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners 1st Place Gerry Gibson - 38 Pts 2nd Place Craig Mainey - 32 Pts 3rd Place Sen Sourit - 31 Pts
Jae Woong Lee carded 21 points for a comfortable victory in the ... more
Jae Woong Lee carded 21 points for a comfortable victory in the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge. With 2 birdies, a net eagle and just the one dropped shot on hole 6, Jae got back to a place he know best after a substantial period away from the podium. The runners-up and third spot required a card play-off as Simon Dunn and Bosung Kang both recorded identical level par scores of 18 points. With the best back 3 score of 6, Simon took the runners-up prize leaving Bosung to collect the last of the main prizes. Bosung also took the nearest the pin on Hole 4 whilst Eui Yong Jeon took the nearest the pin on Hole 7. The two’s pot was split between Boung Kwon You and Eui Yong Jeon.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners 1st Place Jae Woong Lee – 21 Pts 2nd Place Simon Dunn – 18 Pts 3rd Place Bosung Kangh – 18 Pts
Pistol Pete Loughran produced a solid performance to claim the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge following ... more
Pistol Pete Loughran produced a solid performance to claim the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge following 20 points. With 4 birdies and just the 1 slip up at hole 2 where a triple bogey resulted in 0 points, Pete finished 2 clear of his nearest competitors. That honour went to Bosung Kang, John Davies, Sourit Sen and Eui Yong Jeon who all carded 18 points. Bosung claimed second place after the card play-off, hugely aided by a birdie eagle finish. The final podium place was collected by John Davies following the second best back 6 score. The two nearest the pin prizes were collected by Olli Spencer and Eui Yong Jeon for their fine iron shots into holes 4 and 7 respectively. Olli also had the only two on the evening sweeping the entire pot.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners Gross 1st Place Pete Loughran – 20 Pts 2nd Place Bosung Kang – 18 Pts 3rd Place John Davies – 18 Pts
Richard Cuddihy produced a solid performance to win the ... more
Richard Cuddihy produced a solid performance to win the midsummer event The Open Challenge with 39 points. The event which ties in nicely with The Open Championship saw a solid field of competitors battle the July heat for a chance to win one of the Summer Majors. Richard slotted in 5 birdies for nines of 19 and 20 points to finish 2 clear of his nearest competitor. A trio of players found themselves on 37 points and with only 2 prizes remaining a card play-off would be required in order to decide the trophy winners. Chris Malanso took the runners-up prize after having the best back nine of 19 points, 3 birdies in his last 4 making all the difference. Kyle Taggart eventually took the last of the main prizes after a back 6 battle with Pete Loughran. Both carded 17 points on the back nine but Kyle's 13 on the back 6 provided the deciding factor. Jae Woong Lee collected the nearest the pin on hole 7 whilst Kye Young Cha collected the straightest drive on hole 17.
Tournament winners: Tournament Winners Gross 1st Place Richard Cuddihy - 39 Pts 2nd Place Chris Malanso - 37 Pts 3rd Place Kyle Taggart - 37 Pts
Dunn claims first Club Championship as Robinson retains Title ... more
Simon Dunn claimed his first Al Hamra Club Championship by 9 shots, while Annelie Robinson retained her title, also with a comfortable winning margin.
The second weekend of March saw the biggest event in the members' calendar, with many event regulars and newcomers making it their first event ever played. Either way, all would enjoy a fine weekend of golf, battling it out for the coveted Club Champion title.
Simon Dunn, the pre-tournament favorite, found himself 9 shots ahead on day 1 after a fine 1 under par 71. His closest competitor was John Wilby, who fired in a round of 80 to be 1 clear of Eui Yong Jeon and 3 clear of Richard Cuddihy. Simon then followed up round 2 with a disappointing 77, although with all the damage done on day 1, it was certainly a relaxed game of golf. Eui Yong Jeon fired in the best day 2 round with 76 and 157 total to comfortably pick up the runners-up award. Third place, a further 13 shots back, was John Wilby on 170.
It was an all-Korean affair in the net division as Jae Young Kwon, Young Hoon Jung and Ju Hun Lee claimed the top 3 prizes. Jae claimed the winners cheque after a fine score of -8, following rounds of 67 and 69. Young Hoon was 1 shot adrift on -7, followed by Ju Hun on -3. The ladies division experienced a somewhat closer encounter with Annelie just 2 shots ahead of Young Nam Chang on day 1, following their respective rounds of 91and 93. Annelie improved her day 2 score by 1 for a 181 total, while Young Nam's chances were blown following a 94. Young Nam did, however, collect the top net division prize following a 3 under total of 141, 8 better than runner-up Paula Svensson, who collected second.
Recent tournament favorite Jeon Seon Lee was possibly the most surprised winner on the day after she subsequently collected the runners-up prize in the ladies gross division.
Tournament winners: Men's Gross 1st Place, Simon Dunn — 148; 2nd Place, Eui Yong Jeon — 157; 3rd Place, John Wilby — 170; Net 1st Place, Jae Young Kwon — 136; 2nd Place, Young Hoon Jung — 137; 3rd Place, Ju Hun Lee — 140; Ladies Gross 1st Place, Annelie Robinson — 181; 2nd Place, Jeonseon Lee — 197; Net 1st Place, Young Nam Chang — 141; 2nd Place, Paula Svensson — 149.
Lee and Jung's Combination Challenge ... more
Ju Hun Lee and Young Hoon Jung combined beautifully together for a comfortable victory in Tuesday night's Floodlit Challenge.
With combined stableford, the format for the evening, there was a lot of pressure on both parties in the pairings to perform. Ju Hun carded a level par 18 points, while Young Hoon was a couple behind with 16. The pairings highlight came on hole 3, where they collected 7 points between them. Their winning score turned out to be a massive 5 points ahead of runners-up Joe Townsend and Sam Dawson, who finished with 29 points, following individual totals of 13 and 16.
Third and final place went to the formidable duo of John Kendall and Oli Spencer, who had to come through by way of card playoff, following their total of 28 points. John also had the added bonus of the only two on the evening, sweeping the entire pot. Cliff Brand collected the nearest, the pin prize on hole 4, while Joe Townsend managed the same feat on hole 7.
Tournament winners: Gross 1st Place, Ju Hun Lee and Young Hoon Jung — 34 points; 2nd Place, Joe Townsend and Sam Dawson — 29 points; 3rd Place, John Kendall and Oli Spencer — 28 points.
Cuddihy and Lee Claim March Medal ... more
Richard Cuddihy and Jeonseon Lee claimed wins in their respective gross and net divisions in the March Monthly Medal.
Richard Cuddihy carded an 84, following identical nines of 42, to finish one clear of John Wilby on 85. Both players experienced indifferent rounds, with John receiving a crucial blow on hole 17, where a triple bogey 7 would cost him the winners cheque. Jeonseon Lee's victory now sees her top the Player of the Year standings on a points total of 260, 30 ahead of her nearest rival, Grace Chang.
Jeonseon continued her fine competition form, carding a 69, including an amazing 8 birdies in 11 holes between holes 4 to 14. Her total would finish 3 clear from the trio of Sharon Darbyshire, Grace Chang and Richard Cuddihy, who all carded 71. Following the card playoff, Sharon claimed the runner-up net prize after a 3 under par back nine. No two's were recorded on the day, resulting in a 160 Dhs rollover for the next event.
Tournament winners: Gross 1st Place, Richard Cuddihy — 84; 2nd Place, John Wilby — 85; Net 1st Place, Jeonseon Lee — 69; 2nd Place, Sharon Darbyshire — 71.
Finns Flourishing Floodlit ... more
Roni Uusitalo finished top of the leaderboard in the Individual Bogey Floodlit Challenge, as the traveling Finns dominated the busiest Tuesday night of the year.
In a match play battle against the course, Roni carded an eagle and 3 birdies, while losing just one hole for his winning +3 score. His score was good enough for a 2-point winning margin from the trio of Jae Woong Lee, Samu Saarimaki and Marko Siivonen — all of whom fnished winners to the course on a score of +1. A card playoff was therefore required to split the three and decide who would take the remaining of the main prizes. Samu would take runners-up spot after having the best back 6, followed by compatriot Marko, as the Finns claimed all the main prizes. Mizu Fattah claimed the nearest the pin prize on Hole 4, whileWilliam Stein collected the double rollover two's pot.
Tournament winners: 1st Place, Roni Uusitalo — +3; 2nd Place, Samu Saarimaki — +1; 3rd Place, Marko Siivonen — +1.
Extreme Success for Thomas and Lefebvre ... more
David Thomas and Pierre Lefebvre battled the challenging Extreme Pairs event, finishing 2 clear at the top of the leaderboard.
The mixed medley formatted event grows in popularity year on year as competitors challenge the course with 3 varying 6-hole formats. The first six holes saw probably the most challenging in the form of greensomes. This slight twist on foursomes sees both competitors tee off before alternate shots come into play. David and Pierre conquered this format comfortably with 4 birdies for a total of 20, a score only bettered by Marta and Subhojit Biswas, who produced one better with a score of 19.
The next 6 holes provided what should be the easiest part of the competition, betterball. Unbelievably, no one bettered the par of 23 through this supposed tough stretch of holes, with the top 3 eventual winning pairings dropping a combined 5 shots. The final 6 holes saw the popular scramble format come into action with no minimum drives required.
David and Pierre managed to pick up another birdie in their final six to finish on their winning total of 68, 4 under par. The runner-up duo of Dave Hoggins and John Wilby carded 70 following sixes of 22, 23 and 25, a score also matched by the husband and wife pairing of Subhojit and Marta Biswas. Unfortunately Subhojit and Marta had to settle for the last podium place, following a loss in a back nine card playoff.
Tournament winners: 1st Place, David Thomas and Pierre Lefebvre — 68; 2nd Place, Dave Hoggins and John Wilby — 70; 3rd Place, Subhojit and Marta Biswas — 70.
The Woong and Onlee ... more
Jae Woong Lee returned to the top of the pile after winning the Tuesday night Floodlit Challenge with a score of 21 points.
Jae carded 3 net birdies and 6 pars for a faultless round, which saw him enter a card playoff with Young Hoon Jung. Young experienced a 'to and fro' round, in which he only managed 3 pars — his highlight hole came on the third, where he manged a net eagle for 4 points. His back 6 of 12 points couldn't match Jae's 14, which meant he had to settle for second place. Taking third and the final of the main prizes was John Davies on a solid score of 19 points.
The two special events were collected by Fady Azzam on hole 1 and Michelle Im on hole 5, while no two's were recorded, resulting in a 230Dhs rollover.
Tournament winners: 1st Place, Jae Woong Lee — 21 points; 2nd Place, Young Hoon Jung — 21 points; 3rd Place, John Davies — 19 points.