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Played over the two courses in Ras Al Khaimah, the 2017 RAK Summer Open has seen some wonderful scoring over the two days.
There was a collective silence when the winner of the Tourette’s Thursday Social was announced on May 18th as everyone has had just about enough Fady Azzam and his affection for low scoring.
With the golf course presented beautifully and the greens running true and quick scoring was going to have to be at a premium to strike gold in the May Monthly Challenge.
With risings temperatures and a record field of 76 golfers teeing it up in the RAK Ports Trophy scoring was going to be very tight, which was definitely the case in the Men’s Division.
Fady Azzam’s affection for the back nine continued on May 11th when he posted yet another subpar effort of 20 stableford points to claim the win in the Thursday Tourette’s Social and add multiple victories in the month of May.
Mike Sherman finally crossed the line for a long overdue win in the Weekly Tourette’s Social with a magical 21 stableford points.
Fady Azzam dominated the weekly Tourette’s Thursday Social Stableford scoring 21 stableford points and a 4 point winning margin over his nearest competitors, Mohamed Abdul Fattah & Ahmad Mustapha.
Toby Bishop and Deborah Chang finished on top of their respective divisions in the Tower Links Junior Open with some of the finest scoring in the events history.
Day 2 and the Final round of the Tower Links 2017 Club Championship was packed full of excitement with the winners coming from behind to take their respective Titles.
The blustery conditions that greeted the 19 players in the Tourette’s Thursday Social did little to deter Ash Shukla’s dominating display as he compiled a very healthy 20 stableford points.
With the close of play after day 1 of the Club Championships, finding a winner will be as tough as trying to find a white cat in a snowstorm.
Jihad Azzam boarded the birdie train which ran express for 6 out of the 9 holes that he played in a performance that resembled a seasoned Tour Professional.
The April Monthly Challenge was played under glorious conditions with a slight breeze of 10kmph out of the North and temperatures hovering around 34 degrees.
In the Gross Division, Mohamed Abdel Fattah streaked the field with a solid round of 76, some 6 shots ahead of his nearest competitor Rob Kennedy.
In a return to form, Ash Shukla posted 20 stablefored points to claim top billing in the Tourette’s weekly social.
Alister Barker has finally succeeded in the Tourette’s Thursday Social with a solid performance of 19 stableford points.
Ahmad Mustapha and Fady Azzam combined like a newlywed couple to claim the 2016/17 Matchplay League Final with an impressive 2&1 victory over Simon Payne and David Biddlecombe.
Leaving the cold behind him in Hawick in the Scottish Borders was obviously the tonic David Martin needed as he triumphed in the 2017 RAK Seniors event with a very respectable score of 149 over the two Championship courses in Ras Al Khaimah.
With wind gust up to 43 km/h just walking tall was a challenge in itself, let alone trying to swing and hit a golf ball, but Simon Payne took to the conditions like a duck to water to triumph in the Tourette’s Thursday Club with 22 stableford points over the back nine.
As the Mercury started to rise so did the games of Doctor Eui Yong Jeon and Ashutosh Shukla as both chaps walked away victorious in their respected divisions of the March Monthly Challenge.
The 2 player Friday Social Scramble on March 3rd was dominated by the inform pairing of Jihad Azzam and Mohamed Abdel Fattah (Mizu) as they posted a terrific score of 65.02 net.
Gerry Gibson & Rob Kennedy triumphed by 6 shots in the World Corporate Golf Challenge UAE Qualifier held at the Links on Friday 17th of February after posting a credible 64 points in the pairs combined stableford event.
Despite a long layoff through injury, Alison Muirhead has defended her Tower Links Ladies Open Title in style. Alison posted a subpar score of 70 on the testing layout with two equal halves of 35, which was made even more impressive by her thrilling finish of 3 under par on her final 3 holes.
Christopher Rahm has a golf game to much his stature, impressive as he defended his Tower Links Men’s Open Title in style with a 2 round total of 142, 2 under par.
Players on Friday 3rd of February woke to conditions that were akin to sitting around a fire with a hot toddy than trudging around the Links chasing a little white ball.
Played under a light breeze and temperatures in the high 20’s, the inaugural Friday Social was an outstanding success, both on and off the course.
On a day when even the birds were flying backwards, Dr. Jey found himself soaring like a kite after scoring a gross 77 to take the spoils in the January Monthly Challenge.
Ash Shukla played some wonderful golf over the inward nine to take the weekly social stableford title with a terrific 21 stableford points. Starting from the 14th hole, Shukla struck gold early with a magnificent approach to 3 feet that netted a 4 stableford points and provided the much needed momentum to carry him to the finish line.
With the Mercury unseasonably high deep into December, it was Jihad Azzam and Simon Payne whom found the warm conditions to their likening as they walked away victorious with the coveted Christmas Scramble Title with a respectable score 62.8 net.
Jihad Azzam struck gold in the weekly social as he extracted 21 stableford points from the inward nine at the Links.
Ahmad Mustapha found some 18 hole form on Saturday December 12th as he posted an extremely solid round of 78 in the extremely blustery conditions that greeted all players in the December Challenge.
Fady Azzam is playing some of the best golf in the relatively short period he has been playing the sport and a haul of 21 points in the weekly social was enough to see him to 1st place and bragging rights over his playing competitiors.
Al Hamra & Tower Links Golf Club’s played hosts for the 5th staging of the National Day Open 2016 and what a weekend it turned out to be.
With the Mercury on Day 1 at AHGC topping 33 degrees despite it apparently being Winter, it was Manilyn Buxmann and Regin Magnus who struck early success as walked away with the pin prizes on holes 4 and 11 respectively.
Even though the Axe fell on young Dawson’s handicap after his recent exploits on the course, it did little to sever his immense talent as he once again walked tall to claim the winner’s prize in the weekly social after compiling 22 stableford points.
Despite only being small in stature, Anupma has a big game and this was no more evident than in the weekly social where she scored 18 stableford points despite 3 holes of less than impressive play. Anupma was able to rectify her tardiness with an impressive net birdie on hole 17, quickly followed with a net eagle on hole 18 to elevate her to the top of the podium.
Phil Madin and Mike Magee have upset a stellar field to claim the Links Betterball Challenge for 2016. Madin has been dreaming of a board win all his life and can now finally lay those demons to rest as their names will be forever immortalized in the annals of Tower Links history.
Andy Lewis rolled back the clock to claim victory in the Wednesday Social on a card count back from Pat Mottershead after both players posted scores of 20 stableford points.
Mr. J.I. Park scored an incredible 22 points over the back nine in the weekly social to sneak the victory by 1 point over Ajay Kotwal. Park has been playing stunning golf of late and this has now been reflected by his latest handicap of 2.
Despite a shaky start, Mr. Jiho Park was triumphant in the weekly social as he crafted out 19 stableford points. Park started off in less than emphatic fashion with a double bogey on hole 10, but steadied the ship on his remaining 8 holes to walk away victorious.
Sam Dawson is taking full advantage of his swollen handicap before that faithful day when he runs into a barbed wire fence and reality strikes.
Mr. J.I. Park scored a scintillating subpar score of 71 to walk away victorious by a whopping 7 shots in the October Monthly Challenge. Park was a model of consistency throughout both halves, with an outward nine of level par 36, offset by an inward score of 35, with the highlight being his birdie, birdie finish.
Fady Azzam played near flawless golf to conquer the Social 9 Hole stableford with a fantastic score of 22 stableford points. If not for a sloppy bogey on the 17th hole, Fady would have carded a gross of 36, which considering the strength of the rough if one strays off line is some feat.
Paul “Hurricane” Carter struck gold in the weekly social with a blustery performance of 18 stableford points. Although a regular golfer at the Club, Paul has been in somewhat of a drought when it came to competing in competitions, so let’s hope this win has moistened his appetite for more.
A cool change greeted the 36 players for the Inaugural Pimms Cider Cup with Team Kotwa tasting success as they triumphed over a slightly depleted Team Azzam, 19 ½ points to 7 ½ points. The format was pairs betterball matchplay with teams forced to go the distance over the 18 holes in the vein of trying to secure as many points as possible from the 3 points up for grabs.
Eui (Jey) Young and Michelle Lim triumphed in the respective divisions of the September Monthly Challenge despite the oppressive conditions on the day.
With the final honor board position up for grabs and the mercury going beyond 40 deg centigrade, it was Cavan Bickell that prevailed in a very humid and tightly fought affair. Bickel even amazed himself I think as he signed for a sensational net of 65, in what is one of the lowest scores recorded this past golfing season.
Mike Magee proved that men wearing knickerbockers can still golf their ball with style as he triumphed in the final weekly social for the season with his score of 34 net.
With the Mercury noticeably on the rise, the RAK Ports event for 2016 has seen some fabulous scoring as well as some memorable moments for one particular person.
With no form to speak of, Phil Madin walked away victorious in the weekly Murphy’s stableford with a score of +4. Madin, whom is known for his ball striking abilities and fondness of a good meat pie scorched around the back nine with monotonous consistency which was the catalyst behind his win.
In the final Monthly Challenge of the Golfing Season, J.I. Park and Gregory Maddox walked away with a grin from ear to ear as they triumphed in their respective divisions of the May Monthly Challenge.
On Friday 13th May, the Tower Links Goats upstaged the Happy Hookers from Dubai in an epic battle over 18 holes of golf.
Ashutosh Shukla & Greg Maddox defied the odds to close out the weekly social playing the 2 player Betterball Stableford format.
Ajay Kotwal survived a three way count back to win the weekly social stableford on 18 points from Jiho Park & Jihad Azzam. All golfers played extremely well on the evening but it was Ajay’s consistency that led him to yet another weekly social title.
Oliver Spencer derailed his demons as he struck Gold in the Social Medal on April 27th with a 2 under Par score of 34. Swashbuckling Spencer dominated his ball on the night and this win was the culmination of many weeks of hard practice.
Jihad Azzam and Mizu Abdel Fattah combined to perfection to close out the cumulative stableford midweek competition after shooting 37 points.
With wind gusts upward of 40 km an hour, J.I. Park and Pat Mottershead reveled in the challenging conditions to win the Gross & Net Titles of the April Monthly Challenge.
David Biddlecombe continued in his rich vein of form as he snuck across the line to claim victory with a score of +3 in the social nine hole Individual bogey. Biddlecombe played steady golf on the evening with the highlight of his round being the two gross par’s he made on the tricky 12th & 16th holes, which of recent times have been the undoing of his rounds.
David Biddlecombe & Simon Payne defeated a strong field to claim the 2016 Masters Midnight Madness on the Tower Links Floodlit back nine.
Rowan Shipley an overseas visitor to the Club from Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane Australia has triumphed in the midweek social after surviving a card count back with Gerry Gibson after both chaps posted 18 stableford points.
On a weekend when a cool change swept through the Emirates bringing with it some much needed rain, two competitors stayed dry as they triumphed in the RAK Champion of Champions Medal Event.
Inspired by Fitness and Lifestyle Guru Tony Horton, Gerry Gibson posted a fabulous score of 37 gross/32 net in the weekly social to steam to victory by 2 stokes. Adopting the mantra of Horton, Gibson attributes success in sports after 40 to his grueling fitness regime, and who knows, he could be right if this performance is one to go by.
Alistair Barker played some outstanding golf to win the Individual Murphy’s Wednesday Social with a healthy score of +5. Barker has had a love hate relationship with his Driver of late with his short game being the aspect of the game keeping him aloft.
Ajay and Andrew Kotwal played flawless golf to claim the winner’s prize in the 2 player betterball stableford on March 16th with a fantastic score of 25 points.
The weekend of March 18th & 19th 2016 saw Senior golfers from all over the Emirates tee it up in the 5th Anniversary of the RAK Seniors Championship. Unique in its approach as golfers are tested over the two courses in Ras Al Khaimah which generally means some big swings in scoring as golfers struggle to adjust to the differing topography both courses present them with.
Steve Kelly posted a gross of 77 to claim victory in the March Monthly Challenge by a narrow 1 stroke margin over Mizu, with a further 3 shots back to third place getter Mr. J.I. Park. Kelly started his round in indifferent fashion, dropping 3 shots to par over his opening 3 holes but managed to navigate to the turn with only 1 more additional bogey on his card.
Clifford Brand & Oliver Spencer tasted rarified air as they romped to victory in the 2 player scramble with a net score of 26.3 net. For Cliff & Oliver it was their first victory and one that has surely moistened their appetite for more, and one which will hopefully inspire a more determined practice regime from the both of them in the future.
In a tightly fought contest, Rest of the World has fought off a determined effort by Team Europe in the Spyder Cup contest for 2016. After an absence of a few years, the Cup returned bigger and better than ever with 44 competitors slugging it out in the betterball matchplay format.
Jihad Azzam played flawless golf to taste victory in the weekly social stableford with a score of 18 stableford points. Azzam relegated Miller Green into second place as he also matched Jihad’s score but fell shy in the count back.
Steve Kelly and Manilyn Buxmann have had their exceptional play rewarded by being crowned the Club Champions in their respective categories for 2016.
In a rare midweek appearance, the handsome Cavan Bickell produced one of his best performances this year to walk away the victor in the midweek social medal. Bickell posted a net of 35 to waltz to victory with by 1 shot over a plethora of back markers whom could do no better that par in the humid conditions.
Alison Muirhead posted a very impressive score of 76 to claim the 2016 Tower Links Ladies Open Title. Alison’s charge got underway in fine style as she birdied her opening hole, on her way to an outward half on 39.
Peter Wortley finally exorcised the golfing demons that had been hanging onto him like a paralysis tick to triumph with partner David Biddlecombe in the weekly social Daytona format. The format rewards exceptional play but has more swings than the local park, which makes it a very exciting format to play.
Despite a rather forgettable front nine, Mizu Abdul Fattah snuck across the line in a card count back with Johan Buxmann for the Medalist Honors in the February Monthly Challenge. Both chaps fired scores that belie their talent but it was Abdul Fattah who claimed victory as his back nine of 37 bettered Johan by a single stroke.
Ajay & Anupma Kotwal combined splendidly to dominate the weekly cumulative stableford competition with a fantastic winning score of 38 stableofrd points.
It seems that Anupma was the dominant force in the pairing as she posted a scintillating 21 stableford points and with the Club Championships just around the corner it seems her form is nearing its peak just in time.
Ahmad Mustapha snuck across the line in a 3 card count back to claim 1st place in the weekly social competition. Mustapha was a model of consistency on the evening as he posted 18 stableford points despite many missed opportunities on the greens that could have seen him quite easily break 20 stableofrd points.
Despite the Mercury dropping to record lows and the wind blowing with enough ferocity to blow a dog off a chain, Christopher Rahm posted two brilliant scores to claim the RAK Maritime City Men’s Open for 2016.
Derek Fisher played more look a seasoned Tour Professional as he scored an even Par gross of 36 to walk away as the Champion in the weekly Medal Social. Starting from hole 10, Fisher got off to a flyer with a holed bunker shot for a birdie 3 and he never looked back.
A golfing holiday back to South Africa was obviously the tonic Johan Buxmann needed as he claimed the Gross Division 1st Place in the January Monthly Challenge. Shooting a gross score of 83, Buxmann played patchy golf by his own admissions, something to do with jet lag ones feels, but it was enough to just see off the evergreen J.I. Park by 1 stroke, with a further 2 strokes back to Ahmad Mustapha.
J.I. & Jiho Park continue to dominate the weekly social events after chalking up another fine win in the 2 player scramble after shooting a splendid 22 stableford points.
Robbie Cunningham and Andy Cormack decimated the field in the 2 player Turkey Shoot as they posted a net score of 30.62 in the challenging format. Sitting in their wake was David Biddlecombe and Derek Fisher who claimed second place on 32.17 net, with Jihad Azzam and Jiho Park taking third place on 33.35 net.
Cavan Bickell and David Biddlecombe have tasted rarified air by claiming back to back Links Betterball Stableford Titles. The duo were triumphant by a whopping 6 points over their nearest competitors Gavin Brown and Partha, with Jihad Azzam and Simon Payne claiming third place on 39 stableoford points.
Joe Wivou rolled back the years with victory in the gross division of the December Challenge with a very fine score of 78. It has been quite some time since Joe stepped on the winner’s dais and will go a long way in restoring his faith in his swing. J.I. Park and Cavan Bickell who both posted a score of 85 needed a card count back to decide who would stand closest to Joe, with the favour falling in the direction of Mr. Park.
Fady Azzam shot a blistering 19 stableford points to triumph in the weekly social in what has been a long overdue win for the talented chap. Fady had to work hard for this win and was pushed all the way by David Biddlecombe who also scored 19 stableofrd points but fell 1 point shy in the card count back.
Mr. J.I. Park & namesake, Mr. Jiho Park, have once again risen to the giddy heights of Social Winners in the weekly 9 hole competition, and in much the same way that Batman and Robin cleaned up the streets of Gotham City, our own “dynamic duo” cleaned up the course of all it’s birdies.
Mr. J.I. & Mr. Jiho Park triumphed in a night of low scoring in the weekly social Pairs Cumulative Stableofrd with a stella score of 38 stableford points. The cooler conditions on the night did little to deter the duo as they reeled off 5 net birdies on the night as well as 2 net eagles.
Lanka Uduwatta golfed his ball so well in the weekly social stableford that he walked away the winner’s grin. Lanka posted a score of 21 stableford points to triumph by 1 point over Greg Maddox and Miller Green with Ashutosh Shukla the unlucky man out in the countback.
J.I. Park played level with the card on the floodlit back nine to claim 1st place in the weekly social Individual Medal. Park was a model of consistency on the evening, posting 7 pars which were offset by a solitary birdie and bogey for his gross of 36/33 net.
Derek Fisher & Simon Payne posted a score of 31.13 net in the 2 player Scramble weekly social and in doing so snuck to victory by the slimmest of margins. Fady Azzam & Ahmad Mustapha were hot on the heels of the pair with their score of 31.69 net, leaving Miller Green & George Llewellyn to claim third place with a score of 31.9 net.
Les Frost is making winning a familiar habit as he claimed his second individual title in the past month. Les posted a stellar 20 stableford points in the weekly competition and just snuck past Mr. J.I. Park in the card count back as he too finished on the same lofty total.
Thriston Lawrence broke through for his maiden MENA Golf Tour title, clinching the Ras Al Khaimah Classic by four shots at Tower Links Golf Club.
Cavan Bickell seemingly had nothing to carp about yesterday as he produced one of his best ever golfing performances on the perfectly manicured Links to claim the Gross Title in the November Challenge.
Lady luck was on the side of Les Frost with the count back falling in his favour in the weekly social stableford competition. Les just edged pass Ajay Kotwal as both chaps fired splendid scores of 21 stableford points in the tricky conditions that greeted the players.
Time Management expert David Biddlecombe has triumphed in the weekly social medal with a fine 3 under par 33 over the floodlit back nine. It was a night the former Salisbury resident will not forget in a hurry as he also claimed the tightly contested pin prize on the treacherous Par 3, 16th.
Despite having an indifferent day, Mr. J.I. Park & David Biddlecombe walked away with the Gross and Net honors in the October Monthly Challenge. In the Gross section Park was triumphant by 2 strokes over the evergreen Joesefa Wivou, with Gerry Gibson continuing his rapid progression by rounding out the top 3 with a gross of 83.
David Biddlecombe & Gerry Gibson trounced the field by a whopping 19 shots in the social 2 player Daytona with a score of 334. The format is structured so that some big swings are the order of the day, so it is imperative that both players are at their best, which just so happened to be the case with David & Gerry.
Martin Kinsey has broken through for his maiden win after surviving a three way count back on 21 points in the weekly stabelford competition.
Ashutosh Shukla scored an impressive 5 under 31 net to romp to victory in the weekly social Medal. Shukla was a model of consistency throughout his round and strode to victory
Manilyn Buxman has been victorious in the September Medal with a very fine score of 85 gross in the sultry conditions.
Andy Cormack & Robbie Cunningham have topped the field in the weekly 2 player social scramble with wonderful score of 30.9 net.
Disco has finally been able to silence the critics about his inability to get across the line when the pressure is on as his 22 point tally in the weekly social stableford.
Theo Buys shot an impressive 21 stableford points in the weekly social stableford to sneak through a packed leaderboard
Wilma Fernandes trepidation at playing the Powerplay Format was quickly forgotten as she was triumphant in the two pin format
John Maguire & Derek Fisher gelled perfectly to claim the honors in the 2 player Turkey Shoot with a score of 29.15 net.
Despite the greens being recently renovated, high scoring was the order of the night in the weekly social stableford.
David Biddlecombe & Simon Payne combined splendidly to claim the End of Season 18 hole Floodlit Turkey Shoot with a scintillating score
The Al Hamra Interclub team has halted Tower Links stranglehold on the annual Interclub match with a much deserved victory