The first member’s event of 2019 started with a bang as 83 members took to the field attempting to win the inaugural OMA Emirates Medal. With blustery conditions on the Earth course, it was a stern test for the field who were hoping to be crowned January Medal Champion.
Alan Mcnamara won Gents Division A with a net score of 69. Alan played some consistent golf and managed to keep any high numbers off his card with a gross front nine of 39 and back nine of 35 to post his total of 74 net 69. Alan had some close competition from Nick Wright who just missed out with his 70 net score. Nick also had a consistent round with a birdie on both halves helping him on his way to his runner up position following a card playoff. Just missing out but finishing 3rd was Ehtasham Uddin also with a net 70.
Gents Division B was won by Brandon Grieve with a Net score of 70, birdies on hole 6 and 11 helped him on his way to first place and a great start to the year. Finishing two shots back on net 72 Nadeem Masud, who started on hole 11 bogeyed his first hole and then played the next six holes in -1 gross, the 18th like many before him caught him out but Nadeem managed to steady the ship and finish his round well. Mark Taylor takes 3rd place with a net 73 with some steady scoring.
Mitsuko Emmerson was crowned ladies division winner with a net 70. Mitsuko starting on the 10th posted a 46 for her first 9 holes and then with 2 birdies on her back 9 closing the round with a gross 36. This completed her gross 82 net 70. Evelyn Sword picked up the runner-up spot with a net score of 74, the highlight of her day was her birdie on hole 17.
The best gross prize was won by Zabair Firdaus with a -3, 69. With six birdies on the card Zubair could have gone even lower, unfortunately, a triple bogey on hole 14 slowed him down a little but the talented Junior fired back with three of his six birdies over the next 3 holes.
The First winner of the OMA Emirates Medal with a magnificent net score of 67 was Nawaf Mohamed Fawaz. Nawaf’s score came courtesy of some fantastic play and plenty of pars, a couple of speed bumps along the way to make thing interesting Nawaf was able to bounce back and secure the title.
The final prize of the day went to Seamus Clune in the Beat The Pro event. Andy Carter resident coach from the European Tour Performance Institute hit his first shot of the day to within eight feet and it held up to all but one of the field.
Stephen Hubner said, “It was a fantastic start to the Medal series with such large participation from the membership. With the support from our title sponsor OMA Emirates we are excited to the year ahead and building on this wonderful partnership”