On a brisk January morning, the second of the new member’s events for 2019 got off to a flying start with 54 pairs playing a betterball stableford competition over the Championship Fire Course sponsored by Ascots & Chapels. A composite tee set up and some challenging pins, the stage was set for the race to become the Jumeirah Pairs Champions.
Taking home the trophy with a fantastic 44 Points was Antonio Varela and Hisham Shammas, following a slow start to their round the duo dovetailed well to score 20 points closing out the front nine. The magic happened on the back nine with six pars and 2 gross birdies helping them to an inward score of 24 points.
Close on the heels of our winners we had three pairs scoring the same 43 points, a card playoff ensued and securing the Runners-Up position was Robert Palmer and Andrew Lipshut. Some steady scoring throughout the round while utilizing stroke holes made the difference, highlight of the round and helping them claim second place was the birdie net eagle from Robert on the last hole.
Missing out on the card playoff but taking Third place was Richard Chamberlain and playing partner Elliot Sawford. Two gross birdies on the front nine from Elliot ment the pair turned on to the back nine with 22 points, despite a good run of scores and another gross birdie this time from Richard on the 16th meaning they finished up with 22 points on the back nine for their total score of 43 points.
Our fourth place winners and last of the 43 points was Jukka Aho and Anne Sahlstrom, with a fantastic front nine score of 22 points despite dropping a point on the second hole. The momentum continued onto the back nine finishing with 21 points.
The fifth and final pair’s prize was won by Carl Jat and Sylvio Liedtke on 42. Highlight of Silvio’s round came on the 3rd hole with a gross birdie.
Michael Sweenie was on hand from the European Tour Performance Institute for the “Beat The Pro” on the 14th Hole, Michael hit his first tee shot of the day to 15feet on the demanding par 3 over water and only 4 of the field were able to hit it closer. Michael Lennon was the lucky winner drawn during the presentation, walking away with a Trackman Session at ETPI.
Thank you to Gary Sweenie from Ascots & Chapels for the support and presenting all of the prizes to the winners on the day.
Stephen Hubner Quote “We couldn’t have asked for more from the membership in supporting the event today, a field of 108 players is the largest turnout to a members event we have had here at JGE and long may it continue, Ascots & Chapels are a perfect fit for the event and having Gary with us to day to present the prizes was fantastic”.