Tech Access International Pairs UAE, presented by Cadillac reached a landmark when its 50th event was played at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club last weekend.
The largest series of its type in the region travels around the UAE providing every golfer in the country with a chance to go on and represent their club and perhaps the country.
In Al Ain, Larry Benson used his experience to guide his younger partner, Chris Moore to the 2012-13 International Pairs UAE National Final. Benson, who qualified for the Final in the series’ inaugural year, knew what it would take to reach the next stage. After a late night preparation session with Moore, Benson set the stall out early by birdieing their opening hole, for a net eagle and followed that with four net birdies in the next six holes. Moore joined the party with birdies at the next two holes and the scene was set for Benson’s return to the Final and another chance to win a place in the International Pairs World Final in Scotland.
Despite Benson & Moore’s impressive 46-point total in the better-ball format, it was not a runaway victory as three teams chased them down and finished on 45 points. Ultimately it was their playing partners, Michelle Sandford & Sara Donovan who took the runners-up prize as their quest to become the first all-lady pairing ever to reach an International Pairs UAE Final came up one point shy. Some superb play saw them in with a chance to the end but ultimately bogeys on the 1st and 8th holes probably cost them victory.
Third place was taken by David Miles & Jim Doig who also scored 45 points just beating Marja Kohn and Anne McCarthy into 4th place. Marja, a 9-handicapper, did have some consolation however as she fired a career-best level par 71 around the Al Ain course. John McFarlane & David Miles won Nearest-the-Pin prizes, which were on offer on holes 7 and 17.
Former Club Captain, Dane Sandford, won the “Grand Prize Draw” – a night at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi while Anne McCarthy & Martine Garbutt each won a pair of Crocs Golf Shoes, courtesy of DG Golf.
Photo: Larry Benson & Chris Moore, pictured with Director of Golf, Gavin Chappell