The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Order of Merit final results have been calculated. Now the amateur golfers across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will take the course starting tomorrow at Al Ain Equestrian Golf & Shooting for the newly imposed World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) EGF Order of Merit Championship.
Winners of the 2017 – 2018 EGF Order of Merit Season and Championship
The EGF Order of Merit Championship is a three-day event for the Men’s and Ladies Divisions and a two-day event for the Junior Division that will take place on April 18th – 20th, 2019 at Al Ain Equestrian Golf & Shooting Club. The fields will be composed of the top supporters of Men’s and Ladies’ qualifying rounds and top-placed Juniors in EGF Order of Merit Season.
The EGF Order of Merit Men’s Division, played in a gross format, was composed of 12 events, starting on October 19th, 2019, and ending on April 6th, 2019. These two-day, 36-hole, events proved to deliver a test for every golfer participating.
With 205 points for the season, Steven Kelbrick was the 2018 – 2019 EGF Order of Merit Men’s Division Champion. Kelbrick dominated the season, with 11 events played and four-second place finishes in the UAE Men’s Opens. Kelbrick will be the clear favorite heading into this weekend’s Order of Merit Championship, as he will be looking to end on a high note with a victory.
Finishing as the Runner-Up in the EGF Order of Merit Men’s Division was UAE National Team Member Ahmed Skaik with 148 points. Skaik played in eight events over the season with four top-five finishes. Taking the Third Place position was Zi Ang Xu. Zi Ang Xu played seven events, winning two while collecting 144 points.
In the EGF Order of Merit Ladies Division there are two different scoring categories, Gross and Net. The Net category includes the calculation of the golfers’ handicap. The ladies started the season on November 10th, 2018 and finished on March 9th, 2019. There were a total of nine, one-day, 18-hole, events throughout the season.
Winning the EGF Order of Merit Ladies Gross Category was Hyeoni Kang. Kang played in all nine Order of Merit events, winning seven out of nine, collecting 258 points. Kang was also the Runner-Up in the Net Category with 178.6 points. Look for Kang to be a force during the Championship this weekend, as she will be looking to add to the number of wins this season.
Kate Bibby took the Runner-Up position in the Gross Category with 187.5 points. Kate had three Second Place finishes over the nine events. Wrapping up the Ladies Gross Category, Sakura Kawakami won the Third Place prize in with 179 points.
In the Ladies Net Category, Liang Wei Liu was the 2018-19 winner with 184 points. With Hyeonji Kang taking second for the season, Jamie Roslyn Camero finished third in the Net Division with 163.8 points.
The EGF Order of Merit Junior Divisions consists of two divisions, and two categories, for each division. Both, Boys and Girls Junior Divisions had a Gross and Net Category. The season started on October 27th, 2018 and ended on March 30th, 2019. Each division was played over a total of 10, one-day, 18-hole, tournaments.
Winning the EGF OOM Boys Gross Category with 210 points was Jay Mullane. Jay played in all 10 events with four-second place finishes. Jay also played in three Men’s Division event.
Alexander Hedes took Second Place in both the Gross and Net Categories. Hedes collected 189 points in the Gross Category and 145.8 points in the Net Category. Hugo Garcia-Villalon finished in third for the Gross Category with 159.5 points.
Sam Mullane won the Boys Net Category with 154.3 points and Dilan White took third with 144.3 points.
With many of the girls playing in both the Ladies and Junior Girls Divisions over the season the top players in the Ladies Division also found themselves on the top of the Junior Girls Division.
Hyeoni Kang was the winner of the Junior Girls Gross Category with 208.5 points and tied for First in the Net Category with 177 points.
Kate Bibby finished as the Runner-Up in the Girls Gross Category with 160 points and Liang Wei Lui finished in third in the Gross Category with 154 points but first in the Net Category with 177 points.
Jamie Roslyn Camero finished in third with 149 points in the Net Category.
With the season wrapping up these top amateurs are gearing up for the EGF Order of Merit Championship. Also for the first time, this Championship will offer WAGR points in the Men’s and Ladies Division adding value to not only the championship but also the overall Order of Merit Season.