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The most exciting team event is back for the fourth year at Sharjah

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club is line up the best golfers from all corners of the earth to do battle.

The Battle of the Continents is now in its third year and is growing faster than anyone could imagine. With sponsorship again renewed from NMT Global Projects the 5 events will host more golfers than ever before with superb prizes and the opportunity to also win a BMW car during the Final. This year’s tournament also received a major boost with both UAE Golf Online and Golf Digest Middle East Supporting the event.
Golf Events Manager, Mark Ruddy hosted a quick question and answer session with this year Captains.
Duayne & Africa’s and Middle East Team Captain
Coming 2nd last year was a big step for the Africa’s and Middle East Team, Can you lead them to victory this year?
Yes last Year was a big move for the MENA sector; we have laid the challenge down to the other continents and coming for them this year. Recruitment is well under way, so we will be fielding a very strong and capable team, hopefully on the day all the preparations we would put forward in preparing for the final round will pay off. Only the Golf Gods know the final outcome but I’m very confident that myself and the team will be standing on the podium this year with the trophy.
Mel & European Team Captain
The European Team is very strong in the Ryder Cup at the moment; do you think you could get your players to produce a massive upset this year?
We will all be trying our best to do that. This could be our year. The support in the Qualifiers is key as we need the best European side play to keep up to Asia this year.
Sanjoy & Asian Team Captain
The Asia Team have been superb so far in this event winning each year, can they really go on and make it four in a row?
I have no doubts on TEAM ASIA running away with the title fourth year in a row. I know that our team has deep reserves & handicaps are nicely balanced. Our team is a legend in the making. I can see us keeping this title for next 10 years..!!!
Patrick & America & Australasia Team Captain
What will your approach be to getting the best from your team?
I will need little motivation for my players because a lot of the previous Team members will know that this is as close as it gets to the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup. I hope that we get a good selection of players showing up for the event as we then can field a Team that could win.
Last year’s NMT Battle of the Continent Champions Asia (picture attached) will look to repeat a dominating 3 year stretch, after last year’s win which saw them take victory in the event by 3 clear points.  The team captains have been promoting the event to all players, each trying to gather 8 of the best players to wear their Continents colours.
Each section of the BOTC has a Captain and the field in each qualifier will play for 8 slots in the Grand Final on January 23rd(the best 3 best gross and 5 best net scores make qualify). In the final the 8 qualifiers, and their Captains, will play with 1 representative from each of the 3 other continents in an 18 hole Stableford Matchplay competition. The leading score from the 4 ball will be awarded 4 points for their team and the player with the fewest points from the flight will receive 1 point. The continent with the most points from the 9 matches will lift the trophy.


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