DUBAI: The Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup is one of the most highly anticipated events in the international travel retail golfing calendar and the 24th edition was no different. Over 90 players turned out to compete over the two days, with round 1 being played at The Address Montgomerie Dubai and round 2 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Dubai Duty Free organizes this stableford event and provides the industry’s golfers with a fantastic atmosphere and a whole host of prizes available throughout the Men’s, Ladies’ and Senior’s divisions.
Commenting on the success of the tournament, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said: “Thanks to my team at Dubai Duty Free and to Montgomerie and Dubai Creek Golf Club for another successful running of the Dubai Duty Free Golf Word Cup. The players thoroughly enjoyed the competitive and friendly atmosphere and the social interaction made it a good meeting place for those involved in the duty free industry.
“We look forward to welcome them back again and hopefully we will have even more players next year when we mark the tournament’s 25th Anniversary.” added McLoughlin.
Producing two outstanding performances and winning the 24th edition of the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, with a 2 day total of 84 stableford points, was Scott Campbell. After 40 points on Day 1 at The Montgomerie, Scott produced an exceptional performance of 44 points at Dubai Creek on Day 2, to be crowned the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup Champion. Scott beat overnight leader Niall McLoughlin on count-back after a better second round score. After being presented his trophy Scott commented; “I’m shocked to have won such a prestigious event; it was an amazing two days and I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.”
After losing on count-back to the overall champion, it was Niall McLoughlin who prevailed in the Men’s Division to be named the overall local champion after rounds of 47 and 37 points. Making the trip from abroad, the overall visitor winner was Dan Kongstead with a 2 day total of 80 points, thanks to his solid round of 36 points in his final round to win on a count-back. James Kfouri and Matthew Hammond managed 80 points, finishing the overall runner up and overall 3rd place winners respectfully after rounds of 45 and 35 points; James finishing ahead of Matthew after his better back 9 on day 2.
In the Ladies Division, Naema Maya prevailed to win the overall local winner for the second year in a row with 2 solid scores adding up to a total of 67 points for the two days. Defending her title yet again, Nancy Miller secured victory in the overall visitor winner category for the third year in a row with her 2 day total adding up to 74 points. 61 points from Jacqui Barry saw her pick up the overall runner-up prize, after narrowly beating fellow competitor Linda Boland by a single shot. Linda’s memorable performance did however earn her the overall 3rd place prize.
Gunther Becker claimed the overall super super senior title after a very respectable 2 day total of 64 points. Clarke Francis prevailed as the overall senior winner with a superb 2 day total of 77 points, whilst David Freeborn fired an excellent round of 40 points on day 2 to clinch the senior runner up prize.
In the Men’s Division, Gurbax Singh led the way at The Montgomerie to claim day 1’s top spot after an impressive score of 42 points. Gurbax had a better inward half than Jan Baljet, who therefore took the day 1 2nd place prize. The day 1 best gross prize was won by Martyn Westbury, after a gross stableford score of 27 points. At Dubai Creek on Day 2, scoring was equally as impressive, with David Cattanach carding a fantastic stableford score of 39 points to claim 1st place. In 2nd place, Karan Tuli found his way into the winners circle after managing 38 points and current Dubai Creek Club Champion Michael McGinley found himself in familiar territory on the day 2, winning the lowest gross prize after an excellent gross stableford score of 31 points.
For the Ladies, it was Jassica Howells who got off to a great start at The Montgomerie with a superb score of 37 points to win the day 1 ladies title. Runner up on day 1 with a credible 35 points was Catherine Boneli and a very respectable round of 9 stableford gross points earned Jeanne Archer the day 1 best gross title. Carmel King found her form for the second year in a row on day 2 of this event winning the day 2 1st place prize after a great score 27 stableford points. Just 1 point behind Carmel was Charmaine Bruwer with a score of 26 points to win the runner up title, whilst a gross 5 stableford points score from Vicki Smyth earned her the day 2 best gross title.
On Day 1, Charmaine Bruwer, Linda Boland, Ara Nakhnikian and Amit Radia showed great accuracy on the par 3’s and were all awarded in the nearest the pin competitions, whilst in the longest drive contest, Nancy Miller, Jacqui Barry, Michael McGinley and Charles Clark were awarded. On Day 2, Naima Maya and Jacqui Barry were awarded again for their accurate tee shots, as well as George Hunter and Dermot O’Leary. The longest drive prizes were claimed by the events multiple prize winners, Naima Maya and Linda Boland as well as Michael McGinley and Dick Potter.