Oman golf: Oman's Asma, Huwaida shine at GCC Junior Golf Championships in Bahrain

Sports Saturday 06/February/2016 16:22 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman golf: Oman's Asma, Huwaida shine at GCC Junior Golf Championships in Bahrain

Muscat: The Omani golfing duo of Asma Al Rashdi and Huwaida Al Barwani produced a stunning show in the 3rd GCC Junior Golf Championships organised in Bahrain from February 2 to 4.
During the competition, organised by the Bahrain Golf Association at the Royal Golf Club in Manama, the Omani duo of Asma and Huwaida finished a creditable second on the leaderboard in the girls’ team gross category. Over three days of action, they carded combined gross scores of 214, 204 and 227, aggregating a scoreline of 645.
The Omani players were accompanied on the tour by Oman Golf Committee (OGC) Chairman Mundhir Al Barwani as the Head of Delegation, Vice-Chairman Ahmed Al Jhdhamy (team manager) and coach Milo Breitenwisher.
The United Arab Emirates trio of Rabab Al Haj, Reema Al Heloo and Tara Al Marzooqi emerged the champions in the girls team gross championship. They put up combined scores of 559. Over three days, they carded scores of 186, 194 and 179.
Bahrain finished third in that category, with the team of Habiba Mahir Yousif, Riham Hisham and Mariyam Raeed Al Ansari producing a combined gross score of 828. Over three days, they scored 274, 269 and 285.
In another positive outcome for Oman at the big event, Asma finished champion in the girls individual nett category. The talented Omani golfer posted scores of 93, 88 and 95 over three days to finish with a combined nett scoreline of 276.
Delighted with the performance, Asma said: “It’s good to have finished at the top in the nett event. Hopefully, I will get better with time and someday bring home a trophy in the gross category. Overall, it’s been a good outing.”
In the girls individual gross category, Asma took the fourth position on the leaderboard, producing scores of 107, 102 and 109 to get a combined scoreline of 318.Huwaida carded a total scoreline of 331 to finish sixth, after making scores of 107, 106 and 118.
The girls individual gross championship was won by the UAE’s Reema Al Heloo, who carded scores of 93, 100 and 87 to aggregate a total of 280.
Bahrain emerged champion in the boys team gross event, with the trio of Eid Adel Muftah, Faris Al Qutami and Mohammad Al Athim producing a combined scoreline of 506. Qatar’s A Rahman Al Dehaimi, Ali Al Mesafri and Ahmad Al Mutawa scored 524.
Boys finish fifth
Meanwhile, the Omani trio of Ayman Al Balushi, Mohammad Al Balushi and Naseh Al Barwani settled for a modest fifth-place finish after carding a combined scoreline of 779 over three days. They had scores of 413, 413 and 374.
Bahrain’s Eid Adel Muftah, with a combined scoreline of 222, emerged champion in the boys individual gross category. He was followed by Qatar’s A Rahman Al Dehaimi on number two with 262. He finished ahead of third-place Ahmad Al Mutawa of Qatar, also with 262, on countback.
OGC Chairman Mundhir Al Barwani observed: “Asma and Huwaida finishing gross second was clearly the highlight of this competition for Oman. I hope the entire Omani team had a great experience. They are young, they are learning fast, and these tournament experiences are helping them evolve quickly.”
Team manager Ahmed Al Jhdhamy said: “It’s good to see that our players are getting very good exposure. Our coach Milo advised them in every step they required and it helped them a lot. Now we can boast of a solid women’s Omani Golf team.”
Standings: Girls team gross: 1. UAE 559 (Rabab Al Haj, Reema Al Heloo, Tara Al Marzooqi); 2. Oman 645 (Asma Al Rashdi, Huwaida Al Barwani); 3. Bahrain 828 (HabibaMahirYousif, RihamHisham, MariyamRaeed Al Ansari).
Girls individual gross: 1. Reema Al Heloo (UAE) 280; 2. Rabab Al Haj (UAE) 281; 3. Tara Al Marzooqi (UAE) 291.
Boys team gross: 1. Bahrain 506 (Eid Adel Muftah, Faris Al Qutami, Mohammad Al Athim); 2. Qatar 524 (A Rahman Al Dehaimi, Ali Al Mesafri, Ahmed Al Mutawa) 524; 3. Saudi Arabia 537 (Khalid Al Qunait, Ali Babtain).
Boys individual gross: 1. Eid Adel Muftah (Bahrain) 222; 2. A Rahman Al Dehaimi (Qatar) 262 (ahead on countback); 3. Ahmad Al Mutawa (Qatar) 262.