November 27 2017  |  Retailers

Dubai Duty Free names champion of 25th Golf World Cup

By Jas Ryat

Dubai Duty Free officials headed by the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin presenting the trophy to Clark Francis, overall winner of the 25th Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup 2017 held at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, together with Des Smyth, golf pro (third from right).

The Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup is always one of the most highly anticipated events in the international travel retail golfing calendar and the landmark 25th edition this year was of course no different.

The two day event saw over 100 players compete in a bid to be crowned the 25th anniversary champion, round 1 was played at Trump International Golf Club and round 2 at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. This two day stableford event organised by Dubai Duty Free allows their guests to enjoy two stunning golf courses in a fantastic atmosphere amongst friends, guests and colleagues with a whole host of prizes throughout the respective 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 Trump International Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf Club for the successful running of the 25th Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup. I would also like to thank all our friends from the duty free industry who travel without fail to participate on this two-day competition and made this event truly memorable. This is a great twenty five years of golf and thank you for celebrating with us.”

As part of the celebration, Dubai Duty Free presented a certificate of appreciation to some individuals who have participated in the tournament since its inception in 1993. A special memento was also presented to Mr Colm McLoughlin by a group of industry friends, for spearheading this annual competition and for his contribution to the duty free industry.

George Horan, Sandy MacPherson and Steve Flanagan were presented with a certificate of recognition for playing in the tournament at almost every event since 1993, while Des Smyth was recognised for being the tournament’s golf pro since 1999

Clark Francis was crowned champion of the 25th edition of the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup after an outstanding two day stableford points total of 75. After 37 points on Day 1 at the Trump International, Clark produced an exceptional performance of 38 points at Dubai Creek on Day 2. Clark beat overnight leader Antoin Breen on count-back after a better second round score. After being presented his trophy Clark commented; “This is such a huge honour to have won this event! It always is a superb two days, and of course this year was no different. Thank you to Colm and Dubai Duty Free once again for putting on a superb competition.”

After losing on count-back to the overall champion, it was Antoin Breen prevailed in the Men’s Division to be named the overall local champion after rounds of 42 and 33 points. Making the trip from abroad, the overall visitor winner was James Maxwell with a 2 day total of 74 points, clawing his way back into contention after his superb final round of 40 points.

Elsewhere in the Men’s Division, Art Miller and Abdul Aziz Al Akim finished the overall runner up and 2nd runner up after two day totals of 74 and 73 points respectfully. Sebastien Graeff was also awarded for his superb performance, most noticeably firing a day two score of 43 points to be awarded the Special Participation Trophy, the best performance from a guest not directly linked the international travel retail industry.

In the Ladies Division, Amarjeet Radia prevailed to be crowned the overall local winner after an exquisite two round total of 69 whilst a total of 66 ensured victory in the overall visitor division for Jessica Beh. 60 points from Carmel King saw her pick up the overall runner-up prize, beating fellow competitor Joan Legnar by just a single shot. Joan however was awarded the 2nd runner up prize for her fine efforts.

In the Senior’s Division, Cees Vandooren claimed the overall super super senior title after a very respectable two day total of 65 points, Bharat Ghodkhindi was awarded as the super senior winner, Francisco Giles claimed the overall seniors prize after an outstanding total of 74 points, whilst Richard Newman fired identical scores of 36 points to clinch the senior runner up prize.

At Trump International on day 1, the Men’s Division saw some impressive performances. The most notable performances came from Michael McGinley who was awarded the best gross, Sunil Tuli who claimed day 1 1st place and Martyn Westbury who claimed day 1 2nd place. At Dubai Creek on Day 2, performances were equally as impressive, John Finnigan was awarded the best gross, Jean-Stefan Camerini day 2 1st place and Dave Cattanach day 2 2nd place.

For the Ladies, it was Jassica Howells and Catherine Bonelli who were awarded the day 1 ladies title and runner up spot for the second year in a row, whilst Charmaine Brewer claimed the day 1 best gross prize.

Nancy Miller found her form on day 2 to be presented with 1st place, whilst 2nd place on day 2 was awarded to Lui Ming. A fantastic second day performance, including two birdies in a row on holes 13 and 14, meant that Naima Maya was presented with the day 2 best gross prize.

On Day 1, Nancy Miller, Fredrik Gjardman, Sunil Tuli and Antoin Breen showed great accuracy on the par 3’s and were all awarded in the nearest the pin competitions, whilst in the longest drive contest, Naima Maya, Amarjeet Radia, Hannes Messner and Michael McGinley were awarded. On Day 2, Jessica Beh, Maria Vandooren, Francisco Giles and Raimund Legnar were awarded for their accurate tee shots in the nearest the pin prizes. The longest drive prizes were claimed by Naima Maya, Amarjeet Radia, James Finnigan and Shibu Thomas.

Colm and Breeda McLoughlin received a special memento to mark the 25 years of the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

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