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Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015
The Mercedes-Benz Member Guest event for November brought together Almouj Golf Members and guests for a traditional Four Ball Better Ball where each pair accumulated stableford points with their best score on each hole counting.
As you would expect in this format the scoring was very good with 9 of the competing pairs beating the level par mark of 36 points and the top five pairs all exceeding 40 points.
The event itself came just after a notable milestone at Almouj Golf with Mercedes-Benz marking their proclaimed “year of the SUV” with the launch of three new additions to their range, the GLE Coupe, the GLE and the GLC.
With this in mind the top three scores are shown below. As the round unfolded it became clear that the title was very much a two horse race with the team of Andy Basson and Mark Duffin taking third place with a very creditable 43 points. This left the pairs of JK Foster with David Oliphant and Lee O’Donoghue with Roger Beaumont to contend for the title. With little more than a point or two in it for the entire round it was the duo of Foster and Oliphant who emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins posting a 48 point tally to O’Donoghue and Beaumont’s 47. The winning pairs round started in a less than stellar fashion with a single point on their opening hole, the challenging 15th but began to gain momentum over the Championship Course’s front 9 holes where they secured an incredible 27 points!
On conclusion of the round the competitors retired to the sanctuary of the Academy Restaurant for a well-earned lunch.
The top three scores were as follows:
1 JK Foster David Oliphant 48
2 Lee O’Donoghue Roger Beaumont 47
3 Andy Basson Mark Duffin 43
The first Saturday Stableford post Challenge Tour saw a small field of players vying for the title on the Championship Course. Intended as an alternative to the formal events where the field is drawn the Saturday Stableford series allows Almouj Golf Members to select their own tee time and playing partners, additionally the event is played from the white tees for men and the red tees for ladies and is scored in stableford format making the whole experience a little less intimidating than a strokeplay event from the regular tournament tees.
Setting the early pace over the front 9 holes were Andy Basson and Tam Burns both of which had accumulated 20 points by the turn, a couple of points behind on 18 was Avis Pickering. Over the back 9 holes several players gave the leaders something to think about, notably Steve Pickering who came home in 19 points for a total of 35 and Yvonne Welling who added an inward 19 points to her front 9 of 17 for a total of 36 points. Basson struggled a little on the homeward 9 holes adding 15 further points to his half way tally of 20 for a total of 35 points and a share of third place, Burns on the other hand played steadily over the closing holes to post a total of 37 points and claim the title for November. Congratulations Tam!