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Draw: Al Zorah (Friday, 18th September)

The draw for Friday's event at Al Zorah is shared below:

Note: You must submit your score on TheGrint to be eligible for prizes. The club will not collect scorecards after as a health & safety precaution.

07:04: Dominic Breach (4), Russ Saunders (5), Andrew McFarlane (15), Tony Benecke (0)
07:12: Tim Harford (7), James Walters (8), Peter Allan (14), Simon Mackenzie (24)
07:20: Ajo Alex (26), Rosslee Wahid (18), Rupendra Chhetri (7), Geraint Isitt (32)
07:28: Paul Nightingale (1), Gavin Lewis (15), Andrew Salmon (17), Paul Gingell (25)
07:36: Christopher Rees (26), Conleth Kelly (26), Kevin Howe (20), John Moseley (34)
07:44: Dermot Bell (16), Seb Hall (3), Jason Eckersley (9), Wade Goss (1)
07:52: George Thomson (15), Mark Vipond (15), Jannie Ebersohn (28), Wayne Classen (11)
08:00: Tim Collins (3), Tom Viallaneix (4), Kevin Barrett (7), Paul Marson (20)

As a reminder, the event details are as follows:

Date: Friday, 18th September
Time: 07:04 (Rolling)
Venue: Al Zorah, Ajman
Cost: AED 195 for everyone
F&B: At player’s cost
Shirts: N/A
Format: Individual Stableford (Prizes from 1st to 3rd and NTPs)
Sponsor: EGS
Handicap: Full Course (TheGrint or EGF)
Scoring: TheGrint - 18-Sep: EGS Day (Al Zorah), Password - egs Tees: Gold, 6,522 yds

See you Friday!

Results: EGS Day at Dubai Hills (18-July)

Congratulations to Lance Dinsey who beat off the challenge of Conleth Kelly by having a better back nine - both players scoring an impressive 37 points in hot and humid conditions at Dubai Hills. A further point back was Tony Benecke who, being a Dubai Hills member was able to capitalise on his course knowledge.

Nearest the pins were won by Sen Hall (2), Lance Dinsey (9), Peter Allan (13) and Russ Saunders (17).

Results: EGS Day at Al Zorah (19-June)

The event at Al Zorah was hot and humid, but we still had a very good turnout! Unfortunately, we didn’t realise until afterwards that Al Zorah were not analysing the cards due to COVID restrictions and thus we have tried to cobble together the results of the day which appear to be as follows (tentative):

1st: George Thompson (43 points)

2nd: Paul King (41 points)

3rd: Mark Love (40 points)

If you think you beat any of these scores, could you please let one of the Committee know. If we don’t hear from anybody within the week, we will assume these are the top three players. :)

Many thanks!

Results: Captain's Day at Ranches (21-Feb)

Our annual Captain's Day was again hosted at Arabian Ranches Golf Club this year, which is shaping up nicely after having the greens replaced over the summer. As is tradition, the tournament was a pairs betterball event.

After the golf the group enjoyed pie & chips with prizegiving outdoors at the restaurant by the range. It was again great to have so many family members in attendance. Our Captain Steve gave an entertaining speech summarising what we hope you agree was a fantastic year for our society.

  • Brendan O'Connor & Mark Vipond won the top prize with an enormous 45 points.
  • Just one point behind in solo second place was the team of Peter Allan & James Walters.
  • Nearest-the-pins were won by Shorty Callow (2), Tim Collins (7), John Moseley (12), and Tony Benecke (17).

Starting a new tradition made possible by the statistics we gather from TheGrint, we introduced two new annual recognition awards:

  • Kevin Howe was the awarded 'Member of the Year'. Kevin played the most events and achieved more 'top 3's' than any other member.
  • Shorty Callow was awarded 'Most improved'. Shorty shaved 4.5 shots off his handicap over the season.
  • Paul Nightingale also deserves a mention for the most NTP's this season.

Results: Club Championship (24-Jan)

Congratulations to Matthew Bazeley who won our Club Championship for the 2019/20 season. He shot a gross 75, though Denver Farrell and Tony Benecke gave him a good battle during the course of the round. Denver and Matthew were both on the same score coming up the Trump International's last hole, but unfortunately Denver had a unfortunate tee shot which found the water on the left - one of very few errant shots on the day. Matthew kept his nerve and parred the 18th to win his first Club Championship - congratulations!

The net division was also tight with 12 players amassing 30 points or more. Kevin Howe came good with the day's top net score of 37 points, beating Shorty Callow by 1 point.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Rupendra Chhetri (3), Karl Huldal (5), Dean Moss (15) and Matt Bazeley (17).

Results: SITAOnAir Day at JGE (14-Dec)

The 10th annual SITAOnAir Golf Day was held at Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course this year.

The course was in superb condition just three weeks after the DP World Tour Championships. The longer rough, tight lies and fast greens proved a challenge for many.

After the golf the group enjoyed a buffet and prizegiving on the clubhouse terrace overlooking the 18th green with many family members in attendance.

  • Chris Rees took home the trophy with an excellent 39 points.
  • Two points behind in solo second place was Craig McBride.
  • Taking third place after a countback from a crowded group on 36 points with a 3-under back nine was Paul Nightingale.
  • Nearest-the-pins were won by Jannie Ebersohn (4), Hasni Samad (13), and Paul Nightingale (6 & 17).

SITAOnAir also provided three clubs as raffle prizes which were all much appreciated by the lucky winners!

Many thanks once again to SITAOnAir for their generous hospitality and continued support of the annual SITAOnAir / Emirates Golf Society Day.

IMPORTANT: FILLING SCORECARDS

Based on feedback from a number of golf clubs recently, we would like to remind you all that it is solely your responsibility to fill out scorecards in a complete, accurate and consistent manner.

It is not the job of the golf club staff to add totals and calculate Stableford points on your behalf.

Scoring procedure

  • When you receive your scorecard, check that the names and handicaps printed on the cards are correct.
  • Handicaps have been adjusted according to the event format in advance. If there is a clear error, raise it with a committee member before you submit the card.
  • Always swap your cards with your opponents in the other cart before starting the round. Do not mark your own. Check your opponents’ names and handicaps before the round starts.
  • Mark the holes where each player gets an extra shot or more based on the hole index and their handicap, if the scorecard does not already show these.
  • Check the event format and local rules printed on the scorecard’s accompanying sheet before you start playing.
  • After each hole you should write the gross shots, net shots and Stableford points for all 4 players. This prevents mistakes and shows the calculation steps taken.
  • Ensure that your handwriting is clear, so that the club staff & EGS Committee can review cards easily after you submit them.
  • Keep your own score, along with your playing partner’s score on your opponents card, so you can check your opponents have marked your cards correctly later.
  • Total the gross shots and Stableford points for each player after each 9 and after 18.
  • Swap back cards with your opponents after the round, check all scores for all players together, and only sign if all scores match.
  • Scorecard format varies between clubs, so use your judgement to ensure all the data is captured for all 4 players.
  • It always helps if the lowest handicap in the group monitors the filling of scorecards, as well as managing the pace of play for the group.

Results: Airbus Day at Trump (08-Nov)

The annual Airbus Golf Day was held at Trump International Golf Club this year. 'The Airbus Cup' was introduced where half of the field competed in an Airbus select team, against an Emirates team in a 'Ryder Cup' style betterball matchplay event.

After the golf the group enjoyed a BBQ buffet and prizegiving on the clubhouse terrace overlooking the course with many family members in attendance.

  • Team Airbus won the inaugural Airbus Cup in a close battle, by just one match (7-6).
  • Tim Collins & Paul Nightingale won the top pair trophy on a countback with 40 points.
  • In second place also with 40 points, was the team of Sam Tierney & Dominic Breach
  • Nearest-the-pins were won by Craig McBride (3), Paul Nightingale (5) Mark Burtonwood (15) and Nim Amin (17).
  • The Longest Drive was won by Usman Mastan.
  • The Straightest Drive was won by Tim Collins.

Airbus also provided a range of raffle prizes which were all much appreciated by the lucky winners!

Many thanks once again to Airbus for their generous hospitality and continued support of the annual Airbus / Emirates Golf Society Day.

Results: GE Day at Els (25-Oct)

The second annual GE Aviation Golf Day was held at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. With summer drawing to a close, the playing conditions at our first sponsored event of the year were fantastic, and luckily not too windy!

After the golf the group enjoyed an excellent BBQ buffet on the clubhouse terrace overlooking the course. It was great to see so many players partners coming along to enjoy the social side of our society.

  • Didier Sanders produced his best score since Jan-18 to win outright on 37 points.
  • Second place with 36 points, was taken by Brendan O'Conner.
  • Shaun Anderson finished in third place.
  • Nearest-the-pins were won by Wayne Classen (5), Steve Holl (8) Liam Hanlon (14) and Aad Voorting (16).
  • The Longest Drive was won by Hannah Mannion (7).
  • The Straightest Drive was won by Paul Marson (17).

GE Aviation also provided a range of raffle prizes which were all much appreciated by the lucky winners!

In addition to the GE event prizes we also took the opportunity to present a brand new trophy to the winners of the 18-19 team matchplay series. Coincidentally it was won by two of our GE hosts for the day - Dario Rubio and Alberto Rubio. Registration for the 19-20 team matchplay will open soon.

Many thanks once again to GE Aviation for their generous hospitality and support for the annual GE Aviation / Emirates Golf Society Day.

Results: EGS Day at Els (27-Sep)

Alberto Rubio won the last of the summer events, scoring an impressive 39 points at the Els - he has capped a great 6 months after also netting the Matchplay with his brother earlier in the year. On the same score but losing out on the back nine countback was Kevin Howe. The final podium spot was taken by Bruce Scott who scored 35 points.

Finally, nearest-the-pins were won by: Didier Sanders (2nd), Karl Huldal (4th), Luke Gregori (11th) and Louis Swanepoel (17th).

Results: EGS Day at Al Zorah (13-Sep)

Few words can describe the humidity on Friday morning........

Brendan O'Connor's score of 39 points proved he can play in any conditions, finishing two points ahead of Nic Posada in second. Kevin Howe claimed third place with 36 points.

Nearest the pins were won by: Rachael Maitland (2), Pete Allan (5), Kevin Howe (15) and Tim Harford (17).

Results: EGS Day at Al Zorah (23-Aug)

It was a good scoring day at Al Zorah this weekend with golfers making the most of the benign conditions (for summer, anyhow!).

Conleth Kelly came up on top with an impressive 41 points, one point clear from his nearest challenger - Shorty Callow. Shaun Wykes completed the podium places with 38 points.

Nearest the pins were won by: Luke Gregori (2),Wade Goss (5) and Paul Nightingale (15). All 17 players failed to hit the 17th green.

Results: EGS Evening at Meydan (21-Jul)

A strong weekday turnout of 18 players competed over a relaxed 9-holes on Sunday, followed by a sociable evening watching the final round of The Open.

Congratulations to the team of Martin Taylor & Shane Lowry who scored 15 points. They beat the second place team of Stephen Holl & Tony Finau on a countback (better personal round). Martin had the joint top individual score of 16 points, and his partner Shane shot +1.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Leslie Zinn (2nd) and Mark Burtonwood (6th).

Results: EGS Day at The Monty (12-Jul)

Slightly cooler weather and a team format resulted in a high scoring day across the board at The Monty on Friday.

Congratulations to the team of Edwin Liew & Jannie Ebersohn who scored a society record 50 points (with individual scores of 38 and 39 points respectively). They beat the second place team of Bruce Scott & Wade Goss by a convincing 6 points.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Shaun Wykes (6th & 8th), Wade Goss (13th) and Bruce Scott (17th).

Results: EGS Day at Dubai Hills (15-Jun)

Despite high humidity and temperatures exceeding 45 degrees, the standard of golf was exceptionally high at Dubai Hills with 15 players scoring over 30 points.

Congratulations to Rahimi Ramli who scored an impressive 38 points, edging out Dario Rubio by just 1 point. An unprecedented 5-way 36-point tie saw Kevin Howe take third place on a count-back against Geraint Isitt, Ben Wilkins, Shaun Wykes and Stephen Holl.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Nimit Amin (2nd), Kevin Howe (9th), Bernard Heng (13th) and Tony Benecke (17th).

Results: EGS Day at Jebel Ali (18-May)

It was a scorcher at Jebel Ali this week but players battled through the year's first hot day of the year and posted some great results.

Winning on a count-back was Paul King on 35 points, pipping Nim Amin to second-placed by way of having a better back 9. Third place went to James Walters who was a further point adrift.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Jannie Ebersohn (3rd/12th) and Nim Amin (8th/17th).

Results: EGS Day at SGSC (27-Apr)

Congratulations to Paul Nightingale who used his home course advantage to full effect, scoring an impressive 35 points and won this month's EGS event at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club - Jon Yuregir had the same score but lost on a count-back. Coming third was Craig McBride, who also claimed third place on a count-back.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Steve Hutton (3rd/12th) and Abdul Wahid Khalid (8th/17th).

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (27-Feb-19)

Dear All,

Thankyou to everyone who attended the AGM and those who sent in thoughts and ideas. The presentation of the AGM and the Minutes of the session are shared here:

The key items and changes are shared below:

  1. For all our sponsored Tier 1 events (Airbus, Boeing, GE and SITAOnAir), though we will still operate a “first-come, first served” approach, priority will be given to Members who have played in three or more events in the preceding 12 months (not including the same event the previous season). Therefore, if an event is full, a Member who is outside of an allocated slot but who has played 3 or more EGS events will have priority over a Member who hasn’t regardless of the timing of the registration.
  2. TheGrint membership is mandatory for all EGS Members and will now be used to monitor handicaps. Only those Members with official TheGrint handicaps (or EGF) will be allowed to win prizes. However, draws are still prepared through the Web site and so can all Members please ensure their handicaps are updated on the Web site on a regular basis (please go to the “change profile” link to do this).
  3. We will be removing all non-paid up Members from the database and the email distribution list in order to speed up the site. Subs are now due for 2019/20 (from April 1st), therefore can all Members please liaise with Paul Nightingale (paul.nightingale@emirates.com) in order to arrange payment if you wish to continue your Membership - he does accept bank transfers….
  4. We have 2 new Committee Members - Tim Harford and Stephen Holl. Their roles are shared in the enclosed Minutes. All other nominations remained the same.

Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to all Members and Sponsors who continue to make this Society what it is today. From a Committee perspective, we look forward to continue to enhance and develop the Society for the FY 2019/20.

Kind regards
Committee
Emirates Golf Society

Results: Boeing Day at Earth (2-Mar)

The Boeing Day was a tough test for many of the players who combated windy conditions on the Earth course this weekend. However, this didn't stop the team of Stephen Holl, Nicolas Posada, Tim Harford and Nimit Amin scoring an impressive 87 points and claiming first prize, seven points clear of their nearest rivals. Second place went to the team of Tim Collins, Martin Mahoney, Andrew McFarlane and Erwan Testard (80 points), whilst the four-ball of Steve Allen, Matt Wilks, Paul King and Mark Burtonwood completed the podium places on 76 points (winning on a count back).

Nearest the pins were won by Dominic Breach (6th) and Russ Saunders (17th).

Many thanks to Boeing who continue to be extremely generous hosts with their continued sponsorship of the event.

Results: Captain's Day at Ranches (8-Feb)

Congratulations to Dave Storey and Paul King who won this week's Captain's Day. They beat Stephen Holl and Tim Harford on a count-back - both teams had an impressive 41 points. Nearest-the-pins were won by Steve Allen (2nd), Con Lillis (7th), Stephen Holl (12th) and Paul Nightingale (17th).

Many thanks to everyone who supported the event - details and registration for our next event will be published shortly.

Results - Club Championship at Al Zorah (19-Jan)

John McGuinness produced a stunning display of golf and carded a gross 71 to win the 2018/19 Emirates Club Championship in difficult, windy conditions at AL Zorah. Though he double bogeyed the 12th and bogeyed the 9th holes, birdies on 6, 11, 15 and 16 brought home the win. His close friend and golfing partner, Denver Farrell, also scored an excellent 76, taking the second-placed gross prize.

Andrew McFarlane continued his great form by winning the net division - his net score of 35 points was enough to see off Dominic Breach’s 34 points (who was also one off the pace of the gross division).

Nearest-the-pins were won by Thomas Viallaneix (2), Rhys Dudley (5), Tim Collins (15) and Kris Ellingsen (17).

EGS HANDICAP RULES: EGF & TheGrint

With the start of the 19/20 event calendar in April, we will introduce a new mandatory EGS handicap system. This will provide accuracy and ensure fair play at EGS events, as well as allowing us to hopefully remove the current ¾ handicap restriction.

We have chosen ‘The Grint’ as the most appropriate free online handicap calculator.

As well as calculating an accurate USGA handicap, The Grint also enables us to manage tournaments online and utilise the on-course live scoring feature through their app. The Grint contains course data for over 37,000 courses worldwide, allowing you to record all of your scores as well as optional statistics such as FIR, GIR & putts. You can also add other golfers as friends, to see where they’re playing and how they’re shooting in real time.

Many of you also already enjoy using The Grint, and we have successful trialled the app with a limited group at several recent EGS events.

For those who are already EGF Members, TheGrint allows you to retrospectively put in your scores, so your handicaps can be aligned.

Process:

  1. Simply sign up for a free account on The Grint Website or App. You can pay an optional annual subscription for a ‘pro membership’ if you wish, which opens up access to collect more statistics on your game.
  2. Send your ‘Username’ to Tim Harford, who will add you to the EGS ‘Club’ on The Grint. This allows us to add you to an online event each tournament.
  3. Enter your score every time you play. To get an accurate handicap sooner, you can enter as many previous rounds from recent months as you wish. It takes less than 30 seconds to enter each score in The Grint.

We encourage you to do this ASAP, to ensure you all have accurate handicaps prior to the start of the new season in April.

Notes:

  • In order to participate in a EGS event from 1-Apr-19, you must have paid your EGS annual membership fee.
  • From 1-Apr-19, we are also hoping to implement only “Grint-registered” handicaps are eligible to win prizes. You also must be part of the EGS ‘Club’ on The Grint.
  • You must have at least 5 recent scores entered into The Grint to calculate a handicap. A mature handicap is calculated by using the top 10 of your most recent 20 scores.
  • Ideally, all of your scores should be ‘attested’ by an accompanying player also using The Grint. Again, we would like at least 50% of your scores to be attested.
  • Please regularly update your “profile” on the EGS web site with your most recent handicap.
  • Note that The Grint handicap is not yet officially recognised by most golf clubs. To participate in official club events outside of the EGS, you will also need to maintain an EGF handicap.
  • It is your responsibility to maintain a fair and accurate handicap. We will not adjust your handicap but the committee will be monitoring unusual Stableford scores at EGS events.
  • If you do not play regularly and are not confident that your handicap is accurate and fair towards other competitors, please disclose this to us.
Results: SITAONAIR Day at JGE (15-Dec)

Congratulations to Hasni Samad who scored a wonderful 40 points on the Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, to win his first SITAONAIR title. Hasni was a clear 6 points from his nearest challengers, Stephen Holl and Liam Hanson, with Stephen collecting the runner-up prize on a count back - both players had 34 points.

Nearest the pins were won by Bernard Heng (4th), Andrew McFarlane (6th), Bruce Scott (13th) and Usman Mastan who was a few inches from having his first hole in one on the 17th.

Many thanks again to Franc Michaud and SITAONAIR in supporting the Golf Society, in what was the 10th year of the event!