|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).
As a reminder for next time, only players with valid TheGrint or EGF handicaps are eligible to win prizes.
|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).
As a reminder for next time, only those players with valid theGrint handicaps are now eligible to win prizes.
|Results: EGS Day at SGSC (27-May)|
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)|
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:
- 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. 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.
- 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).
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to arrange payment if you wish to continue your Membership - he does accept bank transfers….
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
|Results: EGS Day at Dubai Hills (8-Dec)|
Congratulations to Andrew McFarlane who scored a very impressive 37 points at our inaugural visit to Dubai Hills - this was partly achieved by having only 28 putts during his round! Paul Nightingale came second on a count back from Antonio Fellino (3rd) and Dave Summerson (4th) - all who had 34 points.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Tim Collins (2nd), Wade Gross (9th), Tony Benecke (13th) and Richard Simpson (17th).
|Results: Airbus Day at Ranches (24-Nov)|
Congratulations to Rhys Dudley who shot a stunning 4-under par round of 68 to win this year’s Airbus Day - he amassed 42 stable ford points from a handicap of 2. He was two ahead of his nearest challenger, Alberto Rubio. Ben Wilkins was a further point adrift on 39 points.
Nearest the pins were won by Rhys Dudley (2nd), Martin Taylor (7th), Marnus du Plessis (12th) and Shaun Anderson (17th).
Many thanks to Airbus, who continue to generously sponsor this family golf day at the Ranches.
|Results: Transguard Day at Trump (3-Nov)|
There was a new format in this year's Transguard Day at the Trump International Golf Club - it was a pairs better-ball with the best score of the two players counting on holes 1 to 12 and both scores counting on holes 13 to 18, which increased the pressure on both the players down the stretch. However, it was easy picking for the pairing of Bruce Scott and Karl Huldal who produced a tremendous combined score of 54 points - this was three points clear from their nearest rivals of Dominic Breach and Russ Saunders on 51 points who beat Wayne Classen and Shaun Anderson on a count-back.
Other prizes on the day, apart from the seemingly ever-present raffle prizes were the nearest-the-pins and these were won by: Dominic Breach (3rd), Wayne Classen (5th), Paul Gingell (15th) and Nic Posada (17th).
Many thanks for Transguard for hosting yet another tremendous day of golf and Trump International Golf Club.
|Results: GE Day at Creek (20-Oct)|
The inaugural GE Aviation Golf Day was held at a sun-drenched Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. The players benefited from a change in temperature and a course that was in immaculate condition, but as usual provided a tremendous test of golf, with the cream of the Emirates Group players rising to the top in a densely packed leader-board.
The top three players were inseparable on 34 points - Tony Benecke, Michael Pike and Wayne Classen all jostled for position and could have taken the top prize. However, it was Tony Benecke who, when reviewing the “count-back” had a better back nine from Michael Piek, who clinched second place and Wayne Classen who finalised the podium places.
Other course prizes provided a boon to the rest of the day’s players - nearest-the pins were won by Iqbal Ismal (5th and 14th), Paul Marson (8th) and Ross Mann (16th).
GE Aviation also provided a range of vouchers and other clubs as raffle prizes - these were all much appreciated by the lucky winners!
Many thanks to GE Aviation for their generous hospitality and support for the inaugural GE Aviation / Emirates Golf Day - we hope it will be the first of many more!
|Results: EGS Day at Ranches (29-Sep)|
Congratulations to Alberto Rubio who scored an impressive 36 points at the Ranches on Saturday 29th September. He was closely followed. By Richard Simpson who was one point behind on 35 points. Stewart Crymble was a further two points adrift and continued his impressive summer form.
Nearest the pins ere won by Nimit Amin (7th) and Alberto Rubio (17th) - no names were recorded on the other par threes…
|Results: EGS Day at Al Zorah (14-Sep)|
Rhys Dudley produced a stunning level par round to win Friday’s event at Al Zorah - at 38 points, he was 3 points clear of his nearest challengers Andrew McFarlane and Paul Nightingale, both had 35 points, though Andrew claiming second on a count back.
Nearest the pins were won by Rhys Dudley (2nd), Ben Bianchi (5th), Simon Hamilton (15th) and Dermot Bell (17th).
|Results: EGS Day at Monty (10-Aug)|
On a high scoring day, Stewart Crymble won on his first start as an EGS Member - 38 points, one point clear from his nearest challenger Steve Hutton (37 points). Third place went to Liam Hanlon who beat last month's winner Hannah Mannion on a countback - both had 35 points.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Adam Jahns (8th), Tom Miller (13th) and Paul King (17th).
|Results: EGS Day at Ranches (13-Jul)|
Hannah Mannion produced the round of the year with a 2-under gross score at a sun-drenched Arabian Ranches. She finished with 40 points, 2 ahead of her nearest challenger Tim Collins who carded what would normally be a winning round of 38 points. A further point adrift was Tony Benecke, who continues his impressive run of scores.
Nearest the pins were won by: Ben Bianchi (2nd), Dominic Breach (7th), Tim Collins (12th) and Richard Simpson (17th).
|Results: EGS Day at Ranches (29-Jun)|
Tony Benecke scored an impressive 35 points in hot conditions at the Ranches on Friday - he beat his main rival, Liam Hanlon, on a count back. A further 2 points adrift was Alberto Rubio, who filled the final place on the podium! Nearest the pins were won by Tony Benecke (2nd), Dermot Bell (7th), Michael Elmir (12th) and Tony Benecke (17th).
The next event is Friday 13th July.
|Results: EGS Day at Al Zorah (26-May)|
Paul Nightingale continued his good form with a level par round at Al Zorah and another impressive 37 points. He was one point clear of Simon Hambleton, who came second as a result of a countback from Con Lillis - both had 36 points. Nearest-the-pins were won by: Dean Moss (2), Simon Flanders (5), Dean Moss (15) and Shorty Callow (17).
We also had some excellent feedback from the club and also kept our pace of play up - "May I say that your group on Saturday were outstanding. Everyone was so polite during check in and on the course and without doubt the best group we've hosted all year. "
|ASCA: A Triumphant Emirates|
This year’s ASCA Golf Tournament was hosted by Austrian Airlines in Austria at the Bad Waltersdorf Golf & Hotel resort. Emirates Golf Society entered 2 men’s and 1 ladies team to compete for the coveted ASCA trophy - a scratch inter-airline Golf tournament.
The Tournament is a 2 day competition, with the first round being a pairs betterball stableford and the second round individual stableford, with the points providing an overall accumulative score.
The first round was played in torrential rain, conditions not conducive to the Emirates team, but this did not deter the Men’s pairing Mike Piek & Rhys Dudley who scored a superb 40 points which gave the Emirates Men’s ”A” team a significant lead on the first days play.
The Ladies pairing of Hannah Mannion & Rachael Maitland scored a respectable 26 points in the adverse weather conditions knowing that a strong performance on day two was required if they were to win for a third successive year.
On day 2 the sun shone brightly and all teams were looking for strong performances. The Men’s “A” team again had strong performances from Mike & Rhys with Dominic Breach and Team Captain Paul Nightingale helping to give an overall score of 199 points which was sufficient to give them a comfortable 15 points lead over their nearest rivals Iceland Air and winning the ASCA trophy for the third time in the last 5 years.
After a serious team talk from the Ladies team captain (Hannah Mannion), all 4 ladies came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders knowing that to win a 3rd successive ASCA tournament they would have to overturn an 8 point deficit. The Ladies Captain (Hannah) led the way with the round of the tournament scoring an excellent 34 points, with equally impressive rounds from Racheal Maitland, Vicky Morris and Darli Ogawa. With an overall score of 83 points, the Ladies were unsure if they had done enough to retain the ASCA trophy. The Finnair Ladies team finished on 83 points as well, following a tense wait the Emirates Ladies team won on the countback by a margin of 2 points.
|Results: EGS Day at SGSC (5-May)|
Congratulations to Paul Nightingale who used his "home course" advantage to score an impressive 37 points. He was 4 points clear from his nearest rival, Simon Flanders on 33 points. Third place, and a further one point adrift was Conleth Kelly who claimed the final podium place on a countback from Liam Hanlon.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Liam Hanlon (3rd / 12th) and Shorty Callow (8th / 17th).
|Results: Inmarsat Day at Ranches (20-Apr)|
Congratulations to Nimit Amin, who scored a career best, 39 points at the inaugural Inmarsat Golf Day. He beat Kevin Howe's equally impressive score of 38 points, by one point. Coming in third was Mark Vipond who was a further 3 points adrift.
Nearest the pins were won by Peter Allan (2), Tony Benecke (7), Paul Marson (12) and Icham Bennani-Smires (17).
A big "thank-you" again to Inmarsat for their generosity and to the Arabian Ranches for hosting us.