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Annual General Meeting - 27th February 2019

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. 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
Emirates Golf Society

Results - Boeing Day (2nd March)

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, Nic 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 (8th 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 (19th January)

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).

Handicaps and 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.


  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.


  1. In order to participate in a EGS event from 1-Apr-19, you must have paid your EGS annual membership fee.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Please regularly update your “profile” on the EGS web site with your most recent handicap.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Golf Day (15th December)

Congratulations to Hasni Samad who scored a wonderful 40 points on the Earth course, Jumeriah 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 Franck Michaud and SITAOnAir in supporting the Golf Society, in what was the 10th year of the event!

Results - EGS Day at Dubai Hills (8th December)

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 Golf Day (24th November)

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), Marcus de 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 (3rd November)

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 Huldall 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 Golf Day (20th October)

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 Masson (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 - Ranches (29th September)

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 - Al Zorah (14th September)

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 Dudlet (2nd), Ben Bianchi (5th), Simon Hamilton (15th) and Dermot Bell (17th).

Results - Montgomerie (10th August)

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 - Arabian Ranches (13th July)

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 - Arabian Ranches (29th June)

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 - Al Zorah (26th 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. "

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 - SGSC (5th 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 Harlon (3rd / 12th) and Shorty Callow (8th / 17th).

Results - Inmarsat Golf Day (20th April)

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.

Results - Boeing Day (3rd March)

The team of Tim Collins, Nigel Hopkins, Martin Mahoney and Marty Bentrott took the main prizes at this years Boeing Golf Day, hosted on the Fire course, JGE. They amassed an impressive 95 points, five points clear of their nearest rivals of Steve Allen, Paul Gingell, Graham Millard and Dominic Breach. Third place went to the team of Tony Benecke, Liam Hanlon, Tom Miller and Conleth Kelly who scored 88 points. Finally, the team of Arne Badenhorst, Mark Vipond, Iqbal Ismail and Marnus du Plessis, on 85 points, finished the podium slots.

Nearest the pins were won by Mike Piek (2nd hole) and Mark Burtonwood (14th hole).

Many thanks to our sponsors, Boeing, whose continuous generosity make this such a special event for all those playing.

Results - Captain's Day (17th February)

Congratulations to the pairing of Tom Miller and Mark Vipond who stormed the leaderboard with a better ball score of 44 points! They were followed closely by Paul Gale and Stephen Allen on 43 points. Tim Collins and James Skerritt completed the podium with 41 points. All three teams also managed to beat the Captain’s pairing who scored 40 points and so shared the sweep.

Nearest-the-pins were won by: Luke Gregory (2), Mark Vipond (7), Tim Collins (12) and Asif Parker (17).

Results - EKFC Club Championship (19th January)

Guillermo (“Willy”) Gallego took the honours at this year’s EKFC Club Championship at Trump International. In a group with all “1” handicappers, Willy shot a masterful 74 (3-over par) to win his first Club Championship. He was 3 ahead of his closest rival Rhys Dudley and a further 2 shots better than third-placed Paul Nightingale.

Didier Sanders took the Net division with an impressive 40 points stableford - he was 5 points better than his nearest rival, Hanno Kroemer (35 points). Adan Jahn came third on 33 points.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Hanno Kroemer (3rd), Simon Flanders (5th), Rhys Dudley (15th) and Arne Badenhorst (17th).

Many thanks to EKFC for hosting another fantastic Club Championship.

Results - SITAONAIR Golf Day (15th December)

Congratulations to Rupendra Chhetri who scored a hard-earned 37 points and won this years SITAONAIR Golf Day. He was one point clear from his closest challenger, Rosslee Wahid. In a tight leaderboard, Dean Moss came third winning on a countback from several players on 35 points. Dominic Breach came 4th on a similar score. Nearest-the pins were won by Shaun Wykes (4th), Graeme Lloyd (6th), Stephen Holl (13th) and Dermot Bell ( 17th).

Many thanks to SITAONAIR whose support and assistance make this great day possible!

Results - Airbus Golf Day (25th November)

Congratulations to the team of Hannah Mannion and Jannie Ebersohn who won the Airbus Day on a counback from Brendon O'Connor and Franck Michaud. Both pairs scored a combined total of 60 points in difficult, windy conditions. Well done! Coming in third was the pairing of Kevin Howe and Liam Hanlon on 56 points. Nearest the pins were won by Barbora Pruherova (2nd), Hannah Mannion (7th), Liam Hanlon (12) and Mark Vipond (17).

Many thanks again to Airbus who kindly provided the sponsorship for the day - it continues to be an excellent day out both for the golfers and for the families!

Results - Transguard Day (27th October)

The new format for the Transguard Golf Day seemed to challenge many of the players on Friday at the Creek. However, Liam Hanlon and Jon Yuregir’s combined total of 48 points were enough to see off the opposition. In second place, on 45 points, were the pairing of Marnus du Plessis and Arne Bardenhost. Graham Millard and Iqbal Ismail came third with a score of 41 points.

We also had a hole-in-one! Sebastian Hall aced the third - many congratulations! Other nearest-the-pins came from Thomas Viallaneix (8th), Luke Gregori (14th) and Dave Summerson (16th).

Many thanks to Transguard for their continued support. It was another excellent event!

Results - Summer Sizzler R4 (29th September)

Congratulations to Icham Bennani-Smires who won this week's final Summer Sizzler event at the Arabian Ranches. Icham scored 37 points, two points clear from his nearest rival Brendan O'Connor who continues his good form In third place was Tony Benecke a further two points adrift, on 33 points.

None of these scores were able to usurp Dale Mills two combined scores of 76 points (37 & 39) from the first two Sizzler events, which earned him the reward of being crowned Summer Sizzler Champion.

Thank-you to all those who took part.

Results - Summer Sizzler R2 (14th July)

It was tight at the top of the leaderboard on Friday! Dale Mills continued his impressive form by scoring 39 points. Coupled with his 37 points for Round 1 of the Summer Sizzler, this combined total of 76 points will be difficult to beat. Katya Case also scored extremely well, despite the heat, scoring 38 points. One point further adrift was Liam Hanlon who claimed third spot on a count back from Nimit Amin. Nearest-the-pins were won by Racheal Maitland (2), Dale Mills (7), Liam Hanlon (12) and Dale Mills (17), again.

A note for the winners: Prizes will be distributed on Paul Nightingale’s return from leave.

After two events - the players with the best two cumulative score are:

1st - Dale Mills 76 points
2nd - Nimit Amin 70 points
3rd - Brendon O’Conner 67 points
4th - George Thompson 66 points
5th - Liam Hanlon 63 points

Results - Summer Sizzler R1 (10th June)

Many congratulations to Dale Mills who scored an impressive 37 points on a hot and humid day at the Ranches. Brendon O-Conner was second on 34 points and Nimit Amin a further point adrift and who came in to the prizes on a count-back. Nearest-the-pins were won by Nimit Amin (2), Kevin Howe (7), Mark Vipond (12) and Simon MacKenzie (17).

This was the first of the Summer Sizzler events - the overall winner is the player with the best two cumulative scores over the 4 events.

Results - SGSC (13th May)
Congratulations to Liam Hanlon who scored 37 points and easily won the event at Sharjah - his nearest challenger was Graeme Lloyd who scored 30 points. Following closely behind was Paul Marson on 29 points. Nearest the pins were won by Conleth Kelly (3/12) and Liam Hanlon (8/17). Prizes will be distributed by Paul Nightingale and the winners will be contacted in due course.
Results - Al Hamra (22nd April)

Congratulations to Tom Miller who scored an impressive 38 points at Al Hamra at the weekend - he was 3 points clear from the second-placed Stephen Holl. Mike Wells came third on 31 points. It was good to see Mike on the leaderboard as this was his last EGS event prior to retirement. Mike has been a Society stalwart for many years and we wish him all the best for his retirement!

Nearest the pins were won by Tim Harford (4th), Usman Mastan (7th), Tom Miller (11th) and Graham Millard (15th).   1st – Tom Miller 38pts 2nd – Stephen Holl 35pts 3rd – Mike Wells 31pts (won on the count back from James Skerritt)   NTP 4th – Tim Harford 7th - Usman Mastan 11th – Tom Miller 15th - Graham Millard

Results - EKFC Club Championship (11th Feb)
This year’s EKFC Club Championship sponsored by EKFC was played at the newly opened Trump International golf course. The course was in excellent condition and will hopefully become a future golfing venue on the EGS calendar.
The EKFC Club Championship event is the highlight of the EGS golfing season with all players trying to find their ‘A’ game to win either the Gross or Nett trophy. This year’s best Gross trophy was won by Paul Nightingale for a 7th time, shooting an impressive score of 74. The best Nett trophy was won by Sam Tierney with another impressive score 82.
Results - Al Zorah (6th Jan)

Al Zorah was in tremendous condition and, not impeded by the usual wind that can made scoring at the exposed Al Zorah challenging, Scott Armour made an impressive 37 points to win the Society's first event of 2017! Justin Spalding just missed out and was one point adrift, coming in on 36 points and collected second-place. A little further back, and in third place was Scott's playing partner, Andrew McFarlane who scored 33 points.

Nearest-the-pins were won the in-form players - Andrew McFarlane (2), Tim Harford (5), Justin Spalding (15) and Scott Armour (17).

Results - SITAONAIR Day (10th December)
Mike Wells produced a scintillating display of golf in windy conditions at the Earth course, JGE, to win the SITAONAIR Golf Day. Mike scored an impressive 38 points, easily beating the second-placed player, Tim Harford who scored 33 points. One point further adrift was Paul King. Nearest the pins were won by Tim Collins, Tim Harford and MIke Wells. Thank-you to our sponsors, Franck Michaud and SITAONAIR, who continue to be generous in their support of the Society.
Results - Airbus Golf Day (18th November)

Congratulations to Tim Harford who personally scored 35 points and collected a further 5 points from his Race to Dubai Pro to make an overall score of 40 points. He won the coveted Airbus vase. Two points behind was Paul Nightingale who in fact shot 1 better that his Race to Dubai Pro, recording a gross 71 and ending with 38 points. Dominic Breach came third ion a countback from a host of players on 37 points. Well done to all and, again, many thanks to Airbus in sponsoring one of the top events of the year!

Results - Summer Series (June- September)

After the final round in our Summer Sizzler Series, no one was able to catch-up with Paul Nightingale and who continued his good run of form by winning the final event on 33 points. Ultan Kenny and Paul King shared 2nd and 3rd place on the day with 32 points. Final standings after four events were as follows:

  1. Paul NIghtingale: 75 points
  2. Tony Benecke: 68 points
  3. Paul King: 64 points
  4. Tim Collins: 63 points
  5. John McGuinness: 63 points
Results - Yas Links (27th August)

Congratulations to John McGuinness and Denver Farrell who won this week's event at Yas Links with a score of 40 points. Following closely behind was Gary Moreton and Icham Bennani-Smires on 38 points. Trailling a further two points were the partnership of Stephen Holl and Tim Harford on 36 points. Nearest the pins were won by Mark Vipond (4th), Gary Moreton (8th), Jamie Briant (13th) and Tim Harford (17th).

Results - SGSC (6th May)

Congratulations to Paul Nightingale who won this week's event at Sharjah. Paul scored 34 points, 4 points clear from his nearest challenger, Shorty Callow who came second on a count back from Dale Mills. Shorty also won the nearest the pin on hole 3/12, whilst Jannie Ebersohn won it on hole 8/17.

Results - Al Hamra (8th April)

Many congratulations to Rupendra Chhetri who took home the top prize at Al Hara Golf Club. Rupendra scored 35 points, 5 more than his nearest rivals, Rosslee Wahid (2nd on count-back) and Justin Spalding (3rd), who both scored 30 points. Tim Harford played the par 3's well - notching up two nearest the pins on holes 11 and 15. The other NTPs were won by James Skerritt (hole 4) and Leonard Thyagarajan (hole 7).

Results - Al Zorah (22nd April)

Kathryn Ferguson won this week's eevnt at Al Zorah with an impressive 38 points. She was 4 points clear of her nearest challenger - Shaun Wykes, who scored 34 points. Richard Skinner came in third on 32 points (on a count-back from Justin Spalding and Mark Vipond). Nearesrt-the-pins were won by Kathryn Ferguson (hole 6), Russ Saunders (hole 8) and Mazen Qursha (hole 18).

Boeing Golf Day - Results

The Engineering team of Bernard Heng, Amaldev Abraham, Rosslee Wahid and Iqbal Ismail took the main prizes at this years Boeing Golf Day. They scored an impressive 86 points, one point better than the crew team consisting of Jacques Cloete, Didier Sandeers, Grant Kerr and Wayne Classen. In third place were Tim Harford, Stephen Holl, Nicolas Posada and Mazen Qursha on 83 points. Martin Mahoney, Henry Donohue, Mark Burtonwood and Matt Wilks took the last of the major prizes with 80 points.

Nearest the pins were won by Tim Collins (6th hole) and Bader Ahli (17th hole).

A big thank-you to Boeing for yet again hosting a fabulous event.

Results - BA vs EK (26 & 27 Feb 2016)

17 golfers from British Airways escaped the flooded UK courses to take part in the 2nd Emirates v British Airways golf challenge at Arabian ranches. The Friday fourballs gave EK a strong 5–1 lead with excellent performances from Tony Benecke and Steve Allen (8&6), Russ Saunders and Dominic Breach (5&3), and Brendan O’Connor and Martin Taylor (4&3).

The Saturday Singles were again dominated by Emirates with 9 wins and 2 halves taking the final overall score to 15–5. Tony Benecke (6&4), Dominic Breach (6&5) and new boys Russ Saunders (5&4) and Won Ho Choi (6&5) finished with victories in both fourballs and singles.

During the prizegiving lunch Jeff Brister (BA Captain) invited us for a return match in the summer and we look forward to seeing BA here again in November at the ASCA championships.

Results: EKFC Club Championship (13th Feb 2016)

Fast greens and strong winds resulted in a high scoring EKFC Club Championship on Saturday 13th February at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The lead changed hands several times during the course of the round - Tony Benecke, Russ Saunders, Tim Collins, Paul Nightingale and Erwan Testard all had opportunities to win. However, as the wind grew stronger, scoring proved more difficult and the steady golf of Paul Nightingale eventually won through. He beat Erwan Testard on a count-back, with a final score of 80 - both one ahead of Tim Collins. Tony Benecke came fourth a further couple shots adrift.

In the “Net” division, again scoring proved very difficult with Omer Sherif eventually winning out from Didier Sanders and Denver Farrell. Wayne Classen came fourth.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Tim Harford (5th), Denver Farrell (8th), Richard Simpson (14th) and Andrew McFarlane (16th).

We would like to thank EKFC for their continued support of the Club Championship.

New Late Cancellation / "No Show" Policy

Dear All,

We have noticed a growing trend of either late cancellations (cancelling once registration for an event has closed) and “no-shows” (Society Members or guests of Members not turning up on the day of an event). Although we acknowledge that there are genuine reasons for this happening, this has an impact on both the finances of the Society (unless we have reserves or are able to “phone a friend” to accommodate, more often than not we are charged for the slot) and the overall structure of an event.

Therefore, the Committee have decided to implement a penalty of Dhs 300 for any late cancellation or “no-show”, irrespective of reasons and/or whether we are able to fill the slot with reserves - note, if the cancellation and/or “no-show” is a guest of a Member, then the Member is responsible for the payment of the fine. Furthermore, the Member will not be able to register for future events until the fine is paid.

We understand that this is a draconian measure, but feel that we need to nip this growing trend in the bud to ensure fairness and hope you all understand the reasons for us taking this stance.

Kind regards,

Committee Emirates Golf Society

IMPORTANT: New Policies

Dear All,

We are now coming to the end of the Golf Society’s “fiscal” year (1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011) and we hope that you have enjoyed the various tournaments organised thus far. With this in mind, we would like to remind our members that we are now collecting subscriptions for the next year (1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012). The rate remains unchanged at Dhs 250.

We would also like to bring to your attention of some significant policy changes that the Committee have agreed upon from 1st April 2011 – these have been made in part due to the growing membership base (increasing of staff numbers), together with the still restricted access to weekend tee-times (i.e. we are unable to increase the number of slots available). As the duty of the Golf Society is first and foremost a club setup to serve staff, the first policy change is to ensure that the Society first serves Emirates staff members above other membership categories for a Society event. Therefore:

  • Fully-subscribed “Staff” Society members (i.e. those who have paid their subs!) will get priority over any other member category such as “Associates” (which includes spouse of staff). Note, however, once an event is “closed for registration” all staff lose their right to priority over non-staff. I.e. staff are unable to “bump” non-staff from an event once registration has been closed, which  will be a week before  the event .

The second policy change provides a new category of membership:

  • “Honorary” membership: these are ex-staff who have either retired from duty or who have served the organisation for a significant number of years. Invitation will be based on whether the ex-staff member is entitled to “retiree” travel benefits as per the employee regulations. This membership category has less priority than “Staff” membership, but higher than the “Associate” member category.

The final policy change is in response to the fact that  due to the increasing number of non employee members participating in events many of the winners this year were non-staff. Therefore, our final policy change is:

  • All main prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for events can only be won by members in the “Staff” category (i.e. current EK Group employees). Where there are a significant number of “Associates” or “Guests” in an event, a separate prize will be provided. Nearest-the-pins, longest drives and other miscellaneous prizes can be won by any competitor, whatever membership category.

We realise these policy changes impact a significant number of our membership, but hope you can understand the reason for our decision. Although we will still provide subsidised golf to all our membership, whatever category, our duty first and foremost is in serving our staff. Therefore, if you are impacted, we hope you understand and continue to support the Society going forward.

Kind Regards,
Emirates Golf Society