DUBAI: The UAE Under-18 team produced a fantastic display to win the Arab Junior Golf Championship nett team title for their age group at Yasmine Golf Club in Hammanat, Tunisia.
The talented young Emirati pair of Sohail Marzouqi and Hassan Musharrekh also secured fourth spot in the gross competition behind Tunisia, Qatar and Egypt at the Ronald Fream-designed course.
And there was further success for the UAE team when Sohail's younger brother, Faisal Marzouqi, secured fourth place in the under-15 individual category, playing in his first international tournament away from the UAE.
Sohail shot gross rounds of 102 and 92 while Hassan carded 100 and a superb 82. “I think overall we have done well,'' UAE coach Chris Vallender said.
“The experience gained from the championship will go a long way in honing their competitive edge. “I am, in particular, pleased with the way young Faisal handled the pressure. “His back-to-back 91s on a challenging course amply shows the boy has the game needed to become a decent player.''
Adel Zarouni, secretary-general of the Emirates Golf Federation, said: “Their performance augurs well for UAE golf. We will keep trying to create more playing opportunities for our junior players.'' The UAE team was supported by Emirates-NBD, Al Naboodah and Titleist/ Greg Norman Collection.