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Cornwall holds nerves to win Amateur Open

UAE amateur Harradine gives him a run for money

Image Credit: Courtesy Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Chris Cornwall
Gulf News

Dubai: Chris Cornwall of England emerged as the champion of the OMEGA Dubai Creek Men’s Amateur Open, the first EGF order of merit event of the year which was hosted at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club last weekend. Cornwall totalled a five-over par 36-hole total of 147.

A full field of over 102 players competed in the 36-hole stroke-play format event which saw some stiff competition over two days.

After first day’s play, the standings in the clubhouse were very tight with just five shots separating the top twelve players. Cornwall was the top performer with a solid level par round of 71 which gave him a one-shot lead over UAE’s top amateur Michael Harradine and Emirates Golf Club member Nicola Angelastri.

The final group of Cornwall, Harradine, and Angelastri began their second and final round with just one shot between them. The treacherous 18th hole at the Dubai Creek always provides a dramatic finish and this was no exception as Harradine and Cornwall found the water off the tee whilst Angelastri stayed dry but was in the sand. Cornwall hit a very good long putt up the green and finished just three feet away. Harradine and Angealstri both missed their bogey attempts which left Cornwall with two putts for the title.

After a couple of quick nervy taps, Cornwall was the champion on by one stroke with a 5-over par 36-hole total of 147.

“I would like to say what an honour it is to win such a prestigious golf tournament. Playing with two great players like Michael and Nicola in the final round was a lot of fun. The ebbs and flows of the game meaning we all had the lead at one point set up an exciting finish, which made coming out on top even more satisfying,” Cornwall said.