Dubai: Mohammad Khan carded a brilliant 41 points to win the Orient Travel Golf Challenge 2013 at Emirates Golf Club.
Playing off a decent 11 handicap, Khan scored points on almost every hole to wrap up a healthy three-shot victory over his nearest challenger Amir Enam in a tournament which followed the stableford format with a full handicap allowance.
Khan also guided his team, which comprised Rakesh Misra, Madhu Sharma and Ashok Bakshi, to victory in the team event, a good three shots ahead of the second-placed team, which consisted of Thierry Dongies, Graham Nicholas, Martin Duff and Alex Andarkis. Khan’s team scored an impressive 84 points.
The tournament, which was supported by Thai Airways, afforded the participants a chance to experience top-class conditions at Majlis course, the venue of the recent Omega Dubai Desert Classic. While many struggle to cope up with the rough, Khan was a picture of consistency and managed to keep the ball in play.
Also featuring in the field were Warawudh Chuwiruch, Ambassador of Thailand, Thosaporn Moonlasartsathorn, Consul General of Thailand, and Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, Consul General of Malaysia.
Billy Kearns and Gerry Beirne won the nearest-to-the-pin prizes on holes fourth and 15th, while Amir Enam (hole 8th) and Bayer Khan (12th) took the longest drive honours.
Somchai Sukkhasantikul, general manager of Thai Airways, and Asim Arshad, CEO of Orient Travel, presented the prizes. Two business class Thai Airways tickets to Bangkok were also raffled during the presentation ceremony.