Miki Mirza (centre) winner of Division 1 in the recent Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia Qualifier. Image Credit: Supplied

The second official qualifying round of the 2022 Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia took place at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club sanctioned and supported by the Emirates Golf Federation.

Five players qualified from their respective divisions at this event.

Leading Division 1 was Miki Mirza (1) who impressed with a gross 70 to win the top Division by two net shots.

Confidence booster

Mirza commented at the prize presentation, “I had just double bogeyed hole 16 and knew I needed some birdies to qualify, so to see my shot enter the hole from 100 yards on 17 gave me a real boost at a critical time in my round. I am delighted to represent Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club in the UAE National Final of the Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia at Al Hamra Golf Club, in October. It is great to see International Amateur events, like this, back at Dubai Creek and the UAE so thanks to the sponsors for making this happen.”

Janet Kim (10) took top honours in Division 2 with a best of the day net 65 and a win on the countback from Sateesh Sreedharan (12).

Division 3 honours went to Amit Pateria (16) with a net 66 and Division 4 was won by Saurab Lodha (19) with a net 69.

Saurab Lodha, an Emirates NBD Business Manager earned his right to represent Dubai Creek in the final. When interviewed he added, “It will be a great honour to represent both my club and my employer (the Gold Sponsor) Emirates NBD, in the final in Al Hamra and now I can really dream of making my way to Malaysia.”

The final qualifying spot went to Catriona Murray (38) with a net 81.

National Final

All five qualifying players will be invited to play in the National Final to be held at Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah, on 1st October, 2022 along with all the qualifiers from the other 12 club qualifying rounds being played at the leading golf clubs in the UAE.

The winners of the five respective divisions in the UAE National Final in October will represent the UAE in the World Final on November 12th – 19th, 2022, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to compete against 46 other countries.

Today the Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia moves to Yas Links, followed by Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club next weekend.

The 2022 Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia is powered by Thriwe and sanctioned by the Emirates Golf Federation, with sponsors: Aaro, Athletic Drive, BMW AGMC, Accuracy, Msangai Adventure, EGOLF Megastore, WETEL TV, is organised by Sport2Business and supported by Dubai Sports Council.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Emirates NBD Race to Malaysia Qualifier Results:
Division 1 Miki Mirza Net 69
Division 2 Janet Lim Net 65
Division 3 Amit Pateria Net 67
Division 4 Saurab Lodha Net 69
Division 5 Catriona Murray Net 81
Emirates NBD Guest Division Srinivas Chinikula Net 65