Dubai Golf Trophy
The Amateur Team celebrate their victory Image Credit: Dubai Golf

The Amateurs retained the Dubai Golf Trophy after the 25th edition of the prestigious competition ended in a tie following two days of thrilling action at Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The first round witnessed some impressive play from the Amateurs, who opened up a two point advantage in the morning foursomes after defeating the Professionals 5-3 on the Faldo Course.

The Professionals quickly fought back, winning the afternoon fourballs by the same score line to leave the teams tied at eight apiece ahead of the final day singles.

With ten of those matches during the opening two rounds decided on the final hole, the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was set to welcome the two teams for a thrilling finale.

Notable performances came from Mike Bolt, representing the Professionals, who secured an emphatic 7&5 triumph over Craig Vance as well as the Amateur Team’s Dominic Morton defeating David Gray 5&5 at the home of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

With the Amateur Team only requiring a tie to retain the trophy, Viktor Kofod-Olsen stepped up to the plate, securing a crucial tie against Matt Rice on the 18th green in the day's final game, which resulted in the competition ending 16-16.

Alongside the main event, a two-day Ladies Challenge Match was also held, with the two teams sharing the spoils after tying each day’s matches.

“Being Captain this weekend and representing the Amateurs was truly unforgettable,” said Amateur Team Captain, Barry Pavic.

“Observing the intense matches, witnessing incredible shots, and experiencing the unpredictability of each turn was exhilarating.

“Playing alongside the Professional team, who exemplify skill and grace, was an honour. Their dedication to mentoring Amateur players is commendable, shaping the future of golf.

“It's also inspiring to see women competing fiercely, underscoring their significant presence in the game. I'm hopeful that more women will participate in future events to further enrich the sport. With a team of six rookies and seasoned players, we faced a formidable Professional team, resulting in a draw that highlights the strength of both sides.

“Retaining the Trophy fills me with immense pride, and I extend sincere gratitude to the organisers at Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates and eagerly anticipate next year's event."