The EAGL Mini-Series nine-hole competition served up a classic on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
Eight teams of four players — including a Gulf News team, the English Roses — competed in this individual matchplay format. There was no handicap and all 32 players will play off level or scratch.
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MENA Golfers claimed a brilliant 10 points from a possible 12. No matching that from the rest. Well played.
The MENA Golfers are champions, having won all their matches. They are set to receive the inaugural EAGL Mini-Series trophy. Impressive show by all the golfers in the unfamiliar environment of a pro setting.
The last pairings are finishing off and we are just awaiting the tallied scores (there are 'press' games for bonus points also to factor in). So the official result may take a wee while longer.
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Confirmation of the first two results are in:
1 Dubai Tigers - Nathan Williamson lost to English Roses - Mark Rix
2 MENA Golfers - Deepak Jain beat Asian Jumbos - Bayer Khan
Looks like English Rose Melissa Williams has been inspired by her captain.
English Roses' and Gulf News' Mark Rix takes the win over Nathan Williamson of Dubai Tigers! First result in the book. MENA Golfers' Deepak Jain also defeats Bayer Khan of Asian Jumbos. The results should come in thick and fast now. We shall keep you up to date as we get them confirmed.
Ask and Rix will deliver. Mark reels of two on the trot to level up with Williamson as they head up the 18th.
Oh. A slight delay on the graphics. Rix is actually one up on the last hole.
It looks like the English Roses' Mark Rix has a fight on his hands as he is two down against Nathan Williamson of Dubai Tigers. However, Gary Webber of Abu Dhabi Roars plays it like a pro, with his approach shot landing a few feet awat from the pin.
The English Roses' Melissa Williams is out on the course in the all-female clash against Dubai Tigers' Jaishree Gupta, illustrating the EAGL events' all-inclusive mindset. No stuffy men-only rules here, thank you!
English Roses skipper Mark Rix, along with teammates Bryan Moulds, Melissa Williams and Paul Summerskill, will be hoping to get their hands on the inaugural EAGL Mini-Series trophy this evening. We will update you as the scores start to come in.
It looks a little toasty out there but the fairways are in great condition.
The players are all setting off on their pairings now. Here is a recap of the teams and captains.
- Dubai Tigers (Captain: Chris May)
- Mena Golfers (Captain: Rick Bevan)
- English Roses (Captain: Mark Rix)
- Asian Jumbos (Captain: Paul Murnaghan)
- Indian Lions (Captain: Gurbax Singh)
- Abu Dhabi Roars (Captain: Gary Webber)
- Emirati Players (Captain: Khalid Yousuf)
- European Seves (Captain: Jay Tostevin)
Welcome. We are ready to roll on the first ever EAGL Mini-Series as Indian star pro golfer Shiv Kapur hits the inaugural tee shot.
The first pairing with be our very own Mark Rix of the Gulf News-sponsored English Roses against Nathan Williamson of Dubai Tigers.
On the course, many of the region’s decision-makers from the golf and business industries, all of them serious amateur golfers, are set to go head-to-head in the televised event.
There will be walk-on music on the first tee, with official announcements for each player, live TV coverage on Dubai Sports 2, as well as live streaming from 3.15pm to 9pm of the day’s action, including the UAE Golf Industry Forum to be held at the invite-only Gala Dinner in the Jumeirah Golf Estates Ballroom.
The main EAGL, scheduled to be held later this year, will be the first franchise-based amateur tournament in the world.