The Fire Course are Jumeirah Golf Estates
The Fire Course are Jumeirah Golf Estates. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The prestigious Jumeirah Golf Estates Amateur Open starts Saturday 22nd January, 2022.

The event is part of the men’s Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit and is also sanctioned by the EGF.

It has been announced that the winner of the 2022 Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Men’s Amateur Open will win a place in the Ras al Khaimah Classic that is to be played between Thursday 10th and Sunday 13th February. The Ras al Khaimah Classic, sanctioned by the EGF, has recently been announced by the DP World Tour and will be played at Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Steff Jones, Golf Services Manager, Jumeirah Golf Estates, commented at the draw announcement, “We have been impressed by the quality of the entries from the UAE and overseas. Both golf courses are in excellent shape and we look forward to hosting all the players, who I am sure will enjoy their weekend. Our 2021 champion is Josh Hill (Trump International), who is not defending as he is competing in this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. We especially thank the DP World Tour for proving an invite to the second Ras Al Khaimah event on the four-event enhanced Desert Swing. 42 players in the draw have a + handicap.”

Round one of the JGE Men’s Open will be played over the Fire course with 105 players in the field.

Tee times are 6.45 am – 12.25 pm with play in three-balls from the 1st Tee.

Last week’s Emirates Amateur Open champion Monty Scowsill (Eng) is in the field, who qualified, by his win, for the DP World Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship presented by Phoenix Capital to be held the week after the Dubai Desert Classic also at Al Hamra Golf Club. Scowsill represents Woodbridge Golf Club and plays off a +2.5 handicap.

Overseas entries

Local favourites include Toby Bishop (Trump International) and Craig Vance (Trump International), who both play at 12.15 pm with +4.6 and +4.0 respectively, who are paired with Jonathan Selvaraj (Yas Links, +4.5).

The lowest handicapper in the field is Yash Majmudar (JGE, +6.9 handicap)

The event has attracted a number of overseas entries including from: England, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands.

The second round will be played on Sunday with leaders out last on the Earth course.