Dubai: Lorenzo Lironi (EGC) shot an impressive gross 31, five under par, to become the champion of the inaugural 9-hole Emirates Amateur Golf League (EAGL) Junior Championship, hosted by Shiv Kapur, at The Track Meydan Golf, Dubai on Saturday.
The 16-year-old playing off a four handicap, started on hole six in this shotgun event that teed off at 8.30am.
Lironi scored gross birdies on holes 7, 9, 1, 4 and 5 and no bogeys to dominate the division.
This score of the day also helped Emirates Golf Club take the Team Trophy with all four individual scores counting towards the Team event.
39 competitors played on the day with the Peter Harradine designed golf course being played at a yardage of 3,084 and with a par of 36.
Host Shiv Kapur, congratulated and thanked all players for supporting this initiative and hoped to expand and make it an annual event on the EGF UAE golfing calendar.
Shiv commented: “I was impressed with the quality of golf and scoring on the golf course as well as the course condition. Low scores can only be made on good conditioned golf courses. Golf in the UAE is certainly in good hands if these are the golfers of the future. I must also congratulate all the local PGA- qualified professionals in the UAE at the golf clubs, who coach all these juniors. A gross 31 on that course is hugely impressive and well done to Lorenzo, that score would have beaten many golf professionals that I know. We will watch out for Lorenzo and how his game progresses as well as the others in the field. He is a real talent for a junior of 16 years of age.”
Ten golf clubs, organisations and the EGF were invited to each enter a four-player team with prizes for gross and net individuals.
Winner Lironi thanked EAGL, Shiv and the host club and sponsors for their support during the trophy presentation ceremony.
Lironi explained that he once had lessons at The Track over five years ago, but this is the first time he has seen or played the golf course since then.
The best net prize went to Tiaan Labershangne (Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club) with a net 34, winning on a countback.
The girls’ net was won by Ananya Sood (The Els Club, GEMS) with a net 36 off her 18 handicap.
Best Net — 34 (CB) Tiaan Labuschagne (+1) (Al Ain Shooting, Equestrian and Golf Club).
Runner-up Net — 34 (CB) Vivaan Chhibber (7) (The Els Club 2).
Best Girl Net — Ananya Sood Net 36 (18) (The Els Club. GEMS).
Team Event — Winners Emirates Golf Club:
Lorenzo Lironi (4)
Victor Kofod Olsen (+2)
Joshveer Chadha (1)
Vidant Pal (1)