(Left to right) Mishaal Alireza, Hisham Sultan, Division A winner, and Tournament Organiser Keith Watson. Image Credit: Supplied

The Regional Grand Final of the Race to Georgia powered by REZA Hygiene took place at the Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai.

82 players from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE qualified through 17 Qualifying Rounds over the golf season that attracted over 1,400 amateur golfers, for this Regional Grand Final.

The three winners of the respective divisions qualify for the Race to Georgia World Final in US in April, along with an opportunity to be a Patron at The Masters to be held 6th – 9th April, 2023.

18 hole

The format was 18 hole Stableford with 75% handicap allowance.

Division A winner was Hisham Sultan (The Els Club, Dubai) (3) who shot 39 points. He had nines of gross 37 and 35 at the Montgomerie Golf Club with five gross birdies to shoot the equivalent of a gross level par 72.

Nicholas Deepak (Meydan, The Track) off an 18 handicap also shot 39 points to win Division B.

Deepak shot 87 in the Regional Grand Final for a four-point winning margin.

The Sponsors Division won by Zeid Alireza (4) with 33 Stableford points.

The tournament and raffle prizes were Masters ‘themed’ with framed golf memorabilia of the golfing greats, including; Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo etc.

One of the Regional Grand Final winners Hisham Sultan, said, “To win this trip to the US is a dream come true. I won’t be able to sleep tonight. It’s a dream come true! I am looking forward to playing in the World Final as well as attending The Masters – it is certainly on my bucket list and I can’t thank Reza Hygiene enough. What a great series.”

Great day

At the prize presentation Keith Watson, Tournament Organiser and Division Manager, REZA Hygiene, said, “We have a great day here at the Montgomerie Golf Club for our Regional Grand Final. Congratulations to our three winners, Hisham, Nicholas and Zeid, who are in for a real treat with both the all-expenses paid World Final as well as the visit to The Masters. I have been many times and it is a trip that will not disappoint. Thanks to all the sponsors who have made this season long event happen as well as to all the host golf clubs in the region and to our hosts today, the Montgomerie Golf Club.”

The Race to Georgia was sanctioned by the Emirates Golf Federation, Saudi Arabian Golf Association and Bahrain Golf Association. with the following sponsors and supporters: REZA Hygiene, Rezaroma, SARA Group, Papa Johns, Delta Fitness, STAKE, EMAAR Hospitality, Wisewell, TXGB, Hako, dyson, Rubbermaid, Finasi, Guard Pro, AWE, ACT, Butterfly Social, and Creative Ekcent with additional support from Troon Golf.

Results (Stableford)

Division A

H. Sultan, Trump International GC, Dubai (3), 39

J. McGowan, The Els Club, Dubai (7) 37.

M. Bateman, The Els Club, Dubai (6) 37.

Division B

N. Deepak, Meydan, The Track (18) 39.

P. Dunphy, Montgomerie GC (11) 35.

B. Blackaby, Riyadh GC, KSA (12) 34.

Sponsor’s Division

Z. Alireza (4) 33.