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Podium finish: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain team finishers at the medal presentation ceremony after the GCC Championship. Image Credit: Supplied photo

Dubai: Team Qatar won the 2022 GCC Golf Championships over the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Thursday.

On a cool day with a stiff breeze for the first time this week, Qatar won by 10 shots in this best three from four scores to count to the team score in each round.

Team Saudi Arabia finished second, Bahrain third, hosts UAE in fourth, Oman in fifth and Kuwait sixth to complete the results sheet in this six-nation regional team event.

The three qualifying scores for Team Qatar in the final round came from Jaham Al Kuwari with a 77, Ali Al Shaharani with 78 and Saleh Al Kaabi with a 79. The non-counting score for Team Qatar came from Abdulrahman Al Shaharani with an 86.

Saleh Al Kaabi (Qatar) won the Men’s Individual Division with rounds of 71, 66, 75 and 79 on 291, winning the gold medal by four shots from Faisal Sahleb (KSA). Emirati Ahmad Skaik, the UAE Presidents Cup champion and current WAGR number 29, finished third at a further four shots back on 298 with rounds of 73, 74, 74 and 77.

The UAE junior team won the 54-hole GCC Junior Under 18 title on 42-over par in a best two scores from the team of three format for each round.

The three-man UAE junior team consisted of Abdalla Al Suwaidi, Rashid Al Jassmy and Mohammad Skaik.

Abdalla Al Suwaidi (UAE) won the bronze medal in the Junior Individual Division with rounds of 77, 77 and 83.

The two individual GCC Championship champions, Saleh Al Kaabi (Qatar) and Salem Alabkal (Kuwait), were also awarded Honorary Memberships of Abu Dhabi Golf Club in recognition of their achievements.

The 2022 GCC Championships are supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Final scores

Men’s Team Event (Best 3 from 4 scores in each round)

Qatar. +26.

Saudi Arabia +36.

Bahrain. +60.

United Arab Emirates. +66.

Oman. +103.

Kuwait. +211.

Individual scores (Blue Tees. Par 72. 72. 72. 72. 288)

Men’s Division

S. Al Kaabi (Qatar) 71. 66. 75. 79. 291.

F. Sahleb (KSA) 75. 71. 74. 75. 295.

A. Skaik (UAE) 73. 74. 74. 77. 298.

Other notables

K. Al Masaood (UAE) 75. 79. 78. 86. 318.

S. Malik (UAE) 82. 81. 78. 78. 319.

R. Al Emadi (UAE) 80. 78. 82. 96. 336.

Junior Division Team (Best 2 from 3 scores. Green Tees)

UAE. +42.

Oman. +57.

Bahrain. +73.

Qatar. +126.

Junior individual division

S. Alabkal (Kuwait) 76. 73. 81. 230.

A. Babatein (KSA) 84. 74. 78. 236.

A. Al Suwaidi (UAE) 77. 77. 83. 237.

R. Al Jassmy (UAE) 74. 86. 82. 242.