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Harradine wins men’s Order of Merit

Swiss national team player now targets Mena top spot

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Dubai: Michael Harradine wrapped up his second successive Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) men’s Order of Merit title on Saturday with five wins in ten appearances over the 15-stage series.

The 30-year-old Swiss national team player and course designer is now targeting a top amateur finish in the Mena Tour after finishing third and second in the past two consecutive seasons.

Harradine won opens at Tower Links, Al Hamra and Sharjah Wanderers in October and November before Meydan and Abu Dhabi wins in February and March. He said of his season: “I started well straight off the back of last year’s Mena Tour but participating in the Dubai Desert Classic took a lot out of me and I wasn’t happy with the way I finished the season.

“Golf is an up and down game in general, but it’s most important to keep improving overall. If it ever gets to the point where I become stagnant I’ll stop,” added Harradine, who is now preparing for national team appearances in Europe throughout the summer following his November call-up.

“I’d love to turn professional and play on a major tour but you have to make the switch at the right time and at the moment I’m still improving. My strong points are my drive and iron play but my weakness is putting. Holing crucial putts is the big goal.”

Of the Mena Tour, where he’s already missed the first two events of the current 11-stage series, Harradine said: “I’d like to now try and get the top spot in the amateur division this season after finishing third and second previously, but I missed out on the first two events because I needed a break. I may regret that later on in the season but splitting my season between Dubai and Europe takes its toll.”

Harradine was on 253 points, 73 points ahead of Craig Forrest in the Order of Merit heading into Saturday’s final round at The Els Club, and while the EGF have yet to publish results from that event Harradine is the unconfirmed Order of Merit champion.

Elsewhere Rayhan Thomas won the nine-stage boy’s gross division on 196 points, 45 points from next placed Eion Cunliffe. Fardeen Meeran won the net division on 123 points, 17 ahead of Darren Hall and in the girl’s gross and net division Aashaka Desai beat Emily Siegel by 16 and 26 points.

The Ladies’ division currently led by Sana Tufail in the gross and Kim Chaing in the net will wrap up at Emirates Golf Club on April 26.