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UAE in fray for Asia Pacific golf juniors

Event takes place in Hong Kong from August 30 to September 1

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Dubai: Four UAE golfers will compete in the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship in Hong Kong from August 30 to September 1.

Two girls and two boys will compete in a 72-hole mixed gender team competition hosted at the Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course. Representing the UAE will be Reema Al Heloo and Tara Al Marzouqi for the girls, and Mohammad Al Hajeri and Rashid Al Emadi for the boys.

Over three days (72-holes) teams will be made up of one male and one female from each country. teams will be grouped with a different country each day except the seeded draw for round three. The competition will be all stroke play, with a first round of four-balls followed by foursomes and individual gross score.

The UAE have momentum on their side heading into the competition. Tara and Reema have just won team gold at the GCC Ladies Golf Championship, while Tara picked up individual golf at the same event.

Rashid has also won team and individual gold in the GCC Golf Championship’s Under-15 category.

All are products of the UAE’s National Junior Development Programme.

Travelling with the team will be national team captain and Emirates Golf Federation secretary general Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi.

“The girls have had a few strong years in our region, but this will be a good test for them leading into the 2017/18 season that starts in October. This championship will be a good measurement to see how their game has improved since we’ve competed in this event last year.

“We have had a two-week summer camp in Germany during July and a full month of preparation for this championship and the upcoming season. We have set personal goals for this event and I think we will achieve them,” he said.