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Young UAE golfers practice in Bahrain

UAE under-18s team hopefuls prepare for Pan Arab Championship

Gulf News

Dubai: The UAE Under-18s national golf team returned home from Bahrain’s Royal Golf Club after attending a weekend to fine tune their skills ahead of their forthcoming engagements on the domestic and international circuits.

The weekend was part of the Emirates Golf Federation’s intensive training programme to prepare the team for the Pan Arab Championship, which will be held at Riffa Views in Bahrain this month.

Accompanied by Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Emirates Golf Federation, seven juniors went through their paces under the watchful eyes of UAE national junior coach Jason Froggatt. There are four places available on the team for the Pan Arab Championships.

“Different forms of play on the Montgomerie course allowed the players to implement all they had learnt throughout their games and, more importantly, helped to forge a sense of camaraderie,” Al Shamsi said. “Playing on a European Tour venue course was a great experience for the juniors.

“It was a beneficial weekend thanks to the enthusiastic response from the players, who now look forward to the challenges ahead. We are committed to providing the players with the best playing opportunities and the Pan Arab Championship is very much part of our initiative to try and keep the momentum going. The experience gained at this year’s GCC Tournament championship will go a long way in preparing the team.

“Riffa Views will be a true test to the team. The young players can learn from the senior players from their experience in past tournaments in Bahrain.”

The National Junior Programme is supported by International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) in Abu Dhabi.