Oman bags two podium finishes in Kuwait

MUSCAT: In a double delight for Oman, the Sultanate’s junior boys’ and ladies’ golf teams finished on the podium as the GCC Gulf Cup Golf Championship 2015 concluded on Saturday at the lush green Sahara Kuwait Golf Club in Kuwait City. Oman’s junior boys’ team, which consisted of Rashad Al Harthy, Fahad Al Kitani, Hamood Al Harthy and Amjad Al Touqi, produced scores of 156, 154 and 167 over three days to take the third position. The junior boys’ crown was won by Bahrain, which had scores of 163, 149 and 160 over three days. The runners-up position was taken by Qatar. The victorious Bahraini contingent comprised Sulaiman Ali, Ali Al Hakam and Ahmed Mohammad.

In the ladies’ competition, the Omanis took the third place. Comprising Asma Al Rashdi and Huwaida Al Barwani, the squad was Oman’s maiden participation in the ladies’ category of an international golf championship. The duo of Asma and Huwaida produced scores of 231, 223 and 206.

310254The ladies’ crown was taken by Kuwait, though, who managed scores of 172, 177 and 184. The Kuwait ladies’ team included Fadia Emadi, Burgais Keem and Noor Al Dousari. The UAE finished runners-up in the ladies’ event.

Oman didn’t have the best of outings in the seniors’ competition, though, with the Sultanate side finishing fourth. The combination of Azaan Al Rumhy, Hamed Al Rumhy, Ahmed Al Balushi and Ali Hameed managed scores of 248, 237, 246 and 261. Bahrain finished champion in the seniors’ event, producing scores of 223, 212, 224 and 229. The second place went to Saudi Arabia. The victorious Bahraini side included Sultan Abdullah, Nasser Yaqoub, Hamad Al Afnan, Mohammad Al Nuaimi.

Hailing Oman’s third-place finish in the junior and ladies’ contests, the Oman Golf Committee’s Chairman Mundhir Al Barwani said: “It was good to see the teams from Oman putting up a good fight till the finish. The level of competition in Kuwait was quite high as it was a top GCC-level championship. I am particularly impressed with the brave effort put in by Oman’s lady golfers, considering this was their first outing at this level.”

Oman Junior team member Fahad Al Kitani said: “We took the lead at the initial stage of the competition, but the Bahraini golfers put up a good show and finally we came third.” Oman ladies’ team member Asma sounded elated, saying: “It was good that we are now representing our country abroad. We were able to finish third in our debut competition and gained some valuable experience.”

The Omani contingent in Kuwait was accompanied by national coach Milo Breitenwischer, Oman Golf Committee Chairman Mundhir Al Barwani and its Vice-Chairman Ahmed Al Jhdhamy.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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