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Lady Captainâ€™s Day 2013
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s another hectic month bites the dust, we are nearing the end of a busy season but there’s still plenty happening in May too before the season officially ends and the temperatures start soaring into the 40s.
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If you look through the competition results for April, you will be taken aback at exactly how many events happened that month; it really was full-on, but very enjoyable all the same. The Club’s 25th Anniversary celebrations are now all finished, having culminated in the 25-Hole Open on 18th April which was really well organised with excellent on-course food and beverages and so many great prizes provided by sponsors Tech Access, On Course Golf, BASF, IP Global, Acuma and Zurich. It was very enjoyable, even though it was a long day with high temperatures! Congratulations to the marshals who did a great job of trying to keep everyone moving and thank you to all management and staff who worked so hard to put the various Anniversary events together.
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As I am writing this, the ladies have just finished a full day of golf and lunch for Lady Captain’s Day which was very good; congratulations to Lady Vice-Captain. Barbara Head, to EGC staff members, Don and Albert, and to Marie Benson, Carrie Parker, Stephanie Wilson, Carolyn Thompson, Tracy Marks, Senga Newell, Najla Bartette, Vera Woolnough, Janet Curtis, Maura Duggan and Annette Stewart, ably assisted by Trevor Varri, for putting together the excellent ‘skit’ after lunch which was really well done. Moshe Kohli’s Captain’s Day takes place in a few days time on 3rd May and it’s sure to be an enjoyable day. Moshe has very kindly invited the ladies to take part so this will be staged over both courses - full report and photos will follow next month.
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Congratulations to this year’s Hankook Greensomes winners, Jenny Ayres and Trevor Varri, a formidable pairing who won the Club Mixed Matchplay last season and they are in the final again this year. Thank you to Surender Kandhari of Hankook for his continuous support of this event; it’s not only a company sponsorship but also personal support by Surender and his family. Long may this event continue as it is one of the highlights of the year. Enjoy the last of the pleasant weather and all the events that are taking place in May!
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I had the proud privilege of playing with HE the Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM,AVSM,YSM,NM,VSM,ADC. The Admiral is an anti-submarine warfare specialist, and he was on a state visit to UAE. He is an avid golfer and his humility was most endearing and truly worth emulating by all of us. It was truly a most enjoyable experience for all of us who met him that day.
wesome April lived up to expectations and the first tournament was the 21st running of the Indian Invitational. This was followed by the Medal, and then the Anniversary 25-Hole Open on 18th. Barney and his team put in a lot of hard work and, with the sponsors who supported the event, it turned out to be a great day with some fabulous prizes, on course food and beverages, and a wonderful evening at the prize presentation. ‘The Quaich’, the bi-annual tournament that has been started this season against the Montgomerie Golf Club was played on 25th April. It was an absolutely lovely day out on the Majlis course followed by a superb sit-down dinner in Le Classique.
The keenly contested Talker Cup was played on 27th and was won by Team Europe. I am told it was fiercely contested and and the better team on the day won. Heartiest congratulations !!
I must compliment Jayshree, Annette, Jasjeev and Nishanthi for their great efforts in selling raffle tickets at the Indian Invitational and collecting AED 15,000 for the Lady Captain’s Day on junior staff fund — indeed the most 28th was a huge success. difficult task. Past Captain Surender Vice-Captain Barbara India, Chief of Naval Staff of Kandhari deserves all the praise and her team put on an li Koh she Mo h wit hi Admiral DK Jos for once again organising a great absolutely wonderful day event, and thanks to all members and entertainment at the for their participation. Over the past prize presentation. I am sure Glynis will cover more 21 years approximately AED 400,000 has been of it in her message. I am now looking forward to collected for the junior staff fund and this has welcoming you all on my Captain’s day and seek only been possible due to the generosity of the your support with your participation. The entries members who have bought the raffle tickets, the have been great so far, and I thank you all very sponsors for the gifts, and of course the steering much. committee of this event. May Mayhem is usually a time when the golf Dr Abdulla Karam practises in the evening season is winding down and, though slower, on the range, nearly five days a week. He is mayhem continues, the essence being to catch one man who has shown that hard work and up on as much golf as possible before the harsh perseverance pays, by winning the Monthly Medal summer sets in. We do have a couple of great and an improvement of five strokes to his current tournaments like the Black Tee Challenge and the handicap. He is truly a role model for those Tournament of Champions. We are playing the aspiring to sharpen their game and of course at DCGYC in the Clash of the Titans, and there will be KHDA. He was also instrumental in continuously the Staff and Members Scramble later this month. requesting flood lights on the members side of the That is something I am truly looking forward to. Majlis driving range. So once Andrew got the lights The junior staff, in spite of very little practise, play fixed, Abdulla delivered on the game. Heartiest so well and it’s always a memorable afternoon. congratulations Doctor !! So my advice, for the month of May, please get We had a visiting Chinese delegation from a Golf on the course as much as possible and if it’s hot Club in Beijing recently. Lady Captain Glynis and during the day, we can always boast of Night her team of 14 players took them on and won by a Clubbing on the Faldo. wide margin. Incoming Lady Vice-Captain Mitsuko won the singles event. Well done ladies of EGC. So till next month, The winning streak continues. Our players in the scratch league also continue to excel, and make us Moshe Kohli all very proud. Captain 2012-2013
MEN’S COMPETITION RESULTS Mashreq/BMW medal championship Friday, 12th April 2013 A DIVISION (HCP. 0-10) WINNER Jignesh Sangani RUNNER - UP Paul Byrne THIRD Ross Hopwood BEST GROSS Ross Hopwood
70 70 70 70
B DIVISION (HCP. 11-20) WINNER Abdulla Al Karam RUNNER - UP Peter Pavy THIRD Lalu Mahtani
67 70 70
C DIVISION (HCP. 21-34) WINNER Nishith Patel
Dick Purchase (Vice Captain), Abdulla Al Karam (Champion) and Caetano Fernandes (Head of Mashreq Gold)
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pril certainly didn’t disappoint, and was, as expected, cram packed with one golfing fixture after another.
The April Monthly Medal gave all the ladies their last chance to earn Curtisy Cup points for our annual tournament in May, Europe v Rest of the World. The points have now been awarded, and the final team selections have been made. The top 16 point scorers (in the Order of Merit) for each team will battle it out on the Majlis course, The format will be Greensomes in the morning followed by Pairs Betterball in the afternoon and it’s sure to be a hard fought event, with Emirates Golf Club’s top lady golfers competing for the coveted Curtisy Cup. Congratulations to everyone who earned their place, and good luck to both teams, in what is always an incredible day! In order to give some of our ladies the chance for some Curtisy Cup practise, we held a Greensomes tournament on our regular Monday morning, resulting in some fantastic scores and a lot of fun. Well done to all the winners. Our annual stableford tournament, the Camel Trophy which is extremely popular on our golfing calendar, produced some very high scores with Maura Duggan triumphing over the field with an outstanding 41 points! Maura played a fabulous round of golf and was delighted to take the trophy. Huge congratulations to all the winners! Onwards to the Nations Cup, another popular tournament, when we played a Pairs Betterball format for our countries. Never having won the trophy before, Scotland is now firmly on the Cup, with Barbara Head and myself winning with a very successful 52 points, beating Denmark by just one point! Well done team Scotland! It was a real pleasure for EGC ladies to host visitors from Beijing China, to play a friendly matchplay tournament on the Majlis. EGC were the victors and we all enjoyed a fabulous evening on the terrace entertaining our guests. Thank you to all the ladies who were able to take part in an already busy month. With the Hankook Greensomes and our Ladies’ Amateur Open in the intervening weekends, the golfing season, along with the weather, truly was heating up. Our very own Trevor Varri and Jenny Ayres, with their winning partnership, triumphed over a strong field to bring the Hankook trophy home in this very successful annual tournament - a great achievement! With some unseasonal, but extremely
welcome rain in April some of us even played golf in the rain. Our beginners took part in their own Rosebowl Trophy, a 9-hole stableford competition, which is always hard fought. This year’s winner of the Rosebowl Trophy was Leona Sandesjo with a steady 16 points. Well done! I was certainly looking forward to my Lady Captain’s Day, and it didn’t disappoint! A 115 strong field, played a modified course in an individual format, with many surprises along the way. Having witnessed many a Captain’s Day, I knew to expect the unexpected. Being surrounded on the tee box, at very close range, my drive-in did concern me. However, I think the adrenalin must have kicked in, and a not-too-shabby drive of 205 yards gave me great relief! “Thank goodness, that was over”, I thought, but then I remembered I still had Barbara’s skit and my speech to come! I think Stephanie Wilson dressed up in a dog costume, jumping out at me before my drivein certainly took my mind off the job in hand so thanks Steph... I knew you couldn’t resist! From the complimentary continental breakfast at check-in, delicious sausage rolls and quiche on the course, to the wonderful lunch and party at Emirates Central, I know that all the ladies and guests had an amazing day! Thank you to all the sponsors on the day - it wouldn’t have been such a great success without you! Thank you Emirates Golf Club for all your unfaltering support throughout the year and for the beautiful gift. Special thanks to Barbara and Co. for the amazing transformation of Emirates Central into a British themed party, and the extremely funny take on my life! The ‘skit’ was so well thought out and executed by our very own ladies with cameo roles from EGC staff. Many thanks to all the sponsors, Maui Jim, Mercedes, Bespoke Wellness, Chef Andy, Prosport, Harvey Nichols, Mitsuko Emmerson, Lyn Born and Sensasia Spa. Last but not least, a big heartfelt thank-you to the wonderful ladies’ section at Emirates Golf Club for making my year truly memorable! With so much more still to come, I can’t wait for Moshe’s Captain’s Day on Friday 3rd May. See you all there! Glynis Hendry Lady Captain 2012-2013
LADIES’ COMPETITION RESULTS GREENSOMES COMPETITION Monday 8th April 2013 WINNERS RUNNERS - UP THIRD
Mark Bruce and Glynis Hendry with Medal winner Viv Caley
MONTHLY MEDAL Monday 1st April 2013 SILVER “A” DIVISION (HCP. 0 – 14) Winner Viv Caley Runner - Up Naima Maya Overall Best Gross Viv Caley SILVER “B” DIVISION (HCP. 15 –23) Winner Jenny Isles Runner - Up Martha Wong BRONZE DIVISION (HCP. 24 –42) Winner Fiona Munro
Carolyn Thompson Jenny Richardson Caroline Jones Naima Maya S. L. Rim Han Soon Shin
Net 72 Net 73 Gross 83 Net 72 Net 74 73
Mark Bruce, Carolyn Thompson and Glynis Hendry
CAMEL TROPHY 15th April 2013 OVERALL WINNER Maura Duggan 41 Pts SILVER DIVISION ( 0-23) WINNER Rosemary Turlik 40 Pts RUNNER - UP Sanchia Oberholster 40 Pts BRONZE DIVISION (24 – 42) WINNER Ninu Smith 41 Pts RUNNER - UP Sue Hopwood 41 Pts
Mark Bruce, Maura Duggan and Glynis Hendry
38 Pts 38 Pts 35 Pts
NATIONS CUP Monday 22nd April 2013
52 PTS 51 PTS 49 PTS
Pro, Mark Bruce with Team Scotland, Glynis Hendry and Barbara Head
WINNERS SCOTLAND Glynis Hendry Barbara Head RUNNER - UP DENMARK Claudia Bollerslev Helle Larsen THIRD ARGENTINA Sandra Broedelet Maggie Neil
Lady Captain’s Day Monday, 29th April 2013
Ladies’ Amateur Open Winners
Ladies’ Amateur Open Friday 25th April 2013 CHAMPION 2013 Serifa De Souza (DCG&YC)
RUNNER UP Julia Alhemoud (EGF)
THIRD Kavita Sehmi (EGC)
WINNER Mego Han RUNNER UP Lynne Whitelaw THIRD Carol Harris FOURTH Catherine Convery
50 Pts 49 Pts 49 Pts 46 Pts
LADY CAPTAIN’S DRIVE Mimi Hosking
BEST TEAM PRIZE Carol Harris, Miriam Wormser, Rosemary Robehmed, Lorraine Al Bustani
HOLE PRIZES Nearest the pin in two shots Hole # 1: Rekha Bandopadhyay (Sponsored by Chef Andy) Longest Drive – Hole No. 3: Mimi Hosking (Sponsored by Harvey Nichols) Hit the green with your Tee Shot - Hole # 5: Viv Caley (Sponsored by Lyn Born) Nearest the pin with Throw – Hole # 7: Lorraine Main (Sponsored by Maui Jim)
Nearest the pin – Hole # 9: Ninu Smith (Sponsored by Bespoke Wellness) Nearest the pin - Hole # 11: Rekha Bandopadhyay (Sponsored by Chef Andy) Longest Drive – Hole No. 12: Clare Hand (Sponsored by Mitsuko Emmerson) Nearest the pin - Hole # 15: Noemy Bertuol (Sponsored by Bespoke Wellness) Land your Tee Shot on the green- Hole # 18: Pauline Wallace (Sponsored by SensAsia Spa) BIRDIE TREE WINNER: Carolyn Thompson ECLECTIC COMPETITION BEST NET WINNER: Elaine Belcher BEST GROSS WINNER: Rosemary Turlik ROSEBOWL COMPETITION WINNER: Leona Sandesjo
NET BEST NET Aashaka Desai (DCGYC)
SECOND NET H H Choi (DCGYC)
SECOND NET Josie Tracey (EGC)
MIXED COMPETITION RESULTS Thorp, Preston, Pearce and Meyer triumph in the US Masters Par 3 event
he Acuma team of Kevin Thorp, Paul Preston, Mike Pearce and Illana Meyer took first place in the US Masters Par 3 competition with an excellent score of 40 Stableford points on the Par 3 course. Following closely in second place with a great score of 38 Stableford points was the 7-Days team of Mark Rix, Zoe Rix, Dave Hoolickin and Steve Moran. Mark Rix also claimed the Nearest the Pin prize on hole 4. Dubai Golf’s CEO Chris May claimed the Nearest the Pin Prize on hole 9. All competitors then enjoyed an evening of golf as the US Masters began shortly after the end of the competition.
Talker Cup 2013 27th April
21ST INDIAN INVITATION GOLF DAY Friday 5th April 2013 Overall Winners Sharat Seth, Manoj Kapur 46 Overall Runners Up Kutan Malattiri, Anish Malattiri 46 Overall Third Carolyn Thompson, Nigel Thompson 45 Group A: Majlis Front 9 & Wadi Front 9 Winners Maggie Neil, Asgar Patel 45 Runners Up Charlie Stricklin, Sanjay Israni 43 Third David Formas, Sandra Cheea 41 Group B: Majlis Back 9 & Wadi Back 9 Winners Anand Lakhiani, Nelly Amarnani 45 Runners Up Jari Kolonen, Pentti Korjonen 44 Third Mathys Oberholster, Sanchia Oberholster 44 Team Prizes: Blind Partners Team Of Four: Group A Winners Martha Wong, Bill Wong Andrew Whitelaw, Lynne Whitelaw 86 Runners Up Lionel Smith, Rajesh Verma Annette Stewart, Lloyd Stewart 82 Third Craig Strydom, Nancy Wingate Steinar Bratland, Ghanshyam Manghnani 82 Team Prizes: Blind Partners Team Of Four: Group B Winners Surender Kandhari, Jasjeev Kandhari Nina Larm, Pentti Tahvanainen 80 Runners Up Ashok Bakshi, Pramod Arora Ivan Fornazaric, Steva Fornazaric 77 Third Shuresh Shewakramani, Surjit Namli Kish Bandopadhyay, Arun Khehar 75 Nearest The Pin Hole # 11 Majlis: Alan Salem Nearest The Pin Hole # 15 Majlis: Manoj Kapur Nearest The Pin Hole # 12 Faldo: Paul Byrne Nearest The Pin Hole # 17 Faldo: Chris Smith Nearest The Pin Hole # 4 Majlis: Pentti Tahvanainen Nearest The Pin Hole # 7 Majlis: Sanjay Israni Nearest The Pin Hole #2 Faldo: Vikrant Mehra Nearest The Pin Hole #8 Faldo: Manoj Shivnani Straightest Drive Hole # 16 Faldo: Paul Byrne Straightest Drive Hole # 10 Majlis: Anil Sobti Straightest Drive Hole # 3 Faldo: Connie Sayal Straightest Drive Hole # 5 Faldo: Manoj Shivnani
he Talker Cup is an annual all-day golf competition between teams of 24 players from Europe and North America, the format being better-ball matchplay. It was started in 1988 by member, Richard Chiarantona. This year was the 27th event (there were two in 1988, in May and in December) and after a very exciting day and some superb matches Europe emerged the winners beating their rivals by 15-9. The overall results from 27 Talker Cup events stand at 15 wins for N. America to Europeâ€™s 12. Captains this year were Drummond Welsh for Europe and Erik Koeman for N. America. Next yearâ€™s Captains were announced at the post-match dinner, Scott McPherson for Europe and Ed Hesson Jnr. for N. America.
Bandopadhyay and Khehar Clinch Pairs Stableford sponsored by Nexus Saturday 13 April 2013
ish Bandopadhyay and Arun Khehar combined perfectly to post 43 points and triumph in the Paris Betterball Stableford sponsored by Nexus. As always at Emirates Golf Club this mixed event, sponsored by Nexus for the third successive year, attracted a starting field of 108 players. Bandopadhyay followed his recent monthly medal success with a winning performance in
tandem with Arun Khehar, their 7-under par total being good enough to edge Gurmukh Ghuldu and Nishith Patel into second by a one point margin. Connie Sayal partnered the in form Shravan Khanna to take third place overall on 41 points. Also in the prizes were Chris Purchase and Ashish Nanda for their accuracy on the nearest the pin holes and Carolyn Thompson and Shravan Khanna for their long drives.
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HANKOOK GREENSOMES Friday, 19th and Saturday, 20th April 2013 NET CHAMPIONS Jenny Ayres (EGC), Trevor Varri (EGC) 69 + 64.5 RUNNERS UP Choon Park (EGC), Han Soon Shin (EGC) 70 + 64.5 THIRD PLACE Ian W. Scott (EGC), Lorraine Main (EGC) 70 + 68.5 FOURTH PLACE Vipen Sethi (EGC), Rena Sethi (EGC) 72 + 67 GROSS OVERALL BEST GROSS 1ST PLACE Rohit Gupta (EGC), Vickram Tah (EGC) 73 + 77 OVERALL BEST GROSS 2ND PLACE Jayshree Gupta (EGC), Raashid Ali (EGC) 75 + 78 BEST NET DAY - 1 Mike Pearce (EGC), Lesley Pearce (EGC) BEST NET DAY - 2 Mathys Oberholster (EGC), Sanchia Oberholster (EGC) Hole in One Charlie Stricklin DAY 1 NEAREST THE PIN HOLE # 2 Paul Byrne NEAREST THE PIN HOLE # 12 Scott MacPherson LONGEST DRIVE HOLE # 16 Mimi Hosking DAY 2 NEAREST THE PIN HOLE # 15 Mark Donovan NEAREST THE PIN HOLE # 4 Myoung Goo Lee LONGEST DRIVE HOLE # 12 Mathys Oberholster
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he Montgomerie Dubai, captained by John Brash triumphed over Moshe Kohli’s Emirates team in the inaugural ‘Quaich’ interclub match. The Ryder Cup style event witnessed 20 members from each club battle for the pride of ‘Emirates Hills’ over the iconic
Kohli and Turlik secured 1.5 points in the lead-off match against Brash and Pitman. Nick Hymas and Juan Pujana defeated Dick Purchase and Drummond Welsh 2 & 1. The third match also went to the visitors with Alex Kuk and Cedric Fevre beating Amr Salem and Lalu Mahtani 4 & 3. Gurinder Singh and Nishith Patel claimed a one- hole victory for the hosts over Anthony Clarke and Myung Kyu Shi. The best performance of the day came from Alex Andarakis and Stephen
Peter Pavy & Sanjeev Gheewala and Anand Lakhiani & Vijay Devnani secured points for Emirates. The last three pairings for Montgomerie all clinched narrow matches including John McMenemy, John Aslett, Debbie Murray, Jo Higgins, Kerry Fitzpatrick and Jane Gray. The end result saw Montgomerie scoring 7.5 points to EGC’s 6 to grant them the title. The event lived up to its promise of ‘a challenge of sportsmanship and true spirit’; the return fixture will be staged at the Montgomerie Dubai later this year where Emirates Golf Club will look to wrestle back the trophy from their neighbours.
ith the weather heating up and the Dubai Golf Junior Series in full swing it was time for the sixth event on the calendar. The event took place on Thursday 18th April with two shotgun starts at 4pm and 6pm. We had a total of 46 competitors, many of whom were trying to climb the Order of Merit table while those at the top were trying to extend their points lead.
Black/Masters Level: 1st place went to Dhruv Nair with a fantastic level par score of 27. Well done Dhruv! In second place was Abraham Delos Reyes with 2 over score of 29 nice improvement Abraham.
For all levels the competition was run over nine holes of the Par 3 course at Emirates Golf Club.
Blue/Silver Level: 1st place was Toby Bishop with a score of 32 beating 2nd place Tanishq Lalvani who scored 34.
Styen, claiming a 5 & 3 victory for team Montgomerie.
Purple/Gold Level: 1st place was Eshna Bhargava with a score of 31 beating 2nd place Mikhil Maajid also with 31 on a last hole countback. Very tight scoring in this category!
Yellow/Bronze Level: 1st place was won by Hoshi Yadav with a score of 37 and 2nd place was brother, Mikhil Yadav, with a score of 39. White/Cadet Level: 1st Arghandiwal Syraat who scored 44. Our thanks go out to all competitors and parents for coming along to support the events. It has been a fantastic series so far and the development of the players is showing with the extra practice and the levels of scoring. Well done everyone!
I guess they are what you call third culture kids as they feel home everywhere in the world.
When did you come to Dubai? We came to Dubai from Sri Lanka in 1996. We have businesses in the region so Dubai is conveniently located. It is also a good place for children to grow up as the schools are good and the climate is wonderful. We were not thinking of staying so many years but Dubai is just a perfect place for us.
When did you join EGC? Maria: I joined Emirates Golf Club in the autumn of 1997. My friend Ewa and I decided to start playing golf and since she had been in Dubai for a number of years she suggested EGC. My first golf Pro was Elliott Gray who was Head Pro at EGC at that time. It took me a few years to convince Lars to take up golf but eventually he did and Andrew Whitelaw was his first Pro.
What sort of work are you involved in? We have interests in the hospitality industry, resorts, seaplanes, spas and dive schools in the Maldives and in the Seychelles. Do you have family here? We have three children. Filip 24, Tom 21 and Britt 17. Filip and Tom are working in one of the resorts in the Maldives and Britt is in boarding school in Sweden. She has one more year there before she goes to University. She was born in Sri Lanka when we were living there but the boys were born in Sweden. They had never lived in Sweden until their last couple of years of school which they spent there when it gave them the opportunity to get some experience of their home country.
We are also members at a golf club in Sweden, Nynäshamns Golf Club. We have a house at Victoria Golf Club in Sri Lanka and we are members there also. Current Handicap? Maria: 13 Lars: 15 Lowest handicap? Maria: 9 Lars: 13
Favourite golf course to play and why? Maria: We have been on a lot of golf holidays together around the world. We have played the Old Course at St Andrews as well as Gleneagles which I like and where we have been a few times. Once we went to the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond I played the ProAm with this year’s Desert Classic winner, Stephen Gallacher.
Country of Origin? e are Swedish and we have been living abroad the last 24 years
Maria and Lars Petre
For me though, the most beautiful and challenging golf course I have played is Tralee in Ireland.
Lars: I really enjoyed our trips to Scotland and Ireland and the highlights for me were Castle Stuart, Turnberry, and Muirfield. Most memorable moments since joining EGC? Maria: My most memorable time at EGC was my time as Lady Captain. I think our ladies’ section is the most unique in the world. We have a lot of fun playing every Monday and there are always many ladies participating, something which is difficult to find anywhere else. Why do you enjoy being members at EGC? Maria: Emirates Golf Club is like my second home. When I am in Dubai I am at the Club almost every day and if I don’t play golf I use the gym. Lars travels a lot from time to time but when he is here he also spends a lot of time at the Club. Our children used to play golf and tennis here when they lived in Dubai and even now, when our boys visit us, they love to play golf at EGC. The staff at the Club and the atmosphere they create are what makes it special. They are always helpful and friendly with smiles on their faces. I would like to congratulate the Club on its 25th Anniversary. I hope the future will be as good as the past. We are both looking forward to being members for many more years to come.
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Bob and Angela Connor
t’s now three months since we left sunny, warm Dubai and headed back to the UK and snow! Fortunately for us our part of Wales escaped the worst of the bad weather and we have gradually become acclimatised - even managing to play golf in sub zero temperatures! Here in Wales our house is on a golf course – Machynys Clwb Golff (www.machynys.com) - near Llanelli in South West Wales. We look down the 12th fairway towards the
clubhouse with the 11th green to the left of us and the 13th green to the right. (See picture) The clubhouse is a Par 4, five minute walk, away and we have magnificent views of the Loughor Estuary and the Gower Peninsular. Our move home has been helped enormously by the fact that we have fantastic neighbours who have welcomed us back with open arms. We are now full members of the golf club and are playing regularly, Bob
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Hubert Privé “the golf artist” www.dubaigolf.com
mirates Golf Club are delighted to be showcasing the works of Mr Hubert Privé, “the golf artist” in the main clubhouse. The works will be on display until the end of July and are also available for purchase. The work of Hubert Privé can be divided into two lines, the man is at the same time an artist, visual artist and designer, one always joins the other on the line of imagination, he finds his inspiration in the world of golf, a sport that he has practiced for more than twenty years. His work as an artist varies from a monumental sculpture to appropriating everyday objects and turning them into works of art that unveil a surprising angle of vision on the discipline itself and the state of the spirit of the player. His works present sculptural compositions, both imaginary and functional: an x-ray of a club inside a brain, drivers embracing a tree trunk,
with the very active seniors’ section and Angela with the ladies. There are plenty of golfing and social events planned for the forthcoming season, both serious and otherwise! So, we are settling in well here but we miss all our friends in Dubai, and in particular at Emirates Golf Club. However, we’ll be back to see you all quite soon and we also hope to give a very warm Welsh welcome to those of you who venture this way.
Pro’s Tip of the Month
You should feel the weight transfer in your swing in terms of load on your feet - not just the back or front foot, but where on each foot that weight is falling. It starts with a 50-50 distribution across your two feet at address, with the weight concentrated on the balls of your feet - not the heels. As you swing back, your weight should transfer
to roughly 65 percent on your back foot, specifically on the inside arch area. The first thing you should feel on the downswing is a slight left-hip bump to shift weight from the arch of your back foot to the base of the big toe on your front foot. This move will help you set the club on the correct inside path and prevent the common over-the-top sequencing problem many players fight.
ood footwork deserves more attention than it gets because it’s what puts you in the best position to deliver the club consistently for solid contact.
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Foot Work: Get in the Flow!
Swinging down and through to a full finish - where 90 percent of your weight is on your front foot - will help you make solid ball-turf contact instead of striking the ground too early.
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a thinker in osmosis with a golf ball. The result is unusual, aesthetic, disturbing and sometimes charged with humour. The designer continues to play with golfing objects, revisiting their destinies. He creates trophies, lamp standards entwined with club heads, clocks and table golf. In this same spirit, Hubert Privé has created a line of furniture “Tee”, an range of functional unique pieces with refined lines that lend themselves towards different uses: stools, coffee tables and bar tables. Two books have already been published, the first one in 2008, the second at the end of 2011, presenting more than 90 new models that reveal the evolution and diversification of the work of the artist: the monumental sculptures go side by side with the concepts, the design furniture and the decorative objects. This book is commented on by golfing champions and passionate personalities.
permanent exhibition for the last four years . Hubert Privé is a self-taught artist. He started his professional career in metallurgy. Blessed with an overflowing creativity and energy, he initiated himself in the work of communication whilst little by little becoming the blooming artist of today.
The artist is also the spokesman of golfers thanks to the creation of special commissioned works symbolizing, for example, the arrival in France of the Ryder Cup 2018: an immense Eiffel Tower pierced with tees made in stainless steel which has its throne in the National Golf at Guyancourt (78), France, the official home of the French Golf Federation, which has housed Hubert Privé’s
Hubert Privé has to his credit a number of personal exhibitions of his sculptures and photographs in France and abroad: England, Germany, America, South Africa, and Mauritius Island. For further information regarding purchasing any of the works please contact the Reception at Emirates Golf Club in person or on 04 417 9999. For further information regarding the artist please visit www.hubert-privé.com.
Fitness Activity Schedule
FITNESS ACTIVITY SCHEDULE Dear Member,
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t’s getting to that time of year again where the summer holidays will soon be upon us and we start to think of looking after our bodies and getting into tip-top shape. What better place to do this than at Fit Lab? We have plenty going on for all ages and fitness levels to keep you motivated.
7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
7.45 - 8.45 Pilates Reformer Beginner (Kirsty) 08.45 - 09.45 Zumba Toning (Tracy)
08.45 - 09.45 Pure Body Blast (Elaine)
08.45 - 09.45 Zumba Toning (Tracy) 08.45 - 09.45 Pilates Reformer Intermediate/ Advanced (Amanda) 10.00 - 11.00 Pilates Mat (Amanda)
08.45 - 09.45 Pure 30/30 (Elaine)
11.00 - 12.00 Pilates Reformer Intermediate/ Advanced (Kirsty)
10.00 - 11.00 Pure Pre Natal Yoga
SATURDAY STUDIO 7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
08.45 - 09.45 08.45 - 09.45 Primary Ballet Zumba (Lisa) (Tracy) 08.45 - 09.45 09.00 - 10.00 09.45 - 10.15 Pilates Reformer Kettlebell Training Beginner Ballerinas Intermediate/ Intermediate/ (Lisa) Advanced (Amanda) Advanced 10.00 - 11.00 10.25 - 11.15 10.00 - 11.00 TRX Team Camp Pre Primary Ballet Pilates Mat (Amanda) Indoor (Martha) (Lisa)
10.00 - 11.00 Pilates Reformer Beginner (Kirsty)
11.15 - 13.15 Pre Primary Ballet (Lisa) 13.30 -14.30 Private Dance Lesson (Lisa) 14.30 -15.30 Grade 2 TAP (Lisa)
Students will learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method including:
These exercises are performed on the mat, often with the aid of some supporting equipment to assist, or even challenge clients more. The exercises are performed standing, seated, kneeling or lying down on back, side or front. Mat work is the foundation of all Pilates exercises and will build core strength and improve control, co-ordination and balance (both standing and seated). The class will provide a solid foundation of knowledge and a strong core in preparation for more challenging exercises to come, and will also aid in more supportive and healthy movement in your daily life.
Pilates from Phoenix Rising:
• Pilates breathing to increase lung capacity and effective oxygen circulation, • Healthy pelvic mobility, • Spinal alignment and decompression (to create more space for vertebrae and reduce pressure and tension held in certain areas) • How to use the deeper muscles of the core to initiate healthier movements with control, precision and concentration.
7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga
Recently we added Pre-Natal Yoga and more Pilates classes to the schedule so please check out the time-table of classes that are available. Healthy Regards Andy Meech
13.15 - 14.15 Grade 1 Ballet (Lisa) 14.15 - 15.30 Grade 2 Ballet (Lisa)
15.15 - 16.00 Grade 1 Tap (Lisa) 16.00 - 17.00 Grade 4 Jazz (Lisa) 17.00 - 18.00 17.00 - 18.00 Pilates Mat/Reformer Grade 3 Tap (Lisa) Mixed Level (Kirsty) 18.00 - 19.00 Artistic Yoga 19.00 - 20.00 Kettlebell Training Intermediate/ Advance
20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
19.00 - 20.00 Artistic Yoga
20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
19.00 - 20.00 Zumba Toning (Tracy) 19.00 - 20.00 Kettlebell Training Intemediate/ Advance 20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
18.00 - 19.00 Artistic Yoga
18.00 - 19.00 Artistic Yoga
19.00 - 20.00 Artistic Yoga
19.00 - 20.00 Artistic Yoga
20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Weightloss
For reservations, please call +971 4 417 9850 or email email@example.com dubaigolf.com
Reformer Pilates classes are conducted on a specialised piece of equipment called the Reformer. Clients are lying, kneeling or standing on a moving carriage connected to springs which give resistance and support.
The Instructor Kirsty Macpherson first discovered Pilates after suffering several years of chronic lower back pain and the practice has enhanced her entire health and well being; the only therapy that could keep her pain free. She is trained in mat and reformer and has completed the comprehensive 12-month, 950 hour teacher training programme through The Pilates Centre, Boulder, Colorado. She has also completed training in Dorn body alignment and is a PIDDDS level 1 practitioner. Her extensive personal experience with back pain means she brings a unique sensitivity, combined with precision to her work, creating a safe and encouraging, yet challenging environment for clients of all ages, ability and fitness levels.
You loved the products so we got you the treatments… coming soon! Bootcamp for Butts - A Butt Lift in 1 Hour515dhs An intense superior/posterior treatment of double exfoliation, Shrink to Fit Cream, Alginate Mask and deep tissue massage. This is serious Bootcamp for bulges designed to improve skin texture, stimulate collagen production, increase cell regeneration, tighten slack, spongy skin, reduce cellulite, and ease water retention whilst improving skin elasticity. Exactly what you need, exactly where you need it. Honey, I shrank my hips!
Her love of teaching and her attention to detail coupled with study of Psychology and over 10 years corporate experience allow her to adapt her approach for each client, offering skills that translate to their everyday lives.
Bootcamp for Tummy-in 1 hour- 315dhs If your tummy is your trouble spot, this is the treatment for you. It combines the benefits of a retexturising fruit-acid peel for deep double exfoliation with toning and tightening actives and an algae-rich mask. Specific massage techniques wake up lazy abs and radically increase circulation. Gym for slack skin!
To find out the timings and to book classes please check out our timetable on the website www.dubaigolf.com or contact Fit Lab on 04 417 9850.
To make an appointment, please call +971 4 417 9820.
15 Could your golf swing be causing you injury? The answer could lie in your stabilising muscles. John and Donna from Bespoke Wellness explainâ€Ś
BESPOKE WELLNESS Biomechanics Gluteal strength and stability are two of the most important factors in both achieving a great golf swing and preventing injury. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, however weakness of this and the gluteus medius muscle, tend to inhibit thoracic rotation. Other muscles try to take on the load, which results in standing up too early and losing your posture during your golf swing. More importantly, weakness of the glutes puts excessive pressure and forces through the spine due to lack of its stabilising role. This may result in lower back and hip pain, or lead to more serious injury. Exercises specific to your needs are prescribed by a physiotherapist, such as this stabilizing technique
Trigger Points These pesky points are defined as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle associated with palpable nodules in a taut band. When trigger points occur, they create pain patterns that interfere with muscle activation. Other muscles in the kinetic chain are recruited to take on the load, which as John explained, can restrict full range of movement. Trigger points can be released manually from the muscles, freeing up the fibres and restoring full motion. While using rollers can help, trigger point release requires specific attention for each area. Additionally, sports massage can reduce scar tissue from previous injuries and release fascial tightness, two factors that may also be limiting your perfect swing. Book in for a biomechanical analysis or sports massage with Bespoke Wellness at Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club by calling 055 372 4670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FAREWELL by Brenda Cornwell
n April 4th a farewell evening was arranged for us by Annette Stewart and Fay dâ€™Abo to celebrate our 21 years at EGC. We were joined by many friends, 28 of us altogether, to play the Par 3 and more friends came after golf for an enjoyable dinner on the Par 3 lawn. Mike Tracey was MC that night and helped with the prize-giving and a jolly time was had by all who were there. Roger and I received generous gifts, one of which was a picture of the Club, to remind us of all the very happy times we have spent on and off the course. There is so much we shall miss, but we have very happy memories to take away with us. As we leave we wish the Club and all the members every happiness and success in the future.
arewell to members, Catherine, Gerhard and Natalie Loos who are relocating to Sydney, Australia.
EGC Pro, Alastair Brown got married to Rebecca recently in Edinburgh. Congratulations!
HOLE-IN-ONE Charles Stricklin, Majlis course, hole 11, 20th April 2013 during the Hankook Greensomes final round
Carolyn Thompsonâ€™s birthday celebrations in Le Classique
Simon Nesbitt, son of life members Alwyn & David, married Denny in Sydney, Australia last month. Congratulations!
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HOLE-IN-ONE Martin Lever, 11th hole Majlis, 31st March 2013
Life members Paula Johnstone, Jackie and Len Chapman & Alwyn Nesbitt
HOLE-IN-ONE Kashe Gerbich 15th hole Majlis 27th April 2013 (during Talker Cup)
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e Enjoy an unt on all o c is d s r membe e on the d a m s e s purcha nth until o m y r e v r. 25th of e f the yea o d n e e th EGC Pilates instructress, Kirsty MacPherson (daughter of past members Sandy & Pat MacPherson) married Mick Wright in Dubai last month. Congratulations!
Scott MacPherson and Drummond Welsh presented a farewell gift, on behalf of the Talker Cup teams, to Brian Edwards who is relocating to Scotland.
hroughout the months of May and June we experience our annual transition of Ryegrass to Bermuda on the Majlis course. This is a tough time of year as we endeavour to encourage the Bermuda, that has been lying dormant for the past five months, to return as our predominant turf species for the summer months ahead. You will notice in particular in the rough areas, large areas of turf dying back creating bare areas throughout the course. Where the Bermuda has coped with dormancy better, recovery is seen a lot more quickly, but predominantly the team will need to ‘sprig’ most of these areas with Bermuda and grow them back in again. The entire process takes from 4 to 6 weeks to complete until we can enjoy 100% turf cover and presentation again. On the contrary, the Faldo Course thrives as the temperatures improve and the Paspalum is once again in its preferred climate for aggressive growth. The course will green up significantly and you will again start to see good definition between the fairway and the rough. The rough helps stop your ball running off into the desert areas and the course generally plays softer. Consistency in terms of putting surfaces is something we are going to be working on this year, in particular between the two courses. The Faldo greens being Paspalum, are more challenging to maintain consistently at faster green speeds. The Bermuda on the Majlis is a dwarf variety and with a shortened internode produces many fine leaves which assist with a tighter sword and better ball roll in general resulting in increased speed. This year, we will benchmark the greens to a reading on the Stimp, share this with the membership to ensure
that no matter which course you are playing you will be putting on greens that although not the same species, will be more consistent in speed. GREEN SPEED CHART Fast Medium Fast Medium Medium Slow Slow
Championship Play 10’ 6” 9’ 6” 8’ 6” 7’ 6” 6’ 6”
GREEN SPEED CHART Fast Medium Fast Medium Medium Slow Slow
Regular Membership Play 8’ 6” 7’ 6” 6’ 6” 5’ 6” 4’ 6”
Our aim within the GCM department is to provide you with green speeds on a daily basis across both courses of 8.5’- 9’ and on special events such as the club championships or the monthly medals, to gain an extra foot if not more. The team are focused to ensure these standards are met and we thank you for your valued feedback that has allowed us to implement this for the year ahead. Thank you once again for your understanding as we move into the months of transition and the summer renovation works. The team will once again be busy with a number of projects which will be shared on the club notice board in the weeks ahead. Good golfing Craig Haldane Director - Golf Course Maintenance
Bertuol Triumphs in Emirates 25-hole Open Thursday 18 April 2013
uiz Bertuol combined superb golf with stamina to triumph in the first ever staging of a 25-hole Open at Emirates Golf Club. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the club 132 competitors took on the challenge of the famous Majlis course and seven holes of the Faldo back nine. The course, measuring a total yardage of 9436 and par 100, was a stiff examination on a warm and humid afternoon. But it was Luiz Bertuol who carded the best score of 56 points, 6-under par. Zoff Khan also enjoyed the challenge carding 55 points to clinch runnersup place with Vijay Devnani in 3rd on 54 points. Rahul Yadav
picked up 4th place with a 53-point tally. The ladies’ section was also keenly contested with Lisa Cadiz carding 49 points to take top prize from Catherine Loos by a one point margin. Ray Downes produced a superb score of 55 points dropping only a handful of shots during 6 hours of golf to clinch the best gross score of the day. Cosponsor Titleist
made sure all prize-winners for the individual stableford were well rewarded for their efforts. Tech Access as well as sponsoring ten holes offered prizes for the best scores over the ‘Tech Access Nine’ (holes 1 to 9 on the Majlis course). Zoff Khan clinched top prize on 22 points with Luiz Bertuol in second on the same mark, just missing out by card count back. In the ladies’ section Catherine Loos edged out Lisa Cadiz into second following her 16 points. This unique event was well supported by ‘On Course Golf’, BASF, IP Global, Accuma and Zurich. It was Luiz Bertuol’s lucky day as he was also drawn out of the raffle to win a Ryder Cup shirt signed by Luke Donald and Justin Rose, kindly donated by Zurich.
WHAT’S ON IN MAY? GOLF Friday 3rd Monday 6th Fri 10th Saturday 11th Monday 13th Friday 17th Monday 20th Friday 24th Monay 27th
Captain’s Day Ladies’ Stableford & Past Captains’ Trophy Black Tee Challenge Round 1 Black Tee Challenge Round 2 Ladies’ Monthly Medal Mashreq/BMW Medal Ladies’ Tournament of Champions Men’s Tournament of Champions Ladies’ Competition
Comedy Punchline evening – 9th May Tickets and packages to the Lions : 31st May – 2nd June · 2 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast (Friday/Saturday) · Guaranteed official match ticket for British & Irish Lions v Barbarians · Commemorative shirt · Price: from 3650 AED Contact Kate Adams for more information
13.00 Majlis & Faldo 08.30 Faldo 06.35-13.35 Faldo 06.30-13.30 Majlis 08.30 Faldo 13.00 Majlis 08.30 Majlis 13.00 Majlis 08.30 Majlis
Congratulations to our Emirates Golf Club Scratch Matchplay team on being the first club to reach this year’s final after defeating Arabian Ranches 2 ½ matches to 1 ½ matches on the Montgomerie course last month The second semi-final between the Montgomerie and Yas Links will take place at Arabian Ranches on Saturday 4th May.
The results leading the team to the final are as follows:
The Scratch Team players are
Saturday 24th November 2012 Sharjah Wanderers Golf Club
Johnny Aldridge Charlie Stricklin Trevor Varri Ewan Cameron Rohit Gupta Ed Hesson Tony Azoulay Ian Scott Paul Byrne Raashid Ali Ross Hopwood Pontus Fredriksson
Saturday 23rd February 2013 Emirates Golf Club
4 0 Sharjah Wanderers Gc
Saturday 2nd March 2013 Emirates Golf Club
Saturday 10th November 2012 Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
Semi Final Saturday 6th April 2013 Arabian Ranches
Other Prize winners:
Nearest the pin, hole 12 Josie Tracey (Sponsored by Zurich)
Closest to fairway flag, hole 2 Veeran Varma (Sponsored by Tech Access)
Nearest the pin, hole 12 Raj Ranavaya (Sponsored by Zurich)
Nearest the pin hole 4 Ishpal Singh (Sponsored by Tech Access) Nearest the pin hole 7 Urban Styf (Sponsored by Tech Access) Nearest the pin hole 11 Janet Curtis (Sponsored by Accuma) Nearest the pin in 2, hole 16 James Cross (Sponsored by Titleist) Nearest to the pin in 3, hole 18 David Maclaren (Sponsored by Tech Access)
½ 3 ½
Emirates Golf Club Emirates Golf Club
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club
1 ½ 2 ½ Emirates Golf Club
Nearest the pin, hole 13 Nick Chittenden (Sponsored by IP Global) Longest Drive, hole 16 Moshe Kohli (Sponsored by On Course Golf) Longest Drive, hole 16 Jacqui Barry (Sponsored by On Course Golf) Longest drive with putter on 16th Janine Dols (Sponsored by On Course Golf) Closest to Pin in 3 Catherine Clark (Sponsored by On Course Golf) Nearest the pin, hole 17 John Hughes (Sponsored by BASF)
Business Lunch Le Classique is open for lunch, allowing you to enjoy classical French cuisine during the day. The perfect setting to impress your clients and colleagues, choose from our special two or three course menus, updated weekly. Lunch is served Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 3pm (last food order 2.30pm). • Enjoy two courses with unlimited soft drinks, water and juices AED 98 per person • Enjoy three courses and a glass of house wine AED 130 per person
Gourmet Tuesdays Featuring an a la carte menu of Chef Benoit’s top ten dishes for your main course selection, along with a delicious starter and dessert buffet, Le Classique’s Gourmet Dinner takes place every Tuesday from 7pm to 10.30pm. Enjoy a dozen varieties of reds and whites to complement your meal. • Food package AED 165 per member, AED 195 per member’s guest, AED 205 per guest • A la carte buffet with unlimited reds and whites AED 295 per member, AED 325 per member’s guest, AED 360 per guest • A la carte buffet with premium bubbly AED 430 per member, AED 455 per member’s guest, AED 495 per guest
Saturday Gourmet Brunch Embark on a culinary adventure every Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm with Le Classique’s Gourmet Brunch. Enjoy an endless starter and dessert buffet, along with an unlimited a la carte main course menu. Children aged 12 years and above are welcome. • Food package AED 165 per member, AED 195 per member’s guest, AED 205 per guest • A la carte buffet with unlimited reds and whites AED 295 per member, AED 325 per member’s guest, AED 360 per guest • A la carte buffet with premium bubbly AED 430 per member, AED 455 per member’s guest, AED 495 per guest
Enjoy fine French cuisine at Le Classique To make a reservation, please contact Le Classique on +971 4 417 9999 or email email@example.com dubaigolf.com