Dubai Golf News

Can the Amateurs claim victory in the 2013 Dubai Golf Trophy?

This coming weekend welcomes one of the most hotly anticipated local golfing events of the season as the Dubai Golf Trophy returns.  During this annual event the 16 leading UAE based PGA Professionals and the leading 16 Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Amateur golfers will go head to head in a Ryder Cup style showdown in a bid to be crowned champions in the fourteenth edition of the Dubai Golf Trophy.

The event originally started as a social season ending tournament in 2000 at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Since then the event has grown in popularity and prestige and is now one of the highlights of the local golfing calendar for professionals and amateurs alike. This year's event takes place on 18th May on the championship course at Dubai Creek, followed by round two on the 19th May on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club, home of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

In 2012 the Professionals were dominant throughout and secured a convincing victory with a final event score of 24.5 to 7.5, this means that they have now taken home the past five trophies. This brings the total victories for the professionals to ten wins against the Amateurs two, having claimed victory in 2005 and 2007.

Vikram Judge, the 2013 Amateur Captain is only too well aware that the statistics are heavily in favour of the Professionals, having played in ten previous tournaments including the 2005 trophy when the Amateurs took the trophy home.  Having tasted victory once before and knowing what it takes to defeat the Pros, Vikram feels that 2013 can be the Amateurs year.  Judge said "For an Amateur golfer in the region the Dubai Golf trophy is the pinnacle of the golfing calendar.  This year I believe that we have a winning formula that combines youth and experience to finally bring the trophy back to the Amateurs. I am delighted that Rayan Thomas is joining the team this year, at 13 years old he is the youngest player ever to qualify for the event which is a superb achievement. The entire team have been practicing hard, I believe that we have a huge depth of talent within the team and we are all hungry for success".

The Professional's captain for 2012 is Greg Holmes who commented that, "I always look forward to the Dubai Golf Trophy and it is a great honour for me to have been given the opportunity to captain the team this year.  Last year the team performed fantastically well to win the tournament in a very convincing fashion and although the Amateur team is looking very strong this year, I am confident that we can achieve the same result in 2013.  Winning means a great deal to the Professionals, we are going for our sixth consecutive title and have all been working together as a team to prepare for the event".

Andrew Whitelaw, Club Manager of Emirates Golf Club who are hosting the first round on Friday has been closely involved with the event since it started in 2000 and has also had the experience of captaining the Professional team. He commented that "The Dubai Golf Trophy is a superb event to be a part of, there is always a very competitive spirit between the two teams which leads to some interesting competition and results.  The Professionals dominated last year and no doubt the Amateurs are looking to claim back victory in 2013 and end their losing streak.  The key purpose of the event is really to raise the profile of golf in the region and to bring players from clubs all over the UAE together.  Qualifying for the event is always an honour for the golfers involved and it is great to see Rayan Thomas qualifying this year, at 13 years of age this is a huge achievement for him and at Dubai Golf we all wish him well over the weekend."