Four UAE national team golfers will go head-to-head in the Ras Al Khaimah National Matchplay Challenge at Al Hamra Golf Club on day two of the season-ending Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final on Thursday.
Two teams will be made up of one senior and one junior national team player, with Saif Thabet and 14-year-old Obaid Al Heloo taking on Ahmad Skaik and 16-year-old Rashid Al Emadi in the 18-hole betterball matchplay gross event.
Scratch golfers Thabet and Skaik both impressed at the recent Pan Arab Golf Championships where the UAE finished fourth out of 12 countries, with Skaik finishing fifth in the individual category.
Al Heloo and Al Emadi will also be representing the UAE at the Junior Pan Arab Championships in Morocco in two weeks.
“It’s going to be a great experience playing on the same course as the Challenge Tour stars,” said Al Heloo. “It will be nice to watch them play first hand and learn how they approach the golf course before we get our Ras Al Khaimah National Matchplay Challenge under way on Thursday.”
The Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final is open only to the top 45 golfers on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and takes place from Wednesday to Saturday. The top 15 players in the overall series rankings at the close of play will earn their card to play in next year’s European Tour.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority have announced a series of events to take place alongside the tournament from bingo, barbecue, to brunch and street food on respective days of the tournament.