The first qualifying round of the 18th Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge, held at the Al Zorah Golf Club, Ajman, has identified the first teams to qualify for the Grand Finals that will be contested later this year.
Baba Subramanium and Paul Joseph scored 40 points to be declared the winners, followed by Chris Elms and Brett Beech in second place with 37 points. Three teams scored 36 points each, and after countback placings were awarded to third place Neil Hamp-Adams and Julek Szczawinski, fourth place Shabir Yakoub and John Spicer, and in fifth David Minchin and Simon Earl.
deVere Acuma’s Nearest the Pin on hole 6 was won by Hisham Shammas, and Chrysler’s hole 15 Nearest the Pin by Ron Murphy.
A new on-course competition – ‘King of Pars’ – sponsored by deVere Acuma has been introduced to the 2016 Challenge. This competition recognises and rewards teams that perform best on Par 3’s, Par 4’s and Par 5’s. The teams that score the best on the various hole types win a prize as well as enter the ‘Golden Ticket’ draw, which will see the lucky entrant win a place in the 2016 Grand Final. Winners of the first qualifier’s King of Pars are;
King of the Par 3s: Paul Abouchacra and Hisham Shammas
King of the Par 4s: Sunny Ramdas and Roy Holmes
King of the Par 5s: Thomas Wiberg and Rune Rasmussen
Partners of the tournament this year include Ajman Tourism (Host City – Grand Final), deVere Acuma, Chrysler, and Callaway Golf.