A robust field of players, such as much more than 60 of Oman’s very best golfers and 20 players from abroad, had been teeing off in the 45th edition of Oman’s longest operating Open golf championship. The Ras al Hamra golf course was in gorgeous situation, but quick greens, difficult pin positions and windy situations created the competitors a difficult test for all golfers.
The primary competitors turned out to be the closest contest in numerous decades, with 5 players in reaching distance of the trophy. After two days of fascinating golf, with the leaderboard altering on numerous occasions, a new champion emerged, in which Tenzin Tsarong from Ghala Golf Club sealed the trophy on the final hole, with an all round gross score of 151, ahead of 4 former Muscat Open winners. Jeff Campbell from Ghala Golf Club took second spot with a score of 152, followed by Nasser Yacoob, representing Bahrain Golf Club, Azaan al Rumhy from Al Mouj Golf Club and Yaseen Le Falher from Royal Bahrain Golf Club, all with a score of 154.
Tsarong stated, “It was an excellent tournament with a great organisation and fantastic course conditions. I’m extremely happy to finally win the Muscat Open Golf Championship, and I’m proud that I managed to keep my lead on the final few holes.”
The Nett Prize category was a competitors among players from the ‘home club’ Ras al Hamra Golf Club. John Ambrose won the all round prize with a nett score of 143, ahead of Geoffrey Murray on 146 and Salim al Harthy with a net score of 148. Ronan Smith from Royal Bahrain Golf Club won the Junior Best Gross prize. At the prize providing ceremony, Muscat Open president, Gary Battersby, stated, “I would like to thank the 2018 Muscat Open sponsors, Rental Solutions & Services, JCB Power Products, GAC, WHSmith, Mackenzies, Golf World, Troon, A&E and SJP.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily