Jamie Roslyn Camero of Sharjah Golf and Shooting club lit up the AESGC Back nine to take the Faldo Junior Tour Middle East Championship by a single stroke from Peter Whittaker this afternoon, Jamie had a two stroke deficit to make up starting out the day and this still remained after 9 holes as both Jamie and Peter turned in 35 strokes each. After a Par on the long 10th hole, Jaime then went on a run of four birdies in her final eight holes to post a 31 back nine and set a -7 (203) target for Peter to catch, Peter, needing to eagle the Par 5 last hole to tie Jamie’s total, could only make 4 which meant Jamie pulled off the biggest victory of her young career so far by a single stroke with both players returning for the Grand Final in November.
Despite Jamie taking victory in the Overall section, the Girls under 21’s came right down to the wire as Lucie Vachova of Czech Republic pushed her all the way, playing in the same group as Jamie, Lucie made the turn in 37 strokes but then hit the accelerator as she got to the Back nine with four birdies in just five holes to get within two shots of Jamie, she never managed to get another birdie putt to drop as Jamie birdied the 18th to set the -7 (203) target, Lucie settled for 2nd place on -4 (206) total and can be proud of her week.
Peter Whittaker wrapped up the Boys under 18 title as Viktor Kofod-Olsen pushed him all the way, starting out with a five stroke lead in his division, this turned to four strokes as Viktor made the turn in one under par 34, a string of pars from holes 10-15 meant that he ran out of time to reel in Peter despite picking up two more shots in the last three holes, Peter’s total of -6 (204) sees him compete in his second consecutive Grand Final in November as Boys under 18 Champion, Viktor taking second place on -3 (207) total.
Mahreen Bhatia of India booked her place in the Faldo European Grand Final as she claimed a five stroke victory on a level par (210) total in the Girls under 16 category. Her good play in the first two rounds that gave her a seven stroke lead going into today’s final round meant that she didn’t have to be at her best to get the job done, a solid final round of 72 was enough for victory over second placed Zurich Kanokpornvasin who posted a final round level par 70 for a 215 total.
A host of players had their eyes on glory in the Boys under 16 section as the final round got underway, Ed Wade of Harpenden Common Golf Club came through the field as he shot a superb 66 to take the Boys under 16 crown, a bogey free back nine of 32 strokes sealed a comprehensive victory on +2 (212) with Adrian Larsson taking the Runners up spot on +7 (217) and five strokes back of Ed’s total.
A big thank you to all 43 competitors who have travelled from various parts of the world to compete and safe travels home, a massive well done to all age category winners who we will welcome back to Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club for the European Grand Final in November.