DUBAI – Lindsay Brown provided a perfect finish to her amazingly consistent
performance during the season to win the Emirates Golf Federation’s Order of
Merit titles in both gross and net divisions.
The talented golfer from Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, formerly
known as the Palm Sports Resort, saw off a determined challenge from Sana Tufail
of Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the season-ending Yas Links Ladies Open to confirm her
credentials as the official number one woman golfer in the country.
Playing off an impressive three handicap, Brown shot a gross 36-hole total of
146, beating Tufail by one shot in a close finish at the Yas Links course. With
this victory, her fifth in the nine-event Order of Merit, Brown took her tally
to 240 points, a good 13 points ahead of Tufail. Nasha Sarkari of Dubai Creek
Golf and Yacht Club finished a distant third with 179.5 points.
Brown and Tufail, who between them won eight off the nine events, finished in
the same order in the net division, a result which amply shows the Order of
Merit, in the end, was reduced to a two-horse race for honours. Brown collected
161 points, beating Tufail by just 5.5 points. Sandra Grenet, representing the
Emirates Golf Federation, settled for third on 103.5 points.
Eida Al Muhairbi, who represented the UAE for the first time in the Arab Golf
Championship in Tunisia in October last year, added another feather to her cap,
raking in a top-10 finish in both gross and net divisions.
Saeed Albudoor, general manager of the Emirates Golf Federation, congratulated
all the players and the clubs for making the Order of Merit events a great
success. “Lindsay, in particular, showed great strength of character in getting
the job done in such superb fashion. She is a class player,” he said.
“It’s great to see Eida feature among top-10 in both the divisions. I think the
experience of playing in the Arab Golf Championship added to her confidence. Her
performance, I am sure, will encourage and motive other Emirati woman golfers to
take to the game.”
The top 16 gross winners will compete in the Scratch Matchplay Championship to
be held in Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on May 20-21.
Complete table can be viewed under Order of Merit section