Saturday, October 07, 2017

Elson beats Joy in play-off as Scotland’s 

MacIntyre sets course record on pro debut

AQABA (Jordan), Oct 7 — Jamie Elson won the inaugural Ayla Golf Championship in a tense play-off on Saturday, holing a four-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to beat fellow Englishman Luke Joy in an exciting finish to the first professional golf event in the country.

Elson, the current MENA Tour Order of Merit leader, eagled the final hole in regulation en route to a closing 68 to set the clubhouse target of a seven-under-par 212 that Joy matched with a 72, birdieing the last after producing a stunning hole-in-one on the 12th.

Both birdied the first extra hole to extend the proceedings, but a wayward drive by Joy opened the door for Elson to secure his breakthrough win on the MENA Tour he first played last year.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre fired a sizzling nine-under 64 to set a new course record, eclipsing a 67 shot by Sweden’s Henric Sturehed in the second round to move into a four-way tie for third on six-under after an action-packed day.

England’s Joe Heraty, who carded a bogey-free 68, Italy’s Rocco Sanjust  (67) and Sturehed (73) joined MacIntyre in the group, four clear of the English duo Zane Scotland and Lee Corfield and Sweden’s Fredrik From.

“Quite surprised to win, to be honest. Struggled a bit on the front nine, but made a nice birdie on the ninth to get to level-par for the day. Thereafter, I played solid golf and holed putts when I needed to, to get into the playoff,” said Elson after receiving the winner’s trophy from HE Nasser Sultan Shraideh, Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.

“Playoff could have gone either way, but I hit some great shots and made putts to get the job done, finally,” said the 36-year-old Englishman, eagled the last in regulation, hitting his eight-iron approach from 185 yards to with two feet.

Scotland’s MacIntyre, pictured below, tied for 15th at the start, produced the round of the tournament to make his professional debut an event to remember. He finished joint third on  SIX-under 213 and earned $US 2,811

“I was far off from the lead after a disappointing 78 in the opening round and had nothing to lose. Played a bit aggressively and that approach paid off,” said the man from Oban, who eagled the final hole after hitting his nine-iron approach from 168 yards to within nine yards.

“I can always take a lot of confidence out of the last two bogey-free rounds, a lot of positives,” said the 21-year-old former Scottish champion and Walker Cup player as an amateur

England’s Todd Clements, the first round joint leader with Joy, closed with a 72 to share the honours with Michael Harradine of Swtizerland in the amateur division after both finished on one-over-par 220, well ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla and Jordan’s Shergo Al Kurdi who tallied matching 13-over for the tournament.

England’s Mark Chamberlain also had something to cheer about as he aced the 179-yard, par-3 16th with an eight-iron for his first hole-in-one since turning professional in 2011 — and the fifth overall — as he finished tied 47th.

The MENA Tour will travel to Kuwait for the Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship to be held from October 16 to 18, the last event on this year’s schedule before the field whittles down for the 72-hole Tour Championship hosted by Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman from October 23 to 26.
1Jamie Elson (Playoff Winner)-7F7470682129,000.00
1Luke Joy-7F6971722126,000.00
3Joe Heraty-6F7570682132,811.00
3Rocco Sanjust-6F7472672132,811.00
3Henric Sturehed-6F7367732132,811.00
3Robert MacIntyre-6F7871642132,811.00
7Zane Scotland-2F7073742171,290.00
7Lee Corfield-2F7174722171,290.00
7Fredrik From-2F7373712171,290.00
10Fredrik Lindblom-1F7572712181,000.00
11Lindsay RenoldsLF737373219862.00
11Matt KillenLF747273219862.00
11Leo LiljaLF787071219862.00
14Michael Harradine [Am]1F767371220-
14Todd Clements [Am]1F697972220-
16Salvador Paya Vila2F797171221765.00
16Leon Acikalin [Am]2F777272221-
18Arkesh Bhatia [Am]4F767374223-
18Darren Clarke4F767671223705.00
18Jordan Garnish4F806974223705.00
18Kevin Esteve4F767473223705.00
18Sam Hobday [Am]4F787273223-
23Tom Boys5F767672224611.00
23Wayne Stroebel5F777770224611.00
23Petr Dedek5F787274224611.00
23Daniel Scourfield5F787769224611.00
27Louis Campbell6F738072225565.00
28Peter Stojanovski7F787078226543.00
28James Ashman7F807373226543.00
30Elliott Oxlade8F797375227512.00
30Taylor Carter [Am]8F787673227-
30Philip Geerts8F817373227512.00
33Dylan Docherty9F797475228490.00
34Jesper Alm10F747877229468.00
34Paul Dwyer10F767479229468.00
36Jake Shepherd12F797478231445.00
37Othman Almulla [Am]13F777976232-
37Shergo Al Kurdi [Am]13F788173232-
37Matt Carroll13F797578232430.00
40Elliot Bradley14F787778233415.00
41Andrew Burmester15F777681234400.00
42Jonathan Fransson17F808274236380.00
42Joshua Grenville-Wood17F787385236380.00
44Aaron Leitmannstetter18F818076237365.00
44Ahmed Skaik [Am]18F808176237-
46Eddy Holland19F787981238355.00
47Mark Chamberlain20F817880239345.00
47Azaan Al Rumhy [Am]20F837680239-
49Ahmed Almusharrekh21F817881240330.00
49Lakshya Mudgil21F827682240330.00
51Khalid Yousuf [Am]22F837979241-



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