Wednesday, October 16, 2013


For the second week in a row, David Law was pipped for first prize by England's Zane Scotland in a MENA Tour event today (Wed).
Overnight leader Law followed earlier rounds of 67 and 68 with a final effort of 73 for a total of eight-under-par 208 in the Ras Al Khaimal Classic at Tower Links Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimal.
Scotland scored 70, 70 and 67 for 207 to notch back-to-back vitories at the 22-year-old Aberdonian's expense.
"My putting wasn't as good as it had been over the first two rounds but it was another positive week for me so I am quite happy," said Law who had 11 birdies over rounds one and two but only two in the third and final round.
The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre player bogeyed the first and eighth to be out in 38 to Zane Scotland's 37. But whereas Law came home in 35 with birdies at the 13th and 14th plus a bogey at the 17th, Scotland came charging over the inward nine in six-under-par 30 with birdies at the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th.

Par 216 (3x72)
207 Zane Scotland (Eng) 79 70 67
208 David Law (Sco) 67 68 73
209 Tyler Hogarty (SAfr) 65 72 72, Andreas Finn (Swe) 67 70 72, Ian Keenan (Eng) 68 73 68.
213 Tom Buchanan 73 71 69 (T13)
217 Clarke Lutton 73 72 72 (T20)
MISSED THE CUT (147 and better qualified)
149 GregNicolson 76 73
152 Fraser McKenna 77 75
152 Ted Innes Ker 78 75


RAS AL KHAIMAH, Oct 16 – Zane Scotland rode on a blistering performance on the back nine to win the MENA Golf Tour's Ras Al Khaimah Classic on Wednesday.

A good five shots off the pace overnight, the Englishman made the turn at one over, but exploded on the final stretch, reeling off six birdies without dropping a shot to close with a 67 for a total of nine-under par 207, one ahead of Scotland's David Law.

First round leader Tyler Hogarty of South Africa, Adreas Finn of Sweden and England's Ian Keenan shared the third place on a seven-under 209.

Welsh ace Stephen Dodd, who carded a final round 67, settled for a tie in the sixth along with South Africa's MG Keyser and England's Craig Hinton.

England's James Yeomans emerged the best amateur on one-over 217, two ahead of his compatriot James Allan and three of Morocco's Mustapha El Maouas.

It was Scotland, who provided the major twist to the script, coming from behind to win the title -- his fourth this season and sixth overall since the inception of the MENA Golf Tour in 2011.

"To be honest I surprised myself with the result," said Scotland after receiving the winner's trophy and a cheque for $9,000 from Shaikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation, Adel Zarouni, vice chairman of the federation, and Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour, were also present.

"I played pretty aggressively on the back nine and count myself lucky for holing some clutch putts. I took a big risk on the closing 18th hole, hitting my second from behind the trees," said Scotland, who is also a 'golf in DUBAi' ambassador.

"Luckily, it landed on the green and I two putted for a birdie, which, in the end, made the difference," said the Englishman, who has now taken his earnings from the first six events on the tour to $45,000.

Scotland's Law had his chance to force to playoff, but missed a three-footer for a birdie on the final hole.

So was the case with South Africa's Hogarty, who led the field at nine-under after the 16th hole on Wednesday, but received a two-shot penalty for an incorrect drop from a hazard on the 17th resulting in a triple bogey.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Hamza Amin, by his own reckoning played his heart out, and produced the best round on the final day. His seven-under 65, which matched Hogarty's first-round effort, pole vaulted him to five-under for a share of the ninth.

"I am really proud of my effort today. I drove well and smashed my iron close to the pins. In short, everything clicked for him," said Amin, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Tuesday.

"I hit 17 greens and made the longest birdie putt on the sixth when I holed out from 15 feet. But, twice I three-putts and that were the only blemish on the card," said Amin, who is playing on the MENA Tour for the first time.

The MENA Golf Tour travels to the UAE capital next week for the Abu Dhabi GOLF CITIZEN Open, starting on Monday.

Leading scores after the final round (par 72):


207 – Zane Scotland (England) 70 70 67
208 – David Law (Scotland) 67 68 73
209 – Tyler Hogarty (South Africa) 65 72 72, Andreas Finn (Sweden) 67 70 72, Ian Keenan (England) 68 73 68
210 – Stephen Dodd (Wales) 72 71 67, MG Keyer (South Africa) 68 72 70, Craig Hinton (England) 69 70 71
211 – James Housby (England) 72 72 67, Chris Hanson (England) 71 71 69, Hamza Amin (Pakistan) 73 73 65
212 – Joshua White (England) 74 70 68


217 - James Yeomans (England) 
219 - James Allan
220 - Mustapha El Maouas (Morocco)



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