Fisher Wins EGF Order of Merit Championship After Two-Hole Playoff; Gupta Dominates Ladies Division As Mogire Comes Back To Win The Junior Division
May 6th, 2018
(Dubai, UAE) – On May 4th – 5th, 2018 the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) held the 2018 EGF Order of Merit Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. With over 55 elite amateur golfers in the field, there was a storyline for each of the three divisions.
The EGF Order of Merit Championship had representing divisions for Men, Ladies, and Juniors. The Championship was played over a two day, 36-hole, Strokeplay format, on the Earth Course of Jumeirah Golf Estates. A fitting end to the EGF Season to host the final event on the same course where the European Tour hosts its final event. The field was composed of the top amateur golfers in each division that supported and competed in the 2017 – 2018 EGF Order of Merit Season.
The Men’s Division ended in a thrilling fashion as Nathan Fisher and Arjun Guptan had to battle it out in a two-hole playoff. After both players scrambled for a bogey (6) on the daunting Par 5, 18th Hole, for the first playoff hole, Fisher bounced back for the second playoff hole, again on the Par 5, 18th Hole, to find himself with an easy tap-in par for the victory. Fisher shot a 78 – 70 for a championship total of 148.
Finishing as the Runner-Up in the Men’s Division was Arjun Gupta. Arjun shot rounds of 73 – 75 for a championship total of 148. Arjun was also the Runner-Up for the 2017 – 2018 season long EGF Order of Merit in the Men’s Division. Just one-shot back and finishing in Third Place with scores of 75 – 74 (149 total) was 14 year old and Men’s Order of Merit Season winner Josh Hill. Josh had a fantastic season winning 7 out of 14 UAE Men’s Opens.
Dominating the Ladies Division and winning the championship by four strokes was young Natalii Gupta. Natalii was close to consistent all weekend with rounds of 76 – 78 for a championship total of 154. This victory was a great end to a strong season for Natalii as the young lady was also the Ladies Gross Order of Merit Season Champion.
Katie Bibby was the Runner-Up in the Ladies Division. Katie shot rounds 81 – 77 for a championship total of 158. Rounding out the top-three, coming in Third Place was Sara Engsig. Sara shot rounds of 83 – 82 for a 165 total.
The Junior Division was played with the Girls and Boys golfers combined. This division was full of talent as Bradley Mogire had an impressive second round to win the championship by two strokes. Bradley fired rounds of 76 – 74 for a championship total 150. This was a strong finish for Bradley after finishing fourth in the Boys Gross Order of Merit season standings.
The Runner-Up in the Junior Division was Max Cashmore. Max shot rounds of 75 – 77 for a championship total of 152, two shots off the lead. Winning the Third Place prize was Niklas Korjonen with rounds 78 – 77 for a 155 total.
The EGF would also like to acknowledge that with its continued partnership with the DP World Tour Championship and European Tour, the season-ending flagship event is offering the Top 40 Juniors from the EGF Order of Merit Season to play in a one day qualifying event (The Junior Luckiest Ball on Earth) where the winners will play in the DP World Tour Championship Pro-Am.
After the tournament, the EGF hosted an award ceremony where the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Championship and the winners of the EGF Order of Merit Season received their well-deserved prizes. To see all of the results from the EGF Order of Merit Season, please revert to the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.
The EGF would like to thank all Golf Clubs, partners, and EGF Members for a successful 2017 – 2018 Order of Merit Season and Championship.