Azaan gains valuable experience

A disappointing final round cost Oman's No 1 golfer Azaan al Rumhy a top-30 finish from a group of 100 amateur and professional golfers from 20 countries at the fifth King Hamad Trophy that was organised by the Bahrain Golf Association at the Royal Golf Club's Montgomery course in Riffa on Saturday.

Azaan, who carded scores of 78 on the first two days to make the cut that included the top 45 golfers, failed to reproduce the good performance on the final day as he floundered in difficult weather conditions to score 84 and finish 40th at the event with overall points of 240. “I could have done better,” Azaan said.

“The final round was disappointing, but it was a good and valuable experience to play against some of the top golfers.” Azaan, along with his brother Hamad, were the only Omani players invited for the tournament. Hamad failed to make the cut with scores of 86 and 83 (169) to settle for 75th after two rounds. Professional golfer Andrew Marshal of Britain defended his title with a score of 207.

Last year's runner-up Younes el Hassani of Morocco again took second place with 212. The third place went to Britain's Yasine Ali (215), who finished ahead of Bahrain's top golfer Hamad al Afnan on count back. In the amateur contest, organised on the sidelines of the main event, Bahrain's Abdulla Sultan topped the championship with 71 points, followed by Moroccan Mohammed Belarousa (73).

Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa al Khalifa, Batelco's chief executive officer, and Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla al Khalifa, Bahrain Olympic Committee's chief executive, attended the awards ceremony. The tournament was organised to mark Bahrain's National Day celebrations and the 13th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad's ascension to the throne.

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