The Qatari Ladies Golf Team (QGA 4) of Mariam Al Sada (28), Nada Mir (9) and Yasmian Al Sharshani (22), alongside professional Matthias Schwab (Austria), won the morning Pro-Am at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club - which is the curtain raiser for the four round $1.75 million Commercial Bank Qatar Masters which tees off tomorrow.
A total of 20 teams competed in the tournament with a ¾ handicap allowance for the three amateurs in the team in a Shamble format, with the professional playing their own ball throughout and the amateurs playing out their own ball from the best tee shot position on each hole.
It is the first time that a women only team has won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am in the 21-year history of the tournament. The great win shows that the future of golf in Qatar is bright with these Qatari ladies.
Runners-up were the team representing BANZ Group losing on a back nine countback of 12 under par to the winners’ 14 under par of Jason Smith (9), James Finnigan (2), Mathew Deakin (10), captained by professional Thorbjørn Oleson (Denmark). In third place was the QIC Team hosted by professional Bradley Neil (Scotland).
Both the professionals and the amateurs praised the club for the organisation of the day as well as the condition of the golf course, especially the greens.
The prizes were presented by Hussein Al-Abdulla, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Chief Marketing Officer and Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of the European Tour.
Winners; 26 under par / 14 under back 9; QGA 4 Team; Matthias Schwab (Austria), Mariam Al Sada (28), Nada Mir (9) and Yasmian Al Sharshani (22).
Runners-Up; 26 under par / 12 under back 9; BANZ Group; Thorbjorn Oleson (Denmark) Jason Smith (9), James Finnigan (2) and Mathew Deakin (10).
Third; 26 under par / 9 under par back 9; QIC Team; Bradley Neil (Scotland), Steve Lunden (16), Garry Taylor (2), Scott Saunders (22).