Ghazi Aurangzeb is set to tee it up with the stars of the European Tour at this year’s DP World Tour Championship Rolex Pro-Am after being crowned the winner of the 2017 Luckiest Ball on Earth Series at the Grand Final held on Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Sunday 22 October.
After 22 events played across 21 golf clubs across the UAE with more than 1000 players taking part, Aurangzeb, who represented The Track, Meydan Golf, Dubai put on a fantastic performance to beat the 20 other Luckiest Ball on Earth Grand Final competitors with superb net Stableford score of 41 points.
The Rolex Pro-Am on Tuesday 14 November is the curtain raiser to the US$8 million DP World Tour Championship to be held on Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 16 November to Sunday 19 November. The hotly anticipated Rolex Pro-Am will be contested by 46 teams captained by European Tour professionals including the likes of Rafa Cabrera Bello, Justin Rose and defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.
“I’m lost for words and usually I’m full of them! It’s been a fantastic day here at Jumeirah Golf Estates and I got off to a great start and managed to ride my luck initially and then managed to hang in there for the win so I’m really excited and can’t wait to play in the Pro-Am,” said Aurangzeb.
“I entered the competition on a whim and now I’m the champion, I think it’s such a great series and in terms of being an amateur golfer I think this is as good as it gets.
“I’m happy to play with anyone of the pros as I never expected to be here a couple of hours ago when I was slaving away in the sun.”
Aurangzeb is also invited to the Championship Beach Party held at Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm on 14 November.
The Luckiest Ball on Earth Grand Final, sanctioned by the Emirates Golf Federation, saw players teeing off from the Signature Tees on Fire course and in the end it was Alberto Rubio of Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa who took the runner up position with 37 points while Elli Oschmann of Arabian Ranches Golf Club secured third place with 33 points.
The Luckiest Ball on Earth Series has proved to be a great success with the UAE’s amateur golfers since its launch in 2011. The competition has been held annually since then and open to all golfers aged 18 or over who hold an Official Club Handicap recognised by the EGF (maximum 28 for men and 36 for ladies).
Kevin Barrett of Arabian Ranches Golf Club won the inaugural Luckiest Ball on Earth competition and played alongside Ryder Cup legend Edoardo Molinari in the Pro-Am before Italy’s Ornella Parigi of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club became the first female winner in 2012 and line up with Australia’s Marcus Fraser. In 2013, former Dubai Creek Lady Captain Maureen Platt had the pleasure of teeing up alongside Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen in the Pro-Am while Dipesh Makwana came out on top in 2014 to be teamed up with Race to Dubai runner up Danny Willett. In 2015, Jairaj Gorsia from Meydan Golf was the champion and was given a ‘money can’t buy’ experience in the Pro-Am playing with England’s James Morrison while last year’s winner Blanca Rivollier of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club lined up with Bradley Dredge.
Nick Tarratt, Director, European Tour International – Dubai Office said: “We have had 21 golf clubs represented from around the UAE and over 1000 golfers have competed in the qualifying rounds with the 21 winners coming here to compete on Fire Course and in the end we have a great winner in Ghazi with 41 points and a happy bunch of other competitors, they can’t all be winners but arguably they are all winners to be here today.
“This is our sixth year holding this initiative and our ninth year holding the DP World Tour Championship so it really activates the golfers in the community so that they are aware of the tournament, as there is quite a rotation of golfers in the country it gives everyone an opportunity to be part of the Luckiest Ball on Earth Series.”
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