Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed was the guest of honour when members of the UAE golf team were presented with the Sheikh Khalifa Award for Sporting Excellence at a recent ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
Spearheaded by Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the UAE team won both the team and individual gold medals for the first time at the Arab Games held at Doha in December. Placed fourth overnight two shots off the pace, the UAE team carded a combined team score of 223 to take their four-round tally to 914 which was good enough to land them the team championship, which attracted leading players from 10 countries.
Al Musharrekh won the gold medal in the individual championship when he defeated Hamad Mubarak in a sudden-death playoff.
In October, Al Musharrekh produced the best-ever result by a UAE national player on the international circuit when he finished a creditable tied 24th on one-over-par 289 in the Asian Amateur Championship at the Singapore Island Country Club.
The UAE team also finished a creditable third-place finish in the 31st Arab Golf Championship where young Hassan Al Musharrekh won the gold medal in the junior individual category.
"The award recognises all the hard work done by the players and the support staff in transforming the UAE team into a winning unit," Saeed Albudoor, general manager of the Emirates Golf Federation, said.
"I, on behalf of the Emirates Golf Federation, would like to congratulate all members of the UAE team for a job well done. I hope they will continue to work hard and raise the bar in years to come. We have many talented players who are capable of making their mark on the international circuit."
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