x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Amateur Al Musharrekh is confident

Ahmed Al Musharrekh and Khalid Yousuf have returned from competiting at the Asian Amateur Championships and are ready to take on the challenges of the Mena Tour.

Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the UAE's top-rated amateur golfer, hopes to make the most of his home advantage when he makes his Mena Tour bow in the Sheikh Maktoum Dubai Open on Monday.

Al Musharrekh holds the course record for an amateur, a 67, on the Al Badia Course. He and fellow Emirati team member, Khalid Yousuf, were unable to participate in the first two Mena events because of a schedule that included the Asian Amateur Championship in Singapore.

"I am striking the ball well and have every reason to feel good about my game," said Al Musharrekh, who finished 24th in Singapore. "I have heard a lot of good things about the tour, so I'm looking forward to playing at Al Badia Club, which is a superb course."

Yousuf is aiming to improve his game at a venue he knows well, said: "I just need to cut out the silly mistakes, and I'll see my scores come down."

Zane Scotland and Ross Canavan, the winners of the first two tour events, are also in the field of 80. Canavan, who won the Ras Al Khaimah Classic last week and leads the Order of Merit for professionals, said: "If I can hole putts and keep the momentum rolling all the way through, I can expect another good week."