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Will it be lucky number 13 for the Amateurs in 2012?

KT Report / 11 September 2012

The new golfing season marks the return of one of the most hotly anticipated local golfing events of the season as the Dubai Golf Trophy returns to the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club on 29th September with the final day being played on the stunning championship course at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on 30th September 2012.

Over two days of intense competition the 16 leading UAE based PGA Professionals and the leading 16 Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Amateur golfers will go head to head in a Ryder Cup style showdown in a bid to be crowned champions in the thirteenth edition of the Dubai Golf Trophy.

After an incredibly hard fought competition the Professionals once again showed their dominance in the event when they claimed victory in the 2011 competition, which means that they have now taken home the past four trophies.

This brings the total victories for the professionals to ten wins against the Amateurs two, having claimed victory in 2005 and 2007.

Dino Varkey, the 2012 Amateur Captain is only too well aware that the statistics are heavily in favour of the Professionals; however he really does feel that 2012 can be the Amateurs year. Dino said “As Amateurs, we do not get many opportunities to participate in events with as much intensity and sportsmanship as the Dubai Golf Trophy..”

Speaking about their preparations, Dino further added, “Given the timing of the event, we no longer have the benefit of the momentum that many players would have built by the end of the normal season. Consequently, September will be a crucial month to get our games back into shape before the event. Although, given the depth of talent that we have on the team, I do not foresee this being a problem.”

The Professional’s captain for 2012 is Stephen Hubner from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club said:  “I have played in the last five Dubai Golf Trophy matches and have relished every moment.  It is a wonderful platform for the country’s best professional and amateur golfers to compete against one another. Although over the years the professionals have had the upper hand, the matches are almost always tight.”

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