MENA GOLF TOUR: LEE CORFIELD CLAIMS GHALA OPEN TITLE

Lee Corfield wiped off a two-shot deficit in windy conditions to win the Ghala Open for his fourth win on the MENA Golf Tour on Wednesday.

Playing in the day’s penultimate group, Corfield closed with a bogey-free three-under 69 to finish at eight under 208, two clear of Germany’s Aaron Leitmannstetter with England’s Stuart Archibald settling for third on five under.

“It was probably the best round I played this year. Going bogey-free in such windy and tricky conditions shows I played some good golf out there,” said Corfield after receiving the

winner’s trophy from Ziyad al Zubair, a board member of Ghala Golf Club, and Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.

“I got a bit lucky on the ninth hole when I managed to save a par from beneath a palm tree. Overall, it was a pretty solid round,” he said.

“The standard of golf on the MENA Golf Tour is getting better and better every year. There is more strength in depth,” said the Englishman who thanked his coaches Justin Parsons and Clauding Foong at the Butch Harmon School of Golf at The Els Club Dubai for all their hard work they have done on his game.

Germany’s Leitmannstetter matched day’s best score of a 68, which contained six birdies and two bogeys, to move up the leaderboard as Clarke Lutton, the overnight leader, carded a final round five-over 77 to slip to tied eighth on two under.

India’s Rayhan Thomas returned a two-under 70 to win the Leading Amateur award at one-over, one ahead of England’s James Allan, the current Order of Merit leader in the division.

The Moroccan duo of Faycal Serghini and Mehdi Saissi shared the honours in the MENA Division with an identical score of three over as Ayoub Lguirati and Karim El Hali were declared joint winners in the amateur division.

Oman’s top-ranked player Azaan al Rumhy finished at the bottom of the leaderboard with a 15 over 231, after carding a 79 on the final day.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY