Khalil Al Wahaibi, won the Sayyid Abbas Trophy with an incredible 10 shot lead at Ghala Valley Golf Club this weekend. The Sayyid Abbas Trophy, sponsored by Bank Sohar, is the longest running 36-hole Nett competition in Oman, started in 1980. There were 72 players in this year’s event including Azaan Al Rumhy and His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamed Al Rumhy.
With an impressive 134 Nett score, Khalil Al Wahaibi obtained the top spot on Day One and secured it on Day Two, with nerves only starting to show on hole 16. As the Cup was presented to Khalil Al Wahaibi, by the acting CEO of Bank Sohar, Rashad Al Musafir, the Ghala Valley golf club erupted into cheer for Khalil, a much loved member of Ghala Valley and Project Manager for the new clubhouse.
In runner-up position, Satya Prakash and Prakash SJ both scored 144 Nett, with Satya just closely beating Prakash on the count back.
For a second year running, Jeff Campbell was the Overall Gross Winner with a score of 156. In the Ladies Division, Norina Utot was the Nett Winner with a score of 149.
In the Junior Division, Omani Junior National player, Fahad Al Kitani, took the top spot with a 158 Nett score. Currently Ghala Valley Golf Club is the only golf course in Oman that allows juniors access to the golf course and practice facilities for free and is where Omani Junior National Golf Coach Milo Breitenwischer trains the team.
Commenting on the Sayyid Abbas Trophy, Jay Townsend, General Manager of Ghala Valley stated “It was brilliant to see Khalil win this historical competition at Ghala Valley Golf Club. Thank you very much to Bank Sohar for their sustained support of the Sayyid Abbas Trophy, without their help we could not continue to hold such a prestigious event at the club.”
The Ghala Valley layout proved again to be a fantastic Championship facility. The course was presented in outstanding condition with full credit going to the superintendent and his staff. MacKenzies provided breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day, much to the delight of all of the players.