The road to the National Championship in Golf continued on Wednesday with round 5 being played at the Ahmadi Golf Club (AGC). The tournament was held in conjunction with the National & Liberation Day Open 2003 tournament, a yearly event hosted by the AGC in commemoration of this important day for Kuwait, for liberty and for freedom.
The National & Liberation Day Cup tournament was meant to be played over two days this year, 36 holes of golf, but on Tuesday, Kuwait’s National day, the weather turned sour and day-one had to be scrapped. Subsequently it was decided to shorten the tournament to a one day event.
In the race for the National Championship, Mazen Al-Ansari improved his position, winning round 5 by a comfortable 3 stroke margin with a 75 gross. Al-Ansari said that an eagle on the par-5 eighth as well as a bit of good luck helped him pull off the victory. Waleed Khalaf came in second place with a gross 78. Khalaf was in good position to win round 5 with two holes to play. Having started on hole number 10, he was three over par with two holes to go. But he then got into some trouble on the par-5 eighth, usually a birdie opportunity hole, ending with a double bogey. He also bogeyed the par-3 9th losing 3 strokes on the last two holes.
Third place went to Raed Al-Saleh four strokes further back. Al-Saleh was also in good position after 9 holes at 3 over par. But he lacked conviction on the front 9, losing 7 strokes on his way to an 82.
In the net category, new-comer Bader Al-Bannay stole victory, surprising his opponents with an excellent 67. Al-Bannay with a 28 handicap played consistent golf all day, staying away from major trouble and carding a 95. Three strokes back, in second place was Abdulaziz Al-Mulla with a net 70, and in third place was Abdullah Baroun with a net 76.
As for the National & Liberation Day 2003 Open tournament, Adnan Assaf of AGC with a zero handicap blew away the competition with a sizzling 6 under par 66 with 8 birdies and 2 bogeys. Second place went to Mazen Al-Ansari of the Kuwait National Team, (10 Handicap) with a gross 75 and third place went to Bernie Austwick (5 Handicap) of AGC with a gross 77.
In the Net Category, Jim Neilsen of AGC (14 Handicap) came in first with a net 66. Raed Al-Saleh, member of the Kuwait National Team, (14 Handicap) came in second with a net 68, and third place went to Brian McDonald of AGC (22 Handicap) also with a net 68 but third by virtue of the count-back.
In women’s competition, Cha Myoung Ok of H&E won the Gross category with an 88, and Penny Armitage of AGC won the Net prize with a 95 gross, net 75.