White Eagle Greensomes Open 2021 organised on 29th & 30th January at Montgomerie Golf Course Dubai and Arabian Ranches Golf Course.
The Montgomerie Golf Club husband and wife team – Nicholas and Adina Cameron – have been presented with Masters-style black jackets as the inaugural champions of The Greensomes Open, a unique new pairs event. Hosted by The Montgomerie and Arabian Ranches Golf Club respectively, the 36-hole strokeplay event tested teams with the pairs format. Greensomes is similar to foursomes with the difference being that both players tee off, select the best ball and then play alternate shots from there until the ball is holed. Each player had to contribute at least six drives in each round. “Greensomes is mentally tough and can really test a relationship,” 17-handicapper Adina Cameron joked after the couple signed for scores of 66 (-6) at the Monty and 62 (-9) at Arabian Ranches for a net aggregate of 128 and a runaway 11-stroke victory margin. “We love this format as it is a true strategic test of golf. It makes you think not just about your own game, but also how best to set up your partner’s next shot. “Fortunately, Nick [a 10-handicapper] and I have complimentary games so we were able to balance out our strengths and weaknesses. Over the weekend I hit a lot of fairways and Nick’s irons were on form. We also got lucky and had a lot of putts go our way.”
Hannah Alan and Glory Xavier were runners-up in the 88-strong field on 139 after net scores of 75 (+3) and 64 (-7). Subhojit Biswas and Michael Neider swept the gross division, meanwhile, returning impressive rounds of three-under 69 at the Monty and 77 at Arabian Ranches to win by five strokes. But the ultimate glory went to the Camerons who are UAE golf’s new #relationshipgoals couple.
“It was great to bring the first White Eagle Greensomes title home for the Montgomerie. The black jackets are a great touch. We will wear them proudly around the club and look forward to awarding them to next year’s winning team”-said Nicholas.
The winners- Nicholas and Adina Cameron scored 128 net over 2 days
Runner Up – Hannah Allan and Glory Xavier scored 139 net ( countback ) over 2 days
2nd Runner Up – Ilka Hesse and Rachida Nasser scored 139 net over 2 days
This outstanding tournament took place the first day at Montgomerie Golf Club, set in the heart of the most prestigious Dubai location. It is a design collaboration between golfing great Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead. Desmond was known to indulge in the odd whimsical touch here and there and his offbeat architectural mark was clear for all to see at the par three 13th hole where the green was laid out in the shape of the United Arab Emirates. The 13th green has since been softened to a more conventional kidney-shaped island. The Monty is an open, expansive championship course with huge green complexes. A links-land style oasis with over 200 acres and featuring 14 lakes and 81 bunkers which will challenge players of all levels. Golf enthusiasts can discover a magnificent championship course, set within the globally recognised Emirates Hills, boasting lush green fairways, landscape gardens and lakes. It is the perfect place for all golfers to create unforgettable memories.
The second day was organised at Arabian Ranches Golf Club. The design concept for this golf course was to build a true desert-style course similar to those found in Scottsdale, Arizona. At an impressive length of 7,658 yards, this course provides a true test for all golfers.The links is an 18 hole, par 72 signature course designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design. Built as a true desert-style grass course, players love the natural flow of the holes through the sand dunes and wonderful desert landscape. Missing the immaculate grass of the fairways, makes you enter the sandy waste with its indigenous shrubs and bushes. The elegant Spanish Colonial Clubhouse features Ranches Restaurant which offers stunning views on the 9th and 18th greens. Situated in the heart of its namesake community, Arabian Ranches Golf Club is a popular lifestyle destination with restaurants and leisure facilities, just a short drive from Dubai’s iconic landmark.