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216 players will vie for Greensomes honours.

Dubai A competitive field of 216 golfers will tee off today at the Emirates Golf Club to vie for honours in the 11th Hankook Greensomes Amateur Open Championship.

The 36-hole greensome stroke play event, played over two days at the the Faldo and Majlis Courses, is a net tournament with gross prizes.

Men will play from the Blue tees and women from the Red tees.

Both players drive on each hole, the preferred ball is selected and played on an alternate shot basis until the hole is completed.

Penalty shots do not alter the order of play.

Each player is to use a minimum of six tee-shots.

The event is open to men with a handicap of 36 combined and women with a handicap of 44 combined for a mixed handicap of 40 combined. Handicaps exceeding these must play from the above stated handicap limits.

The handicap allowance is calculated by adding the two players' handicaps and taking 50 per cent of the combined total.

The tournament has an interesting history. It was first played at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club in 2000 when it was won by In Lee and Suk Ho Ha.

After four events at the Creek the tournament was moved in 2004 to the Emirates Golf Club (EGC) when the club went into renovation.

From that year on, Hankook Greensomes has found its home at the EGC.

The first tournament had 150 participants and it has grown to 216 players now, plus a waiting list.


The format is as interesting as the game itself. It is open to all amateur players. It is serious golf plus fun with the partners. Thanks to alternate shots, it is nicknamed the "divorce tournament".

The tournament is sponsored by Hankook Tires in partnership with its official distributor in the UAE u Al Dobowi.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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