MacIntyre lands first MENA Tour title at Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship

Winner Robert MacIntyre with Yousef Abdulaziz Al Qatami and Wael Abdulrahman Al Welayti, both members of the Sahara Kuwait’s golf advisory committee

England’s Clements reigns supreme in amateur division

KUWAIT CITY — Supremely accurate off the tee and clinical with the putter, young Robert MacIntyre held off a spirited challenge from England’s Luke Joy to land his first MENA Tour title at the Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship on Wednesday.

Playing in his very second event as a professional, the 21-year-old Scotsman closed with a tidy five-under 65 to reach 14-under for the tournament, beating Joy by two shots, the victory underlining his smooth transition into the paid ranks.

One behind at the start, MacIntyre caught fire on the back nine, picking up three birdies in a row after the making the turn at two-under as his challengers eventually faded, one after another.

Perennial contender Joy mixed four birdies with a bogey in his final round 67 that left the two-time MENA Tour winner alone in second place on 12-under for the second week in a row and sixth overall.

A shot further back was a four-man group consisting of overnight leader Stuart Archibald, Max Smith, Joshua White, all of England, and Scotland’s Daniel Hendry, one clear of the English duo Adam Sagar and Jordan Garnish.

It was MacIntyre, who showed maturity beyond his years to dominate the second edition of the event in Kuwait, making him the 12th first-time winner this season in a reflection of winds of change blowing at the MENA Tour.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish. Absolutely delighted with my efforts, a memorable week for me, indeed,” said the Scotsman after receiving the winner’s trophy from Yousef Abdulaziz Al Qatami and Wael Abdulrahman Al Welayti, both members of the Sahara Kuwait’s golf advisory committee.

“It’s a nice golf course with narrow fairways. You needed to be accurate off the tee and I drove the ball well all week, creating some good scoring opportunities. I holed putts when I needed to and that was the key to my success,” said MacIntyre, who became the fourth Scotsman after Paul Doherty, Clarke Lutton and David Law to win a MENA Tour event.

“I played golf the way as I used to as an amateur and never let the pressure of turning pro affect my game,” said MacIntyre who credited his coach David with all the hard work he put in, in honing his competitive edge.

“I was fun playing on the MENA Tour. The competition is great and so is the atmosphere and look forward to playing more events next season,” said MacIntyre, who is now 22-under for the last four rounds he has played on the MENA Tour.

England’s Todd Clements comfortably kept up his prime form to win the amateur division for the fifth time in a row on five-under 205, a good two shots ahead of Switzerland’s Dubai-based prodigy Michael Harradine, a stunning achievement virtually assuring him of the Order of Merit title.

Meanwhile, defending champion Joe Heraty produced a birdie-birdie finish to move into a four-way tie for 30th on level-par along with fellow Englishman Zane Scotland, a 10-time winner on the tour.

Elsewhere, Morocco’s Yassine Touhami finished a tie for 18th on three-under 207 after carding a final round 70, a good four strokes ahead of fellow countryman Ahmed Marjan as Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla settled for tied 48 after closing with a 73.

The MENA Tour will travel to Ajman for the first time for the $100,000 Tour Championship to be held at Al Zorah Golf Club from October 23 to 26. Featuring an exclusive field, the season-ending event will see the top 50 professionals and the 10 leading amateurs from their respective Orders of Merit vie for the honours in the 72-hole event.

An initiative of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the MENA Tour was created in 2011 with the aim of developing golf in the region. It is affiliated to R&A, the worldwide golf governing body based in the home of golf, St Andrews, and the Arab Golf Federation and enjoys the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status.

A guaranteed spot on the PGA Tour’s 2018 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational (for the MENA Tour champion), multiple European Tour starts, including the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Hassan II Trophy, Maybank Championship Malaysia, and the KLM Open, are some of the added incentives that await MENA Tour members, in addition to playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour, and exemptions into the Final Stage of the Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour Q-Schools.

Swing supports children with special needs through golf

Non-profit club concludes first season with awards ceremony

KUWAIT CITY, April 23: Swing Kuwait, a non-profit golf initiative dedicated towards children with special needs, recently concluded its inaugural season with one final training session, which took place on April 22 at the Sahara Kuwait Golf Resort. The event also included an awards ceremony which honored the season’s outstanding golfers in recognition of their performance throughout the season. As well as showing appreciation to all the coaches and volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the program.

The first of its kind in the country, Swing Kuwait is a non-profit club founded by Hamad Al-Barrak, a 14-year-old Kuwaiti with a passion for golf. The initiative seeks to support children with special needs — especially those with autism and Down’s syndrome — through golfing; helping them become more independent and enabling them to play and socialize in a friendly, safe environment. Swing’s golfing season had kicked off in November of last year, with members meeting every Saturday at Sahara Kuwait Golf Resort.

Al-Barrak, founder and organizer of Swing Kuwait, stated: “My passion and love for golf drove me to start Swing.

I had come to learn through research that children with special needs tend to be much more comfortable and engage better while playing individual sports. Swing gives children the opportunity to interact with others and build social relationships, as well as enabling them to enjoy the soothing, stress-free environment that golfing provides.”

Al-Barrak started by approaching Sahara Golf Resort management, which generously provided the golfing premises. He then sought the support of head coach Edward Retief from Sahara for designing the program and overseeing the weekly training of the young golfers. Additionally, the help of coaches Cameron Van Rooyen and Xu Xon and the many volunteers who were there on a weekly basis to support the children.

Finally, Al-Barrak concluded by saying: “This initiative is completely dependent on the concept of volunteering. Coaches, family members and friends all came together out of good will to make it happen. It is our hope that Swing continues to positively affect the lives of children with special needs and their parents. I also hope that Swing inspires others in the community to start their own projects and initiatives to support special needs children within our society, in any way they could.”

Abdulwahab Al-Musallam wins Hankook Golf Tournament 2017 – Choi and Al-Zahem claim Division B 1st & 2nd prizes

Participant of the Hankook Golf Tournament 2017 on the course.

KUWAIT CITY, March 19: Hankook Golf Tournament was organized on March 17 at the Sahara Golf Club. It was the 12th successive year of this prestigious event, organized in the month of March each year at the beginning of the spring season.

Since it is an open event with participation not just limited to Sahara Club members, the tournament has always attracted golf enthusiasts from all over.

This year as well, there was an overwhelming rush for inclusion, and eventually 100 players were shortlisted covering various nationalities, agegroups and diverse backgrounds including the Ambassadors of South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia, who graced the event with their participation. The inclement weather on Thursday night had given way to pleasant conditions on Friday morning with a light, cool breeze blowing.

The verdant, beautifully-landscaped 18-hole course of the Sahara Club with undulating contours together with an ambient climate contributed to a healthy game of golf. As usual, the game was played in the ‘Stableford’ format, which allows for relatively speedy play. The tee-off commenced at 8:00 am using the Shotgun approach, and the players were able to finish their games by 1:00 pm.

This year a new provision was introduced so as to ensure a level playing field — the players were categorized into two divisions based on their handicap levels : Division A (Handicap 0 to 14) and Division B (Handicap 15 to 28). In Division A, both Abdulwahab Al-Musallam and Abdul Rahman Bahman came up with an outstanding score of 35 points, but based on their gross scores, Abdulwahab Al-Musallam was declared the winner. In Division B, the first and second prizes were won by Jong Dae Choi and the young budding talent Fahad Al-Zahem respectively.

Among other prizes, M.O. Cha came up with a brilliant performance so as to win the prizes for Longest Drive as well as Nearest to Pin in the Ladies’ group. In Men’s group, Ali Al-Ansari, who comes from a family of keen golfers, won the prize for Longest Drive, whereas the prize for Nearest to Pin was won by the veteran Joon Ho Bae, who has been in excellent form for the last few seasons. Finally the coveted prize for Best Gross was won by the old warhorse Juno Sethi, who achieved a fabulous score of 74 points.

Prize distribution was organized in the afternoon in the gracious presence of His Excellency Yeonchul Yoo, Korean Ambassador, Sung Wook Kang, the newly-appointed General Manager of Hankook Tires Middle East and Ahmed Al-Mailem. Speaking on the occasion, Kuldeep Lamba, Managing Director, Al-Mailem Group expressed his satisfaction at the large turnout. “It is wonderful to see so much energy and enthusiasm among golfers here”, he added, “I take this opportunity to welcome Kang to Kuwait and thank Hankook for their unwavering support over the years”.

Finally, he complimented Razmic, Edward, Richard and other Sahara Club officials for their professional administration of the event, and expressed hope that the tournament would continue to receive the same level of encouraging response in future also

Young golfers dominate Toyo Golf Tournament

Players pose for a group photo before tee-off of the Toyo Golf Tournament.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 21: Toyo Golf Tournament was organized last Friday 10th Feb 2017 at the Sahara Golf Club. It was the 34th year of this prestigious event, which is organized in the month of February each year to commemorate the National and Liberation Days. Appropriately the trophy is called the Liberation Cup. A distinctive feature of this open tournament is that it attracts golfers from all sections of the society, and includes both Sahara Club members as well as other golf enthusiasts. There was an overwhelming request for participation, and eventually 100 players were shortlisted. This year a new provision was introduced so as to ensure a level playing field – the players were divided into two divisions based on their handicap : Division A (Handicap 0 to 14) and Division B (Handicap 15 to 28). As usual, the game was played in the ‘Stableford’ format, which allows for relatively speedy play. The pleasant mildly-cold weather last Friday contributed to a good game in the undulating contours of the verdant 18-hole Championship Golf course.

Winners pose for a group photo during the awarding ceremony.

The youngsters ruled the roost with teenage prodigies Ahmad Al-Bader and Faisal Al-Wilayati coming up trumps in Division A and Division B respectively. Both these golfers started playing golf at an early age and have progressively fine-tuned their game over the years. Abdulwahab Al-Musalum was the runners-up in Div-A and SJ Park in Div-B. Among other prizes, Jae Jin Kim won the prize for Longest Drive and Fred Chrstens for Nearest to Pin in Men’s category. In Ladies, Clare Hunter came with a brilliant performance so as to win both these prizes. Finally, the coveted trophy for Best Gross was won by the veteran Joon Ho Bae who achieved a fabulous score of 71 points. Prize distribution was organized in the afternoon in the gracious presence of Mishari

Golfers in action

AlMailem and Ahmed AlMailem. Speaking on the occasion, Kuldeep Lamba, Managing Director, AlMailem Group expressed his satisfaction at the large turnout. “It is heartening to see such high level of enthusiasm in the participants for this event always”, he added, “I also take this opportunity to thank our principals Toyo Tires Japan for their unwavering commitment.” Finally, he complimented Razmic, Richard, Razmic, Cameron, Rona and other Sahara Club officials for their professional and administrative support, and expressed hope that the tournament would continue to receive the same level of encouraging response in future also.

Lotus stole the show at Gulf Run

One of the most anticipated car events of the year has been Gulf Run, a premier car show that has consistently drawn in regional enthusiasm by car aficionados since its inception. This year, Gulf Run took place in Murouj, from Jan 19 to 21 2017, as a one-of-a-kind event that was comprised of three segments, including the 24hour karting endurance race, Gulf Run Bahrain, where a two-day test drive event had taken place in an inner, outer and GP circuit, and a car show in Murouj where Lotus was one of the main sponsors.

An essential component of the joy behind driving cars is the pure feeling of adrenaline that comes with being behind the wheel of an elegantly powerful ride, a sensation that is vital for thrill seekers who yearn to experience refreshingly new levels of exhilaration. That is what Lotus brought to the car show at Murouj. There, three Lotus cars were on display, including the Evora 400 and 2-Eleven. The new Lotus Evora 400 is the latest pure and focused supercar from Lotus, combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling.

With a maximum speed of 186 mph and acceleration of 0-60 mph is just 4.1 seconds, the new Evora is a more agile and involving drive that enables it to lap the challenging test track at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk at a scintillating six seconds faster than previous models. Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminum chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.

The new Evora is 22 kg lighter, an accomplishment that has been achieved through careful and clever design and attention to detail. This weight reduction is even more impressive considering that the supercar has more power and a higher standard specification than before. Meanwhile, the Lotus 2Eleven that was displayed at the event, which is owned by a VIP client, takes the Chapman philosophy of ‘Performance through light weight’ to its most extreme level yet. Weighing in at just 670 kg or 745 kg and with 255 PS on tap courtesy of its supercharged and intercooled 1796 cc engine, the 2-Eleven boasts a power to weight ratio similar to that of a 1960s Formula One car.

Designed with the most serious of track day enthusiasts in mind, the Lotus 2-Eleven offers race car levels of performance coupled with legendary Lotus ride and handing to deliver a truly outstanding track day car. Introducing the Lotus to the Kuwait market reaffirms Alghanim Motor’s commitment to providing its customers with only the best quality products, outstanding service and everything else in between. Visit Alghanim Motor’s Lotus showroom at Shuwaikh Industrial 1, block 1, street 11 opposite of the Historical Vintage and Classic Cars Museum Saturday – Thursday from 9 am – 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Find out what’s new by following us on Twitter and Instagram at @AlghanimLotusKW.

Cadillac Alghanim wows the crowd at GulfRun exhibition

Escalade Platinum Edition, ATS-V and CTS-V showcased

Yusuf A Alghanim & Sons Automotive, the sole distributor of Cadillac vehicles in Kuwait, continues to participate in interactive events that offer fans and customers alike an exclusive look to the luxurious world of Cadillac. Among the latest of such offering is Cadillac Alghanim’s outstanding participation in the Gulf Run event, which took place at Murouj, from the 19th to the 21st of January. Attendees were welcomed to visit Cadillac’s stand and marvel at the rangetopping Platinum Collection of the Escalade, and the brand’s inaugural luxury performance cars, the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V.

The Escalade Platinum Collection is designed to provide passengers with unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Heated and cooled 18way power front seats are standard, and include a massaging function on the driver’s seat. A pair of seven-inch LCD screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep chilled beverages handy. Platinum models also include premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.

The Escalade adds even more sophistication, with advanced technology and hand-tailored craftsmanship, differentiating itself from other luxury SUVs; in addition to a powerful 6.2L V8 with Active Fuel Management, Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT), which also includes aluminum block construction.

Meanwhile, the ATS-V is the first-ever in its segment – offered as a coupe and sedan – to introduce class-leading twin-turbocharged power and a comprehensive suite of design and performance systems, expanding the ATS product line and advancing the V-Series legacy with its first turbocharged entry. Rated at a SAE-certified 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (601 Nm), the twin-turbocharged engine is the segment’s highest-output six-cylinder and enables 0-60 performance in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. It is backed by a sixspeed manual – with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control – or a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift.

Building on the V-Series legacy and leveraging the strength of the award-winning CTS architecture, the Cadillac CTS-V is considered the most capable V-Series ever: A luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and unprecedented performance, with true track capability straight from the factory. Backed by Cadillac’s paddle-shift eightspeed automatic transmission featuring launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting, the CTS-V is powered by a new supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine SAE certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm).

Premium care program

Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim & Sons Automotive’s showcases the company’s commitment to enhance customers’ unique Cadillac experience by offering customers peace of mind with a comprehensive insurance program. In addition, all Cadillac owners will enjoy service and maintenance for four years or 100,000 km, warranty for 4 years or 100,000 km, 24-hour roadside assistance anywhere in the Middle East for four years (unlimited miles) plus a courtesy transportation and a replacement vehicle upon availability.

Adding to the luxury experience, Cadillac offers its customers in Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim the highest quality of services. The service center is equipped with a large variety of the most advanced equipment operated by a team of skilled professionals and effective consultants who ensure timely service.

Visit Cadillac Alghanim showroom today at the Fourth Ring Road next to Safat Alghanim. For more information, please call 24969000.

Mercedes-Benz Kuwait participates in Gulfrun Car Show 2016

KUWAIT: Mercedes-Benz fans can prepare themselves for adrenaline and excitement as A R Albisher and Z Alkazemi Company confirms its participation in its eighth consecutive GulfRun Car Show. Taking place from 10 – 12 March at a new outdoor location, Murooj – Sahara golf club, the GulfRun Car Show is part of the annual GulfRun motorsport event which seeks to bring together car and automobile racing lovers.

Established in 2005 by a group of passionate young Kuwaitis, GulfRun has developed into a complete season of motorsport activities that include the 12hr and 24hr Karting Endurance races, the GulfRun Car Show, GulfRun Race in Bahrain and the GulfRun Racing Academy, with the aim of educating drivers on the correct techniques and training in a professional, controlled environment.

Labelled the premier car show in Kuwait, the auto exhibition showcases a range of the latest and most exotic sports cars alongside race cars participating in the 11th GulfRun race that takes place on 17-18 March in Bahrain international race circuit. Mercedes-Benz will have two of its dream cars on display this year – the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe and AMG GT. Also available for on spot test drives will be the GLE and GLC SUVs. Visitors registering for test drives will go in the running to win one of five spectacular weekend test drives of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle of their choice.

“GulfRun has become one of the most anticipated auto events in Kuwait, and this year is shaping up to be another exceptional edition. Our customers will have the chance to appreciate, test drive and learn everything they need to know about our beautiful motor vehicles. It’s also a special opportunity for us to showcase the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe and AMG GT,” Michael Ruehle, CEO of Abdul Rahman Albisher & Zaid Alkazemi Company

Visitors will be assisted and have their questions answered by a team of knowledgeable sales consultants at the Mercedes-Benz stand. For lovers of speed, the new AMG GT S is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark AMG driving performance, combining driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

The first sports car engine with internally mounted turbochargers (“hot inside V”) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings, with the GT S launch model having an output rating of 375 kW (510 hp).

Its interior design embodies maximum emotion and sensual purity. Radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness. Clearly drawn components and their authentic materials underscore the dynamic character and create instant excitement: anyone opening the door discovers an exciting interplay between the deep, sloping dashboard and a dominant, arched high centre console, a design which evokes emotions and impresses with its perfection.

Also sharing the spotlight at GulfRun, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Coupé is an exciting interpretation of a four-door SUV coupé that combines the sportiness of a coupé with the strengths of an SUV.

Exceptional agility, distinctive engine sound and typical sports car acceleration are united with poise, assurance, tremendous pulling power and perfect traction. Its avant-garde exterior design and exclusive interior adds to its stand-out appeal – a unique creation for those looking for an all-round vehicle with high-performance technology and an emotional design.

The all-new GLE 63 4MATIC Coupé comes with a powerful, hand-built AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine and a wealth of AMG-tuned enhancements that add unrivalled performance to its sleek coupé styling and commanding SUV strength.

GulfRun Car Show 2016 takes place from 10 – 12 March at Murooj, Sahara Golf Club,Kuwait. Visit the Mercedes-Benz stand to avail your free test drive.


Ooredoo continues to support entrepreneurs in Murouj

As a strategic partner to support young business owners

KUWAIT: Ooredoo, the fastest network in Kuwait, is proud to continue its support for Souq Murouj, a youth and entrepreneur market that includes local farm produce, artisanal food products and crafts, with a ‘street food’ section aimed at highlighting the culinary diversity of Kuwait’s local food community. The market also offers a section dedicated for children’s activities, and takes place once a month in Murouj.

January’s market was held last Saturday. In a statement about this sponsorship, Ooredoo Kuwait underscored its commitment to supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs, especially through such engaging projects that shed light on the efforts and participation of young entrepreneurs. This sponsorship comes in alignment with the company’s social responsibility strategy, which in turn is based on the core values of Ooredoo, of caring, connecting and challenging.

Unlike many outdoor markets, Souq Murouj curates a diverse collection of vendors that sell more than just food and produce. Among the participants in the market last Saturday is Bader Al-Nasser, the founder of Integra Kuwait (@integrakw), a smart homes solution business that uses the latest technologies to help users monitor their homes, control devices, and save electricity through sensors that automatically turn off lights. Al- Nasser said that partcipation was high, and that interacting with customers visiting the venue provided a good opportunity to network with clients.

Enas Al-Yaseen, founder of Saparadise (@Sparadise_kw), a ladies-only spa, also had a booth in last Saturday’s market. She lauded the organization of the market, which she said witnesses good participation for the second consecutive market.

KUWAIT: Bader Al-Nasser visits Souq Murouj.

Through her booth at the market, she was able to sell hair and skin care products, in addition to vouchers for services at the spa. Ooredoo is a strategic partner in Murouk Market. Updates about the market can be found on Morouj’s official Instagram account @muroujkw as well as our Instagram account @OoredooKuwait.

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