Trailing overnight leader and MENA Tour rival – Luke Joy by four shots heading into the final round, Elson secured a spot in a play-off against Joy with an eagle three at the final hole, hitting his approach shot to two feet for a closing 68 (-5)! A birdie four on the second play-off hole was good enough for Jenahura’s star to collect the Ayla Golf Championship trophy and crucially maximum order of merit points.
Jamie has had a very consistent year on the MENA Tour and has come close to victory several times without lifting a trophy. With the chasing pack breathing down his neck for the coveted Order of Merit crown he needed a good week to consolidate his position at the top of the table. Job done!
An over-joyed Elson said “To be honest I didn’t think I had a chance to win but hung in and hit some good shots coming in. In a funny way it was on day one that made all the difference. I played poorly but ground it out and finished with two birdies to keep me in touch of the leaders. Holing a 4-footer for victory was such a nice feeling!”
Jamie and the MENA Tour will now travel to Kuwait for the Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship to be held from October 16 to 18, the last event on this year’s schedule before the field whittles down for the 72-hole Tour Championship hosted by Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman from October 23 to 26.
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 The R&A, the worldwide golf governing body and the Arab Golf Federation and enjoys the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status.