The American Mission Hospital’s 23rd AMH Island Classic Annual Charity Golf tournament teed off yesterday under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad at his private golf course in Saffriya.
Considered Bahrain’s most prestigious charity event, the three-day tournament is eagerly awaited every year by golfers and is taking place after a three-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Forty teams, of four players each, are taking part in this year’s tournament which follows the Florida format.
US ambassador Steven Bondy inaugurated the tournament with a booming drive off the first tee.
“The first day of play went splendidly,” AMH corporate CEO Dr George Cheriyan said. “Golfers look forward to playing here and enjoyed a good game on this superb, nine-hole course in excellent weather conditions.
“Players have a lot to look forward to in this tournament as, apart from the winning teams in the Championship and Premier flights, there are numerous side contests including Closest to the Pin, Most Accurate Drive and the Longest Putt.
At the end of the first day, Riffa Views led the field in the Championship flight (team handicap six or under) with a score of 51.1, followed by RCSI with 56.1 and Gulf Air in third place also with 56.1.
In the Premier flight (team handicap 6.1 or over), Saffriya were ahead of the pack with 49.3, with Xerox (56.4) in second place and Bahrain This Month not far behind with 57.1 in third.