BAHRAINI golfers acquitted themselves well in the 41st Pan Arab Men’s Golf Championship which concluded yesterday in Tabarka, Tunisia, with the team taking fourth position in the championship and two players finishing in the top ten in the individual competition.
The national team finished with a 938 gross, behind hosts and winners Tunisia (898), Egypt (916) and Saudi Arabia (925) while Sultan Fahd Abdulla (311 gross) and Ahmed Al Zayed (312 gross) finished in seventh and eighth positions, respectively, in the individual competition which was also won by a Tunisian, Barhoumi Elyse, with a 286 gross.
“We’re pretty happy that we finished in fourth position as a team,” Bahrain national team coach, Gabriel Sota Sanz told the GDN by phone from Tabarka.
“Obviously, we would have liked to finish with a medal. Maybe, next time, we will.”
The Bahrain team’s preparations had been affected by the rainy conditions leading up to, and including, the tournament, he added.
“That’s why the competition was complicated for us,” Sanz said. “During the practice days, the fairway was very wet and very soft and the approach to the fairway was difficult.
“We tried to tweak our technique to tackle the conditions but there wasn’t enough time. Still, as I said, we are happy with our performance but we need to improve our distance control and improve our game in wet conditions.”