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With input from Khaleej Times

DUBAI, Mar 28: — Reevan Fernandes made it two-in-a-row when he won the third UAE JDP Nine-Hole Medal qualifying tournament at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.

The 12-year-old Montgomerie Dubai star, who started playing golf only three years back, carded a fine net 29 to add to his victory in the previous qualifying event held at the Nad Al Sheba Club.

Reevan is the son of Ivan Fernandes and Reny Fernandes, hailing from Ashoknagar parish Mangalore. His younger brother Rigel Fernandes is also excels in Golf and has won various juinior level Golf tournaments in the UAE.

Finishing second on a countback was Phillip Urasch, a 10-year-old fast-improving player who carded a net 31 to beat Ross Barry to third place on a countback. Ross was also rewarded for his long-hitting ability when he took the longest drive prize on hole nine.

The tournament, part of the UAE Golf Association’s Junior Development Programme, produced an intense competition with all juniors in the field giving off their best to make their presence felt.

The medal, jointly sponsored by Byrne, Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Golf, DHL, Emaar, National Bank of Dubai and Pepsi, followed an amended strokeplay format and was aimed at exposing youngsters to a good level of competition.

The leading five players from this the third of the five qualifying rounds will make it to the 18-hole medal final to be played on May 10. The competitors are entitled to play in all five rounds if their wish to even if they have qualified for the final.

The UAE JDP Medal qualifying rounds provides the young boys and girls an opportunity to showcase their newly-acquired skills in a competitive environment,” Bob Connor of the UAE JDP

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