Jordanian teen golf sensation to tee off alongside Darren Clarke

Jordanian teen golf sensation to tee off alongside Darren Clarke
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Published October 5th, 2017 - 06:24 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Rising Jordanian star Shergo Kurdi with Darren Clarke and Sahl Dudin, Managing Director of Ayla Golf Club. (Photo: Organizer)
Rising Jordanian star Shergo Kurdi with Darren Clarke and Sahl Dudin, Managing Director of Ayla Golf Club. (Photo: Organizer)

Jordanian teen golf sensation Shergo Kurdi will have a front-row seat to a masterclass when he tees-off alongside 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke at the Mena Golf Tour’s Ayla Golf Championship in Aqaba on Thursday.

The 13-year-old believes playing with the former European Ryder Cup captain will help his confidence as he chases a dream of representing Jordan at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

“It will be some experience to savour,” he said. “I am sure I will be able to take a lot of positives from the week that will stand me in good stead for the future.”

Kurdi has already won the Pan Arab Junior Championship Under-15s, the Surrey County title in England and he made the cut at the Golf Citizen Abu Dhabi Open last week. He first started hitting golf balls at the age of two with his father, Moussa, and since then he has won 113 junior tournaments, mostly in England where he pursues his career.

“These are still early days, but the aim for him is to represent Jordan in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics and then, hopefully, the Summer Olympic Games in 2020, or maybe 2024,” said his father, who also lauded the Mena Tour’s ‘Project 300’ initiative that aimed at getting at least one regional player in the Olympics by 2020. Players hoping to qualify for Tokyo must get within 300 in the world rankings.

Kurdi, who is supported by the Jordanian Golf Federation and attached to Ayla Golf Club, will be joined by some of the best talent in the region, including Khalid Yousuf and Ahmad Skaik (both UAE), Saudi Arabia’s Othman Almulla and Oman’s Azaan Al Rumhy as they lead a strong regional challenge in the amateur division which has attracted 17 players, including England’s Todd Clements, the current amateur Order of Merit leader.

Headlined by nine winners on the Mena Tour, the professionals will have everything to play for as they jostle for Order of Merit positions in the run-up to the Tour Championship to be held at Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman from October 23-26.

Buoyed by two top-10s in the last two events despite battling back pain, England’s Zane Scotland, a record 10-time winner on tour, will be hoping for a strong finish, if not victory, to make a significant move on the Order of Merit where is currently placed 38th.

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