After the long reign of Bahrain at the top of Arab golf world it looks like Morocco is the new power to be reckoned with as the northwest African country won its fourth straight men’s championship in the 35th Pan Arab Championship on Tuesday.
Morocco won the four-day four players three-to-count tournament in telling fashion, posting a total of 885 to win by a massive 43 strokes from Egypt, which totaled 928 with Bahrain two strokes further back in third place.
Host Tunisia tallied 939 to come in fourth position. Saudi Arabia took the fifth place on 941 followed by Qatar 941, Lebanon 951 and United Arab Emirates 960.
Libya placed 9th on 1011 in the competition held at the El Kantaoui golf course in the Tunisian city of Sousse, with Palestine 10th on 1037, Jordan 11th on 1055 and Algeria 12th on 1073. There were actually 13 countries that took part but Oman only had one player in the individual event.
Yassine Touhami and Ayoub Lguirati completed a Moroccan 1-2 finish in individual play on 288 (72-70-71-75) and 296 (74-72-74-76). Qatar’s Saleh Ali Al-Kaabi was third on 300 and former Pan Arab junior champion Khaled Youssef of UAE fourth on 301. Another Moroccan, Karim El Hali, came in fifth on 304.
Morocco triumphed by 14 strokes over Bahrain at Dreamland Golf Resort in Cairo to defend the title it won in the 32nd edition of the tournament. The Moroccans also won when Saudi Arabia hosted the annual event at Dirab Golf & Country Club in Riyadh last year.
Individual champion Touhami was overjoyed with his victory. “I would like to thank our Prince Moulay Rachid for his help to all Moroccan players. Thanks also to Royal Moroccan Golf Federation and finally to coach Klaoua Mohammed and all players of my team. Congratulations to the people for Tunisia for a job well done,” Touhami told Arab News on WhatsApp messenger.
Prince Moulay Rachid, brother of King Mohammed VI, is president of Moroccan Golf Federation.
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