Moroccan Bouchaib El Jadiani won the 47th Annual Saudi Aramco Invitational Tournament, beating Reid Perry on the first hole of a sudden death playoff recently at the Rolling Hills Golf Club in Dhahran.
El Jadiani birdied the 18th hole, holing in a 6-footer after a good drive and a 60-degree wedge shot, while Perry was short of the green on his approach shot and conceded the hole after his chip from the fringe was way off the mark.
El Jadiani and Perry both posted two-day totals of 163. Perry tied El Jadiani after 36 holes when the Moroccan player dropped three shots on the last three holes including a double bogey on the 18th.
Bouchaib carded rounds of 76-87 while Perry shot 80-83.
It was the second title in this prestigious tournament for El Jadiani, who managed to participate despite his busy schedule as the golf manager at Dirab Golf & Country Club in Dirab. On behalf of Dirab team, El Jadiani thanked the following: Tim Bella, tournament director; Ronan MacDonald, president of the club, and tournament organizers Minhaj Khan and Jeff Meisner.
Mohammed Al Noami finished in third place, one shot behind with a total of 164.
Gary Lorentz took the 1st net prize in a very close three-way countback against Mohammed Al Sayed and David Westion, all with a net score of 155.
163 — Bouchaib El Jaidani 76-78, Reid Perry 80-83
164 — Mohammed Al Noami 84-80
165 — David Weston 82-83
168- Sabt Mohd Nabeel 79-78
169 — Fahad Almansour 86-83, Mohammed Mu Al Sayed 85-84, Abdullah Has Jalal 81-88
172 — Rodney Kraynyk 85-87
173 — Dave Minchau 87-86
175 — Hamad Salem Al Athem 88-87, Clive Hopkins 84-91
176 — Mubarak Al-Ghamdi 93-83, Robert Carroll 86-90
177 — Khaled Sale Al Athem 92-85, Brett Bradford 89-88
178 — Derrick Smith 86-92
179 — Gary Lorentz 91-88, Ali Al Sahli 89-90
180 – Troy Thompson 92-88
Meantime, the Xerox Corporate Golf Open Saudi Arabia 2012 will take place tomorrow at Dirab Golf & Country Club in Riyadh with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.
This tournament comes on the heels of the highly successful 4th Saudi Oger Amateur Open Golf Championship and counts as the last event of a busy 2012.
So far more then 100 players have sign up for the tournament and each player will receive a golf shirt courtesy of Xerox. Tournament format is four-ball Texas Scramble. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all participants as usual. There will be valuable raffle prizes from Xerox at the end of the prize distribution ceremony. Ehab Guindi, general manager Xerox Saudi Arabia, facilitated the Xerox sponsorship of the tournament.