El Jadiani wins 47th Annual Saudi Aramco Invitational Tournament

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Updated 12 December 2012

El Jadiani wins 47th Annual Saudi Aramco Invitational Tournament

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.
Selected scores:
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

Xerox Open
Saudi Arabia
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.

What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

Updated 19 April 2018

What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

  • Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
  • Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.

Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.



Finished: Champions

Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.

Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.

Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League



Finished: Second

Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.

Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.

Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.


Finished: Third

Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.

Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.

Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into  the 2019 AFC Champions League.



Finished: Ninth

Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.

Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.

Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.