Gunn team wins Xerox Corporate Golf Open at Dirab

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Updated 14 December 2012
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Gunn team wins Xerox Corporate Golf Open at Dirab

Dirab Golf & Country Club organized the last big event of 2012 on Thursday with the team of Graham Gunn taking first place in the Xerox Corporate Golf Open Saudi Arabia 2012.
Gunn and his teammates namely Anjum Mulla, Syed Shafiq and Liz Kennedy put together a winning score of 55 from a gross of 65 and 10 handicap in the four-man Texas Scramble format competition. The team shot nines of 30-35. Each team member received a prize of Xerox multifunction printer.
The quartet of newly crowned Saudi Oger Amateur Golf Championship junior champion Christer Rem Sibug, Declan White, Jan Franks and Kapila N. claimed the second position on 66 with the team of Jose Vigil, Mike Jones, Phil Pannel and Gary Richardson in third on countback from the foursome of Rob Smith, George Baklini, Ian McDonald and Patrick Lyons after both sides tied on 57.
Playing steady golf in benign conditions, Sibug’s team, with a 10 handicap posted a gross score of 56. They carded three birdies for a 33 going out and had four birdies against a lone bogey on 17 for another 33 coming in.
Vigil’s team, with a 9 handicap, shot a gross score of 66 (33-33), while the squad of Smith had 68 (34-34) and 11 handicap.
The fifth place also was decided via the comeback with Mark Campbell, Syed Shakeel, Murad Mirza and Marcus Huebel winning the prize on 60 from a gross of 70 and 10 handicap.
Gunn also took home the individual prize for closest to pin, while Saudi national team player Faisal Salhab and Susan Tessier nabbed the men’s and ladies longest drive award.
Sibug won the grand raffle prize draw of TaylorMade driver. The other raffle draw prizes went to Oscar Domingo (Titleist ProVI box of balls), Shaqeel Said (bag shag), Danilo Naval, Cam Hourani and Pedy Lualhati (Optari bag).
Ehab Guindi, general manager Xerox Saudi Arabia, attended the prize distribution ceremony. He handed over the prizes to the winners assisted by DGCC Golf Manager Bouchaib El Jadiani and Dirab Golf Committee members Abdullah Masoud, Fahad Almansour and Richardson.


Why even the #WengerOut brigade should lament Arsene Wenger's exit from Arsenal

Updated 20 April 2018
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Why even the #WengerOut brigade should lament Arsene Wenger's exit from Arsenal

  • The Frenchman revolutionised the game in England across all leagues, not just the Premier League.
  • After initial success he found the going tough in the second half of his reign, but will still go down as an all-time great.

Over the past few seasons it has been fashionable to view Arsene Wenger as some sort of figure of fun — a man living in the past, left behind by the modern game, but too stubborn to realize it.
In time, though, even the most ardent, frothing-at-the-mouth #Wenger Out believer would have to agree that the Frenchman will go down not just as one of the best managers Arsenal have had, but also among the greatest in English club football.
As with any caricature, there is a hint of truth in the picture created, crude as it sometimes is. Yes, Wenger’s past few years at the Emirates have been painful to watch. Yes, he was stubborn when it came to both activity in the transfer market and belief in his methods and tactics. Yes, it is fair to say he leaves the club, on the pitch at least, in a bit of a mess. And, yes, he should have left two or three years ago.
But if there is one thing that any sane fan should remember about Wenger’s 22 years as Arsenal boss, it is this: He was a game-changer, a manager who oversaw not only a revolution of the Gunners, but also of the English game.
As soon as Wenger landed in England in 1996, he banished Arsenal’s Tuesday drinking club and munching of Mars bars — in their place came stretching sessions and broccoli. Hardly profound or radical in today’s game, but this was the era when change in English football invariably meant no pies and pints on a Friday night.
The technical, passing, possession football that is now the norm for any side with ambitions to remain in the Premier League, let alone win it, and the idea that eating vegetables rather than a tub of lard would help player performance, were brought in by Wenger alone.
He won the double in his first full season in charge, signed unheralded foreign talent such as Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera — who went on to become world-class players — and created teams that were a joy to watch, culminating with “The Invincibles” of 2003-04, who won the Premier League without losing a match.
The irony is that the one-time revolutionary ended up being viewed as a throwback, a stuck-in-the-mud anachronism; a manager who harked back to a time when playing with the owner’s chequebook was not seen as the only path to success and when paragraphs were favored over 140 characters.
And that perhaps explains why so many Arsenal fans seemingly wanted him gone: Wenger is not of the Twitter generation, of instant opinions for the 24-hour news agenda and of hype over humility. The man who was once seen as the future stuck to principles that were deemed as belonging to the past.
It is clear there is a lot of bad blood at the club — a ridiculous Facebook post by an Arsenal fan claimed Wenger’s announcement he was leaving made it the “greatest day in Arsenal’s history.”
But for all the bluster and nonsense, Wenger’s legacy will be that of “The Invincibles” — one of the greatest club sides of modern times; of beautiful football played at pace and with artistry; of being a decent, yet flawed, man who was never anything but articulate and courteous.
Having been in charge of Arsenal for 22 years, he is undoubtedly the last of a kind, and in the era of trigger-happy owners, short-term fixes and sensationalism over stability, that is something everyone, even the #WengerOut brigade, should lament.