Abdulaziz Kridis triumphs in Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship

Updated 07 May 2014
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Abdulaziz Kridis triumphs in Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship

Abdulaziz Kridis became the first Saudi to win a major event in the history of Palms Golf Club InterContinental Riyadh after he won the Lincoln-InterContinental Golf Championship 2014 title at the City Center golf course here recently.
Dedication, determination and hard work in the modern game finally bore fruit for Kridis as he compiled a winning score of 4-under 52, arguably one of the best rounds in his golfing career.
Even though the second day was a bit windy and the rest of the players were struggling Abdulaziz managed to steady his game with confidence.
The two days tournament attracted over 100 players of 15 different nationalities. Players from all over the Kingdom came to Riyadh to participate in this prestigious event. The course was in excellent condition and the greens perfect, with pin positions a daunting challenge even for the well experienced players.
During the awarding ceremony InterContinental Riyadh management thanked the title sponsor
Al Jazirah Vehicles. They expressed their delight and gratitude to the sponsor and players for their great support of the tournament.
Al Jazirah Vehicles tied the sponsorship to its luxury brand Lincoln. Lincoln has always been committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Al Jazirah Vehicles showcased four top of the line models during the tournament namely MKZ, MKS, MKX, and MKT.
Salman Al Kalthamy, general manager at Al Jazirah Vehicles Central Region, awarded prizes to the winners, who all received Al Jazirah crystal trophies plus golf merchandise.
Topping off the awarding ceremony was a sumptuous dinner.
For his feat, the overall champion Abdulaziz received a Callaway X2Hot golf set and Al Jazirah crystal champion trophy.
Perennial Filipino winner Resty Sibug was the A-division (0-6 handicap) champion on net score of 58. South African Roy Evans was runner-up on 62 net.
In B-division (7-12 ), American veteran golfer John Pauli missed breaking par and had to settle for a level par 56 net to win the division. Another Filipino Joe Vallado tallied 57 net to claim the runner-up position.
Benedict Madariaga posted his first significant victory as a relatively new golfer by winning the C-division (13-18) crown on 55 from Ivo Zemek, a consultant Anesthesiologist who finish runner-up on level par 56.
In the ladies division, the Korean duo of Kim Jin Soon and Kim Nak Yong emerged champion and runner-up on 55 and 66 respectively.
Michael Bernardino on hole 3 and Evans on hole 17 were the winners of nearest to the pin awards.


Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

Updated 16 July 2019
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Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

LOS ANGELES: Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored in his Arsenal debut Monday as the English Premier League club launched their pre-season tour of the US with a 3-0 friendly win over the Colorado Rapids.

Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka also scored for the Gunners, who cruised to victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver.

Martinelli, the 18-year-old forward signed from Ituano on July 2, was given a surprise start in attack by Unai Emery and sent an early chance wide.

Saka, 17, was an energetic presence and put Arsenal up 1-0 in the 13th minute as he collected a through-ball from Eddie Nketiah.

Another teenager — 18-year-old Olayinka —  doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defense and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Martinelli, having missed his early chance, capped the scoring in the 61st when he slotted home a cross from close range.

The Rapids, in the midst of the Major League Soccer season, fielded a mostly reserve side that featured several players from the lower-rung Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Arsenal, too, started a reserve team as they begin their build up to the Premier League season after again failing to secure a Champions League berth.

The tour has not started without controversy. Captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel to the US, and a group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organizations published a statement on Monday hitting out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership.”

Under a hashtag “WeCareDo You” the statement decried a “soulless” atmosphere at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy.

Kroenke, who began investing in the club in 2007 through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises and took full ownership in 2018, also owns the Rapids as well as the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.