Abdulaziz Kridis big winner at BMW-InterCon Golf Championship

Updated 20 April 2015

Abdulaziz Kridis big winner at BMW-InterCon Golf Championship

April 11 was a red-letter day in the golfing career of Abdulaziz Kridis when he scored another major victory in the BMW-InterContinental Golf Championship 2015 at the Palms Golf Club InterContinental Riyadh.
Kridis, a dedicated golfer who plays daily, reaped the fruit of his hard work and returned one of his best rounds, a net of 3-under 53.
This is his second major achievement having won the Lincoln Golf championship last year. The two days tournament attracted over 100 players of 15 different nationalities. Players from all over the Kingdom traveled to Riyadh to participate in this prestigious golfing event.
The course was in excellent condition, greens perfect and the pin positions were exceptionally challenging even for the well experienced players.
During the awarding ceremony InterContinental Riyadh management thanked the sponsor
Mohammed Yousef Naghi Motors for their continued support for this sport. They expressed their delight and gratitude toward the sponsor and players for their great support for such a wonderful golf tournament in Riyadh.
BMW Marketing Manager Mustafa Younes handed out the trophies and prizes to the winners.
For his feat, overall champion Kridis took home a Ping G30 golf set and BMW crystal trophy.
Filipino golf veterans Danny Naval and Alex Arellano were neck-to-neck in the battle for the A-division (handicap 0-6) championship, but in the end Naval was lucky to win the first place on 60 net while Arellano settled for runner-up prize on 63.
In the B-division (7-12 ) last year’s overall champion Young Joo Kim and Corne Delange were in the hunt. Both of them scored 55 net but during the countback Corne emerged winner and Kim in second position.
In the C- Division (13-18 ), Robert Mariano led a Filipino 1-2 with a 54 net. Countryman Sonny Acance was second on 60 net.
Koreans swept he Ladies Division with Kim Jin soon the champion on 56 net par and Chong Hi Park runner-up on 61.
The nearest to the pin awards went to John on No. 3 and Steph Usher on No. 17.
The awarding ceremony ended with a sumptuous dinner served by InterContinental Hotel .

Underdogs with bite and sloppy South Korea: What we learned from the Asian Cup second round

Updated 23 January 2019

Underdogs with bite and sloppy South Korea: What we learned from the Asian Cup second round

  • Can the mighty minnows continue impressive run in the UAE?
  • Or will the big guns start to fire in quarterfinals?

LONDON: Asia’s biggest sporting spectacle has reached its quarterfinal stage — and it’s time for teams to find their A-game. While there are few surprises in the last-eight lineup, the form of some of the big-name sides has been less than impressive. Here we deliver our verdict on the second round.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT — Saudi Arabia’s attack

The Green Falcons started the tournament at top speed. They came in as one of the cup favorites and in their opening two matches illustrated why. A 4-0 thrashing of North Korea was backed up with a relatively simple 2-0 victory over Lebanon. Understandably, that raised hopes that Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men could go all the way in the UAE. Alas, it was not to be as a 2-0 defeat to Qatar in their last group clash left them with a tricky tie against Japan. For all their efforts Saudi Arabia were unable to find the back of the net, the lack of firepower upfront costing Pizzi’s team yet again.

BIGGEST SHOCK — South Korean sloppiness

Boosted by the arrival of Tottenham star Son Heung-Min, South Korea were rightly declared the pre-tournament favorites. They had firepower up front, intelligence and creativity in midfield, and experience at the back. In the four matches in the UAE so far, however, they have looked anything but potential champions. They labored to beat Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and China in the group stage before almost being shocked by part-timers Bahrain in the second round. South Korea now face Qatar in the last eight and, as Son said after their extra-time win over Bahrain, they need to significantly improve if they are to avoid a shock exit before the semis.

UNDER PRESSURE — Alberto Zaccheroni and the UAE

The Whites owe their place in the last eight to luck more than skill. In some ways that is not a surprise — the hosts came into the tournament without their talisman, the injured Omar Abdulrahman, and on the back of a patchy run of form. But, still, the performances on home soil have been underwhelming to say the least. That was summed up with their extra-time win over Kyrgyzstan, who were playing in their first Asian Cup. It was a far-from-convincing performance and Central Asians were unlucky not to beat Zaccheroni’s side. The UAE will have to deliver their best performance for some time if they are to progress further. Their opponents, Australia, have also performed poorly, which may offer them some encouragement.

BEST HIGHLIGHT — The mighty minnows

The big guns have not had it all their own way. That may annoy their fans, but it does show that Asian football is improving. Only a few years ago the idea that Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain and Jordan would look the equals of Australia and Co. would have seemed fanciful. But in the past two weeks the standard shown by the so-called lesser lights has been impressive — and great to watch. Last summer five Asian teams appeared at the World Cup for the first time and it was hoped that showing would act as a springboard for further progress across the continent. On the evidence of the action in the UAE that wish could be coming true.