Dymov edges out Shana’ah in thriller at JA Junior Open

Last month’s Junior Masters Open Tour event saw some of the region’s finest amateur golfers go head-to-head in the rearranged JA Junior Open with Denis Dymov holding his nerve in a play-off to seal victory.

The Italian and Mousa Shana’ah, who is just 13 years old, were the leading contenders throughout the day in the Boys Gross Division as they battled against one another in a bid to bank Junior Global Golf Ranking points and edge closer to securing the Green Jacket for topping the Order of Merit.

After 18 holes, the pair could not be separated at JA, The Resort with both youngsters posting 76 to take the tournament to extra holes. Dymov brilliantly held his nerve with a birdie on the first play-off hole to be crowned champion after Shana’ah saw his ball lip out for a birdie of his own to settle for second while Dutchman Ties Wolters completed the top three.

Mousa Shana’ah is searching for his third successive win on the Order of Merit
Aasiya Saleem posted 78 to seal the Girls Gross Division
Siti Latifah remains in the hunt for a second Green Jacket

In the Boys Net Division, Toby Stuart took home the honours after beating Adam Niaz and Hashem Shana’ah to the title.

The Girls Gross Division was also a hotly contested affair with Aasiya Saleem coming out on top after posting an impressive 78. The Sri Lankan finished three strokes ahead of Siti Latifah, who is on the hunt for a second Green Jacket, while Canadian Maya Bridgman finished third.

The final winner of the day was Jordanian Salwa Khalil who sealed the Girls Net Division ahead of Bridgman and Emirati youngster Fatma Kalbat, who recently won the Par 3 Championship at the Presidents Cup.

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