Jordanian hotshot Mousa Shana’ah continued his purple patch after carding a remarkable six birdies in just ten holes in the round of 32 stage of the UAE Amateur Matchplay.
The youngster started his round with a dropped shot on the first hole after his ball took a bad bounce to leave it in the water before making on the par 3 2nd.
Shana’ah then sunk his birdie putt on the fourth and followed that with another par before he went into another gear with four consecutive birdies from the fifth to eight. After making par on the ninth, Shana’ah picked up his sixth birdie of the day on the 10th to see off his opponent in stunning fashion with eight holes to spare.
“I find match play very different from stroke play, the main aim is to beat your opponent on the hole you are playing and that creates a different mindset and perspective to how you play,” said Shana’ah, who finish with a gross score of -5 after 10 holes.
“I feel like all the hard work and effort I’m putting in with my coach Yasin Ali at the Leadbetter Golf Academy is finally paying off and all the aspects of my game are coming along nicely, although I had a bogey on the first hole, the rest of my round was pretty good with six birdies and four of them being consecutive.”
Marno Vorster, PGA Teaching Professional at The Track, Meydan added:
“It is no secret that Mousa is a special player. From the first time I saw him four years ago to where he is now is nothing but remarkable. The Track at Meydan is a tricky layout and scoring isn’t as easy as most people think. So to make six birdies within 8 holes is something I haven’t seen from my time as a teaching professional here. Well done Mousa on an unbelievable round of golf.”
Hashem Shanaah, Leila Aghabi, Siti Latifah, Dominic Morton, Mauyra Rai, Tim Wassink and Fedde Wassink also booked their passage into the next round in their bid to be crowned the inaugural champion.