Dubai: Schoolchildren from all over Dubai are heading to The Track golf course for the Dubai Schools League competition.
Children aged between 12 and 18 from 10 schools around the city, along with junior players from the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) programme, are battling it out at Meydan Golf to be crowned the league champions.
More than 50 children play in each round of the league and competition is anything but easy.
The league is growing rapidly and demand is such that it may have to split into two separate divisions to cope with the number of schoolchildren wanting to play, organisers say.
The focus is on inclusion and having fun, as well as competitiveness, said organiser Mark Needs from the American School of Dubai:
“We want kids to have fun and we want to encourage the game to be played in schools,” he said. “The ages and abilities vary quite markedly and we encourage peer leadership by grouping the older, more experienced children with the younger ones to help them — not just their game but their confidence also.”
“Moving to The Track has enabled us to grow the League and, looking to the future, we will be able to bring more kids along with a view to making two leagues,” he added. “Ideally, we’d like to get it into a formal schools programme and, maybe, expand to bring in schools from Abu Dhabi.”
The league is played over four rounds — all at The Track — and each school has up to six players per round. A stableford format is used and each team’s best four individual stableford scores are counted for the school’s total. The scores are added after the fourth round to give an overall winner.
The second round takes place on December 9, with the fourth and final round planned for March 3, 2014 ahead of an awards ceremony at The Track.
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