By Armstrong Vas
DOHA (Qat): Saleh Al Kaabi beleived the positive results of the Qatari golers at the Qatar Open Amateur Championship was due to the month-long intensive training camp.
Last Saturday, Ali Al Shahrani won the tournament becoming only the second Qatari to win the tournament in the 35-year-old history while Al Kaabi finished a joint second and another Qatari Juhaim Al Kuwari came fourth.
The tournament, organized by Qatar Golf Associationin was played in individual stroke play format. Around 108 golfers based in Qatar took part in the three-day tournament.
Al Kaabi was happy that his friend and team-mate Al Shahrani won the title.
Reflecting on the training he had before the tournament, Al Kaabi said: “We had a closed camp for a week. Our coaches worked out a plan and laid emphasis on course management skills.”
Al Kaabi, who had finished second in the same tournament four years back, said the current edition was not easy for golfers.
“The weather conditions were tough for all the three days. It was tough and we had fun. Happy to finish a joint second,” said Al Kaabi.
Incidentally Al Kaabi, Al Shahrani and Jordaan were grouped together in the final round.
“I am happy for Ali. I had said from the beginning that a Qatari will win this year’s tournament,” added Al Kaabi.
Regarding his participation in the upcoming Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as a wild card player, the 26-year-old said he was yet to take call.
“I will decide on it (Qatar Masters) in the coming days,” added Al Kaabi.
Besides Al Shahrani, Jaham Al Kuwari is the other Qatari who will play at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.