A swing and a win
Gulf Business|July 2021
The Emirates Amateur Golf League Mini-Series held last month proved the operational feasibility of the much-anticipated world’s first franchise-based amateur golf league that will be held later this year

There are big plans in store for November’s inaugural season of the Emirates Amateur Golf League (EAGL) – the world’s first franchise based amateur golf league. A brainchild of Indian businessman Sudesh Aggarwal, the concept has slowly begun to take shape. Earlier this year, EAGL brought in Indian professional golfer Shiv Kapur as brand ambassador, and also appointed Nick Tarratt as Tournament director.

But with an experimental tournament like this one, Aggarwal and EAGL League administrator, Priyaa Kumria, thought it necessary to have a dress rehearsal to test the format and operational flow, as well as the sheer logistics of hosting such a tournament.

To that end, a 9-hole showcase event, called EAGL Mini-Series, was held on June 20 at the Fire Course of the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The one-day event gave eight four-man teams – namely the Abu Dhabi Roars, Dubai Tigers, English Roses, MENA Golfers, Indian Lions, Emirates Players, Asian Jumbos and European Seves – a chance to compete against one another.

Asian Tour winner Kapur was on hand to hit the ceremonial first tee shot. “I have never seen an amateur golf [event] like this, not even professional golf across the world. The idea is that team golf is always more exciting than individual formats; the colourfulness, the uniforms, you are playing for a team, it’s a nine-hole shootout…it’s very exciting and I think it’s here to stay,” said Kapur of the EAGL format.

The MENA Golfers went up against the Asian Jumbos, captained by Dubai Eye’s Robbie Greenfield, and they got off to a strong start in Match 2 with Deepak Jain beating Bayern Khan 3&1.

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