Jan. 14, 2014
DUBAI, U.A.E. – While most college freshmen spent the recent winter recess recovering from the rigors of their first semester, Rice University golfer Paul Saad continued to work as the rookie claimed the title at the Omega Dubai Creek Amateur Open on Jan. 10-11.
Against a stout field of more than 100 golfers, Saad carded a 74-76—150 (+8) to claim the title. The Dubai Creek Championship Course is a par-71 spanning 6,967 yards.
Saad said, “It was a blessing to be able to come back for vacation and to be able to compete with everyone I had grown up with. It really made the entire experience enjoyable and very interesting. Having lived in Texas for one year and playing in difficult conditions similar to those we faced in the tournament, I knew that a good score depended more on maneuvering safely around the course than hitting brilliant golf shots.”
Saad is a former member of the Dubai Creek Golf Club as he lived in Dubai until his sophomore year in high school.
Bayhaan Lakdawala claimed second place at 77-74—151 (+9) and also has a tie to Rice. As a sophomore at Pacific, Lakdawala helped the Tigers claim the 2009 Rice Intercollegiate title at Westwood Golf Club, giving the top two competitors something to chat about during the final round.
Saad joins classmate Kevin Reilly in his recent success at Amateur events, as Reilly competed in the U.S. Amateur Championship last August after placing second in a qualifying tournament one month earlier.
Saad and the Owls open a busy spring slate – which includes seven tournaments – with the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 17-18 at the Westwood Golf Club.