30 January 2016

Nine-handicap Texan player Robert Hissom took the first prize of the Abu Dhabi Invitational weekend by winning the Amateur Championship today. He fired a seven-over par round of 79 to claim victory with a score of 38 stableford points.

Highlight of his round was an eagle at the 548-metre seventh hole, where the 51-year-old hit a three-wood to six feet and made the putt. 

Hissom is owner of Aspen Capital Partners, and currently lives in London. He is a member at Queenwood in England and Valderrama in Spain.

"This is the third or fourth time I've played in this event, and it's just a great setup," said Hissom. "Look, we're playing in shorts and shirts in January!  Yas Links is a fantastic Kyle Philips golf course and I'm a big fan of it. Kyle designed Kingsbarns, which I rate as one of the top five courses in the world, and I'd say this is very close if not the same thing."

Professional golfer David Horsey fired an impressive five-under-par 67, which included holing out for eagle at the par four ninth hole. As a pro the Briton was not officially eligible for today's competition, but his round certainly sounded a warning ahead of tomorrow's pro-am and individual professional contest. 

Full results from Saturday's Amateur Championship can be viewed here

 Robert Hissom enjoyed one of the rounds of his life at Yas Links today

Robert Hissom enjoyed one of the rounds of his life at Yas Links today