Outlook ‘fine’ in Dubai at the Pinkie Pairs

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

in·frac·tion (n) – The act or an instance of infringing; a violation.

Word reaches The Moodie Blog of strange goings on at the annual ‘Pinkie Pairs’ golf tournament played in Dubai to coincide with the Middle East Duty Free Association (MEDFA) conference and the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup.

The tournament, organised by Premier Portfolio, has become an institution during MEDFA week.  Golf tournaments are usually won based on the least number of strokes or the largest number of stableford points. The Pinkie Pairs, however, is different and the prestigious ‘Pink Jacket’ is won by the player with most ‘infractions’ (see above).

This year’s tournament, played at the Montgomerie course, featured a record turnout of 32 players. All entrants turned up not in pink but in red or with a Welsh theme in honour of their great industry friend Alan Edwards, who so sadly passed away recently.


[Rob Nichols from Patria Spirits brings some Welsh spirit] 

The two-ball scramble was won by Heinemann’s Peter Irion and Scorpio Worldwide’s Ian Cowie with an incredible 52 points. Just behind were Heinemann’s Nadine Heubel and Bacardi’s David Warren with 51.

However, the winner of the coveted Pink Jacket was Scorpio Worldwide’s own Gary Stoner with a total of 13 pinkie infractions.

The event raised AED 2900 (US$800)  in ‘Pinkie fines’, which was topped up by a generous US$500 donation from last year’s Pink Jacket wearer Sunil Tuli of US$500. The sum will be donated to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Alan. Never were violations so virtuous, or infractions committed in a better cause.

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