24 / 24 / 2016

AZAAN LEADING THE WAY AHEAD OF NBO OMANI AMATEUR STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

The initiative introduced at last season's NBO Golf Classic Grand Final with the Omani Challenge, in which Omani Amateurs competed in their own championship during the season-ending climax to the European Challenge Tour at Almouj Golf, has taken a giant step forward this year.

In 2015 just six Omani Amateurs took part in the event but this year 37 golfers have already confirmed their entries in to play the NBO Omani Amateur Strokeplay Championship Supported by Golf Oman, which is open to all Omani amateur golfers with a registered handicap.

The opening round will be played on Thursday, November 3, at Ras Al Hamra Golf Club, Oman, with the top 12 players qualifying to play in the Final at Almouj Golf, Muscat, Oman, on Friday, November 4, following the third round of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final. Registration at Ras Al Hamra is at 15:30; Shotgun start (18 holes) is at 16:00; Presentation and Dinner 20:30.

The winner and runner-up of the Final at Almouj will qualify to represent Oman at the prestigious King Hamad Trophy at The Royal Golf Club in Bahrain on November 24-26.

Azaan Al Rumhy, Oman's leading amateur golfer, welcomed the enhanced NBO Omani Amateur Strokeplay Championship, saying: "This expanded Omani Amateur Championship is a fantastic addition to the season's calendar. It's an encouraging sign of the growing popularity and growth of golf in Oman that 37 golfers of all ages and abilities have committed to play the event.

"This will be the first and only Omani golf tournament I have played since I started playing golf in 1981. My brother, Hamed and my father, Mohammed (the Oman Oil Minister) and I will certainly be playing and it's great to see the members of the Oman Golf Team and the Oman Junior Team in the field. It's good that there are so many opportunities for amateurs to play in competitive golf tournaments in the region.

"I'm also looking forward t to playing the Assarain Classic this weekend, a local 36-hole tournament in which more than 20 single figure handicap golfers will be taking part at Ghala Golf Club. It's a great event to play before the MENA Tour event at Ghala GC next Monday (October 24).

"There will be four players from the Saudi National Team competing in addition to three players from the Qatar National Team, so it's a great warm up for me for the NBO Omani Amateur Strokeplay Championship Supported by Golf Oman.

"If I can finish first or runner-up in the big amateur event at Almouj it would be an honour to represent Oman in the King Hamed Trophy on November 24-26. It's a great tournament hosted by the Bahrain Golf Federation.

"There is also the four-day Pan Arab Championship which starts on November 9, which is being hosted in Oman for the first time. It's a huge tournament with so many national team members competing. November is certainly going to be a busy month."

The 2016 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final takes place at Almouj Golf, Muscat from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5, November.

Find out more information about the 2016 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final by visiting: www.nbogolf.com