32nd Edition – WAGR Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship
DOHA, January 22, 2018 – Qatar Golf Association (QGA) held a press conference on Monday at the QGA conference hall to announce the details of the upcoming 32nd Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship 2018.
The prestigious championship will take place from 25-27 January and bring together 120 golfers representing 30 countries from across the world.
The three –day event will be the first major annually organized under the sponsorship of the Qatar Olympic Committee ahead of Qatar Masters.
Nine Qatari players will be seen in action at the three-day WAGR-2018 Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship to be held at the Doha Golf Club Championship Course from January 25 to 27.
Pierre Verlaar of the Netherlands, won the championship last year and will be here in Doha to defend his title at the 32nd edition of the prestigious event, to be held in individual stroke play format, organizers informed yesterday.
A tough challenge is on hand for the contenders as the field of 100 golfers from 40 countries includes professionals.
For the first time a professional division has be added this year – with the winner of the division qualifying for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2018.
A total of 14 professionals are in the field prominent among them are Anwar Ali, Michele Cea, Carlos Del Moral, Sean Einhaus, Michael Robert Elliott, Jean Michel Hall, Simon Khan, Paul Maisey, Jordan Massey, Langasque Romain, Michaell-James Steyn.
The winner of the event will also get a berth at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2018, an European Tour event, to be held from February 22 to 25 at the Doha Golf Club.
Two Qatari players, with the best record in the championship, will also qualify for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Qatar will have nine players vying for honours including Abdul Aziz Al Boainin, Adel Al Hamad, Jeham Al Kuwari, Mohammed Fahad Al Naimi, Ali Al Shahrani, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Saleh Ali Musbah Al Kaabi, Abdulaziz Al Muhanedi and Abdulrahman Al Shahran.
At the end of the second day, the top-50 players will advance to the final round.
Qatar Golf Association Executive Director Mohamed Al Naimi said the competition is growing in stature over the years.
“The event is getting better all the time,” said Al Naimi while addressing a pre-event press conference.
Qatar Golf Association signed a deal with a new sponsor Royal Air Maroc.
“I would like to thank our sponsors for making this event a grand success over the years. And also, I would like to wish all players the very best,” Al Naimi added.
Qatar Golf Association Board Member Mohammed Al Muhanadi, Saeed Al Hajri, Adil Khaloufi (both Royal Air Maroc) and representatives of InterContinental Doha Hotel and Al Muftah Rent a Car were present at the event.
The long list of sponsors and supporters include Royal Air Maroc, InterContinental Doha Hotel, Al Muftah Rent a Car, Alkalive water, Doha Golf Club, Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Golf Association.
Besides the prize money, the top-10 gross players will get tickets from Royal Air Maroc.