MENA Tour likely to return to Oman next year

MENA Tour likely to return to Oman next year
  1. MENA Tour likely to return to Oman next year
    Despite pulling out of Oman this year, Buamaim assured that the Tour will most likely return to Oman “as early as next y…
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Muscat Daily had reported last week that the MENA Tour has pulled out of Oman for the first time since making its debut in 2013.

Despite pulling out of Oman this year, Buamaim assured that the Tour will most likely return to Oman “as early as next year.

The chief of the Dubai-based body lauded the Oman Golf Committee (OGC) for its continued support in putting the Tour on a trajectory for growth, saying it’s just a matter of time before the tour events return to the sultanate’s premier golf clubs.

“We have been visiting Oman since Ghala Golf Club made its debut on the tour in 2013, and even organised our flagship season-ending Tour Championship at Muscat Hills last year in a testament to Oman’s growing reputation as major golf destination,” said Buamaim.

“We see it as our responsibility to showcase years of investments made in building world-class facilities by different countries in the region. And that is one big reason, we have added Jordan’s Ayla Golf Club and Ajman’s Al Zohra Club to our schedule this year.

“As we can only have a limited number of events on our schedule because of extreme weather conditions and other logistical snags, we were forced to skip Oman this year to accommodate new host venues. Any other insinuation will be far from the truth.

“Ghala and Muscat Hills have been very supportive of the Tour and so is the Oman Golf Committee. We value their commitment and will soon return to Oman, maybe, as early as next year.

"With world ranking points in place, I see big things for the MENA Tour. If it keeps going the way it is, it’s a huge pathway for someone from this region to qualify for the Olympics. It gives young professionals much-needed experience, which is difficult to gain."

“We recently launched The Project 300 that is aimed at getting at least one regional player in the Olympics by 2020. Players hoping to qualify for Tokyo must get within 300 in the world rankings.

“Leading amateurs like Azaan al Rumhy (Oman), Khaled Attiah and Othman Almulla (both Saudi Arabia)…

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