Stage set for 30th edition of Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship

 06 Jan 2016 - 2:31

Stage set for 30th edition of Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship
General Secretary of  Qatar Golf Association (QGA) Fahad Nasser Al Naimi (third from left) addressing the media at a press conference on Qatar Open Amateur Championship, held at the QGA yesterday. (From left) Executive Assistant Manager of InterContinental Doha, Cyril Mouawad, QGA Board member Shaheen Al Kuwari, QGA Assistant Secretary General Mohamed Al Mohannadi, Executive Director Mohammed Faisal Al Naim and Regional General Manager at InterContinental Doha, Andreas Pfister are also seen in the picture. Photo by: Kammutty VP


DOHA: Golfers from more than 33 countries will feature at this week’s Qatar Open Amateur Championship, Qatar Golf Association (QGA) officials said yesterday.
The three-day event will be the first major event ahead of this month’s Qatar Masters, Fahad Nasser Al Naimi, General Secretary, QGA said.
“We have a list of 11 Qatari golfers who will take part in the three-day event that will start on January 7,” Al Naimi said.
“Around 47 golfers will fly in for the event that will see its 30th edition,” he added.
“Seventy nine golfers are actually Doha-based players,” Al Naimi said. “A total 126 golfers will take part in the event hoping to win a berth at the Qatar Masters,” he added.
“The winner of the event will get a direct entry into the main field of Qatar Masters,” Al Naimi said.
“The top two Qatari players will also get an entry into the Qatar Master,” he said.
Individual stroke play is the format of play to be adopted at Doha Golf Course, the venue of the tournament.
The top 60 from 127 golfers will play the final on January 9, Al Naimi informed. 
Prizes will be handed to the top 10 golfers, officials said. Sponsors of the event include Qatar Armed Forces, Qatar Olympic Committee, InterContinental Doha, Al Muftah Rent-A-Car and Doha Golf Club.
The draw ceremony will be held today. First tee-off will be held tomorrow at 6:50am. The prize distribution ceremony will take place on January 9 at 2:30pm. Andreas Pfister, General Manager of InterContinental Doha, said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic event.”
“Golf has a rich history in this country where sports is an important part of the lives of those living in Qatar.”
He added: “We have been a partner for long, some 10 years now. Our services are well respected. We provide the support that QGA appreciates.” 
“We are committed to extending our assistance in staging another fine event. The location of our hotel suits DGA and we look forward to the event,” he added.
Al Naimi said: “I take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Qatar Armed Forces and the Qatar Olympic Committee. Their invaluable support is appreciated in every sense of the word. I give my thanks to InterContinental Doha and Al Muftah Rent-A-Car also. They have been supporting our events for many years.’
The 2016 Qatar Masters, a European Tour event, will be played at the end of the month.  The Peninsula