Doha, Qatar: The stage is all set for the WAGR-2019 Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship which will be held at Doha Golf Club Championship Course from February 14 to 16.
The 33rd edition of the championship will have a total of 100 golfers from 33 countries vying for the trophy, a chance to play in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and plenty of other prizes.
This is one of the strongest amateur tournaments in the Middle East. With the event having a WAGR status, the competitors will be keen to collect maximum points and improve their rankings so as to qualify for the big events,” said Qatar Golf Association (QGA) General Secretary Fahad Al Naimi at a Press conference at the Doha Golf Club on Monday.
“Since last year, we added the professional category to the tournament. This year’s tournament will have 22 professionals and 80 amateurs,” he added.
Half of the total players will qualify for the final round of the Individual Stroke Play Competition.
Besides the winner of the amateur category, three top Qatari players and top three professionals will also compete in the Qatar Masters to be held at the same venue in March.
Some of the Qatari players are in good nick and will be hoping for an impressive outing. Talking about Qatar players’ chances in the tournament, QGA general manager Gary McGlinchey said: “I think it is a great opportunity for the local players. Saleh Al Kaabi is 4-under par this week and he is hard to beat.”
One of the top attractions at the event would be two-time Qatar Masters champion Paul Lawrie’s son Craig Lawrie.
Thomas Strandemo, Adrian Meronk, Guiraud Alexis, Mateusz Gradecki, Steven Troup, Niclas Johansson, Jordan Massey, Mike Elliott, David Moreland, Scott Puzey, Morgan Jackson, Rocco Sanjust, Victor Riu, Michael James Steyn, Darryl Gwilliam, Mike Toorop, Peter Erofejeff, Todd Clements, Anwar Ali, Jean-Michel Hall, Lucas Norman and Alfie Plant are the other names in the professional category.
QGA executive director Mohamed Faisal Al Naimi, InterContinental Doha Hotel general manager Andreas Pfister and Alkalive Sales Director Ramy Essam were also present on the occasion.
Qatar Olympic Committee, InterContinental Doha Hotel, Royal Air Maroc and Alkalive are the sponsors of the event.