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Kuwait set for Mena Tour debut

Five amateurs from the country also poised to make their mark

Gulf News

Dubai: Five Kuwaiti amateurs will debut in the Mena Golf Tour’s first trip to Kuwait for the Sahara Kuwait Championship at Sahara Golf and Country Club from Monday to Wednesday in round 14 of the 16-stage series.

Qatami Al Qatami, Ali Al Ansari, Abdul Aziz Al Sarawi, Ali Al Hajeri and Ahmad Al Sarawi, will be hoping the experience of playing alongside professionals will stand them in good stead for the future.

“We are delighted to be part of the Mena Golf Tour as we feel the championship will be a great catalyst for the overall growth and development of the sport in our country,” said Yousuf Abdul Aziz Al Qatami, a member of Sahara Kuwait’s golf advisory committee.

“It will be a great opportunity to showcase our championship course and other tourist attractions. Ours is the only grass course in the country and it makes perfect sense to bring international tournaments here to promote golf in Kuwait.

“Being an Arab state, we also feel a sense of obligation to support all initiatives which target overall development of the game in the region. We have recently introduced a junior development programme aimed at promoting the game at the grassroots level.

“The Mena Tour has done a great job in providing a springboard for the region’s players to grow and excel on the international stage. We look forward to welcoming Mena Tour members and I am confident they will return home with fond memories of playing in our country.”

Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, chairman of the Mena Golf Tour, said: “We feel proud and privileged to join hands with Sahara Golf and Country Club for the event which, I believe, will motivate local talent to take their game seriously and strive for excellence.”

“Their support has further strengthened our resolve to stimulate growth of golf in the region and beyond.

“We appreciate all the hard work in presenting the course in top condition. With the field comprising a great mix of experience and youth, we are headed for an entertaining week. I wish all the players the very best.”