Dubai: Christmas will come early for members of the Mena Tour by Arena as rich rewards, in the form of playing opportunities at various established Tours and tournaments were lined up for those performing well in the Autumn Schedule.
The region’s only recognised golf Tour, which offers Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points for every tournament, will resume with the $100,000 Journey to Jordan-2 at the stunning Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan from September 29.
While the overall professional Journey to Jordan (Order of Merit) champion, the second-placed professional and the Leading Amateur have already been assured of a start in the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic (to be played at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai from January 23-26), the Mena Tour announced a fourth ODDC spot for a member who leads the ‘Final Five’ — a separate Money List starting from the Journey To Jordan-2 and finishing with the Journey to Jordan Final, which will also be hosted by Ayla Golf Club (November 24-28).
Apart from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, members can also vie to win the ‘Penultimate Four’ — another separate Money List comprising of the first four events on the Autumn Schedule — the Journey to Jordan-2, the Abu Dhabi Open by Arena, the Al Ain Open by Arena and the Ras Al Khaimah Open by Arena.
The member who tops the ‘Penultimate Four’ will receive invites to two full-field events on the Asian Tour — the Thailand Open (November 7-10) and the Panasonic Open India (November 14-17).
Apart from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic start on the European Tour, the overall Journey to Jordan champion will also receive invites to the Made in Denmark (European Tour) and the Diamond Cup (co-sanctioned by Japan Golf Tour Organisation and the Asian Tour) in 2020.
The overall runner-up will be invited to two leading Asian Tour events — the 2020 Bank BRI Indonesian Open and the season-ending Indonesian Masters (Dec 12-15).