Al Rumhy welcomes inaugural NBO Amateur Final

The European Challenge Tour’s season-ending championship will begin on Wednesday, November 4 and conclude on Saturday, November 7.

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Published: Wed 17 Jun 2015, 11:21 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:11 PM

Dubai — Oman’s leading non-professional Azaan Al Rumhy has welcomed the development of the first-ever National Bank of Oman (NBO) Amateur Final, which will be played alongside the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final at Almouj Golf, The Wave in Muscat this November.

The European Challenge Tour’s season-ending championship, where the leading 45 players compete for the 15 places on offer to play on the 2016 European Tour International Schedule, will begin on Wednesday, November 4 and conclude on Saturday, November 7. The NBO Amateur Final will run in parallel on the Friday and Saturday respectively.

After two hugely-successful editions of the NBO Golf Classic at Almouj Golf in 2013 and 2014, the tournament earned the honour of hosting the prestigious European Challenge Tour’s season-ending championship. In the previous two editions, the NBO Golf Classic included an amateur competition for players around the Middle East and several Omani amateurs participated in the event.

“It was a wonderful experience for me and the other Omani amateurs to play with the European Challenge Tour stars of tomorrow for the last two years,” Al Rumhy said. “But, I appreciate that — in hosting the Grand Final — the event can no longer be played in the same format.

“To take a positive view, this is good news for Oman’s amateurs and it will provide a great incentive for them to practice and improve their game in an effort to get into the Omani-only NBO Amateur Final.

“With the tournament being played off the forward tees, it will open up the opportunity for Omani amateurs — particularly the youngsters — to enjoy the course and to play on the same final two days of the Grand Final will be a great thrill.”

Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour, commented: “We are pleased that it has been possible to accommodate the Omani amateurs in the tournament.

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