National Bank of Oman Golf Classic 2013 to bring The European Tour to the Sultanate
The Sultanate of Oman will make its debut on the
European Challenge Tour when the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic
is staged for the first time at Almouj Golf, The Wave Muscat, from
October 24th until October 27th, 2013.
Promoted by National Bank of Oman, the tournament will be the
first Challenge Tour event of its kind not only in the Sultanate of
Oman but also in the GCC and will offer a total prize-money of
With its place on the 2013 calendar (confirmed as the last event
on the calendar before the season-end Challenge Tour Grand Final)
the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic is set to attract a powerful
field of 84 professionals with a further 30 invites available to
the title sponsors, including ten for low handicap amateurs.
From the professional invites to the National Bank of Oman Golf
Classic, five will be allocated to other Challenge Tour events in
return for amateur invites on a reciprocal basis, allowing Arab
Nationals, subject to handicap requirements, to compete in other
Challenge Tour events during the season. This will provide great
opportunities for golfers throughout the Arab world to get
international experience wherever the Challenge Tour goes.
"As Title sponsor for the next three years, National Bank of
Oman looks forward to welcoming the players and officials for the
first ever Challenge Tour event in Oman," said Mr Salaam Al Shaksy,
NBO's Chief Executive Officer, at the Press Conference, held
at the Greg Norman-designed Almouj Golf, The Wave Muscat.
He further added, "At National Bank of Oman, we are proud of the
steps Oman has taken with the launch of Almouj Golf - The Wave
Muscat, the first Professional Golf Association (PGA) championship
course in the Sultanate. With the support of the Oman Golf
Committee - General Secretary, Sayyid Arqam Al Busaidi, Oman will
become the 45th country to be visited by the European Challenge
The Government, under the wise guidance of His Majesty Sultan
Qaboos bin Said, continues to strive to strengthen the country's
position as an international tourism destination and at National
Bank of Oman we believe in playing our part in that vision.
Over the coming months we will work hand in hand with our
colleagues in the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of
Tourism to give the Sultanate an event that will stand out as one
of the best and most professional on the Challenge Tour
The presence of co-sponsors and supporters will be hugely
important in the overall success of the National Bank of Oman Golf
Classic. I look forward to inviting and meeting corporates, private
organisations and international brands who wish to play their part
in projecting a sophisticated and professional image to the
Mr Alain de Soultrait, Director of the European Challenge Tour
said the players and officials alike, were excited at the prospect
of staging an event in the GCC for the first time in the Challenge
Tour's 26 year history.
"We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Challenge Tour
to Oman and these are exciting times for us as it is the first time
we have ever visited this part of the world," he said. As the
penultimate event of the 2013 Challenge Tour season, the National
Bank of Oman Golf Classic will be a crucial tournament for our
players and even more so thanks to the significant prize fund".
In 2012 the Challenge Tour played 26 events in 18 countries
for a combined prize fund of over $7.1 million, while only four of
those events offered a greater prize fund than the new tournament -
and with the event also providing places in the field to amateurs
from throughout the region. The 2013 National Bank of Oman Golf
Classic will offer the best Arab golfers an opportunity to
experience playing alongside future European Tour stars.
"We thank National Bank of Oman, its Board of Directors, and
Senior Management for offering the Challenge Tour this unique
opportunity. We also believe Oman's national players will take full
benefit of the possibility of playing with the Challenge Tour
players", added de Soultrait
Launched in 1986, the Challenge Tour has helped launch the
careers of golfing superstars such as Ian Poulter, Justin Rose,
Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen, while South Africa's Branden
Grace - now ranked fifth in The Race to Dubai - was playing on the
Challenge Tour just 12 months ago.
With a high quality field, worldwide TV exposure and the
opportunity for the region's budding amateurs and professionals to
get Challenge Tour experience, the National Bank of Oman Golf
Classic will be on one of the most prominent sporting occasions on
the Sultanate's calendar for the next three years.
Among the sponsorship benefits available will be the
pre-tournament Pro-Am, corporate hospitality, TV exposure through
on-course branding and other associated activities such as golf
clinics by Challenge Tour stars.
"Their contribution and partnership will be a suitable
endorsement to the progress being made here in the Sultanate. In
addition, by promoting golf in Oman, we can all play a key role in
encouraging a future generation of young Omanis who can only be
inspired to go on and try and emulate the players they will see
over the next three years at Almouj Golf, The Wave Muscat",
concluded NBO's CEO Salaam Al Shaksy.