Dubai Creek Open set to mark milestone for Mena Tour

Monday's start to the Mena Tour's Dubai Creek Open will be the organisation's 50th tournament, a milestone in the nascent development of professional-level golf in the region.
Mohammed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the Mena Golf Tour, shown at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in September 2012. Mike Young / The National
Mohammed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the Mena Golf Tour, shown at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in September 2012. Mike Young / The National

Monday is the opening round of the three-day Dubai Creek Open and it is a milestone occasion for the tour as it is the 50th tournament they have staged since 2011. Here is the lowdown:

Grown

After a break of two months, the Mena Golf Tour returns with the first day of the Dubai Creek Open at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The event is the 50th in the history of the tour since it began in 2011. It has grown from being four events that year to 20 this year, with tournaments in Morocco, Spain and South Africa among the schedule.

Spotlight

“The staging of the 50th tournament shows we have moved the needle a little bit forward which gives us a tremendous sense of satisfaction,” Mohammed Juma Buamaim (pictured above), chairman of the Mena Golf Tour, said yesterday. “If our players have enjoyed some moments in the spotlight, it’s all down to the support that we have received.”

Making waves

Adel Zarouni, the vice chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation, believes the tour’s gradual expansion will have positive results locally in the years ahead. “With the Mena Golf Tour creating a competitive atmosphere, I think it’s a matter of time before we have home-grown players making waves on the circuit,” he said.

Potential

Zane Scotland is the tour’s most successful player with 11 wins to his name in tournaments on the tour, and the Englishman is proud of his successful past. “I have been playing on the tour since winning the inaugural event in 2011 and can tell from experience that it has a tremendous potential to grow and prosper.”

Unique

“The tour is just awesome,” said Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the only UAE professional playing on the tour at present. “The experience that you gain from playing alongside an international field is something unique for the region’s players, especially the amateurs. I would like to see the region grow. The more it grows, it will give the young guys greater opportunities”

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Published: September 4, 2016 04:00 AM

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