Dubai Creek all set to welcome MENA Tour Golf Players
A palpable sense of anticipation hangs in the air as Dubai Creek
Golf and Yacht Club is all to set challenge a quality field when
the opening event on the MENA Golf Tour gets under way on September
The award-winning club will be staging the Dubai Creek Golf and
Yacht Club Open, which carries a prize fund of $50,000, to mark the
beginning of a lucrative road trip when $325,000 is up for grabs
over the next 30 days.
Spearheaded by European Tour veteran Stephen Dodd, Jake
Shepherd, the winner of the inaugural edition of the tour last
year, and UAE's just-turned pro Ahmed Al Musharrekh, a host of
international players will tee it up in what promises to be an
The event also attracted the likes of England's Peter
Richardson, currently placed third on the Asian Development Tour's
order of merit, Pakistan number two Matloob Ahmed, Asian Tour
veterans Ross Bain and Yasin Ali among others, who all would be
keen to produce their own storybook finishes.
Encouraged by the overwhelming response to the opening event of
the MENA Golf Tour, the organizers have adopted a flexible
approach, expanding the starting field to 120 to accommodate the
maximum possible players instead of the originally planned 100.
Having played hosts to numerous tournaments, including the Omega
Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions, the Dubai Creek is no
stranger to international golf, but it will be the first time they
will be welcoming MENA Golf Tour players in a ground-breaking move
which could become a tradition.
Mustafa Al Hashimi, Manager of Dubai Creek, said his
greenkeeping staff have been preparing its par-71 championship
course for the big week since the last few months to ensure the
players face a truly pristine, but challenging golf course.
"We look forward to welcoming players from different
nationalities on the MENA Golf Tour. The field is pretty strong and
I am sure the script will have many exciting twists and turns. It
will be interesting to see if the course record - a 63 jointly held
by Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke - comes under threat.
"For that to happen, the players would need to summon their
A-game when it comes to the approach shots and putting since the
greens are so perfect and the ball rolls so nicely," he said,
adding: "You never know what will happen in golf, but the course
will provide a fair all-round test for the players."
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour, thanked
the Dubai Creek management for their enthusiastic support to the
tour. "We appreciate all the hard work they have put in preparing
the course which is in great condition and we can expect some
exciting golf ahead.
"We have received the maximum number entries for this event
which is not only a great advertisement for the club, but for Dubai
golf as a whole. Ours is a young tour and we need all the support
we can get. The MENA Tour has attributes to become even stronger in
years to come if we continue to have the backing of premier clubs
in the region, like the Dubai Creek."
A new initiative of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the tour
is affiliated to R&A and the Arab Golf Federation. The six-stop
tour, which is backed by Omega and Mercedes-Benz, boasts a combined
prize fund of $325,000.