Oman’s national amateur players will be battling it out in the NBO Golf Classic Amateur Final at Almouj Golf during the first two days of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, the climax to the 2015 European Challenge Tour season.
Oman’s top amateur, Azaan al Rumhy, will be leading the nine-man field over 36-holes of the Almouj Golf course in a strokeplay format, teeing off as three groups of three players as the last tee times of the day on day one and day two, following the completion of the first and second round of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, on November 4-5.
The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final will be held from November 4-7 and will feature the top 45 players on the Road to Oman Rankings competing for a prize fund of US$397,000.
The Omani amateurs will play off the forward championship tee markers on the Greg Norman-designed layout over the same course set up for the leading 45 players on the European Challenge Tour, who are bidding to finish in the top 15 of the Road to Oman Rankings at the conclusion of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and earn their playing cards to compete on the 2016 European Tour.
The top three players in the NBO Golf Classic Amateur Final will be awarded a prize in the event based on their gross score at the completion of their second 18-hole round played on November 5.
The Omani amateurs will be able to play practice rounds on November 1-2.
Six of the field of nine Omani amateurs have already confirmed to play – Amjad al Toky, Azaan, Ali Hameed, Hamed al Rumhy, Fahad al Kitani and Rashad al Harthy. Azaan, aged 31, and his brother Hamad, aged 29, with Ali Hameed and 15 year old Rashad recently represented Oman in the Nomura Cup at Yas Links in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where they finished in 23rd place.
Azaan, who has represented Oman on numerous occasions, said, “We are all excited and looking forward to taking part in the NBO Amateur Final. It’s great to be playing on the same course as the pros. I’m looking forward to that.”
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY