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Muscat Hills all set for Golf Classic
October 03, 2013 , 9 : 58 am GST
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His Highness Sayyid Rawy bin Kais Al Said Golf Classic will be played at the Muscat Hills tomorrow. Photo – Supplied
Muscat Hills is all set to host the first edition of the much-awaited His Highness Sayyid Al Rawy bin Kais Al Said Golf Classic Championship tomorrow. As many as 108 golfers from across the country and the region will take part in the inaugural championship that will now become an annual tournament in the Muscat Hills calendar.
Speaking to Times Sport, yesterday, Ray Stopforth, director of golf at Muscat Hills said preparations are in full-swing to organise one among the premier championship in the country.
"We are fully geared to organise this tournament and we are in fact working hard to see that this tournament will become a grand success," Ray said. According to Ray there has been overwhelming response from golfers ever since the tournament was announced.
"The tournament was fully subscribed within five days of the entry forms going out to members and visitors which tell us that golfers in Oman are tournament hungry and are looking for serious types of competitions," Ray noted.
"Over 130 entries were received but we had to cut the field back to 108 players as the first 18 holes is a shot gun start," Ray said.
Speaking about the HH Rawy Golf Classic, Ray informed that due to increasing demand, the organisers have decided to host the event annually. "Like I said there is an increasing demand from the golfers and we strongly feel that it should be held every year.
"The tournament format is stroke play played over 27 holes on the same day, half the field will be cut after 18 holes and the remaining players who make the cut will then play off over another 9 holes to determine the winner. "This makes it a true classic tournament, so the players need to play their best golf over the first 18 holes to make the cut to have a chance of winning the tournament or be in the prizes.
"The highest handicap accepted is a 24 handicap; higher handicaps are also accepted however on this day those players with higher handicaps will have to play off a 24 handicap," Ray added. A banquet dinner and award ceremony will take place at Muscat Hills after conclusion of the event which is expected to attract over 250 people for the evening.
His Highness Sayyid Al Rawy bin Kais Al Said will be attending the prize giving along with other dignitaries. The title Sponsor Bank of Beirut will be supporting the event along with associate sponsor Audi.
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