The 2021 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (24th edition)

Education City Golf Club will be the Venue for the 2021 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the second year in a row

Once again, the Education City Golf Club will be on the European Tour Calendar when it hosts the 24th edition of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2021 for the second year in a row, from March 11th to March 14th. Designed by two time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame 2009 – José Maria Olazábal, the exciting venue expects to not only challenge the European Tour stars but to entertain local and international spectators with its unique views of the Doha Skyline and the 2022 Education City World Cup Stadium.

The highly-anticipated event is organized by The Qatar Golf Association (QGA), the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Education City Golf Club and long-term Title Sponsor, Commercial Bank. The tournament is considered Qatar’s annual ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event, first held in 1998 and widely known for bringing together the world’s best golf talent; the likes of Sergio Garcia, Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson have all competed in past years.

Hassan Nasser Al Naimi, President of Qatar Golf Association, commented: “There is no hiding from the fact that most of 2020 has been packed with challenges for everyone. Once again, on behalf of the Qatar Golf Association, we are truly grateful for the continued commitment and support of the Qatar Olympic Committee and our long-term Title Sponsor, Commercial Bank which has helped us position the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as a significant world-class golf event. We are also very excited about working alongside Education City Golf Club for the 24th Edition and aim to continue its longtime success.”

Commercial Bank’s GCEO, Joseph Abraham stated: “We are honored to sponsor the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters tournament for sixteen consecutive years. This is a testament to our commitment to supporting Qatar’s vision to be a sporting hub. Not only does such an event increase community participation in sports activities but it also attracts international fans and members of the Qatari society, and promotes a healthy lifestyle in the country.”

Commercial Bank EGM, Chief Marketing Officer, Hussain Al Abdulla said: “Qatar is now considered a world-class sporting destination where international tournaments are and will be held. Our fruitful cooperation with Qatar Golf Association, the Olympic Committee, and Education City comes to add another international tournament to the agenda of Qatar as we look forward to widening the platform of this cooperation through supporting more sports activities in the future.”

The 2021 event will see Education City support and emphasize community and family activities as it aims to encourage young Qataris to take up the sport and to grow the game of golf in Qatar.

Speaking on behalf of Education City Golf Club, the General Manager Michael Braidwood stated: “Education City Golf Club is excited to be hosting the 2021 Qatar Masters for the second time. The players enjoyed the challenge and condition of our course in the 2020 edition of the event. We are looking forward to seeing how they will tackle the course on their second visit. The event is an ideal opportunity for us to further our goal in growing the game of golf here in Qatar and we aim to use it as a platform to get as many new people engaged in the sport.”

The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was attended by thousands of spectators in 2020 and broadcast to a global TV audience of over 500 million viewers. For the 24th Edition of the event, all eyes will be on Doha as the biggest names in the sport vie for the Mother of Pearl Trophy on one of the newest golf courses on the Tour.  

The 2021 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will take place from March 11th to March 14th.

The European Tour announces its 2021 schedule which will feature a minimum of 42 tournaments in 24 countries, as golf’s global Tour resumes a full international programme.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “I am incredibly proud to announce our 2021 global schedule today, one that once again sees us journey through continents and across the world. There is no question that the challenge of reshaping our 2020 season in many ways informed our approach to 2021. One of the key learnings was to group events together in terms of their geographical location to create a more travel friendly season for our members. That is reflected in numerous concentrations of event locations. Also, our events in the initial part of the 2021 season will continue to operate under the guidelines of our world-class Health Strategy, which will evolve aligned to the latest medical advice.”

الإعلان عن بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماساترز للجولف النسخة رقم (24)

أصبح نادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف من أحدث ملاعب الجولف على أجندة الجولات الأوروبية عندما يستضيف النسخة الرابعة والعشرين من بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماسترز في عام 2021 للمرة الثانية على التوالي، والتي ستنعقد في الفترة من 11 مارس إلى 14 مارس 2021. إن هذا الملعب الجديد المثير الذي صممه خوسيه ماريا أولازابال، حامل لقب بطولة الولايات المتحدة للأساتذة مرتين والمنضم لقاعة مشاهير الجولف العالمية في عام 2009، لن يكون بمثابة التحدي لنجوم الجولة الأوروبية فحسب، بل سيوفر أيضًا المتعة والترفيه للمشاهدين من داخل قطر وخارجها بإطلالاته الفريدة على أفق الدوحة واستاد المدينة التعليمية الذي سيشهد استضافة منافسات كأس العالم 2022.

هذا الحدث المرتقب من تنظيم الاتحاد القطري للجولف، واللجنة الأولمبية القطرية، ونادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف، والبنك التجاري، راعي اللقب طويل الأجل للبطولة. وتُعد البطولة التي لا ينبغي تفويتها المناسبة الرياضية والاجتماعية السنوية الأبرز في دولة قطر، حيث انطلقت لأول مرة في عام 1998 وذاع صيتها واشتهرت باستقطاب نخبة من ألمع نجوم الجولف في العالم؛ حيث شهدت في السنوات الماضية تنافس عمالقة من أمثال سيرجيو جارسيا وروري مكلروي وآدم سكوت وجوستين روز وإرني إلس وهينريك ستينسون.

وفي هذا الصدد، علق حسن ناصر النعيمي، رئيس الاتحاد القطري للجولف، قائلاً: “نيابة عن الاتحاد القطري للجولف، أود أن أعرب عن امتناننا البالغ للدعم المقدم من اللجنة الأولمبية القطرية وراعي اللقب طويل الأجل البنك التجاري والذي ساعدنا في ترسيخ مكانة بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماسترز على خريطة أهم فعاليات الجولف العالمية. ونحن متحمسون للغاية للتعاون مع نادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف لإطلاق النسخة الرابعة والعشرين من البطولة ونهدف إلى مواصلة نجاحها الباهر”.

من جانبه علق الرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة البنك التجاري، السيد جوزيف ابراهام قائلاً: “يتشرّف البنك التجاري برعاية بطولة قطر ماسترز على مدار ستة عشر عامًا على التوالي. فتعتبر هذه البطولة دليلًا على التزامنا بدعم رؤية قطر في أن تصبح مركزًا رياضيًا بامتياز. وتساهم هذه البطولة بزيادة مشاركة المجتمع في الأنشطة الرياضية كما تستقطب متابعة عالمية وتجذب أعضاء المجتمع القطري وتعزز أساليب الحياة الصحية في دولة قطر”.

وفي معرض تعليقه على الحدث، صرح حسين العبدالله، مدير عام تنفيذي ورئيس قطاع التسويق في البنك التجاري قائلًا: “باتت قطر اليوم وجهةً رياضية عالمية حيث أقيمت وستقام أبرز البطولات الدولية على أرضها. ويأتي تعاوننا المثمر مع الاتحاد القطري للجولف واللجنة الأولمبية والمدينة التعليمية لإضافة بطولة دولية أخرى إلى جدول أعمال بطولات قطر ونحن نتطلع إلى تعزيز آفاق هذا التعاون من خلال دعم المزيد من الأنشطة والفعاليات الرياضية في المستقبل.”

وفي هذا المضمار ستشهد بطولة 2021 دعم المدينة التعليمية وتعزيزها للأنشطة المجتمعية والعائلية نظرًا لأنها تهدف إلى تشجيع الشباب القطري على ممارسة الرياضة وتنمية ممارسة لعبة الجولف في قطر.

ونيابة عن نادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف، صرح المدير العام للنادي مايكل بريدوود بأن: “نادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف متحمس لاستضافة بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماسترز لعام 2021 للمرة الثانية، كما أننا سعدنا برد فعل عملائنا على جودة الملعب والتحديات التي يشكلها في 2020. ولسوف يسرنا ويثير اهتمامنا أن نرى نجوم الجولة الأوروبية وهم يطؤون أرض الملعب للتنافس للمرة الثانية. إن هذا الحدث يمثل لنا فرصة مثالية لتعزيز غايتنا في تطوير لعبة الجولف في دولة قطر ونهدف إلى استخدام البطولة كمنارة لجذب أكبر عدد ممكن من اللاعبين الجدد”.

استقطبت بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماسترز حضور آلاف المشاهدين في عام 2020 حيث تم بث فعاليات البطولة عبر شبكات التلفزيون العالمية إلى ما يتجاوز 500 مليون مشاهد. ومع انطلاق النسخة الرابعة والعشرين من البطولة، ستتوجه كافة الأنظار على الدوحة حيث سيتنافس ألمع وأشهر نجوم الجولف على كأس “اللؤلؤة” الفريد في أحد أحدث ملاعب الجولف في هذه الجولة.

 

ستقام بطولة البنك التجاري قطر ماسترز 2021 في الفترة ما بين 11 مارس إلى 14 مارس 2021.

يعد نادي المدينة التعليمية للجولف أحد المشاريع البارزة لدولة قطر بصفة خاصة وعالم لعبة الجولف بصفة عامة، حيث يقدم النادي منهجًا ثوريًا وشموليًا لتنمية لعبة الجولف. ويتألف النادي من ملعب للمباريات القصيرة ومرفق التعلم والممارسة فائق التطور في مركز التميز وملعب مجهز بتقنية رادار التتبع المبتكرة Track Man  علاوة على 3 ملاعب تشمل ملعب بطولات مكون من 18 حفرة، وملعب بطولات من 6 حفر مزود بالأضواء الكاشفة وملعب فاخر مكون من 9 حفر معيار 3 ضربات مزود بالأضواء الكاشفة للاستخدام الليلي جميعها من تصميم خوسيه ماريا أولازابال حامل لقب بطولة الولايات المتحدة للأساتذة مرتين. هذا ويتفرد ملعب البطولات المكون من 6 حفر بسبع خيارات لنقطة البداية لكل حفرة من أجل جولف سريع ومتعددة الأجيال يدعم تطوير لعبة الجولف. ولخدمة ملاعب الجولف المذهلة يتضمن المرفق مبنى يقدم خيارات وتشكيلات الطعام طوال اليوم ومبنى الأكاديمية. وهذا المبنى محاط بحدائق كبيرة تشهد ممارسة عدد من الرياضات على العشب.

كما أعلنت الجولة الأوروبية للمحترفين عن جدولها لعام 2021 الذي سيشمل 42 بطولة على الأقل ستقام في 24 دولة، وفي هذا الصدد صرح الرئيس التنفيذي للجولة الأوروبية للمحترفين كيث بيلي قائلاً: “أنا فخور للغاية بالإعلان عن جدولنا العالمي لبطولات المحترفين لعام 2021. ولا يوجد شك في أننا واجهنا تحديات في تشكيل موسم 2021 من نواح كثيرة فقد كان من أهم الدروس التي تعلمناها هو تجميع الأحداث معًا من حيث موقعهم الجغرافي وتاريخ إقامة البطولات وذلك لخلق موسم أكثر ملاءمة للمشاركين. أما التحدي الثاني أننا سوف نلتزم دائماً بتعليمات منظمة الصحة العالمية في إدارة الأحداث بشكل آمن ونحن على استعداد دائم للمثول لأي تغيرات تحدث في تلك التعليمات.”

ECGC, CBQ to Host Qatar Masters Pro-Am Qualifier Open

Commercial Bank, Qatar’s first private bank, and Education City Golf Club have officially launched Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am Qualifier Open. The competition will take place on Saturday 18th of January.

For the first time since the launch of Qatar Masters, Commercial Bank is calling out the golfing community to take part in pre-Qualifier Golf Competition, allowing all participants to try to qualify to play in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-am tournament which is scheduled to take place on the 4th of March 2020, one day prior to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Michael Braidwood, General Manager at Education City Golf Club, said: “Through this first-ever competition, we aim to provide the golfing community a unique opportunity to play in a national golf tournament with the ultimate goal of playing alongside professionals and international golf players.”

Top three standing players will get a chance to play in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Pro-Am, and each will win two free entries to VIP chalet at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020.

Commenting on the matter, Hussein Al Abdulla, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank stated: “Playing in Commercial Bank Pro-Am tournament with leading professional golfers is a dream for many golf enthusiasts. As we are always looking at ways to provide more playing opportunities for our customers and general public, the introduction of this new pro-am competition is another example of how we are fulfilling that pledge.”

The cost of entry to the pre-qualifier golf competition is QAR 600 for guests, QAR 500 for Commercial Bank Card Holders and GTG / PTG and Midweek Members, and complimentary for ECGC club members. The fee includes a post-game lunch.

QGA and Commercial Bank signs three years sponsorship agreement to host the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

QGA and Commercial Bank signs three years sponsorship agreement to host the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Education City Golf Club will be the New Venue for the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Commercial Bank has entered a partnership agreement with Qatar Golf Associate to continue to be the official Title Sponsor for the tournament until 2022.

Education City Golf Club will become the newest Golf Course on the European Tour Calendar when it hosts the 23rd edition of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2020. Designed by two time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Fame 2009 – José Maria Olazábal, the exciting new venue expects to not only challenge the European Tour stars but to entertain local and international spectators with its unique views of the Doha Skyline and the 2022 Education City World Cup Stadium.

The highly-anticipated event is organized by The Qatar Golf Association (QGA), the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Education City Golf Club and long-term title sponsor, Commercial Bank. The tournament is considered Qatar’s annual ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event, first held in 1998 and widely known for bringing together the world’s best golf talent; the likes of Sergio Garcia, Rory Mcllroy, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson have all competed in past years.

Hassan Nasser Al Naimi, President of Qatar Golf Association, commented: “On behalf of the Qatar Golf Association, we are truly grateful for the support of the Qatar Olympic Committee and our long-term title sponsor, Commercial Bank of Qatar which has helped us position the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as a significant world-class golf event. We are also very excited about working alongside Education City Golf Club for the 23rd Edition and aim to continue its success”

Joseph Abraham, Group CEO of Commercial Bank, commented: “Commercial Bank has sponsored the Qatar Masters for fifteen years in a row and our new agreement with the QGA is in support of Qatar’s vision of hosting world-class sporting events. We are delighted to again be title sponsors of this prestigious tournament that attracts a truly international following, brings members of the Qatari community together and promotes healthy lifestyles in Qatar.”

Hussain Al Abdulla, EGM, Chief Marketing Officer of Commercial Bank said: “Our fruitful cooperation with Qatar Golf Association, the Olympic Committee and Education city will certainly help us combine our effort to showcase to the world the countless opportunities that Qatar can present to the sports industry being a world-class destination for international tournaments. We are looking forward to widen the platform of this cooperation through supporting more sports activities in the future. I am positive that our goals will become easier to achieve now with the new remarkable facility of the Education City Golf Club opened. I thank the QGA for partnering with us once again and look forward to the next three years of excitement.”

The 2020 event will see Education City support and emphasize community and family activities as it aims to encourage young Qataris to take up the sport and to grow the game of golf in Qatar.

Speaking on behalf of Education City Golf Club, the General Manager Michael Braidwood stated, “Education City Golf Club is excited to be hosting the 2020 Qatar Masters. We have recently opened our golf course and we have been delighted by the response of our clients on the quality and challenge of the course. It will be interesting to see how the European tour stars play the course. The event is an ideal opportunity for us to further our goal in growing the game of golf here in Qatar and we aim to use it as a platform to get as many new people engaged in the game”

The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was attended by thousands of spectators in 2019 and broadcast to a global TV audience of over 450 million viewers. For the 23rd Edition of the event, all eyes will be on Doha as the biggest names in the sport vie for the Mother of Pearl Trophy on one of the newest golf courses on the Tour.

Commercial Bank and ECGC Conclude a Successful Qatar Masters as CAMPILLO Raised the Mother of Pearl Trophy

Commercial Bank, the title sponsor of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, and Education City Golf Club have successfully concluded a fantastic golf tournament which took place at the ECGC brand-new course from March 5 till 8.

After what was a truly captivating final day of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020, part of the European Tour, Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank has awarded Jorge Campillo the esteemed Mother of Pearl trophy as he emerged the winner of the tournament, while Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Al Thani, Member of the Board of Commercial Bank granted Campillo his financial award of 291,660 USD $.

The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is an annual golf tournament that is part of the European Tour, where many of the world’s top golfers compete. Commercial Bank’s sponsorship of the Qatar Masters for the 15th consecutive year provided not only a world-class sporting tournament to visitors, but also a range of exciting hospitality and entertainment for adults and children.

Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank stated: “The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is a premier European tour golf event sponsored by Commercial Bank over the last 15 years and demonstrates our support to Qatar’s Vision to be a global sports hub and host to major international sporting events.”

VIP guests attending the tournament had the chance to visit the exclusive Commercial Bank Majlis which overlooks impeccable views and landscapes. Moreover, Commercial Bank’s tent showcased several entertainment and educational activities for the visitors, where children had the chance to play games while adults could watch the tournament and enjoy the atmosphere.

During the past month, Commercial Bank teamed up with ECGC and planned a set of activities and events to raise awareness on the tournament and golf itself, and create a buzz around Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020. Several visits to schools and universities have been organized, during which over 9000 students ranging from 3 to 25 years old had the chance to learn more about the game, its techniques and values.

Additionally, the Bank organized a mini-golf at Doha Festival City, thus giving mallgoers the chance to try out golf and win exclusive gifts. Through this widespread campaign, Commercial Bank enhanced public knowledge about golf and contributed to raising awareness about the sport and the internationally-renowned tournament.

Apropos of the tournament and its dedicated campaign conducted by the Bank and ECGC, Mr. Hussein Al Abdulla, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank said: “For another year, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters has proven successful. Our campaign which included numerous activations and events has helped the public to get more familiar with the golf and its spirit. The tournament has been an excellent showcase for Education City Golf Club and golf in Qatar, as all the participants in this spectacular event have praised our facility and the outstanding organization of the event.”

Al Abdulla continued emphasizing: “The event which was broadcasted on TVs was fantastic and the social media exposure has been remarkable. This tournament provided us with a unique platform to help us accomplish our mission to grow the game of golf here in Qatar and become an active player in the international tourist market. And, as we look forward to more successful tournaments in the future, I would like to extend my gratitude to all of our proud sponsors without whom we wouldn’t have achieved such success.”

Commercial Bank is pleased to announce the official opening of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020

Commercial Bank is pleased to announce the official opening of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020, which will be held from 5 to 8 March at Education City Golf Club. The opening was attended by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, who inaugurated the Education City Golf Club building, in addition to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 tournament.

On this occasion, His Excellency Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, member of the Commercial Bank Board of Directors expressed his pride in the continued success of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament, which contributed to establishing Qatar’s position for world-class sporting events, and stated: “The tournament is the annual long-awaited sports and social event. The will of our country and its wise leadership inspire us the determination and strength to organize and sponsor such world-class events that raise the name of Qatar on the international map. The credit in this achievement goes to the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and his national vision in making Qatar the focus of attention of the whole world.”

Al-Attiyah added: “On behalf of myself and the Chairman and members of the Commercial Bank Board of Directors, I am delighted to acknowledge the great efforts made by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development headed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser to enhance education, creativity, innovation and sustainability to serve the community.”

He also congratulated Her Highness on the opening of the Education City Golf Club, the new sports facility, as well as her continued efforts in developing the level of sport related to youth.

His Excellency said that “our fruitful and continuous cooperation with the Olympic Committee, Education City, and Qatar Golf Association will certainly help to reinforce and combine our efforts to showcase to the world the endless opportunities that Qatar can offer to the sports sector, as a global destination for international championships.” He also confirmed that achieving the desired goals will become easier with the opening of the new sports facility at Education City Golf Club, which witnessed yesterday, for the first time the start of the competitions of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament in the twenty-third edition of the European Tour with the participation of the best champions and professional golfers competing vigorously to win the unique Mother of Pearls Trophy.”

Commercial Bank, in its capacity as the Title Sponsor of the tournament, welcomed the participants in organizing this big event.

His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah added: “We look forward to a successful new edition of this tournament that brings together members of the Qatari community in a new, civilized, and sophisticated site at the Education City Golf Club, which boasts breathtaking views and an enjoyable sporting atmosphere. Commercial Bank’s participation a few days ago in a ceremony of transferring the Mother of Pearls Trophy reflected our commitment to supporting the sport of golf and the events accompanying the tournament, which bring individuals together and educate the community.”

Al-Attiyah concluded his speech by emphasizing the important role played by Commercial Bank in supporting sports activities and championships in Qatar, and the current golf tournament is proof positive of the ongoing efforts to support the Qatari society in all areas.

In the same context, Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank stated: “Our continued sponsorship of this tournament over many years demonstrates Commercial Bank’s support for Qatar’s Vision to be a global sports hub and host to major international sporting events.”

Hussein Al Abdulla, EGM, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank said: “We would like to thank our colleagues in the Qatar Olympic Committee, Qatar Golf Association, Doha Golf Club, and the European Tour for their cooperation in contributing to the success of this event for the fifteenth year in a row. Commercial Bank seeks to provide the best golf experience ever for players and attendees alike, and this year we are pleased to host this exciting tournament at the Education City Golf Club, which is a new addition to the tournament.”

Al Abdulla concluded his speech by wishing the best of luck to all contestants, and that the attendees spend the most enjoyable time watching Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 tournament.

Commercial Bank is pleased to announce the official opening of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020

Commercial Bank is pleased to announce the official opening of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020, which will be held from 5 to 8 March at Education City Golf Club. The opening was attended by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, who inaugurated the Education City Golf Club building, in addition to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 tournament.

On this occasion, His Excellency Abdul Rahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, member of the Commercial Bank Board of Directors expressed his pride in the continued success of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament, which contributed to establishing Qatar’s position for world-class sporting events, and stated: “The tournament is the annual long-awaited sports and social event. The will of our country and its wise leadership inspire us the determination and strength to organize and sponsor such world-class events that raise the name of Qatar on the international map. The credit in this achievement goes to the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and his national vision in making Qatar the focus of attention of the whole world.”

Al-Attiyah added: “On behalf of myself and the Chairman and members of the Commercial Bank Board of Directors, I am delighted to acknowledge the great efforts made by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development headed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser to enhance education, creativity, innovation and sustainability to serve the community.”

He also congratulated Her Highness on the opening of the Education City Golf Club, the new sports facility, as well as her continued efforts in developing the level of sport related to youth.

His Excellency said that “our fruitful and continuous cooperation with the Olympic Committee, Education City, and Qatar Golf Association will certainly help to reinforce and combine our efforts to showcase to the world the endless opportunities that Qatar can offer to the sports sector, as a global destination for international championships.” He also confirmed that achieving the desired goals will become easier with the opening of the new sports facility at Education City Golf Club, which witnessed yesterday, for the first time the start of the competitions of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament in the twenty-third edition of the European Tour with the participation of the best champions and professional golfers competing vigorously to win the unique Mother of Pearls Trophy.”

Commercial Bank, in its capacity as the Title Sponsor of the tournament, welcomed the participants in organizing this big event.

His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah added: “We look forward to a successful new edition of this tournament that brings together members of the Qatari community in a new, civilized, and sophisticated site at the Education City Golf Club, which boasts breathtaking views and an enjoyable sporting atmosphere. Commercial Bank’s participation a few days ago in a ceremony of transferring the Mother of Pearls Trophy reflected our commitment to supporting the sport of golf and the events accompanying the tournament, which bring individuals together and educate the community.”

Al-Attiyah concluded his speech by emphasizing the important role played by Commercial Bank in supporting sports activities and championships in Qatar, and the current golf tournament is proof positive of the ongoing efforts to support the Qatari society in all areas.

In the same context, Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank stated: “Our continued sponsorship of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters tournament over many years demonstrates Commercial Bank’s support for Qatar’s Vision to be a global sports hub and host to major international sporting events. We are very pleased the tournament is being hosted at the beautiful new Education City Golf course which is the largest in the Middle East with state of the art training facilities which will further enhance golf in Qatar.”

Hussein Al Abdulla, EGM, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank said: “We would like to thank our colleagues in the Qatar Olympic Committee, Qatar Golf Association, Doha Golf Club, and the European Tour for their cooperation in contributing to the success of this event for the fifteenth year in a row. Commercial Bank seeks to provide the best golf experience ever for players and attendees alike, and this year we are pleased to host this exciting tournament at the Education City Golf Club, which is a new addition to the tournament.”

Al Abdulla concluded his speech by wishing the best of luck to all contestants, and that the attendees spend the most enjoyable time watching Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 tournament.

Kaymer returns to Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Two-time Major Champion Martin Kaymer is the latest star to confirm his participation at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters from March 5-8.

The former World Number One joins defending champion Justin Harding in the field as they prepare to tee it up at Education City Golf Club, with the event shifting across the Qatari capital from Doha Golf Club for the first time in the tournament’s 23-year history.

The four-time Ryder Cup star, who counts the 2010 US PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Open amongst his 11 European Tour titles, is excited to venture to the new course, having last played the event in 2014, and will be hoping another strong performance can bolster his position in the 2020 Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the golf course at Education City,” said the 35-year-old. “I’ve heard good things and I am always looking at ways to challenge myself and to ultimately improve my game.

“I’ve had a decent start to the 2020 season with some good results in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Saudi. I wanted to keep the momentum generated in the Middle East going within my game, so it was an easy choice to come back and play in Qatar. It is a popular event amongst the players, and it is always nice for us to visit Doha, plus with the new course it adds an extra challenge.”

Designed by two-time Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazábal, the venue at Education City comprises of 33 holes split into three courses; 18 holes, nine holes and six holes. The venue also includes a state-of-the-art learning and practice facility housed in the Centre of Excellence and is at the heart of Qatar’s vision to grow the game in the Middle Eastern country.

Michael Braidwood, General Manager at Education City Golf Club said: “We are delighted to welcome two-time Major Champion Martin Kaymer back to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Not only is Martin a fantastic golfer but he is also an incredible role model for junior golfers, and we are excited to showcase him and some of the best players in the world at Education City Golf Club for the first time.

“Golf continues to grow in Qatar and we are excited to help shape the golfing landscape through our principles at Education City.”

Since it was first included on the European Tour International Schedule in 1998, former winners of the event have included Major champions Ernie Els (2005), Sergio Garcia (2014), Retief Goosen (2007), Paul Lawrie (1999, 2012), Adam Scott (2002, 2008) and Henrik Stenson (2006) and Europe’s victorious 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn (2011).


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Commercial Bank Raises Awareness on Golf amongst Students

While the yearly-awaited golf tournament Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is around the corner, the title sponsor of the event Commercial Bank and Education City Golf Club have organised and scheduled school and university visits in Doha to raise awareness on this sport amongst students.

As Mr. Hussein Ali Al Abdulla, EGM, Chief Marketing Officer stated, “This exciting awareness campaign seeks to promote Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 as well as golf as a sport.”

“Every year, we tirelessly work to deliver the best golf experience for participants and players, as well as spectators and enthusiasts. Spreading awareness about this fascinating game aims in the first place to educate the public in Qatar, in particular community members aged between 3 and 25, in order to make them more familiar with the game, its techniques and values.”

The awareness campaign included several schools and universities in Doha such as The Hamilton International School Doha, Qatar University, QFB Academy, Al Jazeera Academy, Qatar Academy Al Wakra – member of Qatar Foundation, and many more.

During the visits, students got the chance to learn more about golf and try the game. Moreover, Commercial Bank presented to schools a full golf teaching kit called Start New at Golf (SNAG) which enables Physical Education teachers to offer golf classes as part of the school’s PE curriculum.

On the campaign, Michael Braidwood, General Manager of Education City Golf Club said: “Every year, as part of Qatar Masters, Commercial Bank organises school visits to raise awareness on this special sport. This year, having our partnership in place for the first time, we are hoping to get more students to try golf by making them more familiar with the internationally-renowned tournament taking place in Doha, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.”

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 will take place for the first time at the Education City Golf Club from March 5 till 8, and tickets are available for free at qatar-masters.com

CBQ AND ECGC to Host Commercial Bank Qatar Schools Golf Championship

In preparation for the yearly-awaited Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, part of the European Tour, Commercial Bank and Education City Golf Club are gearing up to welcome Qatar Schools Golf Championship, scheduled to be held on February 22nd. The said championship will run in two sections. One section for experienced junior golfers who possess a golf handicap, to be played on the 18-hole championship course. As for the second section, it will be a team event and will take place on the 9-hole Par 3 golf course for lesser experienced junior golfers who may have recently picked up the game. In addition, children with no prior golf experience are welcome to come along and give golf a try at Education City Golf Club, a brand-new course ready to host Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 for the first time. Rhys Beecher, Director of Golf Education City Golf Club said: “We have been working hand-in-hand with Commercial Bank to ensure that this year’s Qatar Masters is different, new and upgraded. Our activities and goals always involve and include children in the first place; encouraging them to play and participate in such activities and championships, helps them adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.” To partake in the championship, teachers are required to register their teams of pupils by registering them directly with Education City Golf Club Apropos of the event, Abeer AlKalla, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR at Commercial Bank, stated: “Through this initiative we emphasize our commitment to support younger generation’s growth and development. The championship will highlight the benefits of this sport and raise awareness amongst the public about golf itself, which is considered an activity that helps children practice skills such as concentration, and learn values such as patience and persistence. We believe that organizing such events shall contribute in the betterment of our community’s lifestyle and health.” Anthony Caira, Head Golf Professional, Education City Golf Club emphasized on the importance of such events as “the success of school golf education programmes is marked by the organisation of such competitive playing opportunities.” He added: “Investing in the talents and skills of today’s children is nothing but an investment in how the future would look like tomorrow.”

CBQ, ECGC: Start New at Golf

As part of the initiative to promote the game of golf in Qatar, Commercial Bank, Qatar’s award-winning private bank, and Education City Golf Club have teamed up to support local schools in providing golf activities. This initiative comes to support schools’ curriculum and after-school activities. “Start New at Golf” or SNAG is a unique golf instruction system and equipment through which Education City Golf Club and Commercial Bank are aiming to help children develop golf skills and a level of competency. ECGC golf professionals will train school teachers on how to deliver golf tuition to their pupils in school gymnasiums and playgrounds. Ultimately, when the children get to a level of competency, they will be eligible to visit ECGC and experience golf for real. Commenting on the initiative, Michael Braidwood, General Manager Education City Golf Club said: “Golf is a perfect sport for children to try as it possesses many health and wellbeing attributes. It teaches them some key core skills such as patience, focus and dedication, in addition to encouraging children to go outdoors and be active. Given that, we believe such an initiative would benefit our local community as well as future generations. And, as part of our partnership with Commercial Bank, we have started distributing the SNAG kits, starting with Kings College School, and more will follow very soon.” As for Commercial Bank, it has donated ten customized SNAG kit bags that include enough equipment to train up to 16 children at a time. Hussein Al Abdulla, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank said: “Our latest partnership with ECGC comes to attest our commitment as a bank to support our local community and promote Qatar National Vision 2030. In other words, we highly value sport activities as they build healthier relationships in the society and bring people together.” Abeer Marwan Al Kalla, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR commented, “Golf is not only a classy and sophisticated sport, it is an activity that helps children practice skills such as concentration and learn values such as patience and persistence to achieve objectives. Overall, playing golf will contribute to enhancing children’s cognitive and academic skills and learnings. As a Bank and as members in this community, this initiative reflects our commitment to support younger generation growth and development.”