Limited attendees for Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

By Armstrong Vas

DOHA (Qat): The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament will allow a limited number of attendees to be present at the venue keeping in view the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) guidelines, officials of the Qatar Golf Association (QGA) informed.

Fans, who wish to attend, can registration at https://qatar-masters.com/tickets/.

The Qatar Masters is a European Tour event and one of the golf blueriband competition in the region.

It will be stage for the second successive year at the Education City Golf Course from March 11 to 14.

For the last 23 years, the event was held at Doha Golf Club while the last edition was staged at the Education City Golf Club.

“A limited number of attendees will be allowed at the venue keeping the Covid19 safety precautious in mind and keeping the MoPH guidelines in mind,” Mike Shoueiry Technical Director at QGA told www.qatar-masters.com.

“All golf lovers who are interested to witness the proceedings at the Education City Golf Course are requested to register themselves through an online link,” Mike said.

With a limited number of attendees allowed for the event, organisers have said that the criteria for admission will be “first come first basis” and requested all those who are interested to register fast to avoid disappointment.

The QGA officials lead by its President Hassan Al Naimi and General Secretary Fahad Al Naimi are working overtime for the smooth conduct of the championship with health care of all those associated with the event of prime importance for the organizing committee.

Mike said that around 500 to 600 people will be coming to Qatar and will be housed in the four designated hotels and operate from the ‘CBQ Qatar Masters medical bubble’.

“The players, caddies, officials and all other people accompanying the European Tour, including the official media team, will be operating from ‘CBQ Qatar Masters medical bubble’. The entire golf entourage heading to Qatar will also undergo COVID-19 test 72 hours before boarding the plane to Qatar.

“We will have to follow MoPH guidelines and adhere to European Tour protocols. QGA is working with MoPH and European Tour to make the event safe for everybody associated with the tournament,” said Mike.

Jordaan leads; Qatar’s Al Shahrani on second spot

By Armstrong Vas

DOHA (Qat): Doha-based Ruan Jordaan shot one under par 74 to head the leaderboard on the first day at the 39th Qatar Open Amateur Championship on Thursday.

Jordaan overcame tough blustery conditions to finish ahead of the 108 golfers.

The South African is followed by Qatar national team member Ali Al Shahrani while another Doha-based golfer Mike Elliott of the USA is in the third spot.

“It was very windy out there. It was a tough day, but I’m happy with my scores. I was playing after a long time. What I achieved was good,” said Elliott, who is a coach at the Doha Golf Club.

The three-day championship is held on individual stroke play format, and the field will be reduced to just 60 players at end of the second day’s play on Friday.

The winner will qualify for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, a European Tour event, from March 11 to 14 at the Education City Golf Club.

Tom Sweigart, Pratyush Jain, Iain Stewart, David Moreland, Jordan Massey, Kohei Noguchi, Sam Wall, Kittisak Sang-Orn, Simon Nsubuga, Christian Prambs JR, Saleh Al Kaabi, Abdulrahman Al Shahrani, Chris Corcelles, Jack McGuire, Anwar Ali, Saad Kazi and Arnav Jain are likely to improve their positions on the second day.

Leaderboard after 1st day’s play:

Ruan Jordaan (-1) 73, Ali Al Shahrani (1) 74, Mike Elliott (4) 75, Tom Sweigart (-1) 75, Pratyush Jain (2) 77, Iain Stewart (7) 77, David Moreland (6) 78, Jordan Massey (3) 79, Kohei Noguchi (4) 79, Sam Wall (2) 79.

Education City Golf Club ready to host CBQ Qatar Masters

By Armstrong Vas

DOHA (Qatar):The Education City Golf Club (ECGC) course is ready to host some of the world’s top golfers for the 2021 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, a European Tour event.

The four-day event is organised by the Qatar Golf Association (QGA) in partnership with Qatar Olympic Committee.

The competition will be held from March 11-14 for the second successive year at the ECGC, which is a part of Qatar Foundation.

“The golf course is in fantastic condition. All preparations are going on as per the plan,” Michael Braidwood, General Manager of ECGC, told www.qatar-masters.com

The work on the golf course for hosting the prestigious championship started six months earlier, and the greens are being fine tuned to meet the European Tour guidelines.

“The key priority is obviously the greens making sure they are firm, fast and smooth for the professionals to putt on,” added Braidwood.

The tournament will be held under the guidelines of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

The players, officials, caddies and media personnel accompanying the European Tour entourage will be operating from a ‘medical bubble’ before and during the event.

“The tournament professionals from around the world all of them will go into a medical bubble along with officials, caddies, TV crew and the media coming from overseas. All of them will operate from within a bubble,” added the official.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will be held without spectators: QGA

By Armstrong Vaz

DOHA (QAT): This year’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters will be held without spectators, according to the event promoters Qatar Golf Association (QGA).

The decision not to have fans was to follow the guidelines of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) so that a safe environment is ensured for every stakeholders with QGA led by its President Hassan Al Naimi and Secretary General Fahad Al Naimi are working overtime to make it a success.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) in consultation with the MoPH have decided to have no fans with an intent to keep the event safe for everybody.

“The event will go ahead without the spectators. the Golf Village, which was traditionally part of the event, will not be there,” said Mike.

The European Tour event will take place at Education City Golf Course from March 11 to 14.

“All the players, caddies, officials and all other people accompanying the European Tour, including the official media team, will be operating from ‘CBQ Qatar Masters medical bubble’,” said Mike Shouriey, Technical Director at QGA.

It will be the second year in succession the event will be held at the course designed by Jose Maria Olazabal.

“We will have to follow MoPH guidelines and adhere to European Tour protocols. QGA is working with MoPH and European to make the event safe for everybody associated with the tournament.”

The golf entourage will also undergo COVID-19 test 72 hours in their respective country before boarding the plane to Qatar.

“Around 500-600 people will be in Qatar for the event,” added Mike.

“On arrivals, they will be tested at the Hamad International Airport. If they are are found negative, the players, caddies and officials will be shifted to their respective hotels.”

The LOC members, volunteers, contractors and hospitality staff will also undergo tests.

QGA along with MoPH are working out modalities to accommodate a limited number of VIP guests for the event.

“We will know the exact number of VIP’s during the event and the protocols that will to be followed at the prize distribution in the coming days,” said Mike.