Bishi, Mubarak receive invitation for NBO Classic
February 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Sean Paul Shanor receiving a memento from Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi in the presence of Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Said Al Mardhouf Al Saadi. Photo – O.K.Mohammed Ali/Times of Oman

Muscat: After their brilliant performance at the 17th GCC Golf Championships, which concluded at Almouj Golf, top golfer Ali Al Bishi of Qatar and veteran golfer Hamad Mubarak of Bahrain received an invitation to play at the upcoming National Bank of Oman (NBO) Golf Classic.

Bishi, Mubarak who bagged the gold and silver medal respectively for the best individual performance in the GCC tournament,  received a direct-entry for the $300,000 championship, which will be held at Almouj Golf from October 24–27.

Speaking to Times Sport on the sidelines of the Championships yesterday, Sean Paul Shanor, branding and event manager of NBO, said the two players have confirmed their participation.

"They have agreed to be part of it, and we wanted to feature them as part of our policy to promote the game across the country and to encourage the Arabs to take up the game," he stated. With the NBO Classic in Muscat, the European Challenge Tour will make its debut in the GCC region. "This is certainly going to be a great event for Oman because it is happening here for the first time. The preparations are in full swing; however, it is too early to divulge any details," Sean remarked. As many as 84 players from across the globe are expected to take part in the tournament.

"We have around 10 invitations for amateurs, and we still have eight more left," he added.
A delighted Bishi said he is looking forward to the biggest tournament in the GCC region.
"I have played in the Qatar Masters, so that is going to be an added bonus for me when I take part in the NBO Classic. I am sure it will be a big tournament," he noted.

Speaking about his individual performance at the GCC Championships, Bishi stated, "I was not at my best on the first day, but thankfully, I came back the next day and was quite consistent in my performance. If we had won the championship, it would have been a great moment," he affirmed.

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