Muscat: Another day of splendid golfing action is round the corner with the Oman Senior Open, the 12th edition of the annual championship, scheduled to be organised at the Ghala Golf Club on March 19.
The Oman Golf Committee (OGC) will organise the event with supported from Bank Muscat and Omanline Institute.
The number of entries will be restricted to 100 and the players of 50 years or above are eligible to play in the tournament.
The tournament is open for all Omani nationals and expats who have valid 2016 OGC handicap.
The last date for registration is March 13 and the entries can be registered at the Pro shop of Ghala Golf Club. The entry fee is OMR. 20, which includes a T-shirt, sleeve of balls, an entry pass for the presentation ceremony, dinner and prizes. One free practice round for the registered players will be provided before the tournament begins.
OGC chief Mundhir Al Barwani, who is also a regular participant at the annual competition, said: “The tournament is getting better with every year. A lot of quality golfers are taking part here."
"As of now, the field is yet to be completed. It’s good to see that the following for golf is genuinely growing in our country,” he added.
Ali in line for hat-trick
Oman’s Ali Hameed is one of the key attractions of the tournament having won the two previous editions of the Oman Senior Open. In 2014, Ali clinched the title with a gross score of 77 and earned 82 in 2015 to won the coveted trophy. If Ali takes the title this time as well, it will be a rare feat for him – securing a hat-trick of wins.
Sachin Bawa too is on the verge of a hat-trick of his own – having finished runner-up on the last two occasions. Last year, he produced a gross score of 83, narrowly missing the title by a single stroke to Ali to settle for the men’s gross category runner-up prize, while in 2014 he had finished runner-up with a gross score of 80.
Last year, the third place was taken up by Stephen Monson with a score of 85. Yvonne Welling is the last year’s ladies’ champion who is also keen to retain the title.