WIN PRO-AM SPOTS AT THE EUROPEAN TOUR’S DESERT SWING EVENTS AS WELL AS THE DUBAI LADIES CLASSIC
Steel is the gift traditionally associated with 11th anniversaries. Fortunately, the matching edition of the annual Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Golf Series offers prizes of a far more precious kind. Indeed, for weekend warriors, it’s golfing gold. ▶ Starts in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Classic Pro-Ams will again be the reward for the champions at the 11th Golf Digest
Middle East Classic to be hosted by Emirates Golf Club on October 16. ▶
The 11th GDME Classic is the culmination of the three event, 2018 Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Golf Series which is again proudly presented by King’s College Hospital London and AutoRoute.
The series opens at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on September 27 with the first of two pre-qualifying events. The winners of the respective men’s A (0-10 handicap), B (11-24 max) and women’s divisions at Saadiyat and at The Els Club, Dubai on October 4 will automatically qualify for the 11th GDME Classic, as well as walking away with a pair of hospitality passes to January’s 30th Desert Classic.
Those unsuccessful in reaching the GDME Classic on golfing merit can still play in the Majlis decider on October 16 although spots – at AED 555 per player including entry fee, green fee and prize-giving buffet - are limited, with preference given to those who have played in one or both of the qualifying events.
Entry to the qualifying tournaments at Saadiyat Beach and The Els is AED 445, top value as winter green fees kick in around the UAE, not to mention the once-in-a-lifetime Pro-Am prizes on offer as well as the postround buffet that will be held at each venue.
There are also some great prizes for the minor placings at all three venues, with goodies from support sponsors Callaway and ECCO shoes as well as season passes to the two European Tour Desert Swing events and the Dubai Rugby 7s.
For the record, the winners at the 11th GDME Classic will waltz away with the following: Omega Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am spot (Div A men’s champion) Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Pro-Am spot (Div B men) Omega Dubai Ladies Classic Pro-Am spot (women) To enter, simply visit
GolfDigestME.com/2018 for full online registration details. Players must be able to prove an official club or Emirates Golf Federation handicap to enter.
– kent gray