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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

GolfDi­ for full on­line reg­is­tra­tion de­tails. Play­ers must be able to prove an of­fi­cial club or Emi­rates Golf Fed­er­a­tion hand­i­cap to en­ter.

– kent gray

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