High hopes for Oman golfers at GCC Cup

MUSCAT: An Omani team, comprising a total of nine players, is confident of making its presence felt at the 2015 GCC Cup golf championship, which will be played in Kuwait City, Kuwait, from April 22nd to 25th. Coach Milo Breitenwischer will travel to Kuwait with the Omani side, along with Mundhir al Barwani, Chairman of the OGC, and Ahmed al Jhdhamy, Vice-Chairman of the OGC.

Leading the charge for Oman will be the Sultanate’s premier golfer, the experienced Azaan al Rumhy, who will spearhead the senior team. The four-member senior side will also feature 303129Hamed al Rumhy, ali Hameed and Amjad Al Toky.

The Omani contingent, which has been selected by the Oman Golf Committee (OGC), also includes a ladies’ team as well as a junior team. The Omani ladies’ team includes Huwaida Mansour al Barwani and Asma al Rashdi. Oman’s three-member junior team, meanwhile, consists of Hamood a Harthy, Rashad al Harthy and Fahad al Kitani. The action will take place at the Sahara Kuwait Golf Course and the competition will be played on the stroke play format. The men’s event will have 24 participants, while the junior circuit will involve 18 players. The women’s play will have a total of eight competitors — from Oman, UAE and Qatar.

Al Barwani, who announced the team at a press conference held in the Ministry of Sports Affairs, said: “It’s yet another opportunity for Omani golfers to showcase their talent at the GCC level. They have done well in the past and I have every reason to believe Azaan and the others as well will put in their best efforts.”

Al Jhdhamy observed: “The level of competition in GCC golf tournaments is quite high these days. I am sure our players will enjoy the challenges in Kuwait while also picking up some invaluable experience along the way.

The Omani squad will reach Kuwait City on April 20th and will go through a practice session the next day. The competition will begin on April 22nd; with the ladies’ and juniors’ events lasting three days and the seniors’ competition lasting four days.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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