Ghala Golf Club to hold Open tourney in honour of Sayyid Kais

902167MUSCAT: To honour Oman’s golfing pioneer late His Highness Sayyid Kais bin Tareq al Said,  Ghala Golf Club will organise its annual free open tournament under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin As’ad al Said. Teeing off on January 21, the tournament will be a tribute to Sayyid Kais’s passion for the game and will entertain 160 participants, which makes it the largest golf tournament in Oman history.
“The passion HH Kais brought to the game was unquestionable. Being an avid golfer, he represented Oman at international tournaments and club competitions. He was not only a passionate golfer but also an iconic ambassador for golf in Oman. Golf would not have reached the platform it has reached today with his guidance and contributions,” remarked Ibrahim al Wahaibi, Vice-President of Ghala Golf Club.
Golf, a game that was played leisurely by a few in Oman has now reached a platform that is competitive, zealous and played by several nationalities. The tournament will memorialise this transition, what golf has become in the Sultanate thanks to Kais al Said. The event is to celebrate his achievements and bring all golfers together.
Sponsored by His Highness Sayyid Taimur Al Said, the single Stableford format tournament with a shotgun start is intended to offer all handicap bearing golfers the opportunity to be a part of this prodigious occasion. A Prize giving ceremony will be held at the Ghala Golf Clubhouse post game.
Leon Sassen, General-Manager at Golf World said, “We had an overwhelming response from players this year. I have been managing golf events for almost nine years in Oman, and I can proudly say this is the largest single day tournament I have ever managed here, with, 160 players’ participation. It just shows how popular HH Kais was. He was the motivation for me to move to the Sultanate.”