Dubai -- It also was decided that the federation would send out invitations to all MENA countries willing to host events on the tour. Depending upon the response from each country, the venues and dates will be finalised.
An initiative by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the MENA Golf Tour seeks to create “new windows of playing opportunities” for all MENA national professionals and amateurs.
There will be a separate order of merit for amateurs and professionals on the MENA Tour. The top three professionals along with the leading amateur on the tour will be invited by golf in DUBAi -- the promoters and organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic -- to play in the premier European Tour event next year.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said: "The prizes will be funded at first by the Shiekh Maktoum Golf Foundation, but we hope that we will be able to find sponsors as we go along.
"Also one day we are hoping that the MENA Tour can slot two events into the European Tour's secondary Challenge Tour," he added.
The new tour, he said, would help bridge the gulf in class that faces promising amateurs. “When these kids go into professional tournaments like the Omega Desert Classic they get the shock of their lives and tend to shoot big scores. Now we are providing them with another level to gain experience before stepping up even higher.”