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INTERNATIONAL SERIES INVITE ADDS RICH INTRIGUE TO MENA TOUR RESUMPTION

April 02, 2022
Just-announced 'Beautiful Thailand Swing' launches circuit's strategic alliance with the Asian Tour 


An invite to one of the Asian Tour’s 10 new marquee ‘International Series’ events will add potentially life-changing intrigue to the resumption of the MENA Tour in Thailand next month.

The winner of the 2020+ Journey to Jordan order of merit title, which will be decided at the completion of the just-announced “Beautiful Thailand Swing”, will secure the coveted International Series spot with its guaranteed $1.5 million+ purse.

To be HQ’d out of world-renowned Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, the Beautiful Thailand Swing will encompass four, 54-hole strokeplay events at Laguna Phuket and nearby Blue Canyon Country Club with $75,000 purses and co-sanctioned status with the Asian Development Tour (ADT).

 Beautiful Thailand Swing
2022
• May 3-5 – Laguna Phuket Challenge
• May 8-10 –  Laguna Phuket Cup 
• May 13-15 – Blue Canyon Classic 
• May 18-20 – Blue Canyon Open 

 

Starts in the two ADT events immediately following the Beautiful Thailand Swing will be a further incentive for competition-starved MENA Tour members to tee it up in Phuket. Those invites will go to the top-10 available players in the final 2020+ Journey to Jordan rankings.

It could prove an invaluable step up to the main Asian Tour as any MENA Tour players who take up the option of Affiliate Member status with the ADT will be eligible to be part of the ADT’s order of merit (OOM) re-ranking at the completion of their 8th event. The “Beautiful Thailand Swing” will constitute the third, fourth, fifth and sixth events of the ADT season.

Further, the top-10 players in the Journey to Jordan rankings will also be exempted to the final stage of Asian Tour Q-School for the 2023 Asian Tour season. 

Ryan Lumsden won the last MENA Tour event, the Journey to Jordan #2 Championship held at Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba in early March, 2020. The $13,500 payday helped the Scottish professional up to third on in the 2020+ Journey to Jordan standings behind a pair of Englishmen, David Langley and David Hague. 

With new Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) regulations set to come into effect this August, MENA Tour Commissioner David Spencer knows the importance of the circuit’s strategic alliance with the Asian Tour goes beyond the immediate Beautiful Thailand Swing incentives, as appealing as they are.

As such, the Australian administrator cannot wait to welcome the circuit’s membership at Angsana Laguna Phuket, the Beautiful Thailand Swing’s official hotel for the three-week swing. The MENA Tour has secured 55 spots in each of the four Phuket events with entries to be allocated by category status.

“The OWGR changes are particularly important to development tours because there will be no minimum OWGR points awarded to any tour. This will make pathways to the top tier tours more difficult for players in the lower positions on the OWGR,” said Spencer. 

“We believe that the new OWGR regulations are fair but we are also very cognisant of how a player progresses. This vital progression very simply boils down to playing opportunities on OWGR tours and once we were made aware of the new OWGR regulations, we felt compelled to further align ourselves with one of the top tier tours. 

“We will continue to work more closely with the Asian Tour as there is absolutely no doubt that our combined vision will provide players with the clearest and most defined development pathway in the world of professional golf outside of the USA.”  

To further help players starved of playing opportunities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MENA Tour has dramatically reduced entry fees to US$50 for each of the four Beautiful Thailand Swing events.

Any current MENA Tour player who has pre-paid entry fees for since cancelled 2020 events will receive a credit note which can be used against Beautiful Thailand Swing events. The swing has also been confined to a compact three-week window to help players contain costs.