DUBAI, December 12: MENA Tour by Arena will continue to provide its members with unparalleled playing opportunities through their 2020 season.
Apart from a schedule which features 11 tournaments in the New Year and visits five countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, players will battle it out for chances to play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, cards on Asian and Alps Tours as well as several invites to play events on the European, Challenge and Asian Tours.
The biggest incentive remains the spots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the top three professional and the Leading Amateur will be guaranteed a start in the oldest European Tour event in the Middle East when it is held in 2021. That’s an increase of one from 2019 as only the top two professionals and the leading amateur were eligible this season.
The Journey to Jordan (Order of Merit) professional winner also receives an Asian Tour Country Exemption card for the 2021 season, a full card on the 2020 Alps Tour and three Challenge Tour invites, apart from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic start.
The Leading Amateur also receives an Alps Tour exemption for 2020 and at least one start on the European Challenge Tour.
The second-placed professional on the Journey to Jordan gets three starts on the Asian Tour, a full card on the 2020 Alps Tour and an exemption to the final stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School.
The third and fourth placed professionals also receive full cards on the Alps Tour and a place in the final stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School. The third ranked player also gets an Omega Dubai Desert Classic spot and two starts on the Challenge Tour.
The winner of the Ghala Open, to be held February 16-19 at Ghala Golf Club in Muscat, Oman, will receive a spot at the European Tour’s $1.75 million Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf the following week.
David Spencer, Strategic Advisor to the MENA Tour by Arena, commented: “One of the biggest objectives for us at the MENA Tour by Arena is to provide our members with pathways to some of the main tours and increase their playing opportunities.
“Our announcement today will definitely excite the players. There are a few more invitations which we will reveal in due course. We are thankful to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Asian Tour and our new partners Alps Tour in helping us create these wonderful opportunities for them.”
The MENA Tour by Arena was established in the UAE in 2011 and has grown over the years to become one of the most exciting development tours in the world. With a minimum prize fund of $75,000 and Official World Golf Ranking points, it offers excellent growth opportunities for professionals and the top amateurs.
The 2020 season of the Tour starts with the Qualifying School from January 20 onwards at Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan. Registration for the Qualifying Schools are now being accepted on www.menatour.golf.