NBAD Sponsors Abu Dhabi Open Golf Championship

Published March 19th, 2008 - 01:54 GMT

NBAD Sponsors Abu Dhabi Open Golf Championship


National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), The Number One Bank in the UAE, has announced TODAY that it will sponsor the 35th Men’s Abu Dhabi Open Golf Championship, which will be held over the weekend of 21st and 22nd March 2008 at the Al Ghazal Golf Club (AGGC).

The championship is one of the most popular events of the UAE’s golfing calendar. A practice round on 20 March is also included in the event and the Golf Desk is already receiving practice round bookings.

“NBAD is delighted to be associated with AGCC in hosting this prestigious event especially as it comes in our 40th anniversary year” said Mr. Ehab Khairi, Media and Public Relations Manger, NBAD.



“Our sponsorship of this event comes as a part of NBAD’s corporate social responsibility policy and reflects our strong relationships with Al Ghazal Golf Club as we are sponsoring the Ladies Open, organized by AGGC, since the 1980’s” he added

“Since its inception in 1968, NBAD has been playing significant and leading roles in the economic and social development of the UAE. We are committed to support various sport activities and clubs as part of our corporate social responsibility’s initiatives” NBAD’s Media and Public Relations Manger concluded.

“AGGC is very proud and honoured to announce that National Bank of Abu Dhabi have kindly consented to support this event as Prime Sponsor.  NBAD has over many years supported the Ladies Open event which is held in November each and this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary they have stepped up to the tee box to support this most important and longest running Open event in the U.A.E” Ms. Angela Scurr, Al Ghazal Golf Club Manager said.

“The 35th Abu Dhabi Men’s Open is open to both Amateur and Professional Golfers and carries a purse of Dh. 15,000.- which is competed for by the Professional Golfers.  Last year saw 15 Professional Golfers competing, this year we expect as many if not more entries” she added.

“This year the Amateur Golfers maximum handicap allowance is 10, however, if the entry is oversubscribed, a handicap ballot will have to be made and unfortunately some golf enthusiasts may not get in.  We are already receiving entries which include outside entries from Bahrain and Spain.  We can also confirm that last year’s winner Matthew Turner will be defending his title along with the U.A.E.’s own Khalid Yousuf, Khalid played this year in the Dubai Desert Classic” Al Ghazal Golf Club Manager revealed.
“Last year’s joint Professional winners were Al Ghazal Golf Club’s Mark Ireland and Ernie Rellon from Abu Dhabi Golf Club.  Simon Payne the 2006 winner will also be playing this year and will be looking to emulate his past record. Al Ghazal Golf Club is very excited to be celebrating this miles stone in the golfing history of the Capitol and of the U.A.E. and wish every competitor the best of luck” Scurr concluded.

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