International Series Egypt is evidence of country’s sporting credentials
10 Nov 2022
November 10, 2022 – Cairo: The International Series Egypt is compelling evidence of the country’s ability to host world-class sporting events, and firm proof of the evolution of the region’s best golfing talent, according to the organisers behind the Asian Tour’s flagship event.
The event marks the Tour’s first ever visit to Egypt, a week after its hugely successful debut visit to Morocco. Twenty Arabic players from nine different countries are in the field at this week’s event, a major proof point for the Asian Tour’s new international brief, and a clear indication of the support it provides to enable the growth of golf in the region.
Cho Minn Thant, CEO and Commissioner of the Asian Tour, said: “From our perspective, this week in Egypt and last week in Morocco are both a fitting example of how we are growing into a truly international tour.
“Many people may have considered the Asian Tour to be a tour for Asian players, but what we have demonstrated is the international perspective, both in terms of players in the field and the destinations themselves. We could not have had a better two weeks.
“We are growing into a destination tour, we have had two excellent weeks and what we are experiencing in Egypt is truly spectacular – from the airport to the new capital, seeing all the developments and the ancient history of the pyramids, and the facilities at the Madinaty Golf Club – it has been a wonderful experience for the players and the tour.
“Never in our wildest dreams would we have expected the Asian Tour to be playing golf at the foot of the pyramids, but it is a reality and a wonderful experience for all involved.”
The Egyptian Golf Federation and Arab Golf Federation have been instrumental in preparing for this week’s tournament along with stakeholders TMG, and a field of 20 regional players is compelling evidence of the hard work they are putting in behind the scenes, 365 days a year, to create the infrastructure and sustainable framework that supports top golfing talent.
Mohammad Attallah of the Egypt Golf Federation explained: “The International Series Egypt is tangible evidence of the development and evolution of golf in Egypt and the wider region – it shows the strength and depth of golf here. There is enormous potential here. It has been an incredible experience for the Arabic players, who are representing nine different countries.
“Participating in an Asian Tour event is an incredible opportunity - it gives the players some great exposure to world-class golf in terms of both the tournament itself and the strong international field, and it gives them experience of gaining world ranking points and tough competition, something which is a massive part of our mission at the EGF and also the AGF – we are extremely proud of our players.”
Josh North, General Manager of Madinaty Golf Club, was delighted with the feedback he had received from a world-class field of golfers used to playing the best courses in the world, in the build-up to the tournament. He said: “It is a huge honour for us here, obviously it is the largest golfing event of its kind to be held in Egypt. We have been preparing for the last two to three months to ensure the course and facilities are of the conditions these world-class players expect.
“We have created a good test of golf for them, and the feedback so far this week is great. We wanted to deliver a world-class golf tournament and the first impression has been fantastic. It is an honour to welcome these top-class players and different nationalities to show the vast potential that Egypt has in terms of course conditions, hospitality and so much more.”
The International Series Egypt takes place from November 10-13 at Madinaty Golf Club, in Cairo and entrance to the event is free. For further details please visitasiantour.com.