A New Tour in Town With the European Tour already stealing some of the spotlight from its American counterpart, it should come as no surprise that international golf is gearing up for even more expansion. Bernie McGuire has an update on the newest kid on the block: The MENA Tour.
Golfers from the Middle East and North Africa will have more opportunities to develop with the creation of a new tour, vice chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai Mohamed Juma Buamaim said Wednesday.The new MENA (Middle East North Africa) Tour would create "windows of playing opportunities" for professionals and amateurs in the region and would commence with four tournaments from 2012, Buamaim said at the launch."There is no shortage of talent in the Middle East and North Africa region and even the facilities are second to none, but the players lack regular exposure to high-class competitions, so hopefully this new tour will create the right environment and develop their skills.
What makes it unique is that there is not a prize purse. There will be a fictitious purse of $1.3 million, and players will receive credit on the money list for what they would have earned as well as world ranking, player of the year and other points. Instead of prize money, $500,000 will go to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a nationwide program that was founded in the Valley to introduce girls to the game...too little Pic of the Day So let's dance!
Some of the tour's more-popular players, such as Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel, have publicly questioned the event. None of them has committed to play...
"It's a great idea, but went from concept to an event on the schedule too quickly without enough input from the players," Kerr told Golf Channel. "It's turned what was an opportunity into an obligation."