Welcome to this, our first and most exciting blog on the Golf Challenge website.
My name is Arda Obuz and I am an amateur golf player and a member of Kemer Golf and Country Club, Istanbul. As with all amateur golfers I love to play in golf tournaments and, even though the tournament maybe just for fun, I find great pleasure in taking part. I have participated in many amateur golf tournaments at my club, however I found it quite difficult to find suitable international tournaments.
Ideally, as a professional businessman, I would love to play in weekend tournaments, internationally – perhaps just a few hours flight away, however, it seems that there are no regular, amateur, international tournaments, or at least finding them on the internet is not so easy. So I took the bull by the horns, followed my dream, and decided to organise monthly, international tournaments, beginning January 2022.
I wanted The Golf Challenge International Amateur Golf Tournaments to give every amateur golfer the chance to join international tournaments without any restriction or elimination, apart from availability. We all love playing golf, indeed, for most of us, it is the most important hobby in our life! I’m sure that, like me, we have all watched the PGA or European Tour, whether on TV or have been lucky enough to attend the live tournament as a spectator, and have dreamt of being a professional golfer, being able to attend golf tournaments frequently.
It’s true, there are a few golf tours or tournaments, organised as a country elimination which, if you pass the elimination you go on to play in the final tournament. The difference between those and the Golf Challenge tournament though, is that when we first decided to organise these tournaments, we wanted to be able to play one international tournament in a different city each month and we wanted there to be no restrictions for those who want to join our tournaments. All amateur golfers, of all abilities, both men and women can join our tournaments.
Now for the exciting bit…..
We are delighted to tell you that we have already confirmed 10 out of the 12 tournaments for 2022 with clubs on our website and anticipate that within a few days all 12 clubs will be confirmed and we will reach our target to play one international tournament every month during the year! We have also had fantastic support from Marriot Group Hotels and most of the tournament hotels have been booked!
So, how does it work?* The Golf Challenge Tournament will be a series of monthly tournaments, each in a different golf club, where home club members and international golfers are invited to join.
* The tournament will comprise three days of golf: 1st day is the Practice Round followed by a 2 day stroke play tournament, with categories for both men (maximum handicap 21) and women (maximum 24 handicap). Best score of the two days will be counted for the tournament results.
* The Host Club/Home Club players are also invited to join for both days if they wish.
* The winner of each Men’s and Women’s tournaments will be invited to compete in the final in Belek/Antalya, Turkey.
* All winners’ travel costs to Belek/Antalya will be covered by The Golf Challenge Tournament Organisation.
* All tournaments will be played under the name of The Golf Challenge City and The Golf Club name, ie, The Golf Challenge Marbella, Los Naranjos Golf Club.
I know that you will all be as excited as I am, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, over the course of the next 12 months.
There is limited availability at some of the tournaments already, so, check out the list on the website, choose which one/s you want to enter and complete the registration form with your details. We will then be in touch to confirm your reservation!