The Jordanian Golf Federation and Ayla Oasis Development Corporation (an official sponsor) have finalized efforts to host the Jordan Open golf tournament.

In total, eleven countries have officially confirmed their participation; Lebanon, Qatar, Palestine, Oman, Serbia, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. This number is likely to increase in the next few days, and includes international players living in Jordan, from Britain, Korea and Austria.

This year’s tournament is expected to be one of the strongest since it was launched more than 30 years ago. Sherjo Al-Kurd, who won the tournament’s two previous itinerations and is the first Jordanian to win the tournament, is not expected to participate.

He will be entering a training camp which will take place in Dubai at the end of this month, after which he will participate in two championships in Thailand.

The Ayla Oasis Club has completed all its preparations for hosting the championship, which has become accredited in the world amateur rankings and gives participants more points for taking part.

The federation President Hani Abdallat expressed his pleasure at the number of Arab and foreign players taking part in the Jordan Open and their desire to participate and experience playing on a world-class course.

He thanked all those who had contributed to the success of the program, both those from the Jordanian Olympic Committee and from all the organizing and training staff.

The national players participating in the tournament will start a training camp in the next few days. The manager of the championship, Ammer Radhi noted that the championship is a great opportunity for players to get to know other players of different nationalities and gain more confidence.