(Sharjah, UAE) – The UAE is set to increase its significance in the world golf scene ever further with the announcement that Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club will host the Sharjah Senior Invitational Pro-Am presented by Shurooq on Wednesday March 16, 2016.


The 18-hole tournament will feature former Ryder Cup stars Des Smyth (Ireland) and Paul Broadhurst (England) as well as former European Number One Ronan Rafferty (Northern Ireland), who will be joined by sponsors and invited guests on the Peter Harradine-designed layout in what promises to be a great day of golf played in a fun yet competitive environment which will showcase Sharjah’s merits as an international golf and tourism destination.

The European Senior Tour first came to the UAE in 2000 when Abu Dhabi Golf Club hosted the Abu Dhabi European Seniors Tour Championship while the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship was held in Bahrain in 2005 and 2006.

Nick Tarratt, Director, European Tour International Dubai Office, said: “We’re excited to see a European Senior Tour initiative in Sharjah and back in the UAE and the region. Shurooq and the Sharjah Government have been great supporters and their efforts, along with that of Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, to make this initiative happen are to be commended.

“We look forward to a great one-day Pro-Am in March and hope this can develop into something more substantial for the future.”

The Sharjah Senior Invitational Pro-Am presented by Shurooq heralds an astonishing eighth European Tour golf initiative on the 2016 Middle East golf calendar, along with: the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the DP World Tour Championship, the Abu Dhabi Invitational, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and the recently announced Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge.

 H.E. Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal – Chief Executive Officer – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), said:“We’re delighted to be supporting this wonderful event that will promote the emirate of Sharjah on the local, regional and global stage. Sharjah has many merits as a hub for business, sport and tourism and we look forward to welcoming our friends, clients and associates to play with some of these great names from the world of golf next March.”

Ziad Al Sharabi – Sales and Marketing Director of Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, said: “This event is a fantastic platform for us to showcase our excellent floodlit course and leisure facilities to both the local residents of Sharjah and the international market. We will be opening our new state-of-the-art Golf Academy in the near future and we’ll be proud to show what the club has to offer during this great event.”