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Seniors boost for Tunisian golf

12.30am 16th August 2002 - Sponsorship

The 2002 Seniors Tour will reach its climax on the shores of the Mediterranean this year when the second Tunisian Seniors Open returns to El Kantaoui Golf Club from 17-19 October.

Last year, New Zealand’s Simon Owen claimed his first title on the Seniors Tour when he defeated American Bob Lendzion at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off. In 2002, the Tunisian Seniors Open will be one of the closing events of a dramatic season with the top 51 Seniors Tour professionals contesting a prize fund of £100,000. The tournament will be preceded by a two-day Pro-am.

For the second successive season, the tournament has attracted sponsorship from The Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO), which has identified the event as a key part of its strategy to further enhance the country’s reputation as a leading golfing destination. The event has also received valuable financial support from the Port El Kantaoui resort.

Taieb Hachaichi, marketing director of the TNTO in Tunis, said, “Golf is an important part of our tourist industry and a valuable asset that we are proud to promote to golf consumers the world over.

“Last year’s inaugural Tunisian Seniors Open attracted a tremendous level of media coverage, both nationally and internationally, and this is reflected in the increased number of visitors to the Port El Kantaoui resort over the past 9 months. We expect this year’s event to be even more of a success.”

Andy Stubbs, managing director of the European Seniors Tour commented, “The Seniors professionals enjoyed themselves enormously last year, when they experienced first hand the unique charm of Tunisia and Tunisian hospitality. Everyone is looking forward to returning to El Kantaoui Golf Club which provides an attractive setting and a very testing challenge.

“The tournament will help bring the season towards a wonderful climax and play a substantial role in determining the outcome of the John Jacobs Trophy. The Order of Merit is shaping up into a close and exciting contest and we are all relishing the opportunity to see further drama played out at El Kantaoui.”

Andrew White, CEO of event promoters WSM said, “Just a short distance from mainland Europe and in the heart of the Mediterranean, Tunisia is rapidly growing in stature as a leading golf holiday destination. Hosting an event the stature of the Tunisian Seniors Open provides a ideal platform for the country to showcase its quality golfing facilities to a global audience.”

Tunisian Seniors Open Pro-Am and further details on the packages available, please contact Adam Cook at Panorama on tel.0870 750 5040

Tunisian National Tourist Office www.tourismtunisia.com

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