MENA Golf Tour hotshot Joshua White has been unveiled as a global brand ambassador of ‘golf in DUBAi’ in recognition of his burgeoning talent that has won him many plaudits across the board. An integral part of a growing army of English players who have lit up the tour events with their creditable performances, White turned his form on its head to win the tour’s Order of Merit title in 2014 and kept up the good work with a mature showing in the inaugural DUBAi Open, finishing in a tie for 24th to round off a successful season.
The genial Englishman, who finished in a tie for ninth at the MENA Golf Tour’s opening event of the season in Rabat in March, joins a celebrated roster of golfers who have been representing ‘golf in DUBAi’ as their ambassadors.
Stars such as Thomas Bjorn, Jeev Milkha Singh, Stephen Gallacher, Zane Scotland, Matt Fitzpatrick, Faycal Serghini, Dame Laura Davies and renowned coach Peter Cowen are the helm of an ambitious ‘golf in DUBAi’ campaign to showcase the Emirate’s golfing attractions to the world.
“It is indeed a great honour and privilege to be part of a team that enjoys impeccable credentials when it comes to organizing world-class events like the Omega Dubai Desert Class and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters,” said the 23-year-old Englishman from London.
“What ‘golf in DUBAi’ is doing for the overall development of golf, especially in the MENA region, is even more impressive. It is a tribute to their ingenuity that the MENA Golf Tour has grown exponentially, attracting players from across the world.
“It has happened because attractive prize funds, guaranteed spots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the DUBAi Open are some of the incentives compelling enough for players to join the tour,” said White, who boasts one victory and three runner-up finishes since joining the MENA Golf Tour in 2013.
Welcoming White to the ‘golf in DUBAi’ family, Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, commented: “Joshua is a bright and rising star one who lets his golf to do the talking.
“We feel it is very important to support promising players as they are the ones who inspire more people to take up golf at the right age,” he said.
“Joshua has already shown his extraordinary talent and if he continues like he has been he’ll have a tremendously bright future,” said Mr Buamaim, who is also the chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.
Held under the auspices of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation and the patronage of Darren Clarke, the 2011 Open champion and Europe’s captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup, the MENA Golf Tour is affiliated to R&A and the Arab Golf Federation.
The 2015 edition of the tour features 10 events with a total prize fund of $525,000 in addition to $52,000 reserved for the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation award.