Approximately 136 amateurs are potentially just a few weeks away from realizing a dream and becoming a great golf underdog story, as Qatar Open play begins this week.
Before action begins at the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, the Doha Golf Club will host the Qatar Open Amateur Golf Championship January 10-12. A field of Qataris, Middle Easterners and other internationals will compete for the amateur golf title and a spot alongside the professionals a few weeks later, as the overall winner and top two highest finishing Qatari players will earn a spot in the 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters field (January 23-26).
This will be the 27th staging of the Qatar Open, which has been organized by the Qatar Golf Association and played at Doha Golf Club since 1999.
It is expected that amateurs representing 33 different countries will take part in this year's event, including 27 from Bahrain, nine from Qatar, 25 from Great Britain, seven from Sri Lanka, one from Argentina and nine from the United States. The worldly field will include the title defender, Yoseph Dance - a member of the Doha Golf Club - and three-time champion Max Williams.
From the Qatar National Golf Team, four players will be competing for the two spots in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - Ali Abdullah Al Bishi, Saleh Ali Al Kaabi, Ghanim Mubarak Al Kuwari and Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Bishi.
Golf fans have a chance to attend the Qatar Open for free and watch the amateurs compete for a chance to play alongside the likes of Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie and Jason Dufner at the pro event. There's no fee for Qatar Open spectators, so make plans to stop by the Doha Golf Club from Thursday to Saturday, January 10-12.