With July now in the books, the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup is shaping up for an exciting climax with just 38 qualifying events to be played before the 2017 Grand Finals field is set.
July began with a bang at the famous K Club in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday 6th July. Golfers took on the venue which played host to the 2006 Ryder Cup with Irish pop star and former Westlife member Brian McFadden claiming first spot with 40 points.
Over the following week, qualifying events in St. Petersburg, Luxembourg and London saw Mikhail Lobanov, Fong Lung Chan and Ashley Luke book their places to Antlaya with great performances at Gorki Golf Club, Kikuoka Country Club and St George’s Hill Golf Club respectively.
The 51st event of the year came in Sofia at Pravets Golf Club where 80 guests battled to represent Bulgaria in the Grand Finals. Daniel Matkov took the honour and the series moved onto another famous Ryder Cup Venue 3 days later.
Located in Birmingham, England, The Belfry once again hosted the TAWGC Birmingham qualifying event. Having been the site of 4 Ryder Cups previously, the test for the golfers was clear. The winner would require an impressive score on a tough course which was exactly what Jamie Kenny delivered scoring 36 points.
From Birmingham, the series moved onto Africa where Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Golf Club was the site of the Tanzania qualifying event for the second successive year. Ali Dhanji came out on top with 41 points. Meanwhile at the same time in Nuremburg, Prof. Dr. Klaus Wübbenhorst put the Golfclub Erlangen to the sword with an outstanding 45 points to mark one of the most impressive scores of the year.
The final event of July was suitably eventful at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya, as the record for largest qualifying event in TAWGC history was broken when 220 golfers turned out trying to play their way into the Grand Finals. The lucky winner was Moses Kiragu whose 39 points came in beautiful conditions at the former home of the Kenya Open.
August promises to be yet another exciting month as the series nears completion. 11 more qualifiers book their ticket to Antalya this month where 3 new events in Panama City, Bogata and Ulaanbaatur add to the global reach of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup.