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Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge 2014 to Tee Off the first Saudi qualifying round

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 31, 2014–The 16th Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge (XCGC), one of the most prestigious sporting events in the region, has announced its seventh qualifying round will take place in Dirab Golf & Country Club, in Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 5th.

“The 16th Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge is excited to kick off the upcoming qualifying round in Saudi Arabia, which is the third GCC destination of the tournament”, said Dan Smith, Director, Integrated Marketing, Xerox Middle East & Africa. “Last year we saw a very strong field compete, and, we are confident that, this year, we will once again see an outstanding level of golf played in Saudi Arabia.”

Multiple two-person corporate executive golfers are invited to register and participate in the first Saudi-based qualifier where the winners will compete in the 2-day grand final hosted on two iconic golf courses, Tower Links Golf Club and Al Hamra Golf Club, along with overnight stay in the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Having hosted number of prestigious golf events, Dirab Golf & Country Club features one of the best courses in the Kingdom and is notable for being the first 18-hole championship golf course in Saudi Arabia.

Now in its 16th edition, Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge is halfway to the Grand Final. The tournament has received marvelous support from sponsors such as Prestige Wealth Solutions, Skandia International, and long-time supporter ECCO.

Destination Partners for the challenge are Ras Al Khaimah Tourism, Waldorf Astoria (RAK) Al Hamra Golf Club and Tower Links Golf Club.

Supporting Xerox Emirate’s chosen charity, Noor Dubai Foundation, the 2014 Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge aims to contribute to the company’s 2014 goal of raising US$60,000. This is the cost of one mobile Eye Camp that can bring 4,000 treatments and up to 500 surgeries in a developing nation.

Winners of all qualifying rounds will compete in the two-day Grand Final round. For further information about the tournament,

The Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge began 16 years ago in the UAE in 1997 and was supported by the UAE Golf Association. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the region’s most prestigious and leading sporting events in the golf environment, with the objective of providing companies with a platform of mixing business with pleasure.

The tournament started with only 3 qualifying rounds, an additional round was added in 2001, and that number doubled to 8 in 2005. Between 2006 and 2012, the concept was rolled out in other regional countries such as: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar, and Bahrain to name a few. As a result, the event is now a regional network of national amateur golf tournaments promoted and run independently and has been awarded three times as the Best Corporate Golf Challenge in the Middle East with the latest award being in 2013. The winners of the qualifying rounds from each territory compete in the Grand Final for the Grand Prize. Winning prizes have ranged from a place in the Kenya Open Pro-Am Tournament, a place in the Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am, a place in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Pro-Am, and a life-time experience trip to the Open Championship 2012 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

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