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Fifth Oman Air Golf Classic to attract golfers from Sri Lanka, Australia and the Middle East

Fifth Oman Air Golf Classic to attract golfers from Sri Lanka, Australia and the Middle East
Fifth Oman Air Golf Classic to attract golfers from Sri Lanka,
Australia and the Middle East
The annual Oman Air Golf Classic 2014 is set to  off for the fifth consecutive year at the world-class Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Kandy, on 4 - 5 October 2014. This year’s tournament will see the participation of over 100 golfers from Sri Lanka, Australia and the Middle East. The announcement was made at a recent Oman Air press conference which was attended by Gihan Karunaratne, Country Manager – Sri Lanka & Maldives, Oman Air, Neroy Marso – General Manager, Victoria Golf & Country Club and Dhanushika Medagoda – Manager Golf Marketing & Events, Victoria Golf & Country Club.

Last year, Andrew Udeshi walked away with the coveted title of Overall Winner and Martin Miller secured second place. This year the winner will receive a grand prize voucher worth Rs 100,000/- from Oman Air. The golfers are set to compete for the titles of Overall Winner, Runner-Up, Gross Winner, Nearest to the Pin and Longest Driver in both the ladies and gents categories.
Commenting on the tournament, Gihan Karunaratne, Country Manager – Sri Lanka & Maldives, Oman Air, said, “This annual event has become a fixture with our customers who enjoy playing the game competitively. This year the prize list has been enhanced giving the players an added incentive to compete at their highest level. We are pleased to say the Oman Air Golf Classic is becoming a highly anticipated event both here and internationally. Whilst we are committed to popularising the sport in the region, this event will also serve as a platform to showcase Sri Lanka as a premier golf destination.”

The Victoria Golf and Country Resort is a 6945 yard par 73 course that is surrounded on three sides by the bountiful Victoria reservoir and the majestic Knuckles mountain range. The Victoria Golf and Country Resort is designed by award-winning British golf architects - Donald Steel & Co and accommodates players of every level, whilst offering services and equipment of the highest standard for golfing enthusiasts.  It has been voted the ‘Best in the Subcontinent from 2005’ by Asian Golf Monthly and ranked in top 100 `Most Beautiful Courses in the World’ by Golfers Digest. Its cool climate and serene backdrop make the course the ideal location for the Oman Air Golf Classic.

Commenting on the highly anticipated return of the Oman Air Golf Classic in 2014, The General Manager - Victoria Golf and Country Resort, Neroy Marso, stated, “We are preparing extensively to ensure the event is a success. The PGA rated course incorporates natural hillside terrain that will be challenging for even some of the most experienced players participating in the tournament. We are also preparing to make this event an exciting golfing experience for both our local and overseas guests.”
Log on to to check tee off times, pairings and for live updates of the proceedings of the golf tournament.

Oman Air

As the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air ( prides itself on offering guests a welcome that mirrors the genuine warmth and hospitality of this remarkable country.

Founded in 1993, Oman Air’s first flight was from Muscat to Salalah and the airline has since expanded to offer direct flights to key Gulf, European, African and Asian destinations. In doing so, Oman Air has played a major role in enabling Muscat to become a vital traffic hub in the Middle East, offering a thriving background for business and tourism.
Owned 99.61% by the government of Oman, the airline’s headquarters are based at Muscat International Airport in Muscat, Oman.
Oman Air’s international fleet consists of Boeing 737s and Airbus A330s wide-body jets. To date, the fleet strength is 15 B737s, three A330-200s and three A330-300s, in addition to 2 ATR 42-500s aircraft. During 2011, one additional A330s will be entering service. The airline also has six Boeing 787s Dreamliners and five Embraer E175s aircraft on order.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to major Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh. In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India – Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur; to Chittagong in Bangladesh. Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in Pakistan, London Heathrow, Bangkok in Thailand, Cairo, Beirut and Amman, Jordan, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, Paris in France, Male in the Maldives and Colombo in Sri Lanka. On 1st May 2010 Oman Air launched flights to Kuala Lumpur and to Dar Es Salaam since June 2010. Within the Middle East, flights to Al Ain and Ras Al Khaima in UAE were also introduced in May 2010.
Oman Air’s on-time performance (OTP) exceeds 95% and continues to improve.
Last November, Oman Air unveiled its new Airbus A330 Economy, Business and First Class cabins. Each cabin offers fantastic comfort, space and in-flight entertainment that offers audio video on demand and live satellite TV. The current introduction of mobile and wi-fi connectivity in all classes, a world first, has seen the A330-300 described as “the most highly connected international widebody in operation today”. Economy seats have a 34-inch pitch and the lie-flat Business Class seat offers greater levels of comfort and amenity than many other airlines’ first class products. The First Class cabin is one of the most luxurious available anywhere and, with just six seats and an exclusive lounge area, is reminiscent of private jet travel.
Oman Air’s investment in new technology, planning and innovative products confirm the airline as a major Middle East carrier and international airline and provide the foundation for further sustainable growth over the years to come. Oman Air became the first airline in the world to introduce both OnAir internet and OnAir mobile phone services.


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