Buckley secured a narrow victory at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Grand Final
Kuwait: The 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series came to a spectacular close with a showpiece Grand Final in Belek, Antalya, Turkey. The Grand Final, which featured 98 players from 60 countries around the world was hosted by the Titanic Deluxe Belek and contested over the attached Titanic Golf Club.
Washington D.C’s Thomas Buckley was crowned Champion as the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series. Buckley was the only player to break par over the two round Grand Final, with windy conditions and fast greens proving too much of a test for many of the international field. A first round of 38 stableford points was good enough for a share of the overnight lead for the American player. 35 points in Round Two saw him post 73 points and claim victory over playing partner Thomas Muldoon (Dublin, 72 points) by a single shot. Third place went to Denny Staroske from Frankfurt who combined rounds of 36 and 35 points for a 71-point total.
Oslo’s Matthew Corney produced some fine golf throughout both rounds to win the Best Gross prize by a resounding nine strokes with a two over par 70 points. Pervaiz Ahmed (Karachi) and Uzma Mir (Doha) won the men’s and ladies nearest to the pin competitions.
In addition to the two-round Grand Final, all guests experienced eight nights of all-inclusive luxury accommodation in the five-star Titanic Deluxe resort and also enjoyed watching all four days play of the Turkish Airlines Open from the comfort of the luxury hospitality suite as VIP guests of Turkish Airlines.
Ms. Seda Kalyoncu, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications of Turkish Airlines said “We are proud to have concluded our fourth staging of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series, which, this year, became the widest-reaching tournament in world corporate golf. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to an even more successful series in 2017.”
The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series, which is also backed by global sponsors the Financial Times and Conte of Florence – the series’ Official Clothing and Fashion partner – offers key clients and industry experts the opportunity to network with like-minded business executives at the same time as enjoying and competing at some of the world’s most prestigious courses. It forms part of a wider commitment to golf by Turkish Airlines, who, in addition to the Turkish Airlines Open, also sponsor events on the Ladies European Tour and Challenge Tour.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 336 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 292 destinations worldwide with 243 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2016 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the eighth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 and also in 2014 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining”, “Best Business Airline Lounge” awards in last year’s survey, Turkish Airlines was awarded again the world’s “Best Business Class Dining Lounge” and “Best Business Class On-Board Catering” prizes in this year’s survey.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.