Luke Sport partners with The Abu Dhabi Invitational2nd Feb
Some of the greatest players from the world of golf and a host of famous faces have just competed in one of the world’s most highly regarded and popular Pro-Am golf championships - the Abu Dhabi Invitational. It was a quite sensational event and we were proud and honoured to be the official clothing partner. The tournament took place place at the stunning Kyle Philips-designed Yas Links golf course, which provided the perfect setting. Taking place over two days, this 36 hole event saw the likes of Shane Warne and Dwight York playing alongside tour professionals Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie. Some incredible ball striking saw South African Darren Fichardt shoot an eight under par 64 to win the prestigious trophy.
World number 1 Rory McIlroy was the undoubted star attraction, which had a total prize purse of $500,000, with the same amount expected to be raised for various charities. Rory played with his farther Gerry and scored a two under par 70. The team competition was extremely competitive but in the end Thongchai Jaidee and Argentinian football legend Gabriel Batistuta took the honours with a hard fought eleven under par 61. Our own tour players Mark Foster, Matthew Nixon and Steve Webster also took part, and despite not finishing in the top spots, added some great quality to proceedings.
With our Middle East expansion in full flow, the tournament was an ideal place to showcase Luke Sport and the event was a great success for both parties. Having opened our first of five stand-alone stores in the region last year as well as sponsoring the UAE national golf team, we hope to grow our relationship with this great event for years to come.
The tournament, put on by H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, Mohammed Farooq and Abdullah Al Naboodah, was stunningly organised and had a great atmosphere from start to finish. Our very own Creative Director Luke Roper dusted down his clubs and played in the am-am event alongside celebrity guests. Luke put up a strong showing on the front nine with some booming drives but the tough course got the better him after the turn despite some accurate putting.
“We were proud to be the official apparel sponsor of such a great event and hope it is the start of a long term relationship between Luke Sport and the Abu Dhabi Invitational,” said Luke Roper, Luke Creative Director and co-founder