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The airline with the world’s widest reach launches the world’s largest amateur golf competition

Turkish Airlines flying to more counties than any other airline, presents the 5th edition of Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, the famous amateur golf tournament around the world. The global amateur golf competition, where thousands of participants will compete at qualifying events in 100 destinations worldwide, is one of the several international sports organizations backed by Turkish Airlines.

The fourth of 100 qualifiers for the global event, which in the first year started with 12 events and 700 players has grown every year since the tournaments inception. Now in the fifth year of staging the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, last year boasted 8,000 players competing globally. In Helsinki tournament featured approximately 70 players, all personally-invited guests of Turkish Airlines.

Mr. Jarmo Kivelä won the individual competition with 36 points and progresses to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October and November. Mr. Hannu Martikainen was runner-up, Mr. Jere Nurminen was third and Mrs. Iina Condo and Mr. Timo Hautakoski won the nearest-the-pin prizes and best gross score was won by Mrs. Kati Romppainen. “We would like to offer our congratulations to everyone who made the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Helsinki such a special day,” said Muhammed Kavranoglu, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Finland. “It was a fantastic tournament day and well done to our winner, Mr. Jarmo Kivelä. They still have so much to play for in Antalya but everyone else will be looking forward to coming back again next year.”

All finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay at the five-star luxury Titanic Deluxe Belek hotel in Antalya, Turkey and will be flown there Business Class from their qualifying destination by Turkish Airlines. The overall winners of the two-round Grand Final at the Titanic Golf Club progress to play in the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am. The Financial Times, Enterprise Rent A Car, Allianz and Conte of Florence are offering their substantial support to the hugely-anticipated tournament. Turkish Airlines, voted Europe’s best airline for the sixth straight year by Skytrax in 2016, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013, featuring 12 qualifying events. After that initial success, there was a rapid expansion to include 100 events worldwide last year.

Text: Turkish Airlines, Inc. Media Relations

In the picture from left to the right; Jere Nurminen, Iina Condo, Hannu Martikainen, Jarmo Kivelä, Former Prime Minister of Finland Esko Aho, General Manager of Turkish Airlines Finland Muhammed Kavranoglu, Kati Romppainen and Timo Hautakoski.

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 335 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 296 destinations worldwide with 247 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. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, and Instagram.

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 Brasil, 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 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries.

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