Dubai, UAE) – Over the past weekend the 2020-2021 United Arab Emirates (UAE) golf season officially started as the Emirates Golf Club hosted the first Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Order of Merit event of the season. On October 17th the Emirates Golf Club played host to the EGC Junior Open where for the first time the UAE National Junior Development Program (NJDP) had 16 players represented. This is the most players that the EGF has participated in any order of merit event since the start of the program.
Leading the way for the UAE Nationals in the Girls Division at the EGC Junior Open was Alia Al Emadi. Alia placed 3rd in the Girls Division after firing an 81, 9-over-par. In the Boys Division, Obaid Al Heloo was the top National finishing tied in 8th place while shooting a 79, 7-over par.
“The NJDP is a working success. The EGF had 13 boys and 3 girls playing in the EGC Junior Open, this is a good example of how the sport of golf is begin developed in the UAE. This also shows how much commitment the EGF has to grassroots golf. These 16 players are just the tip of our program, we have over 35 juniors that now have official handicaps and an additional 100 juniors that are taking weekly lessons across the entire UAE”, said Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi the EGF Secretary-General and UAE National Team Manager.
During these unpredictable times with the UAE going through the current pandemic situation, the EGF is working closely with the UAE golf clubs and golf academies in order to provide a safe and health opportunity to continue the development of the NJDP. In every emirate across the UAE the EGF is providing Nationals with a way to practice, take lessons, and play the game of golf.