(Al Ain, United Arab Emirates) – Starting today Mach 29th – March 31st, 2022 the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club (AESGC) is hosting the Faldo Series Middle East Championship 2022. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is excited to have this championship after a few years postponed due to the pandemic. Over 60 players between the age of 12 and 21 will compete in 5 different categories. 14 of these golfers will be from the UAE National Golf Team Program.
The championship will take place over 3 rounds (54-hole stroke play), followed by the awards ceremony Thursday afternoon. This year’s field will have 23 different nationalities. Representing the UAE will be Reema Al Heloo, Alia Al Emadi, Sara Ali, Faye Alblooshi, Shahad Al Suwaidi, Reem Al Hosani, Rashed Al Emadi, Obaid Al Heloo, Mohammad Skaik, Rashid Al Jassmy, Abdalla Al Suwaidi, Humaid Al Suwaidi, Abdalla Kalbat, and Abdulla Darwish.
Sanctioned by the EGF and sponsored by The R&A, DP World Tour, LET, ASM Scholarships, AESGC the leading gross scores in each of the 5 categories will be invited back to the Faldo Series 2022 Grand Final. The final will also take place in Al Ain in November 2022.
Mattew Faldo, Director of the Faldo Series had this to say leading up to the event, “after missing out on the last two and a half in Al Ain it’s great to be back once more, for the start of our 26th year of the Faldo Series European season. It is also great to have signed an agreement with the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club to continue our partnership for a further 5 years for both the Middle East Qualifier and the Faldo Series Grand Final up until 2026, which will be our 30 th anniversary.
Excellent to have another strong field of over 60 players, representing 23 different nationalities, including the highest number of Emiratis we have ever had competing with 15 in total, which is a testament to the hard work of the Emirates Golf Federation.
Keith Wood, Sir Nick’s coach is also returning with me this week, who will be available for any of the players looking for some, one-to-one time over at the academy.
The golf course looks in superb condition and I am sure we will see some great golf and great scores over the next 3 days, we are looking forward to inviting back to Al Ain the 5 categories winners to the Grand Final later in the year, where my father will be on hand to meet and interact with the players, host clinics and pass on his golfing knowledge”