(Hangzhou, China) – From September 23rd to October 8th the Emirates Golf Federation sent a team of three amateur golfers to represent the United Arab Emirates in the 2023 Asian Games brothers Ahmad Skaik and Mohammad Skaik will be playing with Rashid Al Jassmy starting tomorrow, the team will be accompanied by EGF Secretary General, Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi.
Since 1978 the Asian Games is an event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia and are organized by the Olympic Council of Asia, making the games the second largest multi-sport event (after the Olympic Games). With the opening ceremony scheduled for September 23rd and the closing ceremony on October 10th, more than 500 athletes from 45 countries will compete in 40 sports in order to win the gold medal.
Golf was first introduced at the Asian Games in 1982 and now there are 3 divisions: Men’s Individual and Team, Ladies Individual and Team. Traditionally, the games have been an amateur-only event, but now golf at the Asian Games is open for professionals also, which makes the competition even stronger.
UAE representatives Ahmad Skaik, Rashid Aljasmy, and Mohammad Skaik will tee off at the Asian Games on September 28th. Hangzhou West Lake Golf Course is a private course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Opened in 1998, the West Lake International Golf and Country Club is famous for the natural environment is very well preserved. The 2 Championship Courses are ready to welcome the best golfers from the Asian continent.
After playing this year in European Challenge Tour events and hard training during the EGF Summer Camp, Ahmad Skaik mentioned he’s excited to play team competitions: “Feels very good to be back playing events again as I love competition. I’m starting to feel more comfortable again and I am very excited and confident about the future. I am very excited to play for the national team again as it is always an honour.” Skaik said.