(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – On November 28-30 2032, the Saudi Arabia Golf Federation hosted the 2023 Ladies and Junior Pan Arab Golf Championships at Riyadh Golf Club. United Arab Emirates (UAE) captured three team medals and four individual medals in their respective divisions.
UAE Ladies and Junior Teams at the 2023 Pan Arab Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Winning the Gold Medal for UAE Sara Abubaker, Maya Gaudi, and Aasiya Saleem took in the Girls 15 and under division. Aasiya Saleem was the front-runner for the UAE Team with rounds of 75-67-72 to finish 2-under par and winning the Silver Medal in the Individual Category. Finishing in Third Place and collecting the Bronze Medal in the Individual Category was Maya Gaudin. Tunisia took the Silver Medal, and the Egypt team won the Bronze Medal in this competition.
UAE’s Girls 15 & Under Team
The UAE Ladies’ Team with Intissar Rich, Jamie Camero, and Alia Alemadi won the Silver Medal in the Ladies’ Team Division. Jamie Camero led the way for UAE shooting rounds 70-74-72 and taking home the Silver Medal in the Individual Category. Morocco won the Gold Medal and Lebanon won the Bronze Medal in the Ladies’ Team division.
Representing the Silver-winning Boys 18 & Under UAE Team were Mohammad Skaik, Rashid Aljassmy, and Sayed Ahmed. Morocco ran away with division winning the Gold Medal by more than 30 shots but the competition between UAE and the Bronze Medal team Egypt was a tight race with UAE winning by three shots.
Abdulla Darwish won the Silver Medal Boys 13 & Under individual category. Abdulla won the Silver after firing an impressive 69 (3-under-par) for his second round which gave him enough to win after a countback. Egypt won the Gold Medal and Jordan took Bronze Medal.
Competing in the UAE Boys 15 & Under Team division and placing fifth in the team category were Marwan Alemadi, Abdulla Salmeen, and Mohammed Thabet. Tunisia won the Gold, Egypt won the Silver, and Saudi Arabia won the Bronze in the team category.
Moving forward the teams and players will focus on playing the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit events. Some of these players will travel and compete in World Amateur Golf Ranking events to continue to develop their game.
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(Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) – On November 28-30, 2023, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ladies and Junior National Golf Teams will travel to Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to participate in the Pan Arab Golf Championship. There are 13 countries from Arab nations and 103 players participating in these championships. Five different national golf teams will be representing the UAE during the championships which will take place at Riyadh Golf Club.
UAE Ladies and Junior Teams at the 2023 Pan Arab Championships in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hosted by the Arab Golf Federation the Ladies and Junior Pan Arab Golf Championship will feature five different divisions. 13 different countries will have team and/or individual players in the Ladies and Girls 15 & Under for the women’s divisions, and Boys 13 & Under, Boys 15 & Under, and Boys 18 & Under for the male divisions.
Playing for the UAE Ladies National Team in the 13th edition of the Pan Arab Ladies Championship will be Intissar Rich, Alia Alemadi, and Jamie Camero.
For the Ladies 15 & Under Team, Maya Gaudin, Sara Ali, and Aasiya Saleem will be playing in the 2nd Pan Arab Championships for the 15 & Under Ladies division.
2023 will mark the 22nd year of Boys 18 & Under and 15 & Under Championships, while this being the 2nd year for the Boys 13 & Under Championship.
The Boys 18 & Under Team will consist of Mohammad Skaik, Rashed Al Jassemy, and Rayan Ahmed. Playing for the Boys 15 & Under Team will be of Abdullah Salem, Mohammed Thabet, and Marwan Alemadi.
Finally, I played in the Individual Category and represented the UAE in the Boys 13 & Under Division with Abdullah Darwish.
The 13 & Under Division will be played over two rounds but the other divisions will be played over three rounds. The championship will have Team and Individual winners in each division. For the Team Category, the final score will consist of the top two gross scores, out of three players each round, totaled after all rounds are complete. The Individual Category will be scored as the best individual gross score from each division.
Traveling with the teams are EGF Director General, Akram Skaik, and National Team Coaches Faycal Serghini, Samir Walline, and April Varney. Vice Chairmen General Abdulla Alhashmi will be joining the team for the opening ceremony and the Arab Golf Federation annual meetings.
“This is a good opportunity for EGF and UAE golf to show the improvements of our programs. The EGF has been working hard over the past 18 months to give UAE players the chance to showcase their talents. These girls and boys have been training hard and we are expecting some good results, said EGF Vice Chairman, General Abdualla Alhashmi.
Team UAE starts the first round on Tuesday the 28th of November and will play the final round on Thursday, November 30th. To follow the action of Team UAE, follow the Emirates Golf Federation on social media.
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(QUANG NAM – VIETNAM) – On November 21-23, 2023, the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) is hosting the Asia–Pacific Senior Amateur Championship at the Vinpear Resort & Golf Nam Hoi An, Quang Nam-Vietnam. Representing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) Vice-Chairman General Abdullah Alhashmi, Mohammed Darwish, Saeed AlMalik, and Walid Alattar.
The UAE 2023 Asia–Pacific Senior Amateur Championship Team and Delegates: (Left to Right), Saeed AlMalik, Mohammed Darwish, General Abdullah Alhashmi, and Walid Allatar
The Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC)’s Senior Amateur Championship is scheduled to run at the Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam hosted by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA). Vinpearl Resort & Golf Nam Hoi An, a jewel in Vietnam’s golfing crown, will provide the perfect setting for this prestigious championship. The world-class golf course, meticulously designed to challenge and inspire, coupled with the luxurious amenities of Vinpearl Resort, promises an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike.
Participants will compete in both individual and team events, with the champion earning a slot at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A)’s Senior Amateur Championship. The winning teams will be determined by the lowest aggregate of the three best gross scores. Representing the UAE team are General Abdullah Alhashmi, Mohammed Darwish, Saeed AlMalik, and Walid Allatar, who is representing the country in the individual competition.
The APGC Senior Amateur Championship is the Asia-Pacific’s team and individual championship for senior male golfers and is expected to attract over 100 golfers from countries and territories among 47 APGC members, including Vietnam, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, New Zealand, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (China), India, Thailand, and Malaysia. Eligible players are male amateurs who have reached their 55th birthday by November 1st.
“It is important for us to represent our country and show the world that we have representation at all levels and ages, said Vice Chairman of the EGF, General Abdullah Alhashmi.
“We look forward to continuing to support and participate in many more events showing our commitment to the development of the sport within our country”, General Alhashmi added.
To follow the action of Team UAE, follow the Emirates Golf Federation on social media.
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(Dubai, UAE) – On Saturday, November 11, 2023, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the first Future Falcons Monthly Par 3 Medal for the season 2023-2024. Played at Emirates Golf Club and sponsored by eGolf Megastore, 34 young inspiring golfers competed for 12 prizes.
Winners of the Future Falcons Monthly Medal Par 3 sponsored by eGolf Megastore at Emirates Golf Club – November 2023
The EGF aims to use the Future Falcons National Junior Development Program and these Par 3 events to push participation for all national and residents. More importantly, the EGF is implementing a program that will not only develop golfers but also focus on Long Term Athletic Development.
Winning the Beginner’s Girls Division was Latifa Kalbat, followed by Latifa Al Marri. The winner of the Beginner’s Boys Division was Mohammed Al Tayer and in second was Mansour Faghini Al Awadhi. Moving forward, at the Intermediate Level, after 6 holes played, Ali Al Haddad was the winner and Mohammed Al Haddad finished as the runner-up. After playing last season in the Beginner’s Division, Ishba Alabbar came 2nd Place in the Intermediate Division and the winner was Hind Almaazmi.
In the last level of the Future Flacons program, the Advanced Division, Latifa Al Jassmy followed by her sister Salama Al Jassmy, and the boys Ali Almaazmi, followed by Mahdi Al Haj were the proud winners
“It was great to see all our students out on the course again after a successful pilot at the beginning of the year. Emirates Golf Club were fantastic hosts and we cannot wait to see the number of participants grow in this next season. We encourage all juniors of any ability to get in touch and join the league. Thank you to eGolf Megastore for supporting this project and thank you to my team for making this possible. See you at the next one”, said national coach, Cameron Van Rooyen.
To find out more information on the Future Falcons National Junior Development Program or on how to participate in the next Future Falcon Par 3 on December 9th at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht, please contact the EGF at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the EGF on the below social media outlets to keep up to date with the latest news in UAE golf.
EGF Facebook: Emirates Golf Federation
EGF Twitter: @EGFuaegolf
EGF Instagram: emiratesgolffederation
EGF LinkedIn: Emirates Golf Federation (EGF)
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(United Arab Emirates) – Starting this weekend, November 11, 2023, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) will host the first Future Falcons event of this season at Emirates Golf Club. This year the Future Falcons National Junior Development Program spreads its wings to a new level with a new structure that will be all-inclusive. The EGF aims to push participation for all national and residents but more importantly, the EGF is implementing a program that will not only develop golfers but also focus on Long Term Athletic Development.
2022-23 Future Falcons Graduates
Coming off a strong season last year, the EGF looks to continue to attract more children to the sport of golf this coming year. In 2023 the EGF saw over 3,000 students in conjunction with the Emirates Schools Establishment, the Al Rabeh Academy in Abu Dhabi. The EGF also worked closely with the UAE golf clubs that covered all Emirates in order to maximize the exposure for the sport.
Juniors between 4 and 16 are encouraged to reach out to the EGF and ask how they can get involved and learn the sport. With an increased focus on the ‘athlete first approach’, sessions are now targeted at promoting fundamental motor skills such as agility, balance, and coordination. By incorporating these elements into the program, participants are likely to build a stronger athletic foundation, which can enhance their performance in golf and potentially other sports as well.
The introduction of the new 10-level Golf Skills Progression System ensures a structured curriculum where athletes can progressively improve their golf skills all whilst having heaps of fun along the way. To progress through these levels students will be required to achieve a certain score from their respective playing distances. This change promotes the playing of the game and ensures our young athletes are out on the fairways enjoying their sport and being active.
Going forward, together with the Golf Foundation and the R&A, the Future Falcons will continue to introduce golf in the schooling systems across the UAE while hosting grassroots community events like this weekend’s Par 3 event. These initiatives will drive participation to new heights and undoubtedly be the origin of the country’s next elite golfers.
To find out more information on the Future Falcons National Junior Development Program or on how to participate in the next Fybnaite Falcon Par 3 event please contact the EGF at email@example.com. You can also follow the EGF on the below social media outlets to keep up to date with the latest news in UAE golf.
EGF Facebook: Emirates Golf Federation
EGF Twitter: @EGFuaegolf
EGF Instagram: emiratesgolffederation
EGF LinkedIn: Emirates Golf Federation (EGF)
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(Ajman, UAE) – On Saturday, November 4, 2023, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the first United Arab Emirates (UAE) Monthly Match of the 2023-2024 season at Al Zorah Golf Club supported by eGolf Megastore. With the new season, the EGF has brought a new series of events to attract bigger fields and have more community engagement. The newly created UAE Monthly Match will now feature different formats including teams and will be open to all EGF Direct Members. With reduced rates and fantastic prizes, the new series will be a new hit by the end of the season.
Photo from Left to Right: Humaid Al Marzroua, Marwan Al Emadi, Jalal Abbasi, and Coach Samir Wallani
The first Monthly Match was played under a pairs betterball stableford format. The team with the highest points was Jalal Abbasi and Marwan Al Emadi who won the tournament with 46 points. Young Marwan Al Emadi who is currently on the UAE National Junior Golf Team had this to say following the event, “thank you to my coaches for helping me with my training and always supporting me. It’s nice to see my work payoff”.
Next on the podium and finishing in Second Place were EGF Direct Members, Harry Silvester and playing partner Christopher Page with 43 points and a higher back-nine-hole score. Hassan Al Qemzi and Omar Thabit finished in Third Place and Rashed Al Jarwan and Ahmed Al Blooshi finished in Fourth Place.
Alia Al Emadi
During the Match, the EGF also offered some “On Course Competitions”. The Nearest to the Pin prize for the ladies was a special one as Alia Al Emadi had a Hole-In-One. This was Alia’s second Hole-In-One, after the round she said, “It was exciting to hit a Hole-In-One and I am honored to have my name on the wall at Al Zorah Golf Club for hole number 15.”
Harry Silvester took home the Nearest to the Pin prize for the men and the Longest Drive for the men was won by Christopher Page. Lora Al Marzooqi won the Ladies Longest Drive award.
The next EGF Monthly Match will be hosted at Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, on 16th December under a different format. More details about the format will be announced. To follow the EGF and check up on the latest UAE golf news revert to the EGF website at www.egfgolf.com.
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Abu Dhabi, UAE: World No. 4 Minsol Kim’s 4-under 68 and a 71 from Kyrorim Seo led the Republic of Korea to the gold medal in the 30th World Amateur Team Championship Saturday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
as seen during the final round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 (Copyright USGA/Steven Gibbons)
It is Korea’s fourth Espirito Santo Trophy victory in the last seven competitions and their fifth all-time.
“I’m very honored that we won this tournament,” said Seo. “I’m very grateful for my teammates doing well all four days. Our teamwork and effort helped us win today.”
Korea jumped out to a solo lead early in the round and never surrendered it. Kim, who was the runner-up in the 2023 Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific, made back-to-back birdies on the par-5 second and par-4 third holes and again on the eighth and ninth.
“I was focused on my play,” said Kim. “I didn’t putt as aggressively as the first three rounds. I was more relaxed and just tried to make par and some became birdies.”
Korea’s 72-hole score of 22-under-par 554 was four strokes better than silver-medal winning Chinese Taipei and five better than the bronze medal winners Spain.
Chinese Taipei, which began the day three back from the leaders, leaped into silver position after a birdie-birdie finish from Huai-Chien Hsu, a sophomore at the University of Texas.
After missing the green left on the par-4 17th, Hsu chipped in from 18 yards for a three and followed with a 9-footer for birdie on the last hole to post a team score of 558.
“I told my coach [on 17], ‘I think I can make a birdie here. It doesn’t have to be a putt,’ and I chipped it in,” said Hsu.
“I was just trying to birdie a few [holes] on the back [nine] and ended up birdieing four.”
This is Chinese Taipei’s first medal in its 16 Women’s World Amateur Team appearances.
Spain, the 54-hole co-leader, could not find its form of earlier in the week and posted a fourth-round 144, which included a 2-under 70 from Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio and a 74 from Carla Bernat Escuder.
The Spaniards managed to get within two shots of Korea with two holes to play but found heartbreak on the 72nd hole for the second year in a row. All three players bogeyed the par-5 18th hole to drop Spain from silver position to bronze at 559.
“It’s really disappointing,” said Spain Captain Mar Ruiz de la Torre.
“Last year we were in the same situation, and this year again. It’s really a pity because they played well. We just didn’t have too much luck with the putts.”
England had a share of the lead with Korea at one point Saturday afternoon after a batch of birdies from Florida State University teammates Lottie Woad and Charlotte Heath.
Woad birdied every par 4 on the front nine to post a 31 at the turn but would cool off on the back nine as England finished with a 4-under 140 to post 560 alongside Thailand, one shot shy of the bronze behind Spain.
Australia and the United States of American finished in a tie for sixth at 561. Megan Schofill led the USA with a bogey-free 5-under 67 and Anna Davis added a 69 as the Americans posted the low-round of the day.
Canada was eighth at 564 and New Zealand finished ninth at 565.
Korea receives custody of the Espirito Santo Trophy until the next World Amateur Team Championship, which will be held in 2025 at Tenah Merah Country Club’s Tampines Course in Singapore.
Members of the winning team receive gold medals; members of the second-place team receive silver medals; and members of the third-place team receive bronze medals.
Although there is no official recognition, Chinese Taipei’s Huai-Chien Hsu was the low individual scorer at 13-under 275.
Captain SeHoon Chang, Republic of Korea: “It means very much to us to win this championship. These players are only 17 and 14 [years old]. Winning this tournament will make their play more advanced for next time.”
Captain Liz McKinnon, New Zealand: “They should be really proud of themselves. Conditions were hot and challenging and a different style of golf for them, but they’ve risen to the occasion just by keeping it a shot at the time and staying in the present.”
Anna Davis, USA: “It was our best round. All of us were expecting to go lower yesterday. We saved the best for last so it’s nice we get to go home with a good taste in our mouth.”
Korea now has nine medals in their 17 WWATC appearances – five gold, two silver and two bronze. Its previous four gold medals came in 1996, 2010, 2012 and 2016. This is Korea’s seventh consecutive top-10 finish in the Espirito Santo Trophy.
Spain’s bronze medal gives them six total medals and the first since their silver-medal performance in 2008.
Minsol Kim tied for 10th in her LPGA Tour debut at the BMW Ladies Championship last October. She was inside the top two after both 18 and 36 holes, and played in the final group in both the second and third rounds.
Spain’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio finished in second place in the individual scoring at 11-under after she tied for seventh in 2022. She is the only player to finish in the top 10 both years.
Thailand, competing in its 10th WWATC, earned its third top-10 finish and best showing since 2016.
New Zealand finished in ninth place for its first top-10 showing since 2012 and its fifth top-10 in its 29 appearances.
India (16th place) registered its best finish in a WWATC after placing T17 in 2014.
The 2025 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy will be held at Tenah Merah Country Club in Singapore.
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(Melbourne, Australia) – The R&A, Masters Tournament, and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) are ready for the 2023 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) which is taking place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia on October 26-29. Ahmad Skaik, the highest-ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) amateur will be competing against the best amateur golfers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ahmad Skaik of United Arab Emirates plays his tee shot at the first hole during the first round of the World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates.
The AAC was created in February 2009 as a common idea to grow the game in the Asia-Pacific area by the AAC, the Masters Tournament, and the R&A. Each year, the winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament and The Open and the runner(s)-up can go directly in The Open Qualifying Series. The field of 120 players is drawn annually from the best men’s amateurs in the Asia-Pacific region, invited from the 42 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member organizations.
Ahmad Skaik, UAE’s best amateur golfer, made the headlines a few years ago, after becoming only the second Emirati to make the cut at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. He just finished representing the UAE in the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) in Abu Dhabi after competing against the best nations in the world.
“I had a very busy summer playing the Challenge Tour events, Pan-Arab Championship, and 1st Arab Professional Championship but the work is not over. I felt so good playing team competition and representing my country at the 33rd Eisenhower Trophy in the World Amateur Team Championship and I am ready for the windy and rainy weather in Melbourne.” Skaik said.
Founded in 1891, the 36-hole Royal Melbourne Golf Club is one of Australia’s oldest golf clubs and it has been ranked number one in Australia for a long time and among the top 10 golf courses in the world. The AAC will be played on the Composite Course which comprises twelve holes from the West and six holes from the East Course. The West Course was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the same architect who shaped Augusta National Golf Club. Royal Melbourne has hosted numerous national and international events: Men’s Australian Opens, Women’s Australian Opens, Presidents Cups, and the AAC in 2014.
Follow the Emirates Golf Federation on social media to get the latest updates and photos from the event.
By: Cristina Petrovici
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Abu Dhabi, UAE: The 30th edition of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday) at Abu Dhabi Golf Club as the UAE team make their debut among 36 countries from around the globe aiming to lift the prestigious Espirito Santo Trophy come Saturday evening.
(left to right) Lara El Chaib, Jamie Camero, Intissar Rich and Flora Peuch of the United Arab Emirates pose for a photo with the Espirito Santo Trophy during practice round of the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023
The Espirito Santo Trophy, hosted by the Emirates Golf Federation in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and their Destination Partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism, follows last week’s Eisenhower Trophy, which was won by the United States of America for the 16th time.
Defending champions Sweden are aiming to become the first team to win consecutive titles since the Republic of Korea accomplished the feat in 2010 and 2012.
Ingrid Lindblad, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, and Meja Ortengren, No. 10 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®), return for the Swedes after leading the team to a gold-medal finish last year in France.
They’ll come up against a host of top teams, including the U.S., who are attempting to win the Eisenhower Trophy and Espirito Santo Trophy together in the same year for the eighth time. The U.S. is the only country to accomplish this feat and last did so in 1984.
They will be represented by Megan Schofill, Rachel Kuehn and Anna Davis, who won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur and competed in seven LPGA Tour events last year, including three Major Championships, making the 36-hole cut five times.
The Spaniards are the only team who possess two players in the top five of the WAGR® with Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio and European Ladies’ Amateur champion Julia Lopez Ramirez, while Germany are captained by Chiara Horder, who won the 2023 R&A’s Women’s Amateur Championship at Prince’s Golf Club.
The United Arab Emirates, playing in the tournament for the very first time, boast the reigning Faldo Junior Tour Middle East champion in the form of Jamie Camero.
Described as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ for her almighty distance off the tee despite her short stature, the 17-year-old has taken the game in her stride since picking up clubs at the age of seven with an impressive roll of honour that includes a host of World Amateur Golf Ranking titles and being crowned Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit champion in 2022.
She will be joined by Lara El Chaib, who will hit the opening tee shot, and Intissar Rich, who is the 2022 All African Challenge Trophy champion and has previously competed in Ladies European Tour events.
“I’m feeling nervous, but I’m also feeling great,” El Chaib said when asked about the excitement of hitting the first tee shot.
“I’m really excited as I know the course really well. It’s my home ground, home soil, so it should be good.
“I’m feeling prepared for this event and it’s really exciting because it’s the biggest amateur event in the world. I have to say I feel like I have a bit of an advantage as it’s my home course. However, we are all great players here and we can all play great golf.”
Play will begin at 6:30am GST tomorrow, with El Chaib (UAE), Rosanne Boere (NETHERLANDS) and Ana Sofia Murcia Ortiz (COLOMBIA) teeing off from the 1st and Garcia-Poggio (SPAIN), Sara Byrne (IRELAND) and Hsin Chun Liao (CHINESE TAIPEI) beginning on the 10th.
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Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Golf Club is all set for a second week of hosting the game’s best amateur players at the World Amateur Team Championships, with the women’s teams arriving in the capital ahead of the prestigious Espirito Santo Trophy.
(left to right) Elia Galitsky, Chiara Horder, Intissar Rich, Megan Schofill, and Lottie Woad pose for a photo with the Espírito Santo Trophy
To officially mark the start of tournament week, Elia Galitsky (THAILAND), Chiara Horder (GERMANY), Intissar Rich (UAE), Megan Schofill (USA), and Lottie Woad (ENGLAND) posed for a photo in front of the iconic Falcon Clubhouse at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
The quintet will join an illustrious list of star names to have played the event since its inaugural edition in 1964, including Annika Sorenstam, Minjee Lee, Leona Maguire, and Lydia Ko, who holds the individual 72-hole scoring record of 274, which she posted when representing New Zealand at Gloria Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey, in 2012.
The Emirates Golf Federation, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and their Destination Partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism, will host the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy from October 25-28.
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