Jamie Camero Set to Represent UAE at the 2024 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship

(Pattaya, Thailand) – On February 1st – 4th, 2024 Jamie Camero will be representing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the sixth edition of the Women ‘s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship (WAAP). Hosted at Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand the WAAP field will be made up of the highest-ranked amateur women golfers in the Asia-Pacific.

Jamie Camero

The WAAP is overseen and organized by the R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) with the objective of discovering young up-and-coming and providing a pathway for elite female amateur golfers.

Jamie was identified by the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and given the UAE Mission Passport in the summer of 2023. Starting in August Jamie will be playing collegiate golf at the University of Central Florida. After representing the UAE at the World Amateur Team Championship in last October Jamie is finding herself in good form coming into this highly anticipated amateur championship.

Jamie had this to say heading into this weekend’s championship. “I am super excited going into this weekend representing the UAE. It is a great honor and I’d like to thank the Emirates Golf Federation and my family for the support that I have received on this journey. I look forward to meeting and competing against the best women Asian amateurs on this elite stage”.

The winner of WAAP earns invitations to play in three major championships, the AIG Women’s Open, the Amundi Evian Championship, and The Chevron Championship as well as other elite amateur and professional championships.

Follow the EGF on social media or the official WAAP website to keep up to date with the results and news from this week.

GOLFSIXES LEAGUE TO INSPIRE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN ABU DHABI INTO PLAYING GOLF

29 January 2024, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A pilot season of the successful GolfSixes League has launched in Abu Dhabi in a continuing drive to encourage young people into playing, enjoying and remaining in the sport.

GOLFSIXES LEAGUE ABU DHABI

Golf Sixes League is a development initiative which introduces young people to golf in a fun and inclusive environment, along with an added competitive element. The Abu Dhabi based GolfSixes League will see seven squads of 12 players, who rotate a team of six during each round, compete in a two ball Texas scramble stroke play format across six holes. The best two scores of the three pairs will count toward the team score. The League will take place on three dates from January to March, with team winners declared after each round and an overall champion decided at the Grand Final in April.    The pilot season is a collaboration between The R&A and the Emirates Golf Federation, which  will field a team in the League alongside those from Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Acres Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club. Neal Graham, Regional Development Manager – Middle East & India at The R&A, said, “GolfSixes League is a proven development initiative which encourages new golfers into the sport in a fun and competitive way. It allows young people to bring their new found skills from the lesson tee onto the course in an encouraging and inclusive team environment. “Golf in the Middle East continues to grow and we are aiming to sustain this momentum by adopting initiatives that have been successful in other regions around the world. We hope the introduction of GolfSixes League to Abu Dhabi will deliver similar results for golf participation in the state as we have seen in Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and Africa.” General Abdulla Alhashmi, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation, said, ““The Emirates Golf Federation is delighted to be working with The R&A on the GolfSixes League in Abu Dhabi. We believe golf is a healthy activity for children and we support initiatives that encourage early adoption and long-term playing of the sport. We would also like to recognize and thank the golf clubs in Abu Dhabi for embracing the GolfSixes League and we hope your teams enjoy competing.”  The first round of the GolfSixes League took place on Saturday 27 January at Yas Links Golf Club on its Academy Course where the team from Abu Dhabi City Golf Club became the first winners. Round two takes place on Tuesday 20 February at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club before Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club host the third round on Saturday 23 March. The Grand Final will be played at Yas Acres Golf Club on Saturday 20 April where the first overall champions will be decided. The GolfSixes League in Abu Dhabi is open to boys and girls of any age who are beginner golfers and do not hold a Handicap Index ®. The expansion of Golf Sixes League into Abu Dhabi builds on the successful implementation of GolfSixes League in Europe by The R&A, the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG), the Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT), DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour. GolfSixes League has also seen successful adoption across Great Britain and Ireland where it is administered by the Golf Foundation, England Golf, Golf Ireland, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf. The shorter GolfSixes format continued to expand and introduce even more children following a successful pilot season in continental Europe. There are now 20 nations delivering GolfSixes League and GolfSixes Mini League, a marked increase from ten nations in 2022. Over 7,800 players took part at 660 participating clubs/facilities in 2023. In total, 43% of players became junior members in GB&I whilst being part of Golf Sixes League. GolfSixes League is a proven pathway with 88% of children who took part in Great Britain and Ireland last year indicating they would like to play more golf as a result of participating in the programme.

EGF and Emirates Schools Establishment Aim to Increase Golf Participation in 2024

(Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE) – The Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) have officially announced that the governing bodies will be bringing the Future Falcons – National Junior Development Program (NJDP) into 20 schools’ physical education programs across the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the next six weeks, the EGF with the assistance of the Emirates PGA coaches will host over 150 lessons for 20 different ESE Academies reaching over 500 students.

Padraig Harrington with EGF and ESE Students at the DP World Tour Ras Al Khaimah Championship

To celebrate this semester’s launch of the Future Falcons NJDP in the schools, the EGF and Al Hamra Golf Club are hosting students to the DP World Tour Ras Al Khaimah Championship where they will receive clinics from golf legend, Padraig Harrington, and UAE-based resident Rafa Cabrera Bello.

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

Rafa Cabrera Bello with EGF and ESE Students at the DP World Tour Ras Al Khaimah Championship

In addition to the collaboration with ESE, The Future Falcons – NJDP will soon be implementing the “Unleash Your Drive” program within five schools across Abu Dhabi. This program is creating a window of opportunity for children to experience the game of golf during school hours by providing the teaching staff with equipment and a full physical education golf program guide. The initiative is backed by The R&A and The Golf Foundation. These are the first steps to creating more golfers and growing the golfing community within the country.

Moving forward children from these schools will have the opportunity to join classes at their local golf club and continue their journey, making friends for life and having tons of fun along the way.

Together with the Emirates Schools Establishment, Emirates PGA, UAE golf clubs, and The R&A, the Future Falcons – NJDP will continue to introduce golf in the schooling systems across the UAE. 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 please contact the EGF at info@egfgolf.com or visit our website at www.egfgolf.com. You can also follow the EGF on social media to keep up to date with the latest news in UAE golf.

 

Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and Junior Asian Golf Academy (JAGA) Join Forces to Transform Golf Development

(Dubai, UAE) – A historic milestone before the first round of the HERO Junior Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club as the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) and the Junior Asian Golf Academy (JAGA) formalize their commitment to revolutionizing the landscape of Junior, Amateur, and Professional golf in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through a visionary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

MOU Signing at the HERO Junior Dubai Desert Classic
Left to Right (Robert Fiala, John Laroche, General Abdullah Alhashmi, Aadesh Gawde, and Simon Corkill)

General Abdullah Alhashami, Vice Chairman of EGF, expressed the significance of the partnership, stating, “This collaboration with JAGA signifies our collective dedication to fostering the growth of golf among both Nationals and International student-athletes. Together, we embark on a journey to shape the future of golf development in the UAE and the wider MENA region.”

Aadesh Gawde, Head of JAGA – UAE, shared his enthusiasm for the initiatives outlined in the MOU. “The establishment of the JAGA @ UAE Golf Academy is a pivotal step towards providing a nurturing space for emerging golf talent. We are committed to delivering excellence in every aspect of our collaboration with EGF.”

John Laroche, Head of JAGA – International, emphasized the global impact of their joint efforts. “The JAGA – EGF International College Showcase is a unique platform that will connect student-athletes with coaches and recruiters from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America. It opens doors for aspiring golfers to pursue further education and athletic development on an international scale.”

Key Initiatives Outlined in the MOU:

  1. JAGA @ UAE Golf Academy: Establishment and management of a cutting-edge JAGA @ UAE golf academy in multiple locations over time, fostering a dedicated space for the cultivation of golf talent.
  2. JAGA EGF Junior/Amateur Order of Merit: Co-hosting and co-creating the JAGA – EGF Junior/Amateur Order of Merit, featuring six local World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) events, fostering healthy competition and skill development.
  3. JAGA EGF International College Showcase: Collaboratively hosting the JAGA – EGF International College Showcase, bringing together coaches and recruiters from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America, providing student-athletes with valuable opportunities for further education and athletic development.

The partners are set to embark on these innovative projects with immediate effect, aiming to elevate Junior and Amateur golf to new heights in the UAE, regionally, and globally.

Over 100 Players Participate in the EGF January Monthly Match & Future Falcons Par 3

(Dubai, UAE) – On January 6, 2024, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the January Monthly Match and the Future Falcons Par 3 at Arabian Ranches Golf Club supported by eGolf Megastore. The first Monthly Match of 2024 and Par 3 event hosted over 100 EGF Direct Members, UAE Nationals, and upcoming junior golfers. With over 13 different divisions, players had a lot to play for.

EGF National Monthly Match at Arabian Ranch Golf Club supported by eGolf Megastore

Winning the Men’s Stableford Division with 44 points was Raza Hussain and placing Second with 43 points was David Adams. The Men’s Gross winner was David Pendleton-Nash, shooting a solid 72, even par for the day.

In the Men’s Senior Division for players, 50 years old and above, Konstantin Zorbalas won the First Place prize with 40 points, and Ihaab Tarmoom won the Second Place prize with 38 points. The Men’s Senior Gross Division winner was Kevin Barrett, shooting 81

In the Ladies Division, the Stableford winner was Aliya Al Qubasi with 36 points and the Runner Up was Dr. Rabab Al Haj with 35 points. Hannah Allen was the Ladies Gross Division winner, shooting 73.

For the Junior Stableford Division, George Pendleton-Nash won with 44 points and Sebastian Crook was the Runner Up with 35 points

There were also On Course Challenges during the event. Winning the Men’s Closest to the Pin on hole no. 12 was Luigi Galizia. Winning the Ladies Closest to the Pin on hole no. 2 was Aliya Al Qubasi. Winning the Men’s Longest Drive on hole no. 3 was Ryan Prince. Winning the Ladies Longest Drive on hole no. 11 was Intissar rich

Alongside, the Monthly Match the EGF also hosted the Future Falcons Par 3 on the executive course at Arabian Ranches Golf Club as part of the National Junior Development Program and community engagement. The EGF is focused on hosting community events bringing together different divisions, nationalities, and skill levels.

Future Falcons Par 3 at Arabian Ranch Golf Club

During the Par 3 event, there were six different divisions, three for the boys and three for the girls. Winning the 3 Hole Par 3 Girls Division was Latifa Kalbat. Winning the 6 Hole Par 3 Girls Division was Zeest Ahmed and winning the 9 Hole Par 3 Girls Division was Aarya Ganguly.

For the boys in the Par 3 event winning the 3 Hole Division was Saeed Al Musharrekh. Winning the 6 Hole Par 3 Boys Division was Eissa Bin Redha and winning the 9 Hole Par 3 Boys Division was Daniel Robinson.

The EGF would like to thank its sponsor eGolf Megastore and host club Arabian Ranches for their hard work and contribution to this month’s events. Stay tuned to the EGF social media channels and website for local news and upcoming tournaments around the UAE.

Shining Gold for UAE Ladies and Juniors at the GCC Golf Tournament in Oman

(Muscat, Oman) – December 28, 2023 – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ladies and Junior National Golf Teams have emerged victorious capturing three team Gold Medals and four individual medals at the highly anticipated GCC Golf Tournament held at the renowned Ghala Golf Club in Muscat, Oman.

UAE Ladies and Junior Teams at the 2023 GCC Golf tournament in Oman

Hosted by the Oman Golf Association, the tournament showcased exemplary talent from five GCC countries, featuring a total of 45 players competing in various divisions. The distinguished Ladies and Junior GCC Golf Tournament comprised three divisions, showcasing the prowess of teams and individual players in the Ladies’ and Boys’ categories, with age classifications of 16 and under, and 13 and under, respectively.

Remarkable Triumph for UAE National Teams

The UAE National Teams demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication, securing gold medals in all three categories – Ladies, 16 & and under, and 13 & and under teams.

Ladies Division: The UAE Ladies National Team, led by players Intissar Rich, Alia Alemadi, and Aasiya Saleem, secured gold in all three rounds of competition. The KSA team claimed the second position, and Oman achieved the third spot. Additionally, in the Ladies’ Individual GCC Championship, Intissar Rich clinched the gold medal, Alia Al Emadi secured the bronze medal, and Assiya Saleem earned 4th place.

Juniors/Boys 16 & Under Division: The Juniors/Boys 16 & Under Team, comprising Rashid Al Naqbi, Abdullah Kalbat, and Mohammad Thabet, showcased their excellence by winning the Gold medal in both team and individual competitions. Kuwait secured the second position, while Oman claimed the third spot. Individually, Rashid Al Naqbi secured the Silver medal, and Mohammed Thabet and Abdullah Kalbat secured the fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Boys 13 & Under Division: The Boys 13 & Under Team, represented by Abdullah Darwish and Abdullah Salmeen, exhibited outstanding performance, securing the Gold medal for the UAE team. In the individual category, Abdullah Darwish won the Gold medal, with Oman and KSA players following as runners-up.

Optimism for the Future

General Abdullah Alhashmi, EGF Vice Chairman, expressed his optimism for the future, stating, “This is a golden opportunity for the EGF and UAE golf to showcase the improvements in our programs. Over the past 18 months, the EGF has diligently worked to provide UAE players with the platform to exhibit their talents. These dedicated individuals have undergone rigorous training, and we anticipate commendable results.”

The successful conclusion of the GCC Golf Tournament marks a triumphant end for the UAE Golf Federation in 2023. As the year comes to a close, the UAE teams and players are hopeful for continued success in the upcoming year, aiming to shine even brighter on the international golfing stage.

United Arab Emirates Ladies and Junior National Golf Teams Set to Compete in GCC Golf Tournament in Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Oman – From December 25-28, 2023, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ladies and Junior National Golf Teams will embark on a journey to Muscat, Oman, to participate in the highly anticipated GCC Golf Tournament. This distinguished event will feature representation from 5 GCC countries, with a total of 45 players showcasing their skills on the renowned grounds of the Ghala Golf Club.

2023 GCC Golf Championship – Oman – UAE Ladies and Junior National Teams

Hosted by the Oman Golf Association, the Ladies and Junior GCC Golf Tournament will hold three distinctive divisions. A total of five countries will field both team and individual players in the Ladies’ and Boys’ divisions, with age categories of 16 and under, and 13 and under.

Representing the UAE during the championships, the 2023 GCC Golf Tournament will see the participation of three different |UAE national golf teams. 2023 will mark the 6th edition of the GCC Ladies Tournament and the 7th year of competition for Juniors/Boys aged 16 & and 13 and under.

The UAE Ladies National Team will be represented by players Intissar Rich, Alia Alemadi, and Aasiya Saleem in the GCC Ladies Tournament. In the Highly competitive division, the Junior Boys 16 & Under Team will consist of Rashid Al Naqbi, Abdullah Kalbat, and Mohammad Thabet.

The Boys 13 & Under Team, comprising Abdullah Darwish and Abdullah Salmeen, will bring their skills to the fore in the 13 & Under Division, which will be contested over two rounds. Meanwhile, the boys’ 16 and under and Ladies’ divisions will unfold over three rounds, culminating in the recognition of Individual and Team winners in each division.

The Team Category will be determined by the top two gross scores, out of three players each round, while the Individual Category will be scored based on the best individual gross score from each division.

Traveling with the teams are EGF Vice Chairmen General Abdullah Alhashmi, Khaled Al Shamsi, and Fayez Bajbouj, along with National Team Coaches Samir Walline and April Varney.

General Abdullah Alhashmi, EGF Vice Chairman, expressed his optimism, stating, “This is a golden opportunity for the EGF and UAE golf to showcase the improvements in our programs. Over the past 18 months, the EGF has diligently worked to provide UAE players with the platform to exhibit their talents. These dedicated individuals have undergone rigorous training, and we anticipate commendable results.”

Team UAE will commence the tournament with the first round on Monday, December 25th, and conclude with the final round on Wednesday, December 27th. For real-time updates and to follow the action of Team UAE, please stay connected with the Emirates Golf Federation on social media.

Young Kalbats, Al Haj, and Al Naqbi Combine for Impressive Team Win at the December National Monthly Match

(Sharjah, UAE) – On Saturday, 16th of December, Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club played host to the December 2023 EGF Monthly Match supported by eGolf Megastore. With a fun Team 4 Ball Alliance format, this event aimed to develop and support Future Falcon players, providing the young talent to play alongside National Team Members. Winning the December Match was the young team made up of siblings Fatma and Abdulla Kaldat with Mahdi Al Haj and Rashed Al Naqbi.

Winners of the December 2023 National Monthly Match at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club

This year, the EGF Monthly Matches are taking a new direction by varying the format each time. This approach ensures that all players have the opportunity to play with different people in different formats, always with the goal of having fun and competing together.

In the second Monthly Match of the 2023-24 season, the winning team of Fatma and Abdulla Kaldat, Mahdi Al Haj, and Rashed Al Naqbi had an impressive 91 points. Abdulla Kaldat who is currently on the UAE National Junior Golf Team had this to say following the event, “it was fun to play with my sister and be on the same team, we look forward to doing that more in the future”.

Next on the podium, finishing in Second Place were the team of Mohammed Thabet, Emile Gonzalvez, Thomas Nesbitt, and Marwan Al Emadi with 86 points. Ihaab Tarmoom, Ahmed Al Blooshi, Omar Al Shamsi, and Jonathan Selvaraj finished in Third Place with 85 points.

During the Match, the EGF also offered some “On Course Competitions”. The Nearest to the Pin prize for the ladies was Aasiya Saleem and Jonathan Selvaraj for the men. Winning the Longest Drive for the men was won by Rashed Al Emadi and Intissar Rich won the Ladies Longest Drive award.

At the prize giving for the Monthly Match, Emirates Golf Federation Vice-Chairman General Abdulla Alhashmi acknowledged the medalist from the 2023 Ladies and Junior Pan Arab Golf Championship which was hosted in Saudi on November 28-30.

2023 Pan Arab Championship – Gold Winning Ladies 15 & Under Team

The next EGF Monthly Match will be hosted at Arabain Ranches Golf Club, on 6th January 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.  

EGF Hosts Second Future Falcons Monthly Par 3 Medal of 2023-24 Golf Season

(Dubai, UAE) – On Saturday, December 9th, 2023, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) hosted the second Future Falcons Monthly Par 3 Medal for the season 2023-2024. Played at Dubai Creek Golf Club and sponsored by eGolf Megastore, 31 young inspiring golfers competed for 12 prizes.

Winners of the Future Falcons Monthly Medal Par 3 sponsored by eGolf Megastore at Dubai Creek Golf Club – December 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 Boys Division was Saeed Almaazmi, followed by Sultan Almaazmi. Moving forward, at the Intermediate Level, after 6 holes played, Mohammed Al Haddad was the winner and Ali Al Haddad finished as the runner-up. Hind Almaazmi came 2nd Place in the Intermediate Division, and the winner was Aya Al Awadhi.

In the last level of the Future Flacons program, the Advanced Division was Aarya Ganguly followed by Yasmeen El Husseini, and the boys, Emile Gonzalvez followed by Aarav Gangly were the proud winners.

The Nearest to the pin was Zayed Almaazomi and at the advanced level was Emile Gonzalvez.

“It was great to see all our students out on the course again after a successful pilot at the beginning of the year. Dubai Creek Golf Club was a fantastic host, 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 January 6th at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, please contact the EGF at info@egfgolf.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)

UAE Showcases Talent at the 2023 Ladies & Juniors Pan Arab Golf Championships

(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.