The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the first international sporting event after the suspension of sports activity due to the emerging corona virus pandemic, as the unprecedented event, which is the first international women’s golf tournament to be held on the territory of the Kingdom, will be held.Over the course of a week, the “Royal Greens Golf Course and Club” at King Abdullah Economic City will host two professional golf tournaments that fall under the umbrella of the Women’s European Tour Championships, with a total prize pool of $ 1.5 million. The Saudi Aramco Women’s Golf Championship, presented by the Public Investment Fund, will be held from November 12 to 15, with prizes worth one million dollars. Meanwhile, the “Saudi Women International Teams Championship” will be held from November 17-19, with prizes worth half a million dollars.
The two tournaments, which will be held in a safe environment while taking all the necessary precautions, will witness the participation of a group of the best golf players in the world, in addition to a group of the best amateur players in a unique competitive environment, as this is the first time that a global professional women’s golf tournament is held in Kingdom history. In addition to the fact that the system for the “Saudi Women International Team Championship” is new and will be used for the first time in the world in golf.
The holding of the sporting event, the first of its kind in women’s sports in general and golf in particular, confirms the commitment of the Saudi Golf Federation and Saudi Golf and the official sponsors of the championship, “the Public Investment Fund” and “Saudi Aramco”, to support and develop women’s sports in the kingdom in line with Vision 2030 despite the difficulties. Witnessed by sport around the world in light of these difficult times.
The Saudi Golf and Saudi Golf Federation had announced earlier this year the establishment of the first international women’s golf tournament, and this came during the competitions of the second edition of the Saudi International Golf Championship presented by Softbank, which witnessed the participation of a group of the brightest golf stars such as the world number one. American Bruce Kipka and his fellow countryman, champion of the first edition and the fifth seed at the time, Dustin Johnson, in addition to the Northern Irishman and holder of the title of the second edition, Graeme MacDalle.
In this regard, His Excellency Yasser bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Golf Federation and the regulator of Saudi Golf, said: “The beginning of this year has been difficult for all peoples of the world in all respects, and the sports sector has been greatly affected, and despite these challenges, a The Public Investment Fund and Aramco are now more than ever and equally determined to give sport at an elite level the platform necessary to continue to thrive inside and outside the dear homeland, which makes us very proud to throw our full weight behind the Saudi International Women’s Golf Championship.
Majid bin Mohammed Al-Sorour, CEO of Saudi Golf and the Saudi Golf Federation commented: “Our vision is to grow golf throughout the Kingdom, making it accessible and enjoyable for all men, women and children. One of our main initiatives in this regard is to host tournaments that attract the best. Male and female players in the world as a way to inspire the next generation of golf players in the Kingdom, so we are honored to take our next step in that journey by welcoming the European Women’s Tour to the land of our beloved Kingdom next October with the first edition of the Saudi Aramco Women’s Golf Championship. ”
The Saudi Women International Championship, which has a total prize pool of one million dollars and is the third largest award in the European Women’s European Tour Championships, will witness the participation of the best golf stars in the world, including Welsh “Amy Bolden”, in addition to her participation in the unique tournament “Saudi Women International Teams” In which the professional women will play alongside a group of amateur players in different teams and compete for the prize pool of $ 500,000. In the coming weeks, the system and details of the 3-day tournament will be announced.
For her part, the recent champion of the Swiss Open Championship in the European Tour of Women’s Golf, Amy Bolden, said: “This kind of commitment to women’s golf is really amazing, especially at this time..It will be an important week and we will look forward to competing during it .. it’s great to be able. From taking the game we love to a new country, where we can play on a truly amazing golf course with one of the most stunning views ever on the Women’s European Tour. ”
Bolden added, “The work that Golf Saudi Arabia is doing is amazing, as it is not easy to present two world-class golf tournaments in a week’s time. It is clear evidence of the Kingdom’s passion for golf, and its development and development. I look forward to playing in the championship.”
“We are very excited to be a part of history by bringing the first professional event for women in golf to the Kingdom, and we thank them for their commitment in this difficult year to our sport by presenting two golf tournaments for women,” said Alexandra Armas, CEO of the Women’s European Tour.
Armas added, “We always strive to develop this sport in different countries and include them in the tour schedule. We are confident that the Saudi International Women’s Championship and the Saudi Women’s International Team Championship will be a unique experience for the players.”
The Saudi Women International Championship is a watershed moment for the Kingdom, as it is the first time that professional golfers will play competitively on their home turf, which reflects the ongoing transformation the Kingdom is making as part of Vision 2030.
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