Saudi Arabia launches the first strategy to develop golf

          Al-Rumayyan announced the first ecological turf center to play the game ... and 108 players will compete today in Jeddah            

Yasser Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Golf and Saudi Golf Federation, yesterday launched the activities of the Saudi International Women's Golf Championship sponsored by Aramco, the world's oil giant, in the presence of Nabil Al-Naim, Aramco Vice President for Saudi Affairs, to form a new event in the history of sports in Saudi Arabia.

The event was accompanied by the announcement of the Kingdom’s launch of a comprehensive national strategy aimed at sustaining golf, by developing an innovative and ambitious culture concerned with protecting the environment, developing the economy and activating the social role.

Al-Rumayyan stressed the importance of the new strategy, noting that sustainability formed a permanent basis in all work related to golf development in the Kingdom, pointing out that the goal is to introduce the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a pioneer in the industry of one of the most sustainable and economically and socially effective sporting environments, in a way that enables everyone to get acquainted with “On something of that during the two championships this week, and their role in reflecting many of the positive values ​​of sport.”

For his part, Nabil Al-Naim affirmed that ’s decision to sponsor the Saudi Women’s Golf Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund reflects its commitment to support the empowerment of Saudi women and promote positive values ​​for society.

The announcement saw the support of a number of local partners, including Saudi Aramco. The official sponsor and main partner of the tournament, as a memorandum of understanding was signed between Saudi Golf and Saudi Aramco, aiming to achieve national leadership in the field of activating environmental initiatives and sustainability.

For his part, Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate project, said that he is pleased with their participation in the golf sustainability plan and said: “We thank the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Golf Federation for his wonderful leadership role in this field, and we also thank Golf Saudi Arabia, which worked according to its vision to implement its strategy to develop the game through This responsible environmental approach, we know the importance of these works, especially as we are working on the construction of the latest Craig Norman Golf Course and Club in the Safar Valley, which is a stadium designed to comply with the sustainability goals of the Kingdom, and we are happy to be part of (the Kingdom’s Vision 2030) and the steps of diversifying the sources of the economy. ».

The fruits of the new strategy began to touch the ground through the start of production lines, as Al-Rumayyan announced the first green Saudi Golf Center, which produced its first course, the Dirab Golf Club.

Education and building new job opportunities in addition to building cadres are essential elements in the sustainability strategy and to ensure this is achieved. The Saudi Golf Federation announced the establishment of a new knowledge platform in cooperation with the European Golf Club Directors Organization, where certificates and customized qualification tests are being built aimed at developing national cadres and creating various opportunities New developments in the sports sector, and a memorandum of understanding signed by Golf Saudi with the National Training Center for Facilities and Hospitality Management to highlight the social role that knowledge plays in the golf development journey. The Ladies Club First initiative also embodied part of the golf transformation plan in Saudi Arabia, which gives 1000 Saudi women free membership, giving them the opportunity to practice golf.

Today, Thursday, the attention of golf fans around the world turns to the Royal Greens Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, near Jeddah, where the tournament includes a group of the best international golfers competing to win cash prizes worth a total of one million dollars.

The championship, which is supervised by the Public Investment Fund and sponsored by Aramco, will feature 108 professional golfers competing on 72 holes over a period of 4 days, while “Saudi Golf” announced that Aramco has been chosen as a sponsor of the first international women’s golf tournament in the Kingdom at the Royal Greens Golf Course.

Saudi Arabia is returning to the manufacture of sporting history this time by organizing the two women’s golf tournaments, as it will host between 12 and 19 November this year the Saudi Aramco International Ladies Golf Championship and the Saudi International Women’s Team Championship, the first of its kind in the world on November 17th and extending for 3 days, Where 36 teams, each consisting of 3 professional women from the European Tour of Women’s Golf and one amateur player, compete, competing for prizes totaling $ 500,000.

The Aramco championship is the first women’s golf tournament hosted by the Kingdom, during which the most famous golfers in the world compete to win a prize of one million dollars on the golf course “Royal Greens”. Nabil Al-Jamaa, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services at Saudi Aramco, said: “Saudi Aramco’s sponsorship of the first international women’s golf championship on the kingdom’s land demonstrates the company’s keenness to empower Saudi women and promote positive values ​​in society.”

Al-Jamea added, “Saudi Aramco’s support and sponsorship of this sporting event confirms its commitment to encouraging women to practice sports and participate in its activities, especially in this championship, which represents a historic stage for the Kingdom as it is the first, as it will contribute greatly to changing concepts and methods of quality of life. Also, through this participation, the company enhances its values ​​of citizenship and excellence.

The English international golf star, Georgia Hull, confirmed her happiness to be in Saudi Arabia to participate in the Saudi International Golf Championship. Noting that the tournament will inspire young people of both sexes in the Kingdom, adding, “It is rare for us to have the opportunity to visit a new country and play golf these days, and that is why we are pleased to have the opportunity to play in a different place … and contribute to a new start here in Saudi Arabia.”

For her part, her compatriot, Charlie Hall, said: “I am happy to be here, because I love playing in the Middle East, and given the challenges that the world is witnessing today due to the (Corona) pandemic, we are really lucky to be able to play, knowing that the prizes are among the strongest within the framework of European Tour ».

Britain’s Georgia Hall and Charlie Hall top the list of participating elites, as they are among the most illustrious names on the international stage, and together they have won many world titles, including the Solheim Cup.

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