Million dollar prizes ignite Aramco women’s golf competitions

          Al-Sorour: The participation of international stars confirms the importance of the tournament            

Today, at the Royal Greens Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea coast (west of Saudi Arabia), the four-day Saudi Aramco Women's International Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund will start, and will witness a competition between the world's brightest golf stars for the championship title. The prize pool is $1 million.

The tournament returns in its second edition with the participation of many stars, including the English Annabelle Dimock, the Swedish Anna Nordqvist, the Australian Mingji Lee and the English Georgia Hall, along with the Danish champion Emily Kristen Pedersen, the New Zealander Lydia Ko, and the Moroccan Maha Hadioui, who participated in the press conference. anticipation of the championship.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Majed Al-Surour, CEO of Saudi Golf and the Saudi Golf Federation, pointed to the increasing number of members of the Ladies First Club initiative presented by , pointing out that the number of members exceeded 10,000 players.

Al-Sorour went to talk about several partnerships concluded by “Golf Saudi Arabia” to develop the sport of golf, in partnership with the Ministry of Education to train students in schools and universities, as part of a strategy to expand the number of practitioners of the game.

At the beginning of the press conference held at the media center at the Royal Greens Club and Stadium, which will host the competitions, Al-Sorour expressed his happiness with the launch of the second edition of the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship, presented by the Public Investment Fund, and the growing interest from European Tour players to participate in the global event.

Al-Sorour said: The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund has proven to be one of the most important tournaments of the European Tour for women, with the participation of a group of the best international golf players who have won many major tournaments for the second year in a row. This year inspiring more female players in the Kingdom to practice golf.

While the Danish title holder, Emily Christine Pedersen, commented on her return to the Kingdom to defend her title, saying: “I am happy to be back in the Kingdom to participate in the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund and the Aramco Team Championship Series. I have achieved positive results in the past, and I hope to succeed in repeating last year’s achievement, and become the only player to win the title in the Kingdom.”

Pedersen added: “The support of Saudi Golf and Aramco for women’s golf through these two tournaments is wonderful, and gives us the motivation as players to participate and develop the sport of golf around the world, and we hope that other major players will follow suit.”

New Zealander Lydia Koe expressed her enthusiasm for participating in the tournament for the first time, saying: “I heard many positive things about last year’s edition, specifically the Royal Greens Club and Stadium, where I trained this morning, and it impressed me with the beauty of its design. The winds blew strong and I hope that the situation is different throughout the days of the championship.”

Coe said: “Participation in the Women’s European Tour gives us many opportunities, one of which is to visit different countries around the world, which I love, so I am happy to be in the Kingdom for the first time, and I look forward to providing excellent results in the tournament.”

Moroccan Maha Al-Hadawi, who is the first Arab player on the women’s European tour, said: “The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championships and the Aramco Team Championship Series have a great impact on women’s golf, and such tournaments will provide an opportunity for many women and girls to see the best world players, and to train with them. In addition to playing alongside them in the Aramco Team Series tournaments.”

The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship and the Aramco International Team Championship Series constitute the week-long season for female sports stars under the umbrella of the Women’s European Tour, where the players will compete for the prize pool of $2 million.

The Sports Stars season highlights Saudi women’s achievements in various sports fields, to reflect the goals of Saudi Golf and the Saudi Golf Federation in line with Vision 2030 in increasing the number of sports practices.

The events will be launched through the “Saudi Aramco Women’s International Golf Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund” from 4 to 7 November, with the participation of 100 players from around the world, who will face the opportunity to win the title and get the largest share of the tournament prize that reaches to a million US dollars.

Followed by the “Aramco Championship Series for Teams” from November 10 to 12, which is the last round of the global series that had started from London through Sotogrande in Spain to New York. The series is a new concept in golf, comprising of four tournaments approved on the Women’s European Tour earlier this year. The tournament system is based on the participation of teams, each of which includes three professional players and one player ranked in the amateur category, and the teams compete to win a prize money of 800,000 US dollars, in addition to 200,000 dollars for the best individual rate during the weekend.

It is noteworthy that tickets to attend the two tournaments are free and are now available for those wishing to watch the competitions.

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