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Saudi Arabia to Stage 1st Women's Pro Golf Event in March

Saudi Arabia to Stage 1st Women's Pro Golf Event in March

Friday, 13 December, 2019 - 06:00
Professional women golf players. Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia will host its first professional women's golf tournament in 2020 with a prize fund of $1 million and with 108 professionals participants.

The Jeddah Royal Greens Golf and Country Club will stage the March 19-22 tournament, featuring three-time Tour winner Carly Booth.

Booth and four of her fellow professionals have agreed to act as ambassadors for the tournament.

"I'm looking forward to being part of history with the other ladies on the tour," said 27-year-old Booth.

"I have visited Saudi Arabia on a number of occasions and been lucky enough to spend some time teaching local women and girls how to play."

In a press release announcing the ladies competition, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said: “We are delighted to be creating history by hosting the inaugural ladies professional tournament in March."

"I hope the tournament will inspire many women to take up the great game of golf and awaken their interest in this wonderful sport. We warmly welcome all the players to the Kingdom and wish everyone a rewarding experience in our magical country.”

The men's European Tour made its first foray into Saudi Arabia this year.

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