Golf Championship: New Zealand’s KO wins first title in Saudi Arabia

Majed Al-Soour crowned the winners of the million dollar prize at Royal Greens

Yesterday, New Zealand player Lydia Ko flew the Saudi Aramco Women’s Golf Championship Cup, hosted by the Public Investment Fund and hosted by the Royal Greens Club and Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City, after taking first place amid an exciting competition between international professional stars for the game.

Majed Sorour, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Golf Federation and CEO of Gulf Saudi Arabia, crowned the New Zealand Star Coe with the championship trophy, in the presence of Amin Al-Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, Talal Al-Marri, general manager of public affairs at Aramco, Alexander Armas, chief executive of the European Women’s Tour, and Cyril Bayaya, chief executive of King Abdullah Economic City, and Mustafa Mneimneh, chief executive of Royal Greens Club and Stadium.

New Zealand’s Coe won the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Golf Championship after a strong performance throughout the tournament, topping her competition in 3 out of 4 days to score 23 under par and win her first title in the Kingdom .

Ko was able to win the championship and take most of her $ 1 million prize pool, while Thailand’s Athaya Thitikul finished second with 18 under par. Third place went to Spain’s Carlota Seganda and England’s Alice Hewson, who scored 13 under par.

The New Zealand Koo expressed her joy at the championship title. She confirmed that the Royal Greens Club Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City is one of the most beautiful stadiums she has participated in, and stated in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat: “Whenever. I take part in any tournament , I always strive to offer the best level, and if it succeeds, it will be something extra. ”

She added, “I struggled on the second day of the championship, and I had the determination to continue to return to the top with a high concentration of strikes, which contributed to the progress and my weather. regained the lead on the penultimate day and continue to do so and win the title. “

The New Zealander Coe praised the strong competition between the players and pointed out that it is due to the presence of a number of leading stars of the game and their ability to score good shots significantly below track mark.

On the other hand, “Gulf Saudi Arabia” has announced the launch of its latest initiative, which is represented in the “National Golf Week”, whose activities will begin during the period from 30 January to 6 February next year 2022. all segments of society of different ages, as it will witness the organization of many different events, aimed at providing new opportunities to try to practice the game in different regions around the Kingdom.

The announcement of the launch of National Golf Week comes as part of the initiatives of the Department of Joint Participation in Saudi Golf, as the Kingdom hosts the Saudi International Championship hosted by SoftBank Investment Consulting during the same week, which helps the to expand distribution. of this sport locally.

At the beginning of the week, all national golf clubs and facilities will provide all training aids that are able to give new practitioners and those familiar with the game the best sports and entertainment experience that will help spread their chances of playing more golf experiences. a wide number of places around the Kingdom.

The week also witnessed the provision of free training courses for those interested in developing their abilities, in addition to holding tournaments for schools in search of the discovery of young talents, as well as the emphasis on the positive effects of golf, especially with regard to to aspects of physical, psychological and social health.

The Saudi International Championship, hosted by SoftBank Investment Advisors, to be held from 3-6 February, as part of the Asian Tour competitions, will witness the launch of many events and initiatives aimed at enhancing the value of the To increase National Golf Week.

Among them is the organization of an art competition for school children, which gives the winners the opportunity to display their works in the charming 16th hole at the Royal Greens Stadium, in addition to the paintings around the stadium, which will be viewed via satellite broadcast . by a large number of the game’s fans around the world The players, with the aim of introducing new stars who are role models for future Saudi generations who want to play and professionalize the game.

Majed Al-Sorour, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Golf Federation and CEO of Golf Saudi, congratulated the new initiative and said: “We are now excited to launch National Golf Week, and we hope that this initiative will continue for years to come. ” He added: “We are eager in Gulf Saudi to stimulate the largest number of players. Of the boys of the country, not only to practice golf, but sports in general, and through the physical and mental exertion that golf requires, its practice increases self-confidence, and supports to play it within groups of opportunities to a to build a vibrant and enjoyable social life. “

Al-Sorour has indicated that the National Golf Week will support the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in terms of increasing the number of athletes in the country from all segments, regardless of sport level or age, and points to his zeal for an event next February to change to four all who participated in the achievement of golf in the Kingdom.

National Golf Week is an important part of the long-term strategy of golf in Saudi Arabia, and an important step in the management of collective participation. It also highlights the zeal of Golf Saudi Arabia to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. And enhance its opportunities in marketing the game by creating interest, and building experience and participation opportunities around the Kingdom, by creating and renewing opportunities and initiatives, including this week.

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