“International” golf stars compete again in the Aramco Championship
Al-Sorour is proud of the qualitative leap… and Talal Al-Marri: Our aim is to make a difference in this sport
Thursday – 29 Rajab 1443 AH – 03 March 2022 AD Issue No. [
A group of international women’s players will participate in the “Saudi Aramco” golf tournament (Middle East).
Jeddah: “Middle East”
The organizing committee of the Saudi Aramco International Women’s Golf Championship has announced the launch of its third edition from March 17-20, with a total prize pool of one million dollars.
The World Championship, presented by the Public Investment Fund, is one of the European Tour tournaments for women.
The Saudi Aramco International Women’s Championship will feature the participation of some of the world’s best players, led by defending New Zealand star Lydia Ko, alongside major title winners such as Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall, Solheim Cup stars Carlotta Seganda and Bronte Lowe, in addition to players who have won titles. In the European Tour Championships, such as: Marianne Scarpenord, Olivia Cowan, Pauline Rossin Bouchard, Steve Kiriakou, Anne Van Dam, and the Danish 2020 champion Emily Kristen Pedersen.
The date for this year’s edition has been brought forward eight months from its usual date, allowing the European Tour to visit the Kingdom on two separate occasions hosted by the Royal Greens Club and Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City, where the Saudi Aramco International Women’s Championship will start in mid-March, followed by a series of Aramco Team Championships in November.
This year is unique for the Women’s European Tour as the total prize money for all Aramco Women’s Golf tournaments under the umbrella of the European Tour will be $5 million, with one million dollars for each tournament. This is the biggest prize in the history of the European Women’s tournament.
For his part, Majed Al-Sorour, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation and Gulf Saudi, said: “We are pleased to host the best female golfers in the world at King Abdullah Economic City as they participate in the third edition of the Saudi Aramco International Women’s Championship presented by the Investment Fund next March. By hosting the world’s biggest tournaments, we aim to raise the level of golf on a global scale and inspire a new generation of golfers in the Kingdom. The last two editions of the tournament have contributed to a qualitative leap in the transition of women’s golf to new heights, in addition to the wider distribution of golf in the Kingdom.”
Alexandra Armas, CEO of the Ladies European Tour, said: “I am delighted to be back in Saudi Arabia and for the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Golf Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund. Without a doubt, every tournament on the Women’s European Tour held at the Royal Greens Club and Stadium has been a huge success, and we are all looking forward to the tournament week, especially the players, which is natural given the strength of the participating names, the prizes offered by the tournament, the wonderful stadium and the privileged location.”
Armas added: “We feel the positive impact of women’s golf, resulting from the participation of female players in the Kingdom, and we carry many beautiful memories of the first edition in 2020, the most important of which is inspiring more than 1,000 Saudi women. and girls to first participate in the membership of the Ladies Club, and give them the opportunity to learn golf for the first time. We are proud of it and the success achieved motivates us to continue and we look forward to it to come back and get involved. more of them in golf.”
“The addition of the Saudi Aramco International Championship to the women’s European Tour calendar is an incredible event,” said Norway’s Marianne Skårbenord, five-time European Tour champion, competitor in the past two editions and winner of the individual prize at the inaugural Aramco Team Championship Series in London. This is important for us as players, as these tournaments confirm that it is an investment that stimulates the participation of women in sport. The Saudi Aramco International Championship has proven to be the best so far among the tour’s tournaments, and the Royal Greens Club and Stadium has a special and different character and we are all looking forward to playing in it.
Commenting on the launch of the tournament, Talal Al-Marri, General Manager of Public Affairs at Saudi Aramco, said: “Such competitions contribute to making a difference in the field of sport, and we are proud to be a part of this. With our efforts to support women’s empowerment in Saudi Aramco. Our sponsorship of these tournaments now represents a continuation of our commitment to this sport since the 1940s, when Saudi Aramco built the first golf course in the Kingdom.”