Golf… The return of the Hassan II Award and the Lalla Meryem Cup

Logo of the Hassan II Prize and Lalla Meryem Cup tournaments


The Royal Moroccan Golf Federation and the Hassan II Awards Association, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, organize the 47th Hassan II Golf Awards and the 26th Lalla Meryem Cup, at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salaam in Rabat, from 6 to 11 February 2023.

By the way, in a statement to the university, the following was stated:

Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God grant him victory and support, the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation and the Hassan II Prize Association, under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, organize the forty-seventh edition of the Hassan II Golf Prize and the twenty-sixth edition of the Lalla Meryem Cup, on the courses of the Royal Golf Dar Peace in Rabat, from February 6 to 11, 2023.

Since its inception in 1971, the Hassan II Award has attracted some of the world’s best professional players. And after becoming a well-established date in the international golf agenda, this prestigious tournament enters a new era with the Professional Golfers’ Association Champions League, which hosts the most famous senior players in the world of golf. Colin Montgomery, José-Maria Olazabal, Bernard Langer and David Toms, stars among the 66 legendary heroes expected to attend this exceptional edition of the Hassan II Award, the major sporting event organized under the slogan The Return of the Champions is. Many of them have competed on the magnificent red carpet courses before, and even some of them have won the famous dagger in previous tournaments.

The Lalla Meryem Cup, which is one of the European Women’s League tournaments, will also bring together some of the best European golfers who will compete on the Blue Course. Among the 96 players who will compete for the championship title, this tournament will witness the participation of a record number of Moroccan champions, led by Ines Lakalech, winner of the Lacoste Women’s Open Championship in France in 2022, who has qualified to enter the Association to play. of professional golfers in 2023, and Maha Haddioui, who previously represented Morocco twice in the Olympics, and Malak Bourida, the first Moroccan player to qualify to compete in the US Women’s Open Championship.

The fact that these two tournaments are held simultaneously and at the same location continues the tradition of organizing a men’s and women’s tournament at the same time. This is the tradition established in 1993 by His Majesty the late King Hassan II, the founder of the two tournaments.

Young people will also be present in this tournament, where a special competition for young people will be organized in a professional-amateur format on the green course with golfers belonging to the “First Tee” program and professional players. The “First Tea” program, which is very popular in the United States of America, is a non-profit organization founded in 1997, which makes it possible to understand and confront many societal problems by teaching life skills through the practice of golf.

As usual, this great event will be free for everyone to attend. Watching sports on the courses, enjoying club spaces, restaurants, entertainment programs in addition to playing spaces will all ensure that the largest possible number of visitors will have a wonderful experience that will allow them to discover golf in an enjoyable sporting atmosphere .

The efforts made by the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation and the Hassan II Golf Award Association to ensure the success of these events testify to a firm desire to succeed and work to promote the culture and practice of golf to promote in Morocco. seeks to enhance the tourist attraction of the Kingdom as a golf country par excellence.

The communiqué of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation also stated that this university, which has been under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid since January 2018, and was founded on March 12, 1960, is a sports association that aims to provide the possibility to all to offer to practice golf, in all its forms. It ensures compliance with the ethical codes set out by the international sports movement, especially the International Golf Federation and the Golf Confederation of Africa.

His tasks are:

Promotion and development of the practice of golf

Organize and hold competitions

To put golf practice systems in place

Training and assurance of professionalism in the various golf professions

Keep up with the professional players

Supervising golfers of the highest level

Regarding the Hassan II Golf Awards Association, the communication indicated that it is a sports association of public benefit, established on September 4, 2002 and chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, who also heads the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation.

The Hassan II Golf Award Association organizes national and international golf competitions in aid of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation, and works to promote this sport in Morocco by strengthening the Kingdom’s position as an important destination for golf at the international level.

Finally, the communication indicated that the preservation of the gains achieved and the continuation of innovation constitute the sum of the values ​​that form part of the development process towards the achievement of excellence, towards which the Hassan II Golf Award Association aims.

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