JEDDAH: Historical past was made for girls’s golf and the Kingdom when Danish golfer Emily Kristine Pedersen walked off with the primary Aramco Girls Worldwide title on November 15.
The $1 million event, performed at Royal Greens Golf & Nation Membership in King Abdullah Financial Metropolis (KAEC), was the primary time that ladies’s aggressive golf had been performed in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Girls Workforce Worldwide adopted per week later and, constructing on the success of that competitors, Saudi Arabia has introduced the addition of 4 new Girls European Tour (LET) tournaments set to happen this yr.
The Aramco Workforce Collection can be held in New York, London, Singapore and KAEC, with every event carrying a $1 million prize fund.
The collection follows the success of the Aramco Saudi Girls Worldwide, introduced by the Public Funding Fund, at Saudi Arabia’s Royal Greens Golf & Nation Membership final November.
“That is unbelievable information for international sport, for girls’s golf and for Saudi Arabia,” stated Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi. “Following the success of the Aramco Saudi Girls Worldwide, we’re dedicated to constructing the ladies’s recreation and selling feminine participation in sport in Saudi Arabia. I hope this collection conjures up folks of all cultures and backgrounds to take up the game and generate enthusiasm for the good recreation of golf.”
The funding by Aramco, as headline sponsor, together with Golf Saudi and the assist of different Saudi companions makes Saudi Arabia one of many largest backers of the ladies’s recreation in Europe at the moment.
The primary of the 4 tournaments will happen in New York, adopted by one in London and Singapore earlier than culminating in a season finale on the Royal Greens Golf & Nation Membership.
Girls European Tour CEO, Alexandra Armas, noticed the settlement as the beginning of a brand new journey within the historical past of the LET.
“This model new Aramco Workforce Collection takes golf and the game to a complete new degree and I’m extremely excited by all 4 occasions,” Armas stated. “Final November, the LET made historical past in bringing the first-ever skilled ladies’s golf occasion to Saudi Arabia, and this announcement solely builds on that. By including 4 new crew occasions to our schedule for 2021, the Girls European Tour will add a complete new dynamic for each the gamers competing and the spectators, taking golf to newly engaged audiences throughout the globe.”
Ahmed A. Al-Subaey, Aramco vp of promoting, gross sales and provide planning, stated the oil big might additional advance gender equality and encourage future generations of feminine sports activities stars.
“It’s one other instance of our dedication to range and inclusion, which is mirrored in our many gifted feminine staff, scientists and engineers. Our sponsorship of this golf collection not solely raises international consciousness of our contribution on this discipline however may even promote constructive values related to the game amongst communities in Saudi Arabia and world wide.”
The 4 tournaments will type an essential a part of a record-breaking LET schedule, which is ready to be introduced within the coming weeks.
Groups of 4 will compete within the tournaments, each performed over 54 holes. Captains will recruit one fellow Tour professional by a draft system much like the NFL and NBA. One other Tour skilled can be chosen at random, whereas all groups will embody one newbie participant.
Prize cash for the profitable crew can be cut up between its three professional members.
The Aramco Workforce Collection picks up the place final November’s groups occasion left off, being the primary ever common tour occasion the place scores of newbie opponents have a direct bearing on the ultimate outcome.