The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Golf Championship returns to the Kingdom in March for its third edition
The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship will feature some of the world’s best players, led by defending New Zealand star Lydia Koe, as well as players who have won major titles 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 was brought forward eight months from its usual date, allowing the European tour to visit the Kingdom on two different occasions hosted by the Royal Greens Club and Stadium in King Abdullah Economic City, where the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship will start in mid-March, followed by the Aramco series of championships for teams in November.
This year is unique for the Women’s European Tour, as the total prize pool for all Aramco Women’s golf tournaments under the European Tour umbrella will be $5 million, with $1 million per tournament. This is the biggest prize in the history of the Women’s European Tour.
Commenting on the tournament announcement, Mr. Majed Al-Sorour, Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation, and Saudi Golf said: “We are delighted to host the best female golf players in the world in King Abdullah Economic City, as they participate in the third edition of the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship. Presented by the Public Investment Fund next March.By hosting the largest international tournaments, we aspire to raise the level of golf on a global scale and inspire a new generation of golf players in the Kingdom.The last two editions of the tournament contributed to a qualitative shift in the crossing of women’s golf to new horizons. In addition to the spread of golf more in the Kingdom.”
Alexandra Armas, CEO of the Women’s European Tour, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be back in Saudi Arabia and to the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Golf Championship presented by the Public Investment Fund. Without a doubt, every tournament under the Women’s European Tour held at Royal Greens Club and Stadium has achieved A great 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, which results from the participation of female players in the Kingdom, and we carry many beautiful memories from the first edition in 2020, the most important of which is inspiring more than 1,000 Saudi women and girls to join the Ladies Club first, and giving them the opportunity to learn golf for the first time. We are proud of that and the success that has been achieved motivates us to continue and we look forward to returning and engaging more of them in golf.”
“The addition of the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship to the calendar of the Women’s European Tour is a significant milestone,” said Norwegian Marianne Skårbenord, a five-times European Tour champion and participant in the past two editions, and winner of the singles prize at the inaugural Aramco Team Championship Series in London. For us as players, these tournaments confirm that they are an investment that stimulates women’s participation in sports. The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship has proven to be the best so far in the tour, and Royal Greens Club and Stadium has a special and different character and we all look forward to playing in it.”
Commenting on the launch of the tournament, Mr. Talal Al-Marri, Director General of Public Affairs at Saudi Aramco, said: “Competitions like these make a difference in the field of sports, and we are proud to be part of this. The Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship has changed the women’s game scene in line with Our efforts to support women’s empowerment in Saudi Aramco.Our sponsorship of these tournaments now represents a continuation of our association with this sport since the 1940s, when Saudi Aramco built the first golf course in the Kingdom.”
Tickets for the Saudi Aramco Women’s International Championship are available free of charge, and those who wish to obtain them and know more details visit the website: www.golfsaudi.com