The UAE players pose for a picture with Coach April Varney.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Six UAE golfers will compete in the 2023 Singha Thailand Ladies Amateur Open at Lotus Valley Golf Resort. Representing the team will be Alia Al Emadi (19yrs – UAE), Sara Ali (14yrs. – UAE), Intissar Rich (23yrs. – Morocco), Anca Mateiu (14yrs. – Romania), Hannah Alan (17yrs. – India), and Jamie Camero (17yrs. – Philippines).
The 2023 Singha Thailand Ladies Amateur Open will host 105 female golfers with individual players and teams from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the UAE.
The championship will have two formats of play, one individual play, and one team play. The individual format will be played over 54 holes, stroke play, and the team format will be played over 36 holes.
Three players in each team with their two lowest scores in each round will make up the scoring for the team division.
Activities of the championship started on the 29th with player registration, the opening ceremony, and the first two practice rounds. The opening ceremony was attended by officials and delegations of the Thailand Golf Association. The Open champion winner will receive a replica of the Queen Rambhai Barni trophy. The championship team winner will receive the Prime Minister of Thailand trophy.
“It is important for the Emirates Golf Federation to support all UAE-based golfers in our mission to grow the game of golf within the UAE. These ladies are some of the top amateur golfers in the UAE and we look forward to seeing them compete on the international stage.
“On behalf of the Emirates Golf Federation, I’d like to wish these ladies all the best in representing the UAE well,” said General Abdullah Al Hashmi, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation commented leading up to the championship.
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CEO Mauro Gianetti emphasised the team's role in driving positive social impact and supporting the UAE's decarbonisation goals through a comprehensive sustainability programme.