Historic Ladies European Tour event, the first-ever professional women’s golf tournament in the Kingdom, finds new date from Oct.8-11 October.
The inaugural Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund, the first female professional golf tournament to be played in Saudi Arabia, has been rearranged for 8-11 October, 2020, following its postponement last month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A new date for the $1 million event at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club was agreed by tournament promoters and owners, Golf Saudi, and the Ladies European Tour (LET), which will see some of the world’s finest golfing talent arrive on Saudi shores for the historic occasion.
Yasir O Al Rumayyan, Chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said: “It gives me great pleasure to confirm that we are working towards a new date of Oct. 8-11 for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund. “We will, of course, continue to work closely with health authorities both domestically and across the region in the interim but are hopeful that we will be able to bring this momentous occasion to Saudi Arabia in six months’ time.
“As we focus upon the necessary precautions, we would like to pay particular thanks to all of our sponsors, partners and players, who have shown unwavering commitment through these unprecedented times and it is due to their support that we are now able to announce a revised date for this landmark occasion.“
The October tournament will be a watershed moment for the country and will mark the first time that professional female golfers have played there competitively, breaking new ground in Saudi Arabia’s ongoing transformation as part of Vision 2030.
The LET reiterated its commitment to visiting Saudi Arabia following recent developments and echoed Golf Saudi’s calls to ensure the inaugural tournament lives up to its billing.
The tournament will see a field of 108 LET professionals contest one of the richest prizes on the LET schedule.
Alexandra Armas, LET CEO, said: “Postponing the inaugural Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund, originally scheduled to take place in March, was a difficult decision, however we have been extremely impressed by Golf Saudi’s commitment to working through the challenges and making this historic event happen.
“We would like to thank all stakeholders for their incredible support, and I am sure that this fantastic new tournament will be one of the major highlights of 2020.”
One of the richest tournaments on the LET schedule, the hosting of the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s commitment to increase golf participation significantly in the years to come through the world’s most ambitious development programme. The Kingdom already has a strong track record when it comes to staging high-level sporting fixtures, including major football, boxing, motorsport and equestrian events.
The Saudi Golf Federation is the governing body for golf in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, responsible for handicapping, the development of golf as a sport and for delivering national tournaments.
Based in Riyadh, the Federation is a full member of the Council of National Golf Unions and is committed to fully developing the game for all its citizens and residents.
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