Al Hamra Golf Club set to host region’s biggest junior amateur event

The Middle East’s biggest organiser of junior golf tournaments, Golf Events Management, is delivering on its promise to bring world class amateur events to the United Arab Emirates with the announcement that the new UAE World Amateur Junior Golf Championship will be held at Al Hamra Golf Club from December 9 – 12.

The UAE World Amateur Junior Golf Championship will open up an opportunity for some of the best junior amateur golfers from around the world to compete in a World Amateur Golf Ranking-sanctioned event.

Amateur players up to the age of 19 will go head-to-head over the immaculate Peter Harradine-designed course, which has previously hosted the stars of the European Challenge Tour for their Grand Final in 2018, over four days with separate competitions for boys and girls.

As well as competing for highly sought-after WAGR points, the tournament also offers players a chance to secure their spot on the Global Junior Golf Ranking and the Junior Scoreboard Ranking, which allows amateurs to check their position amongst players from more than 80 countries worldwide.

The new tournament is a first-of-its-kind in the country and will be held annually due to a collaboration between Golf Events Management, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and Al Hamra Golf Club.

From L-R: Christopher Hewett (Vice President- Hospitality, Al Hamra Village), Paul Booth (Al Hamra Golf Club, General Manager), Raki Phillips (RAKTDA CEO), Ali Kalbat (Golf Events Management, General Manager), Abedallah Shana’ah (Golf Events Management, Managing Director).

Paul Booth, General Manager of Al Hamra Golf Club said: “Al Hamra Golf Club is delighted to again partner with Golf Events Management, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Troon, to deliver the first Official World Amateur Golf Ranking Junior Championship in the country, we are especially pleased to showcase the wonderful Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

“This new annual event will give young talented golfers worldwide, the opportunity to test themselves against other aspiring golfers.”

The announcement of the tournament is another big step for Golf Events Management’s Managing Director, Abedallah Shana’ah, in giving amateur golfers a taste of top-class events in the region.

Shanah’ah set up the Junior Open Masters Tour in 2018, the only global ranking junior tour in the region, in a bid to help players become recognised on the world stage. With the UAE World Amateur Golf Championship being officially sanctioned by the WAGR he is well on his way to that goal.

“We are proud to host an event of this scale in cooperation with the highest golf ranking organisation in the world for amateurs and other junior global ranking organisations,” said Shana’ah, who will also serve as Tournament Director. “The UAE World Amateur Junior Golf Championship will be one of the major tournaments for juniors, not only in the region but also in the world, and we’re delighted that RAKTDA and Al Hamra Golf Club share our vision of delivering world class amateur events to the region.

“The partnership with RAKTDA will showcase Ras Al Khaimah as one of the main international destinations for golf, offering an abundance of fantastic facilities for players and tourists.

“It also allows us to develop and market the UAE as one of the main destinations for golf in the world.”

Ali Kalbat, General Manager of Golf Events Management: “This competition will offer the best young golfers in the region a chance to compete against their counterparts globally, and we will be sure to market this event to the entire region, positioning it to become one of the biggest events in junior golf. “We are so proud that we are the first national company to establish an event of this high standing within the region, in cooperation with our main partners RAKTDA and Al Hamra Golf Club. We will continue to develop this event to become one of the best and biggest not only in the region but in the world.

“The main goal of this event is to introduce juniors to a professional golfing environment, help potential players to compete in high-class ranked events with their counterparts from across the world and to lead juniors to the path of professional golf.”

4th hole of Al Hamra Golf Club

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority: “RAKTDA is increasing its focus on the sports and adventure tourism event segment with the introduction of a range of outdoor events that take advantage of the diverse natural landscape.

“This includes world-class events such as; the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, which welcomed more than 5,000 runners in February, Tough Mudder and Desert Warrior, in addition to several hiking challenges and events in Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak.

“We are pleased to welcome young golfers and their families to Ras Al Khaimah, which is truly a great place to combine watching sport with an exciting stay.”




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