Women's golf events in Saudi Arabia set for November
JEDDAH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will host professional golf tournaments for women for the first time ever in November at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Jeddah.
The Saudi Ladies International will be the first Ladies European Tour (LET) event to take place in the country and will run from Nov. 12-15, with a purse of $1 million, the third-highest paying event after the British and Scottish Open.
It was originally scheduled for March but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is set to attract more than 100 participants, including Wales’ Amy Boulden, who won her maiden LET event at this month’s Swiss Open.
It will be followed by the Nov. 17-19 Saudi Ladies Team International, in which professionals will team up with amateurs and compete for a purse of $500,000.
The events will be Saudi Arabia’s third and fourth professional tournaments in the past two years, having staged the Saudi International men’s event in 2019 and 2020.
“We are extremely excited to be part of history in bringing the first-ever professional women’s golf event to Saudi Arabia and we are thankful to their commitment to deliver not one but two tournaments, in what has been a difficult year for golf,” LET CEO Alexandra Armas chief said.