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Alia Al Emadi, who recently won the Presidents Cup, has experience attending APGC events.

A team of four has been appointed by the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) to represent the UAE, the host nation, at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) Championship taking place November 10-13 in Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Alia Al Emadi and Hamda Al Suwaidi, who were regular members of the national team, will lead the challenge and for the first time the EGF has nominated two foreign players from the Asia-Pacific region – Indian Natalii Gupta and Hannah Cheryl Alan – to play under the flag of the United Arab Emirates.

Organized by the R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), WAAP has become an important championship on the calendar for players, with the Champion places at major championships – the AIG Women’s Open and the Amundi Evian Championship – as well as an invitation to participate in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Hana Bank Championship.

Z u The top amateurs who have already confirmed their participation include the Korean Youmin Hwang, who is the top player in the field at 5th place in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). She is joined by the Chinese couple Xiaowen Yin, who finished 7th in the WAGR®, and Lei Ye, the 17th

Alia, who recently won the Presidents Cup, the most prestigious tournament in the EGF plan, has experience of participating in APGC events as part of the APGC Junior Championship 2019 in Japan, where she worked with her brother Rashid.

Hamada Al Suwaidi will compete in the 2021 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Abu Dhabi .

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She commented: “The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific is a real highlight for women golfers in the region and it is very exciting that it will be played in Abu Dhabi this year. It’s a great opportunity for us to play at home and compete against the best players in Asia Pacific.

“I know all the girls from the UAE want to play really well. We definitely have local knowledge in our favor. Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a tough challenge, but most of us have played it so we know where the dangers are. It will be a great experience for us and we will hopefully play well and learn a lot. ”

The 17-year-old Natali, who was born and raised in Dubai, took second place in the EGF Order after winning three Ladies Open of Merit 2019-2020 and was happy about the EGF nomination.

“The United Arab Emirates and the EGF have played a major role in my development as a player. I am amazed at the opportunity to compete under the flag of the United Arab Emirates in such a significant championship as the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific World Cup, and I hope to make them proud with my performance, ”said Gupta, his twin brother Arjun will represent India at the 2021 European Asian Championships. Pacific Amateur Championship.

The WAAP – won in its inaugural game by Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, who has now won ten professional titles, and Japanese Yuka Yasuda in 2019 – is returning to the international golf schedule after failing last year due to the pandemic .

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “One of our main goals for the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship is to enable the best women in the region to compete in a world class Participate in mastery and acquire all the knowledge and experience that brings.

“We have seen previous WAAP contestants win on the world’s largest stage, with Yuka Saso and Patty Tavatanakit both winning major championships this year. We hope that this year’s field, including these great UAE players, will be inspired by their achievements. “

Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) added:” In Abu Dhabi we’ve promoted the sport by hosting events ranging from grassroots football to elite professionals. We are excited to host the region’s elite amateurs for the first time and we are sure that the fantastic golf courses in Abu Dhabi will impress participants in the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific. ”

The WAAP was sponsored by The R&A and APGC is designed to discover emerging talent and provide Asia’s elite amateurs a path to the international stage. The R&A launched the Women in Golf Charter in 2018 and is committed to increasing the participation of women in the sport. The WAAP is one of several major championships run by the governing body and a major initiative with the APGC to promote the popularity of women’s golf in the region.

Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) added: “The EGF has actively invested in promoting women’s golf in the United Arab Emirates. Be it by signing the Women in Golf Charter of the R&A or hiring a coach to train the UAE national team. Our efforts with the National Junior Development Program (NJDP) are already paying off and it will be a great motivation for them to play in a championship like the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific. ”

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