Women’s event in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Golf Club will host the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship.

THE 2021 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship will be held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates from November 10-13.

The news came in an announcement from the R&A and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation.

To this end, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said: “After the disruption caused by the pandemic over the last 18 months, we are excited to be staging the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific at such a fantastic venue in Abu Dhabi.

“It is more important than ever to provide opportunities for elite women amateurs to compete in Asia-Pacific and we look forward to another thrilling championship in November.”

Emirates Golf Federation chairman Shaikh Fahim Sultan Al Qasimi added: “As a member of the Asia-Pacific Confederation, we are delighted to welcome this prestigious championship to the United Arab Emirates for the first time.

“It is an honour to support the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation and the R&A to advance our shared mission of driving golf’s growth and development, and we look forward to hosting these talented amateurs at one of our finest courses.”

In 2018 Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul became the first winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific.

Now on the Ladies European Tour and still only 18, she said: “The championship provides the opportunity for the best amateur golfers in the region to play and compete on an amazing stage with the ultimate prize – the opportunity to play in Major championships, a thrill for any aspiring young golfer.”

Two players from that first field have gone on to win Major titles.

Patty Tavatanakit, 21, also of Thailand won the ANA Inspiration in April and 19-year-old Yuka Saso of the Philippines won the US Women’s Open in June.

The event, called off last year because of the pandemic, saw home favourite Yuka Yasuda of Japan capture the crown in 2019.

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