Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen won the top prize in Saudi Arabia’s first professional women’s golf tournament, which attracted 108 international players over four days.
The Royal Greens Golf & Country Club — an 18-hole championship course overlooking the Red Sea in King Abdullah Economic City, near Jeddah — hosted the Aramco Saudi Ladies International Golf Tournament from 12 to 15 November.
State oil giant Saudi Aramco, chief sponsor of the event, said its aim was “to drive commitment to women’s inclusion in sports, as well as supporting the country objective of women empowerment”.
Chief executive Amin Nasser presented the trophy to Pedersen, who rallied late in the tournament to overcome a lead held by the UK's Georgia Hall.
Aramco has been promoting golf in the kingdom since the 1940s and the sport has become an important part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 modernisation strategy.
The women’s tournament was organised by Golf Saudi, which is working to “establish the most socially, economically and environmentally sustainable golf industry possible”, according to its website.
Yasir al Rumayyan, chairman of Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation, said “the central tenet of our national golf strategy is sustainability”.
Aramco’s vice president of corporate affairs Nabil al Nuaim said: “Aramco’s decision to sponsor Saudi Arabia’s first women’s golf tournament reflected its commitment to supporting the empowerment of the country’s female citizens, as well as promoting positive values in the community.”