The UAE national golf team will kick off their campaign at the 37th Arab Golf Championship on Wednesday at the newly-opened Ayla Golf Club in Aqaba, Jordan.
Over 52 players from the the Arab Golf Federation will compete in the four-day event with Khalid Yousuf, Ahmed Skaik, and Abdulwahed Al Qasem representing the UAE.
The Ayla Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course designed by the legendary Greg Norman.
During the first week of October, the Ayla Golf Club hosted their first professional event which was the MENA Tour’s “Jordan’s Ayla Golf Championship”.
Both Yousuf and Skaik played in the MENA Tour event which provided some much-needed course experience for this Arab Golf Championship.
The UAE team are targeting the top spot in Jordan having had a solid three-month preparation period that included a strong practice schedule and appearances at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship in New Zealand and the 2017 Nomura Cup in Malaysia.
Yousuf and Skaik will be looking to battle at the top of the leaderboard in the Individual Category, while Al Qasem playing in his first Arab Golf Championship will be looking to provide a strong third score for the Team Category.
The UAE Team will be accompanied by Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi (Emirates Golf Federation Chairman and Arab Golf Federation Chairman), Adel Zarouni (Emirates Golf Federation Vice Chairman and Arab Golf Federation Vice Chairman), and Khalid Mubarak Al Shamsi (Emirates Golf Federation Secretary General).
The Championship is run over four rounds (November 29 – December 2), the best three scores in a team of four are counted toward each round. Individual scores of players from each country are also recognized for individual gold, silver, and bronze medals.
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