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Abu Dhabi-based 12-year-old Maya wins title in Scotland

Abu Dhabi-based Maya Palanza Gaudin. Emirates Golf Federation

By Matt Smith
The conveyor belt of young UAE-based talent continues to roll as Abu Dhabi’s Maya Palanza Gaudin took the title at the US Kids European Championship (Girls, 12-years-old Category) at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick, outside Edinburgh, Scotland.

Born in Ethiopia, the 12-year-old, who has lived in the UAE capital with her parents and younger sister for 10 years, plays off a 2.7 handicap and was the 2021 Ladies champion at Yas Links Golf Club, Abu Dhabi.

In typically Scottish weather — cold, damp and windy — Maya prevailed over a tough course thanks to a determined display.

She shot 72, 74, 74 for a four-over total of 220 played over the 4,507 yards, par 72 layout, to win by four strokes.

The next international event on Maya’s schedule is the US Kids Golf World Championships in July at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, in the US.

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