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Exclusive: Dubai’s rising star Chiara Noja shifts gear with Aramco Team Series events — with Bangkok up first

By Matt Smith

Chiara Noja, Dubai’s latest professional golfer, is ready to rack up the air miles as she has confirmed she will be playing in all five legs of the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour this season.

German 16-year-old Chiara, who now calls Dubai home, turned professional following last year’s Dubai Moonlight Classic and has impressed over the past few months, including finishing T-13 at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in March.

Now she is ready to mix it with the world’s best again, beginning on May 12-14 when the inaugural Aramco Team Series – Bangkok takes place before events in London (June 16-18), Sotogrande (August 18-20) and New York (October 13-15) before the finale in Jeddah on November 9-11.

“This is such an amazing opportunity and I have an exciting few months ahead,” Chiara told Gold Digest Middle East. “I am really looking forward to teeing it up! Lots of new countries and new memories await.”

Other stars confirmed for the $1 million Aramco event in Bangkok include local hopes world No. 14 Patty Tavatanakit, former world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister and world No. 42 Moriya Jutanugarn.

The Aramco Team Series has been expanded to five events this season after last year’s successful debut, with Bangkok having the honour of hosting the opening event, where four-player teams compete for the title while the golfers also fight it out for individual honours. Using a draft system, each team captain picks their first player, before being randomly allocated a third professional and an amateur.

This season will also see a revised format for the event with the team event taking place over the first two days, with the third round for individuals making the cut in a last-day shootout.

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