By Kent Gray
The landmark Saudi Ladies International has a new date after being postponed in late March following the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The $1 million Ladies European Tour event, the first professional women’s golf tournament in the Kingdom, will now be played at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club from October 8-11.
“It gives me great pleasure to confirm that we are working towards a new date of October 8-11 for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund,” Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi Chairman, His Excellency Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, said in a statement.
“We will, of course, continue to work closely with health authorities both domestically and across the region in the interim but are hopeful that we will be able to bring this momentous occasion to Saudi Arabia in six months’ time.
“As we focus upon the necessary precautions, we would like to pay particular thanks to all of our sponsors, partners and players, who have shown unwavering commitment through these unprecedented times and it is due to their support that we are now able to announce a revised date for this landmark occasion.“
The October tournament will be a watershed moment for the country, breaking new ground in Saudi Arabia’s ongoing transformation as part of Vision 2030.
The LET reiterated its commitment to visiting Saudi Arabia following recent developments and echoed Golf Saudi’s calls to ensure the inaugural tournament lives up to its billing.
“…We have been extremely impressed by Golf Saudi’s commitment to working through the challenges and making this historic event happen,” said LET CEO Alexandra Armas.
“We would like to thank all stakeholders for their incredible support, and I am sure that this fantastic new tournament will be one of the major highlights of 2020.”