Salem Alabdallat is one of the top rising talents from the Arab golfing world.

Since he started representing his country of Jordan, in the Pan Arab Junior Championships two years ago. He was part of the winning boys U13 team being just 10 years old and he came fourth in the individual event. That was followed up with a tie for second in same division 12 months ago.

It’s hard to forget Salem’s other highlights. A third-place finish in the British Kids Championship when he was only nine, Egypt Junior Open Under 9 and 10 Champion, and the first Jordanian to win the Jordan Juniors Open at the age of 10.

Salem’s introduction to World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) came through at a U18 mixed event organised by Jordan Golf Federation last February where he won the 54-hole (3-day event) with scores of 74,72,72 becoming not only the youngest Jordanian and Arab on the WAGR, but also one of the youngest ranked among the world.

Salem Alabdallat

It is worth mentioning that the Arab Golf Federation (AGF) has an initiative to support and encourage its affiliates to make all their Opens WAGR events which include Junior and Mixed events. This will help Arab elite players of all ages and genders to climb up the WAGR ranking and give their players more opportunities to play bigger amateur events which ultimately will increase the number of Arab elites in Asian and Africa such as the Amateur Championships and World Amateur Team Championship in the near future

Salem is a success story thanks to the initiative that the Jordan Golf Federation started 4 years ago. A series of junior leagues for different divisions and categories according to the level where Salem has been named as one of biggest talents to arise from and a steady performer in the elite U18 division by winning many events, most importantly his is first win U18 in August 2020 as an 8 year old.

Salem is the second golfer to win a medal for Jordan following the footsteps of Arab and Jordan superstar Shergo Al Kurdi, after winning the bronze medal in the Egyptian Junior Championship U10  in 2019 at the age of 8.

Currently playing off a handicap of two, Salem considers Ayla Golf Club as his home course, while he also plays at Bisharat Golf Course (a sand golf course in Amman).

Image: Arab Golf Federation