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Boulden happy with changes in ladies golf

Play­ing with am­a­teurs who could be­come spon­sors can only be a good thing, she says

- BY ASH­LEY HAM­MOND Se­nior Re­porter

Chang­ing both Ladies Euro­pean Tour golf events in the UAE to Pro Ams will help a ‘strug­gling’ sport, ac­cord­ing to Welsh pro­fes­sional fe­male golfer Amy Boulden.

Both the Omega Dubai Ladies Clas­sic and the Fa­tima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi have switched from their usual sea­son-end­ing slots in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber — skip­ping 2018 — to in­stead re-emerge from Jan­uary 10-12 in Abu Dhabi and May 1-3 in Dubai.

Two events

The two events will also be­come three-round Pro Ams with Abu Dhabi be­ing played the week be­fore the men’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and Dubai turn­ing into a day-night tour­na­ment called the Moon­light Clas­sic, played over the flood­lit Faldo Course in­stead of the usual Ma­jlis Course, at Emi­rates Golf Club.

There had been al­low­ing am­a­teurs fears that into these ■ tour­na­ments would de­crease the pres­tige of pro­fes­sional events, but LET player Boulden wel­comed the move. “The Ladies Euro­pean Tour has been strug­gling so we need any event we can get,” she said on the side­lines of the re­cent David Lead­bet­ter Academy launch at Jebel Ali Golf Re­sort and Spa. “The UAE is prob­a­bly a good place to have Pro Am for­mats be­cause there’s so much money over here.

“For us, to get the chance to play with am­a­teurs and busi­ness peo­ple, and for them to have the chance to watch us up close, may make them want to put some money into the event.

“Play­ing with am­a­teurs who could pos­si­bly be­come spon­sors can only be a good thing. The Scot­tish Open was a suc­cess. To try and get more spon­sors would be a good idea.”

 ?? Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News Ar­chives ?? Al­manaara, who won the Listed Garhoud Sprint in 2016, looks to be the one to beat in the race that has at­tracted a strong field of ten run­ners.
Viren­dra Sak­lani/Gulf News Ar­chives Al­manaara, who won the Listed Garhoud Sprint in 2016, looks to be the one to beat in the race that has at­tracted a strong field of ten run­ners.
 ?? Cour­tesy: Organiser ?? Amy Boulden
Cour­tesy: Organiser Amy Boulden

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