Generations of golf clash in Doha
11 Nov 2016 - 8:36
The fairways of Doha Golf Club are set for a spectacle of talent from 23 – 26 November, as golf’s young stars Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Carly Booth and Aditi Ashok confirm their place in this month’s inaugural Qatar Ladies Open (QLO), alongside famed players Trish Johnson, Dame Laura Davies and Anna Nordqvist.
A full field of players will compete in Qatar’s first women’s professional golf tournament from 23-26 November for a chance to climb the 2016 Order of Merit rankings before the year is out. The Ladies European Tour (LET) tournament, held in Qatar for the first time, is thanks to the Qatar Golf Association.
Swedish star Anna Nordqvist has committed herself to the (QLO), sparking excitement amongst golf fans across the region, as the LPGA player and world number 13 looks to bolster her 2016 campaign.
Fan favourite Carly Booth, who already has two LET wins under her belt, will no doubt be planning to make it a hat-trick as she competes in Doha for the first time.
The QLO will also welcome the much-talked about Aditi Ashok from India this November. At age 17, Ashok became the youngest lady winner of LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School last year.Dutch talent Anne Van Dam will be aiming to maintain top form after winning last month’s Xiamen International Ladies Open.
LET pro Maha Haddioui and amateur Lina Belmati will both be flying the flag for Morocco and Arabic women in golf, as the pair are set to feature at the QLO. The European talent continues with Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen, 21, who completed her first LET Rookie season in 2015 with six top-ten finishes in 16 tournaments, before claiming her first professional victory at Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic this year.
Koerstz's 20-year-old Danish compatriot Emily Kristine Pedersen, is another rising star who spectators should keep an eye out for.
Isabelle Boineau of France, who recently claimed her first title at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, will bolster the French constituency as she joins Gwladys Nocera.
Tour legend Nocera will be hunting for her milestone 15th LET title, but will face stiff competition from two greats of the game in Dame Laura Davis and Trish Johnson, who pipped Nocera to win the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.
Dame Laura Davies has amassed 80 international titles, including four major championships which saw her inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The ultimate new event to be-seen at, this latest addition to Doha’s calendar promises a unique four days of entertainment, both on and off the golf course, including delicious cuisine, golf and sports activities, family fun, exciting competitions, and more.
Commenting on the headlining field and world-class entertainment, Mr. Hassan Nasser Al Naimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association said,
“We are tremendously excited to bring the Qatar Ladies Open to the residents of Qatar in what is teeing up to be the capital’s ultimate new event to see and be-seen at. Promising a combination of inspiring young up-and-coming athletes and legends of the game, as well as supreme golfing facilities, off-course entertainment and delicious cuisine, the Qatar Ladies Open will provide the perfect day out for families and friends.”