Posted on November 11, 2016

The fairways of Doha Golf Club are set for a spectacle of talent from November 23 to 26, as golf's young stars Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Carly Booth and Aditi Ashok have confirmed 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 for a chance to climb the 2016 Order of Merit rankings before the year is out. The Ladies European Tour (LET) tournament is being held in Qatar for the first time 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 No. 13 looks to bolster her 2016 campaign. "My 2016 season has been very good and I look to cap it off with a win at the Qatar Ladies Open. I am very excited to play as it's my first time in Qatar," she said.

Fan favourite Carly Booth, who already has two LET wins under her belt, will aim to make it a hat-trick as she competes in Doha for the first time, joined by her Scottish compatriot Kylie Walker who's competed in 14 competitions this year. The Qatar Ladies Open will also welcome the much-talked about Aditi Ashok from India. At age 17, Aditi became the youngest lady winner of LET's Lalla Aicha Tour School last year, and was awarded the LET's Rookie of the Year 2016. Now 18, she's looking to make her mark on the LET in the Middle East. 

"Being part of this event in my rookie year and having the opportunity to compete against some of the best is great for me and I'm looking forward to it. It will be my first time to Qatar and I've heard great things about the course at Doha Golf Club so I can't wait to compete there. I'm also hoping I have the chance between practice to check out Qatar's attractions and culture I hear the waterfront is beautiful," said Aditi. Dutch talent Anne Van Dam will be aiming to maintain top form after winning last month's Xiamen International Ladies Open her first LET title after a tough battle with Yuting Shi.

Spain's 20-year-old rookie Nuria Iturrios, who came fourth at Lalla Aicha Tour School, will also be looking to build on the impressive start to her professional career, following her first win at Morocco's 2016 Lalla Meryem Cup. She'll be joined by Spanish sister duo, Marta Sanz Barrio and Patricia Sanz Barrio, both looking to impress at this LET. LET pro Maha Haddioui and amateur Lina Belmati with both be flying the flag for Morocco and Arabic women in golf, as the pair are set to feature at the QLO. Haddioui said:"It's always so meaningful to represent my country on the world-stage and I'm particularly excited to be a part of another LET event here in the Middle East," explained the 30 year old."Hopefully our involvement will encourage other Arabic women to pick up the game."

Commenting on the event, Hassan Nasser al Naimi, President of the Qatar Golf Association said,"We are 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. "We also hope that bringing this incredible field of world-class athletes, many of whom competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will inspire Qatar's youth to get out on the golf course and give our incredible game a try."

Ivan Khodabakhsh, the LET CEO stated:"The Ladies European Tour is extremely delighted to be coming to Qatar for the country's first women's golf tournament. We are honoured to bring a new female Olympic sport to the country. Our players really enjoy playing in the Middle East and are looking forward to Doha Golf Club. It's a historic event, both for Qatar and our organisation, so we encourage everyone, particularly women and children, to come along for a terrific experience and to be part of history."

More details about the players and event is available on www.qatarladiesopen.com, the event's official Instagram and Twitter accounts (@qatarladiesopen), and on Facebook.

source: Qatar Tribune

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