This week in golf: Abu Dhabi's World Amateur Team Championships take centre stage

Qualifying for the season long Race to Obidos in Portugal continues as Emirates Golf Club Ladies’ Section hosts the UAE International Pairs

By Nick Tarratt/ KT Guest Golf Writer

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club's famed National Course with its iconic clubhouse shaped like a falcon with its wings outstretched. - Facebook
Abu Dhabi Golf Club's famed National Course with its iconic clubhouse shaped like a falcon with its wings outstretched. - Facebook

Published: Tue 17 Oct 2023, 7:44 PM

The eyes of the world will be on the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Golf Club this week as the International Golf Federation (IGF) stages the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) over the much-talked-about National Course.

The Emirates Golf Federation, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and their Destination Partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism, will host the men’s Eisenhower Trophy from October 18 – 21, followed by the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy on October 25 – 28.


As many as 36 nations will compete each week, in arguably, the most important amateur tournament in the world of golf.

Elsewhere, the DP World Tour is reaching the end of its season with just this week’s event in Spain, followed by the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and the Nedbank Golf Challenge before the Top 50 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings come to the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the season-ending $10 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.


LIV Golf finished its season this week with the LIV Golf Team Championship to be held 20th – 22nd October, 2023 at Trump National Doral – where $50 million is up for grabs.

The current Team standings see 4ACES GC at the top of the pile followed by Crushers GC featuring Dubai’s Anirban Lahiri and then Torque GC.

The other Teams in order are: RangeGoats GC, Stinger GC, Fireballs GC, Ripper GC, Smash GC, HyFlyers GC, Cleeks GC, Majesticks GC and Iron Heads GC.

On the local scene Emirates Golf Club Ladies’ Section hosts the UAE International Pairs for EGC Ladies only as part of the season-long Race to Obidos in Portugal, organized by ICON Sports. For further information Visit www.uae.internationalpairs.com

This week’s schedule

Featured highlight

IGF

Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st October, 2023

Eisenhower Trophy – Men’s World Amateur Team Championships

Venue: Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National Course.

LIV Golf

LIV Golf Team Championship

Venue: Trump National - Doral

Purse: $50 million

PGA Tour

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October, 2023

ZOZO Championship

Venue: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba, Japan

Purse: $11 million

DP World Tour

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October, 2023

Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters

Venue: Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, San Roque, Spain

Purse: $3.75 million

LET Access Tour

Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th October, 2023

Calatayud Ladies Open

Venue: Gambito Golf Calatayut, Spain

Purse: €40,000.

Local round-up

Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club

20th – 22nd October, 2023: GEM International Amateur Golf Tour (Men’s and Ladies’)

Al Hamra Golf Club, RAK

21st October, 2023: Luckiest Ball on Earth Qualifier (Open to all EGF Members).

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi

22nd October, 2023: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Ladies’ Open.

Emirates Golf Club

Ladies. 24th October, 2023: UAE International Pairs – Race to Obidos.


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