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Continuing with its stated objective of developing golf in the region and supporting Arab golfers, ‘golf in DUBAi’ have extended a special invitation to the 14-year-old Kuwaiti teen prodigy, Julia Alhemoud, to compete next week’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Alhemoud, who plays off a handicap of one, will join world No3 Stacy Lewis, defending champion and world No4 Shanshan Feng and the seasoned veteran Laura Davies among other elite golfers from around the world in the seasonending Ladies European Tour event at Emirates Golf Club.

The four-day tournament starts Wednesday, December 4.

And Alhemoud, who features regularly in the PGA Junior Series and the American Junior Golf Association Tournaments during the summer to hone her competitive edge, said she was delighted to be given the opportunity and was looking forward to rub shoulders with some of the greatest names in contemporary golf.

Winner of the 2011 GCC Faldo Junior Series, she said: “I’m just excited to get to play against such a world-class field, it’s awesome. “Whatever the outcome, it will be a great learning curve for me. I am sure I will return with memories to cherish for a long time to come.”

Having played in the Jakarta Ladies Open, Thailand Amateur Open and Arab Games, Julia knows what it takes to compete at the top level.

“If I play to my potential, I can expect a good result. I am looking forward to the challenge and meeting some of the top players,” said the supremely-gifted Alhemoud, who will be the youngest in the field.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said invitations to the region’s talent will spur them to take the sport seriously and work harder.

“We try and rotate invitations each year so that everyone who has achieved a certain level, gets firsthand experience of what it takes to compete at this level of golf,” Buamaim said.

“I wish Julia the very best and hope her presence in the worldclass field will motivate other emerging players to aim for greater things in life.”


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