DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Twenty two UAE junior golfer's including players from the Emirates National team gathered once again for a behind the scenes tour of another big tournament. This time it was the DP World Championships, the grand finale of the European Tour's Race to Dubai, where a field of 56 top European players battled to win the ultimate prize on the European Tour, finally won by Henrik Stenson. After a similar exercise courtesy of Emerging World at the British Open Championships in Muirfield, the eager juniors gathered in anticipation at the Championship Village, Jumeirah Golf Estates, early in the morning on the penultimate day of the tournament.
The "Behind the Scenes Tour" a DP World, European Tour initiative, supported by the Emirates Golf Federation organised in collaboration with Emerging World, is an attempt to develop and inspire UAE junior golfers. "Our aim is to show and educate the juniors what the tournament is all about apart from just the playing of the game of golf. This includes scoring, media, commercial, player facilities, spectator facilities and corporate hospitality. We aim to high profile UAE Nationals and their interest in golf", said Nick Tarratt Director of the European Tour International based in Dubai.
Ken Schofield former European Tour chief a director of Emerging World Youth Golf Tour commented "I'm so pleased Emerging World is working on this initiative at the final Tour Championship event in Dubai with the European Tour. I'm delighted with this initiative and the inspiration these young golfers are gaining. This opportunity will only help them going forward. This is wonderful for the game and of course so important to have rising talent and such interest in golf in the gulf region."
Emirati national juniors, boys and girls signed up for the DP World Behind the Scenes Tour some of whom were on the Emerging World Youth Golf programme in St Andrews, Scotland where a trip to the Open Championships at Muirfield allowed the juniors a Q&A session with Lee Westwood, who went on to lead the British Major for three consecutive days. The juniors were accompanied by UAE national coach Jason Froggatt on both trips. At Jumeirah Golf Estates Froggatt commented, "As the development of golf in this region has grown from strength to strength over the years, our aim within the Emirates Golf Federation with these initiatives is to give all junior golfers an insight to see how a tournament week runs, not just watching professionals play and practice but an holistically detailed approach to how these professionals maximize their potential. With first class facilities like Jumeirah Golf Estates it can only continue to boost the region's development"
The junior tour lead by Wayne Johnson director for golf at Jumeirah Golf Estates included the media centre, scoring control, the driving range, fitness and coaching facilities where the players practice, grandstand and the player's lounge. The tour ended with VIP hospitality for the juniors in the Majlis overlooking the 18th Green.
"We were pleased when Nick Tarratt suggested the tour for the juniors. We actively seek opportunities to expose aspiring young golfers to areas of the professional game that they may not normally have access to. The opportunity to see top playing professionals behind the scenes and gain insights into the work required to run a professional tournament is educational. Since not all young players will become playing professionals, this allows them to see the different roles involved in running a professional golf tournament. The initiative also provided a great opportunity for some the youngsters to meet again for the first time since the St Andrews Youth Golf Camps of the last two years. Jumeirah Golf Estates is a world class facility and having been recently announced as being part of the European Tour property family of golf clubs, one we would consider as a host venue for our international junior training camps similar to our training camp at St Andrews, said a director at Emerging World
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