The popular Emirates Amateur Golf League is set to return better than ever with the announcement of two new events taking place at the Track, Meydan Golf on Saturday December 18th.
The EAGL Corporate Invitational will see nine eight-person teams representing some of the region’s top businesses battle it out for top honours over the much-loved Peter Harradine-designed 9-hole course. Already confirmed are Emirates NBD, Bentley Emirates, WoW (Wealth of Wellness), 24 Secure (international security firm), real estate developer Shapoorji Pallonji and Satoshi FX – a Forex & Crypto firmas well as an Emirati Players team sponsored by the Giant group as a part of their CSR and sports enhancement activity.
Priyaa Kumaria – League Administrator, commented: “The Corporate Invitational will be the first event of a planned Business Series and will feature nine teams represented by the banks, airlines, wellness, real-estate, logistics, Industry, luxury car and an EAGL Team. The agenda of the Corporate Invitational is to host eight different Corporates who shall further their customer / client enhancement via golf by fielding eight players each.
“The corporates shall reap intangible benefits which are valued much higher with this model as compared to a regular golf day where only existing clients are invited.”
One of the standout features of the Emirates Amateur Golf League, which hosted its first showcase event at Jumeirah Golf Estates back in June, is its commitment to giving amateurs a pro-golf-like experience. Central to this is the fact that the events are broadcast live on TV and online channels and EAGL Founder and Chairman Sudesh Aggarwal revealed that this key feature would again be at the forefront of the upcoming event at The Track, Meydan, Golf. “Live broadcast has been the mantra for EAGL and this is another first of its kind for amateur golf,” said Aggarwal. “The EAGL Corporate Invitational will be live on Dubai sports and on the EAGL YouTube channel. Another path breaking initiative by EAGL after the resounding success of the showcase event held in June 2021.
“The EAGL Business Series is for promoting business, networking and team golf and in the Corporate Invitational we have raised funds partly from team sponsorships while the event costs around USD 250k.
“This event being of commercial nature will accrue benefits to the participating corporates directly and indirectly in many ways especially with the Live TV broadcast.”
The golf event on Saturday December 18th will be preceded by a Gala Dinner at the glamorous Meydan Hotel on the evening of Thursday December 16th alongside a night at the races on the iconic track.
“We are very happy to host the event in an all-inclusive luxury destination venue like Meydan with golf, dinner and races and a lavish spread for our teams. Meydan will be decked to welcome our teams with personalized lockers, carts with caddies and the wonderful weather and ambience that Meydan offers,” added Kumaria.
The prize for winning the EAGL Corporate Invitational will be a team golfing holiday to the Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria while the winning corporate team sponsor will receive the much coveted EAGL bespoke trophy and a ½ page advert in a national newspaper.
The Track, Meydan Golf’s Director of Golf, William Bruce, said: “We are incredibly excited to host the Emirates Amateur Golf League at the Track, Meydan Golf. Meydan Golf has always prided itself on being the most inclusive golf experience in Dubai and partnerships like this one with the EAGL will help to further promote the facility as one that is available and open to all standards of golfer day or night, without the need for a membership, special dress code or stuffy rules!”
Taking place on the same day as the EAGL Corporate Invitational will be the inaugural EAGL Junior Championship hosted by Shiv Kapurwhich aims to serve one of EAGL’s key goals to grow the game of golf among the younger population in the UAE.
EAGL Ambassador, European Tour pro, Shiv Kapur, said: “The Business-Series will also have a junior series which will be a regular feature. I feel that a lot has been done at the corporate level and grassroots level but in terms of competition with juniors we thought it would be a great platform to give alongside the business angle to promote junior golf and the women’s game in the region. I think a lot happens in Dubai at professional level but at the amateur level this is probably the grandest event that you’re going to see in the amateur golf landscape in Dubai.”