Sport - Golf - Ahmad Skaik
Ahmad Skaik - UAE's Number One Amateur Golfer Image Credit: Supplied

The United Arab Emirates have announced both their Male and Female partipants for the upcoming 2023 World Amateur Team Championships presented by Rolex at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in just three weeks time.

Men's UAE Eisenhower Trophy Team:
Ahmad Skaik - Captain
Rayan Ahmed - UAE Junior Order of Merit winner
Thomas Nesbitt - 2023 Robert Rock Abu Dhabi Championship winner

Women's UAE Espirito Santo Trophy Team:
Jamie Camero - 2023 Faldo Series Middle East Championship winner
Intissar Rich - 2022 All African Challenge Trophy champion
Lara El Chaib - Two victories in England in 2022

Hosted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council along with Destination Partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism, the men’s Eisenhower Trophy is scheduled for October 18-21 while the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy takes place the following week from October 25-28.

Both tournaments are set to feature 36 countries with each nation having two or three playing representatives with some of the best amateur players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, including current World Number One Christo Lamprecht.

The best two scores from each day’s play constitutes towards the team’s score for each round with the 72-hole total combing to give the nation’s score for the full championship.

Proud to serve as captain

Captain Skaik who achieved a top ten finish at the 2023 European Golf Championships commented, "It is an honour to represent the country in any event, and to do it in the biggest amateur team event, especially on home soil, makes it even more special.

“I am excited about this opportunity and proud to serve as the captain. I couldn't compete much last year due to my injury, so I am eagerly anticipating the challenge."

Ahmed, who has been competing on the European Challenge Tour also this season added, "It's truly a dream come true to participate in a tournament where golf legends like Tiger (Woods), Rory (McIlroy), and (Jon) Rahm have played. I'll have the opportunity to test my skills against the very best in the world.”

Representing the UAE is a big honour

Rich, who has previously played in Ladies European Tour events can't wait for the World Amateur Team Championships to begin, “I'm very excited to be part of the UAE Ladies Team and to play golf at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the Espirito Santo Trophy.

“This course is known for being tough and used to host the HSBC Championship. Representing the UAE is a big honour, and I can't wait to play golf with my teammates."