DUBAI is set to host the first professional day-night golf tournament next month – the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic will be played on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club.
Golf course designer Sir Nick Faldo made floodlights an integral part of the design. Excitement is already building as fans look to witness and be a part of golfing history when the Ladies European Tour event is played under the lights.
Fifty-six leading professionals will be joined by three amateurs over the first two days for the day-night tournament taking place from May 1-3.
Among the players appearing are Northamptonshire’s Meghan McLaren, fresh off her appearance in the Jordan Mixed Open, where she finished second to European Challenge Tour’s Daan Huizing, and former English Women’s Amateur Champion Felicity Johnson, from the West Midlands, who has won twice on the LET.
Hetfordshire’s Hannah Burke, who claimed her maiden tour win in the Czech Republic, in 2015, Hampshire’s Liz Young and Essex’s Gabriella Cowley are also heading for the Middle East.
Lancashire’s Curtis Cup player Sophie Lamb, who turned pro in the autumn, joins former Royal Birkdale junior Florentyna Parker, who has three LET wins to her name.
Bristol’s Trish Johnson is the most successful player in the field having won 19 times in Europe and three times on the LPGA. The 53-year-0ld, who was crowned European No. 1 in 1990, has won four times on the Legends Tour.
Tournament director David Spencer told Golf North: “We think playing under lights is going to be absolutely awesome.
“Playing the tournament in May and under lights further showcases what an incredible golfing destination Dubai has become – and how long our golfing season lasts each year.”
The Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic will be held on the Faldo course at Emirates Golf Club – it was originally the second championship course following the Mijas, which has hosted the European Tour since 1989.
Six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo redesigned the Wadi Course, which originally opened in 1996, back in 2005, and measures 7,052 yards, with the added attraction of being playable at any time thanks to the lights.
With free entry into Emirates Golf Club throughout the three days, fans are encouraged to come and watch the world’s best female golfers and experience the ground-breaking event.