Aramco Team Series moves to New York
Inspiring generations of women to follow their dreams and achieve their full potential.
Old Westbury, New York — Women’s golf took center stage last week as the newest tournament format kicked off in the U.S. with the Aramco Team Series (ATS)-NY, Oct. 14-16, on Long Island.
The event, which included games in London and Spain earlier this year, concludes next month in Jiddah. Associated sideline activities will be hosted to highlight Saudi Arabia’s diversity, culture, and heritage.
Jessica Korda’s team, with Ladies European Tour (LET) players Karolin Lampert and Lina Boqvist and amateur player Alexandra O’Laughlin, won the team event, while British golfer Charley Hull won the individual prize.
During ATS-NY, ATS ambassador Anna Nordqvist, winner of the 2021 Women’s British Open, played on a four-person team that included Ahmed A. Al Subaey, vice president for Marketing, Sales, and Supply Planning. Other teams were composed similarly, with three pros and one amateur — an innovative take on golf that brings a different kind of energy to the course.
HE Yasir O. Al Rumayyan, chairman of Aramco’s Board of Directors and governor of the Public Investment Fund, also attended the tournament.
The new series adds four new tournaments to the LET, giving women golfers additional venues to compete and advance in their profession.
“We hope the Aramco Team Series inspires generations of women and girls to follow their dreams and achieve their full potential — whether in golf or any other discipline,” said Al Subaey. “The series is designed to elevate the standing and the profile of women’s golf in Saudi Arabia and around the world, and to encourage more women of all ages and abilities to take up the sport.”
During the series in New York, the series launched the Driving Force initiative and teamed up with nonprofit Girls on the Green Tee to empower girls and women through golf. Driving Force ambassador Rania Biltagi, Aramco Americas Public Affairs director, said, “Thanks to the Aramco Team Series, we have been given the opportunity to support organizations like this that are having such an impact on the lives of girls and women.”
The golf tournament was especially meaningful as it drew together customers and close Aramco partners, some of whom played in the event as amateurs and others who joined the company at hosted events.
“We have business relationships in the United States that go back decades, back to the founding of our company even, and this event — with its unique approach — showed them a new side of Aramco,” said Rakkan M. Trabulsi, president of Saudi Petroleum Inc.
Spectators at the event crisscrossed the golf course following the game while also spending time at exhibits dedicated to Aramco’s sustainability and diversity efforts, e.g., the art and culture of Ithra.