SOTOGRANDE, Spain — German professional golfer Chiara Noja, who is Europe’s youngest golfer to win a professional tour event, has become the latest global ambassador to join Golf Saudi.
Chiara Noja has been named Golf Saudi 2022 ambassador after such icons of women’s golf as Anna Nordqvist, Anne Van Dam and Carlota Ciganda.
One of the in-form players of the past twelve months, Chiara Noja will not only feature in Golf Saudi owned events going forward but more importantly will aid the organization in its ongoing journey to bring the great game of golf to new audiences, particularly young girls and women, both globally and within the Kingdom.
News of Chiara’s ambassadorship was announced during this week’s Aramco Team Series event in Sotogrande, which is taking place from August 18-20, inclusively. This week’s field is packed full of global stars, with Chiara set to go up against household names including Nelly and Jessica Korda, Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda and last year’s winner Alison Lee.
Part of Chiara’s new role with Golf Saudi will see her participate in on-course lessons and clinics with female amateurs of the game, in order to not only inspire those participating but more importantly encourage them to continue to play the sport. Chiara will draw upon her own experiences of rising through the amateur ranks and what it takes to become a professional. She will also talk about how golf can reach new audiences and ensure its future development.
“I have always enjoyed fantastic support from the whole team at Golf Saudi, not only via invites to their fantastic events but also in terms of providing advice too. By turning professional, I have been able to concurrently continue my academic career whilst still developing and improving as a golfer. I was lucky enough to make my debut on the Ladies European Tour at the end of 2020 and the subsequent 12 months gave me the confidence to turn professional in 2021,” commented Chiara Noja became a scratch golfer at the age of 11, before topping the European Rankings at both Under-12 and Under-14 levels. She maintains her upward trajectory ever since.
“Golf Saudi is doing amazing things for the game whether it’s through their mass participation programs to drive youth engagement and their efforts to draw more people to our sport, particularly young girls and women. I am delighted to be confirmed as the latest Golf Saudi ambassador and to not only work alongside so many female superstars from women’s golf but to also support such an ambitious organization as Golf Saudi. Having come to prominence at a similar time to Golf Saudi, I’d like to think that we’ll be able to share insights mutually and do our bit in terms of growing the game both in Saudi Arabia and globally.”
It is fair to say that Chiara Noja has enjoyed a rather stellar first year as a debut professional. Making the step up at just 15 years old in October 2021, she paid back her early sponsor invites in full by not missing a single cut at the Dubai Moonlight Classic, Aramco Saudi Ladies International, and the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah. Just two months ago in June 2022, Chiara secured her maiden professional victory at the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge, nine strokes ahead of Sára Kousková, and rose to the top of the LETAS Order of Merit. — SG