Follows compatriot Faisal Salhab just one week later by making the cut at last weekend’s International Series Qatar
Doha, Qatar- Following in the footsteps of his fellow compatriot Faisal Salhab, last week it was the turn of Saud Al Sharif to make history as he officially made the cut at the International Series Qatar. It was just his third tournament since turning professional at this month’s PIF Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.
Commenting on his debut professional cut on the Asian Tour, Al Sharif said: “It’s such an honour to be one of Saudi Arabia’s earliest professional golfers and to travel all around the world and representing the Kingdom. But to make a cut so early on in my professional career is fantastic. It feels great to be competing out on the International Series and we have been welcomed warmly by the Asian Tour. It’s just a great feeling to be here and competing alongside fellow professionals.”
Sharif posted four rounds of 71, 78, 79 and 81 to finish on an overall score of 309 over four rounds. The Asian Tour tournament was open to professional and amateur golfers from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and saw 132 of the very best players from more than 20 countries compete. A cut was held at the end of day two, from which the best scoring 70 players, including Al Sharif, went forward to qualify for the last two rounds.
Noah Alireza, CEO of Golf Saudi, said: “In just the space of seven days, we have seen two newly established Saudi professional golfers make the cut at International Series events. This is a huge achievement to be made in just a single month. I am incredibly proud of Saud and the work he has been putting in to pull this off. As I’ve said previously, the performance of our Saudi professionals is testament to the work we are doing here at Golf Saudi in terms of developing the next generation. Through their passion and determination, I have great confidence in all three of our professionals that they will continue to represent our country in the finest possible manner.”
The next International Series event will be held 9th – 12th March in Thailand at the Black Mountain Golf Club. All three of Saudi Arabia’s professional golfers will be competing and trying to get their share of $2 million worth of prize money.