Professional golfer, Chiara Noja, who hails from Germany and is Europe’s youngest golfer to win a professional tour event, has recently become Golf Saudi’s latest global ambassador.
Noja has been named a Golf Saudi 2022 ambassador following the likes of iconic female golfers such as Anna Nordqvist, Anne Van Dam and Carlota Ciganda.
Going ahead in her new role, the young German golfer will not only attend Golf Saudi events, but will also take on a vital position in aiding the organization in its ongoing journey to introduce golf as a sport to new audiences, and encourage young girls and women in the kingdom and beyond, to gain an interest in it and give it a go.
Chiara Noja’s latest role as a Golf Saudi global ambassador was announced at the Aramco Team Series event in Sotogrande, Spain, which took place in August. Chiara went up against star golfers 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 take part in on-course lessons and clinics with female amateurs of the game, in a bid to inspire others taking part as well as encouraging them to continue playing golf. Chiara also shares about what it takes to become a professional golfer and talks 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,” said Noja, who became a scratch golfer at the age of 11, prior to topping European Rankings at both Under-12 and Under-14 levels. She has only risen as a golfing professional 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,” she said. “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.”
Chiara Noja debuted as a professional golfer at just 15 years old in October 2021, and has not missed a single cut at the Dubai Moonlight Classic, Aramco Saudi Ladies International, and the Aramco Team Series – Jeddah. In June 2022, Chiara secured her maiden professional victory at the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge.