Olivia Cowan will provide a glimpse into the rising power of teenagers who have fired the imagination of the golf world with their natural flair and exuberance when she competes in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club next week.
Renowned for her fearless approach to the game, the 19-year-old rising star from Germany will join a rich assortment of young prodigies and seasoned campaigners led by Dame Laura Davies in what promises to be first class golf entertainment for fans and spectators at the Majlis course.
A three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour Access Series, Cowan has already strung together an impressive streak on the circuit, highlighted by her winning the Order of Merit title, a notable feat which secured her full playing privileges for 2016.
Before turning professional in July this year, Germany’s breakout amateur player won both the Spanish and Portuguese Championships and represented her country in the Youth Olympics in China where she finished fourth, the best result for a European player.
Cowan, who was ranked in the top-10 amateurs in the world, also played a stellar role in guiding Europe to victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the 2015 Vagliano Trophy, stamping her mark as the new face of golf.
Exuding confidence ahead of her maiden appearance in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Cowan said: “I am looking to be competitive as I have just returned from a training camp with the German team in America and I am excited about this opportunity.
“I have heard so many wonderful reports about the tournament and the (Majlis) course and it will be fun to play alongside such a strong star cast. I want to thank golf in DUBAi for the opportunity to play next week.
“I hope that my presence in Dubai will encourage young girls in the UAE to take to the game of golf and one day represent their country at international levels and the Olympics.”
About her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour, she said: “I want to follow in the footsteps of our future stars such as Charley Hull and Amy Boulden in winning the Omega Rookie of the Year and, hopefully, one day represent Europe in the Solheim Cup.”
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, commented: “We are really delighted to welcome Olivia in Dubai. She belongs to a fast emerging crop of players, who are hugely talented, bringing with them a burst of energy and enthusiasm.
“They are the ones people want to see and they want them to succeed. It is just the beginning of her professional career and we will see more of her in the future
“I wish Olivia a pleasant stay here in Dubai and hope her presence will further intensify the competition among new kids on the blocks who are knocking on the doors of stardom,” her added.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic are backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.