Bouraeda enters the history of golf in Morocco and the Arab region | LPGA
Malak Bouraeda makes history this week at her first US Women’s Open presented by ProMedica. She is the first female or male golfer from Morocco and the Arab region to play in a major tournament in the United States. Bouraeda follows in the footsteps of another Moroccan, Maha Haddioui, who competed in the AIG Women’s British Open in 2016 and 2021.
“Helping to grow the game in Morocco and the region is a great thing and I love the community that supports me. It’s fun to support the fact that female golfers are more successful than males,” said Bouraeda, 21. , who recently completed his senior year at the University of Colorado and plans to return to the golf team as a fifth-year senior while pursuing a master’s degree in strategic communications.
Bouraeda, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a Moroccan father and an American mother, reached her first major by winning her qualifier at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Colorado. “I didn’t even play a practice round and came in with no expectations. It was a nerve-wracking day,” said Bouraeda, who finished at 143 for 36 holes, enough for a trip to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
“I arrived quite early on Saturday. I think this course suits me pretty well and I just need to hit the ball in the right places,” Malak said as he practiced the course for the fourth time with his caddie and father Zach, easy to spot with a Moroccan flag. on his backpack.
“My grandmother cooked a lot for me and I fell in love with Moroccan cuisine and culture. I’m very proud to be Moroccan and it’s a fun motivation when I’m in situations like this,” said Bouraeda, whose grandparents moved in with her and her father for a few years in Texas after lost his mother at age 10. years of age.
Around this time, Bouraeda, who was “told” she started playing golf at the age of three, began competing in major competitions as a junior in the Pinehurst area. “A lot of my memories of important events come from that part of the country. It’s very special and quite wrapped up coming back here for my first major,” she said.
“I think she is a great golfer and has the potential to achieve a good ranking this week, I’m sure she will do her best and enjoy the experience as much as possible,” her compatriot said. and golfer Lina Belmati, who represents Morocco at a LET Access tournament in the Czech Republic this week and hopes to one day join Malak on the LPGA Tour.
“I met Malak three years ago when we played a LET Access tournament together in Switzerland. She is a big girl with ambition and a great work ethic,” added Belmati, another young promising golfer who has benefited from the junior programs of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation.
“I haven’t been back for a few years, but the connection I have with this part of my culture seems to be stronger than ever,” said Malak Bouraeda, referring to his relationship with Lina and other female golfers. of Morocco and the strong support she receives from her father’s home country and the Arab region as she prepares for her first major appearance.
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