golf in DUBAi has paid glowing tributes to outgoing R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson for his exceptional contribution in spearheading the development of the game around the world, especially the MENA region.
Dawson was presented with a replica of the iconic Arabian coffee pot trophy — the symbol of supremacy at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, fondly dubbed as the Major of the Middle East — by Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, on the sidelines of The Open championship at St. Andrews on Friday.
Dawson, who is stepping down in September after 16 years at the helm of a body that organises The Open and governs the sport worldwide in conjunction with the United States Golf Association, leaves behind a tangible legacy of significant achievements that will resonate for years.
During his tenure, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews had voted overwhelmingly in favour of welcoming women members for the first time in the club’s 260-year history and golf returned to the Olympic Games after more than a century.
A great friend of the MENA Golf Tour, he was a driving force behind granting R&A affiliation when the tour was founded in 2011 under the auspices of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation.
The tour has since grown exponentially, covering a vast swath of the region and providing an ideal springboard for emerging amateur talents, in particular, to hone their skills and graduate to the next level.
“I would like to congratulate Peter Dawson for an outstanding career and value his initiatives in spearheading the development of golf across the board,” said Buamaim, who is also the chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.
“The R&A is one of the most influential bodies in world sport and their continued support to the MENA Golf Tour means a lot to us as many more countries in the region have indicated their interest in hosting the tour events.
“Our biggest asset is our players and they want to grow the tour and we need all the support we can get to make the region, which boasts a number of world class courses, a vibrant hub of golf
“Mr Dawson’s legacy has helped enormously to stimulate the growth and success of the MENA Golf Tour. We wish him all the very best for his retirement.”
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, presenting a replica of the iconic Arabian coffee pot trophy to R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson at St Andrews on Friday