Xavier Arries Shines at Yas Junior Open 2017

Xavier Arries is part of the PinkStig Junior development programme in South Africa and has been privileged to spend time in the company of the PinkStig Pro’s, learning and taking tips on improving her game. Xavier has also attended the SA Women’s Masters and the Cape Town Ladies Open where she walked the course with PinkStig Pro’s Michelle Leigh, Tijana Kraljevic, Kiran Matharu, Carrie Park and Ivanna Samu. 

PinkStig Pro Carrie Park SA Womens Masters and Sun International Ladies Classic Champion with Xavier Arries

Xavier has also had the privilege of playing with three other PinkStig Cubs in the inaugural PinkStig Invitational, which took place at Sun City, 28 Nov 2016. Xavier has made her ambitions known, which is to become a pro  and has already demonstrated all the qualities of becoming one. She also enjoyed time alone on the driving range with the SA Legend Sally Little who commented: ” there is no reason for Xavier not to meet her goals if provided the right technical, mental and physical support.” When Xavier was interviewed after her session with Sally, she remarked: ” Sally drilled it into me the idea to compete more is to succeed more” 

PinkStig Pro Kiran Matharu from England and Tshwane Ladies Open Champ with PinkStig Cub Xavier Arries

Sarah Braude, President Womens Golf Western Province mentions in a letter about the commitment of Xavier to the game: ” Xavier Arries has been a committed member of the WGWP River Club junior programme since July 2015, with 100% attendance. Xavier has a great swing and feel for the game.” 

Earlier this year Xavier moved with her parents to Dubai and immediately they got her enrolled into the Els Club Dubai. She started her lessons at the  Butch Harmon School of Golf, Dubai Sports City. Xavier was fortunate enough to receive an invite to play in two junior competitions at Yas Links Golf Course, the latter event being the Yas Junior Open.

Xavier Arries at the Prize giving at the Abu Dhabi Junior Open

UniMedia media liaison spoke to James Ibbetson, Director of Golf Yas Links, Abu Dhabi about junior golf in the gulf region: Junior Golf is the future of our great sport so it is truly fantastic to see so many junior golfers across a wide range of ages and handicaps compete in our tournament and battle it out to try to get amongst the prizes.”

He commented further on the importance of competitive golf: “Competitive golf is essential in the development of any golfer as it allows players to test themselves against players of a similar age and ability. I would urge all junior golfers to play in as many junior opens, across a wide variety of golf courses, as possible.”

Xavier competed in the Yas Junior Open and is set to continue to grow her game and stature amongst her golfing peers.

Yas Junior Open Abu Dhabi 2017: Juniors Category B Results
Name Gross Handicap Nett
Michael Palagonia 97 30 67
Xavier Aries 97 29 68
Kamyar Tajfar 89 21 68
Luis Hernandez Jr. 91 21 70
Jamie Camero 100 29 71
Austin Banks 98 26 72
Aidan Boyle 132 23 109

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