Only 6 months after her debut as a professional golfer, Morocco’s Ines Laklalech from the Excellence Cell of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation (FRMG) made history by becoming the first Arab and North African player to win a tournament in the first European division.
In a statement to the press on September 22, at the FRMG Headquarters in Rabat, Inès Laklalech, 24, said that this title is a source of gratitude and pride to honor Morocco on the international scene.
“I went through moments of doubt since it was difficult to combine studies and golf at the same time. Said Inès who joined the Moroccan national selection at 12. To see that the work that I put in for all these years paid off is very rewarding and I am grateful to be able to represent my country that is dear to my heart.”
Aside from being an active child, Ines Laklalech attributes her passion for Golf to her love for nature. While it hasn’t been a year since she turned professional, the young woman is already aiming for the LGPA Tour.
“My goal by the end of the year is to join the American tour, LGPA, which is the world’s best tour. To have the chance to win and prove to myself that I was the world’s best golfer that week,” she added.
As an athlete who will mark the history of Moroccan golf, Ines will certainly become an inspiration for many young girls to come. “It’s huge to be able to play for people who dream and show them that it’s possible.” To those, she would like to say: “All you have to do is believe in your dreams, in yourself, and everything is achievable.”
According to the FRMG, this moment of glory is the culmination of a prolific season for women’s sport and Moroccan golf which saw the presence of three Moroccan players, Inès Laklalech, Maha Haddioui, and Lina Belmati who represented Morocco on the Ladies European Tour (LET), the participation of the young amateur player Malak Bouraeda in a Grand Slam tournament (US Women’s Open) and the victory of Intissar Rich (amateur) at the All Africa Challenge Trophy.
These results confirm the new orientations of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation, inspired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, which places the high level as one of the strategic priorities.