AMMAN — When Amer Radee moved to Jordan from Iraq as a 16-year-old, little did he know that 17 years later he would be the man they all want to beat at the Kingdom’s leading golf tournament, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
Radee took up a job as a caddy at the Bisharat Golf Course but, as a sport loving teenager, he soon decided to give a sport that was new to him a try. Now, aged 33, he is preparing to defend his Jordan Golf Open title for the fourth time.
“It’s been a different route to golf I suppose you could say!” said Radee, who will head a quality field at the par 72 Greg Norman-designed Ayla Golf Club from March 23-25. “It all started by accident when I decided to give it a go whilst I was caddying. I loved the sport immediately though.”
He has become the Kingdom’s leading player since, underlined with his hat-trick of Open wins over the past three years. But he knows his domination faces its toughest test yet in Aqaba.
“This year will be the toughest one of course,” he admits. “The tournament will be at Ayla Golf Club, which is a challenge in itself and there will be players coming over from across the region.
“But I think my biggest challenge will come from Jordan’s very own young rising star Shergo Kurdi who is an excellent player. I am really looking forward to the tournament and I wish all of the players well.”
Radee dreams of one day playing on the professional golf tours of Asia and Europe and says he continues to work hard on his game every single day.
He has been in a prime position to see how the sport has developed, and he believes there is nothing stopping Jordan making his dream come true by hosting a future round of one of the big Tours at Ayla in the near future.
“We now have one of the best golf courses in the region which is capable of hosting a European Tour event. This would be incredible for all of us playing the game here,” he said.
The Jordan Golf Open is being organised by the Jordan Golf Federation with the gross event to be held over three days and the net event to be held on the final two days as a stable ford.