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Golf de Saidia hosts inaugural Oriental Legends Pro Am
June 26, 2012

Brainchild of Abdelatif Benazzi, the French international ex rugby union captain and native of Oujda, the Oriental Legends Pro-Am is a fund raising golf event that attracted a select group of leading celebrities from the world of Sport, Media and Television, who played alongside invited golf professionals from France and Morocco. 

The aim of the Event was to raise funds for the "Association Noor", a charity created by Abdelatif ten year ago to build schools in some of the more remote parts of the Oriental region of Morocco. The group of participating celebrities included Guy Drut (Olympic 110m hurdle gold medallist), Antoine Kambouare (Ex Paris St.Germain manager), Olivier Girault (Olympic handball gold medallist), Christophe Pinna (World and Olympic gold Karate champion), Cedric Heymans (French international rugby player), Bruno Saby (Rally driver), Rochdy Zem (actor), Patrick Poivre d'Arvor (television celebrity) and Sebastien Amiez (French Alpine skier), to name but a few.

The event was played over two days on the Golf de  Saïdia  course, recently taken over by the Societé de Développement de Saidia (SDS), a fully owned subsidiary of the CDG Group.  Braemar Golf, the St Andrews based golf management, construction and advisory company who have a joint venture in Morocco with Compagnie Générale Immobiliére (CGI) recently took over the management of Golf de  Saïdia  .

Andrew Glen, General Manager of Braemar Golf (Maroc) commented "We are delighted the event has been a success for Abdelatif and especially the funds they raised. The golf course was in excellent condition and this was our first major event since our appointment and so is an important initial step to ensure this  great resort golf course plays its part in relaunching Saïdia as a top quality golf and beach destination".

Played in a spirit of giving and fun, the tournament was a wonderful opportunity for the participating celebrities to mix with the pupils of the schools the Association Noor helped to build. Involved as caddies during the golf tournament, the pupils got the chance to challenge their sporting idols in a game of beach football the following day.

The event was a wonderful success with Abdelatif announcing at the prize giving that the event had raised enough money to build a new school in the region - a fitting end to a great event.

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