Another Trump property will host the latest Saudi-backed golf tournament
Andrew H. Walker
Once again a Donald Trump property will host a Saudi-backed golf event.
According to reports from the New York Times and Washington Post, the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx will be the site of the next Aramco Team Series competition. The ATS is a five-tournament schedule backed by the Ladies European Tour and often features stars of the LPGA; two weeks ago Nelly Korda beat her sister Jessica to win the third leg of the series in Spain.
Like LIV Golf, the series is backed by an offshoot of the Saudi Arabian government. Saudi Aramco is a state-funded enterprise, and its charmian, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, is also the governor of the Public Investment Fund (which financially supports LIV) and the head of Saudi Golf.
An official announcement regarding where the next tournament, scheduled for the New York City area from Oct. 13-15, will be played has not been made. However, NYC city officials confirmed to both the Times and Post that the course will be the site of the event in question. Ferry Point is owned by the city but operated by the Trump Organization.
Ferry Point is the third course in Trump’s golf portfolio to host a Saudi tournament this year. In July, the LIV Golf Invitational came to Trump Bedminster in New Jersey for its third event in the inaugural eight-tournament season, while the season-ending tournament will visit Trump Doral outside of Miami.
Similar to last month’s event in Bedminster, families of victims of 9/11 are protesting the Ferry Point news due to Saudi Arabia’s alleged ties to the terrorist attacks. A spokesperson for Adams’ office has told multiple outlets, “While we disagree with the values of the Trump Organization, we cannot legally block their application."