Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
We’re delighted to announce that we have a new addition to our ever-growing team, Maria Volkova, who takes up the position of Marketing & Events Manager for Europe, Middle East and the UK. Maria joins All Square from Trump International Golf Club in Dubai and will bring a wealth of experience to the role, having worked in some of the region’s leading golf resorts. She will also be the first female to join the team, and as a passionate advocate of the game, is excited to use to the platform to engage with more women and girls.
We found out more about the former Russian international:
I’d never heard of golf until I was 10 and our physical education teacher introduced beginner classes at my school. As I was a very curious child, I decided to try it and see what it was. Since then, golf has been a huge part of my life. The teacher is still doing those classes and very proud.
After a few years of playing for a junior club in Moscow one of the PGA-instructors noticed that I had some talent and invited me to join his team. Together we developed my game. I was able to qualify for the Russian National Team and represented my country at various European Team Championships and International Open Championships. I also travelled to practice camps in Orlando, including at the Sean Foley golf academy. It was a great experience to learn from the best, not only about how to play golf, but also how to manage an established golf-institution.
My first experience in the golf industry was at university, where I helped teaching kids and beginners the basics of golf. I got a degree in Sports Management and Marketing at one of the best universities in Russia, which then helped me to get a job at the pre-opening of the first indoor golf facility in Russia, managed by Troon Golf. I continued developing my experience at the opening of Skolkovo Golf Club, owned by Roman Abramovich and managed by his investment company. It was a great experience. From there, I knew I want to keep working in golf and develop my career in this industry. I always wanted to learn more and started searching for opportunities abroad. This is how I got to Abu Dhabi Golf Club, host of the HSBC Golf Championship. My last job in UAE was at the opening of the Trump International Golf Club.
I have been following All Square for the past few years, and I always thought this project is very different and something unique on the market. It’s also the kind of product that the industry currently needs to engage with a younger generation. I’ve always had a passion for growing the game and believe that with All Square we can get more people to play this beautiful sport.
Losing in the semi-finals of the Russian Amateur Golf Cup. It was a great lesson for me; and since then I always know that I should keep on fighting till the end, even when I think that I already won.
The south of Spain. I love Spain as a travel destination, but I also think it has many great courses to play. Perfect mix for a vacation.
One of my most favorite courses is actually in Moscow – it is Tseleevo Golf Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. I also like the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya and the course at Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia.
I haven’t played many courses in the UK yet, but I would pick Nicklaus Course at the St. Mellion International Resort -a beautiful place.
Yes of course 🙂 Here you go:
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