Trailblazer Haddioui puts Arab women on the golfing map

Updated 12:46 PM ET, Tue February 7, 2012
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Maha Haddioui is the first Arab woman to play golf in a professional tour event. She aims to earn her card on the Ladies' European Tour and LPGA in the United States. Courtesy Maha Haddioui
As a teenager, Haddioui would spend up to 10 hours per day practicing on her home course in Agadir. Courtesy Maha Haddioui
Haddioui plays an approach shot during last year's Lalla Meryem Cup on her home course. She finished an encouraging 25th in the Ladies' European Tour event. Getty Images
Haddioui is determined to forge a successful career on the major golf tours of the world and win Olympic gold. Courtesy Maha Haddioui
Her Olympic ambition was inspired by the feats of compatriot Hicham El Guerrouj, who won two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games. Getty Images
In November last year, Morocco's pro-reform "February 20" protest movement called on voters to boycott that month's elections. AFP/Getty Images
King Mohammed VI, Morocco's ruler since 1999, has made concessions in choosing top government officials and also addressed women's rights. AFP/Getty Images