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The recent efforts by the Oman Golf Committee (OGC) to promote golf among the Omani juniors and women have met with reasonable success with a new crop of juniors and women ready to compete at regional competitions.
And in a first, the OGC will field a two-member women’s team at the forthcoming ninth Arab Women’s Golf Championship that will be held along with the 18th Arab Junior Golf Championship at the El Kantaoui golf course at Sousse in Tunisia from November 16-18.
Jumana Ibrahim al Ghadaini and Asma al Rashdi will make their Arab debut as the two women golfers were named by the OGC on Sunday.
Jumana Ibrahim Al Ghadaini
Oman will also be taking part, as in the previous editions, in the junior championship with three U15 players picked for the event.
The U15 team will comprise Ayman al Busaidi, Mohammed al Balushi and Mohammed al Naamani.
Asma had earlier competed in the GCC U15 Golf Championship in Manama, Bahrain, last year, when she along with Huwaida al Barwani, had also claimed a silver medal in the three-team event.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Steven Troup, the national team chief coach, said, “This is the first time that we have a women’s team at an Arab event. Asma, who had played for Oman at junior level, will be joined by Jumana Ibrahim, who has been playing golf for less than a year.
Asma Al Rashdi
“To have a women’s team at an Arab event is a positive step forward for golf in Oman. The majority of the Arab countries have fairly established national women players. So the expectation from our team would be to enjoy the experience and learn from it.”
“Their participation will help us rope in more women players in future to build a larger pool of golfers in future,” he added.
Asma is delighted to make her debut in women’s category and said, “I am honoured to represent my country and I will do my best. I hope to return with a good result.”
“The U15 team is well represented by talented regulars in Ayman al Busaidi and Mohammed al Balushi. Both qualified to represent Oman after finishing second and third respectively in the Golf Oman Order of Merit.
“The current Order of Merit leader is 14 year old Mohammed al Naamani, who will be making his Oman debut.
“Mohammed has achieved his golf handicap this summer. He has been working under me for the past seven months and has managed to achieve a handicap of 20 and has climbed up the junior rankings quickly,” said the team manager.
Troup said, “A team with the quality and potential that our players possess put us in a good position whilst being up against some established U15 teams in the Arab region. We are hopeful of a good result.”
L-R: Steven Troup, Mohd al Naamani, Ayman al Busaidi, Mohd al Balushi
The leading telecommunications provider in the Sultanate, Omantel, and Golf Oman have joined hands to raise awareness and participation for the game of golf in the sultanate. Under the terms of the partnership, Omantel will become the exclusive telecom partner for Golf Oman and support Golf Oman’s awareness activities throughout 2017.
Following the recent completion of the Jebel Sifah Golf Course, Oman now has 5 outstanding golf courses, complementing Al Mouj Golf, Ghala Golf Club, Muscat Hills and Ras Al Hamra which all offer a completely different golfing experience. With this strong foundation of courses, Oman is now only second to the UAE for number of grass golf courses in the region and ready to promote itself as a golf tourism destination.
Commenting on the partnership, Mohammed Hassan Al Lawati, Events Manager at Omantel said, “Golf has been a sport we have supported for many years but partnering with the governing body allows us to help the sport flourish and grow. We are excited by their junior programme and the school initiatives which are seeing positive results, as well as their strategy to support tourism growth and employment for Oman. Also, we are very excited to play a role in positioning the Sultanate amongst leading golf tourism destinations ”
Mr Mundhir Al Barwani, Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee noted, “We really appreciate Omantel coming on board as a strong partner. With their support, we can move further forward with our strategy to position golf as a major sport for Oman and a major drawcard for inbound tourism. Golf represents the largest sports-related travel market in the world and has been valued at US $20 billion with over 50 million golf tourists travelling the world. The golf industry also offers employment opportunities and has a positive impact on the local economy. Additionally, the health benefits to playing golf have been clinically proven and the sport offers children important life skills that no other sport can offer. Golf is truly an important global sport and Oman is ready to become a recognised tourist destination but it is also important that we develop a strong domestic market.”
The Oman Golf Committee’s mission, with the support of the Ministry of Sporting Affairs and their corporate partners Omantel, National Bank of Oman and Oman LNG, is working to raise awareness and participation levels for golf in Oman to give golfers of all ages the opportunity to play t
he sport. The committee aims to create an environment that allows beginners to learn and serious golfers to strive to the top. OGC is working to raise the standard of golf in Oman and produce a national team capable of competing in international events like the Olympic Games and the World Cup of Golf.
Oman LNG has recently extended their support to the Oman Golf Committee, the governing body of golf in Oman, for another year. Since the Oman Golf Committee’s inception in 2009, Oman LNG has supported their youth development programme every year.
2017 has already seen the launch of several initiatives with a heavy focus on Junior Development. Following a recent visit by Tony Bennett who was commissioned by the R&A to understand the golfing market of Oman and recommend initiatives, the Oman Committee will soon launch new tee boxes on every course and a school education programme and Oman LNG’s partnership helps these initiative become reality.
Speaking the occasion the Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, Mr Mundhir Al Barwani commented, “Golf in Oman has grown considerably in the last 8 years and this would not be possible without the support from our Partners. Oman LNG has always been at the forefront particularly with a focus on Junior development. Thanks to their support we have more children on our Junior Programmes and have been able to recently launch our school initiative and free course access programme.”
Harib Al Kitani, CEO of Oman LNG added, “Oman LNG takes great pleasure seeing events like the recent OHI Oman under 15s Open where all the children have come through the junior programmes we have supported. We are also now seeing the Juniors breaking into the Oman National Team. Golf is a fantastic life skill for children to develop; teaching them patience, integrity, honesty and commitment. It is a sport that helps build interpersonal skills, strengthen business relationships as well as bonds with the family which is why we are keen to support youth development programmes pertaining to sports in Oman.”
Oman LNG sees sport as an important part of children’s education and supports various junior sport programmes with golf being an example of this. 2017 has seen a strong growth in the sport with Golf Oman taking the sport to the schools.
The Oman Golf Committee’s mission, with the support of the Ministry of Sporting Affairs and their corporate partners Oman LNG, National Bank of Oman and Omantel, is working to raise awareness and participation levels for golf in Oman to give golfers of all ages the opportunity to play the sport. The committee aims to create an environment that allows beginners to learn and serious golfers to strive to the top. OGC is working to raise the standard of golf in Oman and produce a national team capable of competing in international events like the Olympic Games and the World Cup of Golf.
Golf Oman supported by ENGIE STOMO ran a week-long golf Under 15’s tournament to help promote the game with youth in Oman. The series consisted of a week-long qualifying period with the top 10 making the final played over 18 holes at Ghala Golf Club.
With 2 shots separating the top 5 golfers it was Matthew O’Donoghue who claimed the Under 15’s title following on from his recent success in the OHI Oman Under 15’s Open. With four golfers on the same 18-hole total, it was Kabir Gill who claimed second and also claimed the title of leading Under 12 golfer. Carding the same total as Kabir were Nidhi Tamse, Simon Piel and Mohammed Al Balushi.
Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, Mr Mundhir Al Barwani noted, “Golf Oman is committed to growing the game of golf in Oman and this is one of our many initiatives focusing on the young golfer. It is great to see so many youth competing and this is down to having great support from our sponsor ENGIE STOMO who have not only sponsored, but worked closely with us to ensure the event was a success. I want to also take this opportunity to thank the Ghala Golf Club, their Board and all the staff who managed the logistic of the event and provided their facilities free of charge.”
ENGIE STOMO is an affiliate of ENGIE and is a major player in the production of Oman’s electricity and desalinated drinking water. It delivers these essentials by operating and maintaining 6 power plants and 2 desalination plants. Attending the prize giving ceremony, Hamed Al-Maghdri, Country Director of ENGIE noted, “We are delighted to partner with Golf Oman on this Under 15’s series which we plan to continue after the summer. As a Company, we are keen to invest in the youth of Oman and Golf as a sport offers children a great opportunity to develop vital life skill that no other sport come close to. With half the children playing being Omani the future National Team can only get stronger.
Oman Air, the national carrier for the Sultanate of Oman, is delighted to announce that passengers can now take their golf bag on board flights to and from Muscat free of charge. The new policy came into effect on 9 April and demonstrates the carrier’s commitment to encouraging golf tourism in Oman.
One golf bag per person will be allowed free of charge on all flights to and from Muscat. Guests flying with Oman Air on all other routes may replace one bag within their baggage allowance with a golf bag. This means that guests flying in Economy elsewhere on Oman Air’s network may replace their 30kg bag with a golf travel bag, but would have to pay a surcharge to take two bags. Silver and Gold Sindbad card-holders and guests flying in Business Class or First Class may replace one of their 30kg bags with a golf travel bag, meaning they can travel with one 30kg bag and one golf bag without paying a surcharge.
The golf scene in Oman has really flourished in the past few years and it’s no wonder as the Sultanate provides a number of stunning locations in which to play golf. Muscat alone is home to three excellent courses; the PGA standard Almouj Golf, Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club and the Ghala Golf Course.
Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO Oman Air, said: “Oman Air is committed to actively promoting Oman as a world-class golfing destination and we’re very proud of the wonderful courses that the Sultanate has to offer. We are continually looking at ways in which we can enhance the passenger experience and excess baggage is always a pertinent issue. By enabling all golfers travelling to and from Oman to bring their golf bag free of charge, we hope that we will make their trips even more enjoyable and encourage them to return for many more rounds.
Mundhir Al Barwani, Chairman Oman Golf Committee, said: “Golf is the world’s largest sports related tourism business and Oman now has a strong offering with 5 golf courses to choose from and ready to attract golf tourism. To make this happen there needs to be a joint effort between the clubs, hotels and airlines. This announcement by Oman Air shows their commitment to support golf tourism which will help golfers choose Oman over other golfing destinations. We really appreciate their support and look forward to working with the National Carrier to push golf tourism to all their destinations.”
In line with its commitment to support the initiatives that promote Oman as an amazing destination, the Oman Air has participated for the last four consecutive years in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final as a Presenting Sponsor and Official Carrier.
The Oman Golf Committee have signed a preferred supplier agreement with the local Omani sports retailer Golf World to become the Oman Golf Committee’s preferred supplier for golfing events and to equip the Oman National Team. The agreement comes as part of Committees drive to establish strong relationships that support the growing popularity of the sport in the Sultanate.
The Vice Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, Ahmed Al Jhdhamy announced, “2017 is an exciting year for golf in Oman and this is one of many partnerships we plan to enter into. With the support of Golf World and our recently appointed National Team Manager Steven Troup, we can be assured that our National Team is fully equipped and prepared for upcoming various regional and international tournaments we participate in.”
Commenting on the agreement, Golf World’s general manager, Leon Sassen, stated “We’re excited about this new relationship between Golf World and the Oman Golf Committee, as we both have the shared vision to grow the game of golf in Oman. I have been in the Golf industry in Oman for almost 9 years now and I feel this is a great move forward and I am very positive about the future ahead for Golf in Oman”. First opened in 2011 in Shatti Qurum, Golf World is a local Omani owned company and the sultanate’s first dedicated retail outlet for golfing enthusiasts. Golf World has since moved to The Ghala Golf Club where it operates the Pro Shop.
Muscat, 29 January 2016 | The OHI National Amateur Championships over the weekend saw Nasser Yaqoob reclaim the title he first won in 2015 by two shots from Sultan Al Al Hakam, with the 2016 Champion claiming the runners up spot. Oman’s first major golf Championship also staged the Ladies, Juniors and Under 15s Championship over the same weekend with defending Champion Lynn Casey, from Al Mouj Golf gaining the honour of Ladies Champion Golfer of 2017, Ali Salmeen, from Bahrain Golf Club earning the title of Junior Champion Golfer of 2017 and Matthew O’Donoghue, from Al Mouj Golf Crowned Under 15 Champion Golfer of 2017.
In attendance during the final day of play were the Guest of Honour His Excellency Dr Mohammed Rumhy, Patron of Golf Oman and Maqbool Al Saleh, Chairman of OHI, the events main sponsors, who presented Trophies to the winners. With over 150 golfers competing, the standard of golf was of the highest quality in testing conditions. The 8th edition of the OHI Oman Amateur Open was played for the 3rd time at the testing Ghala Golf Club and once again the course proved a fantastic challenge for the golfers.
The OHI Oman Amateur Open has always attracted golfers across the region and this year proved no different with a particularly strong field of golfers coming from Bahrain claiming the first three places. The honour of Leading Omani golfer was claimed by Azaan Al Rumhy, who after a strong first round showing slipped back in the field on day two, playing in windy conditions.
Underscoring Golf Oman’s drive to grow the ladies game in the Sultanate it was rewarding to see a strong turnout for the OHI Oman Ladies Open. Lynn Casey who has competed at the highest level of Ladies golf showed her class and regained the title. Second and third proved a tighter contest with Rahira Ellison pipping Sanjoli Singh on count back.
Bahrain also performed well in the Juniors section with Ali Salmeen edging out fellow countryman Eid Adel Meftah. Overnight leader, Fahad Al Kitani slipped into third after a promising day one.
This year saw the first ever OHI Oman Under 15’s Open with a field of 25 golfers most of which were Omani underlining the first signs of success Golf Oman is seeing with their investment in the Junior programmes. This event proved the most exciting with three golfers all tied after 18 holes and having to reply the 18th in front of a packed club house. Promising young Omani golfer Osama Al Mahrooqi, the overnight leader, proved why he is a future national team player with a great weekend of golf claimed the 3rd place spot with Danny Whatmore runner up. The title was taken by Matthew O’Donoghue who held his nerve to sink a testy putt in front of large crowd .
Results: OHI Oman Amateur Open: 1st Nasser Yaqoob, Bahrain Golf Club 151, 2nd Sultan Al Hakam, Bahrain Golf Club 153, 3rd Mohammad Diab, Bahrain Golf Club 153 and Best Nett Tenzin Tsarong, Ghala Golf Club 140.
OHI Oman Ladies Open: 1st Lynn Casey, Al Mouj Golf 152, 2nd Rahira Ellison, Al Mouj Golf 180, 3rd Sanjoli Singh, Muscat Hills 180 and Best Nett Jameela Daud, Al Mouj Golf 153
OHI Oman Juniors Open 1st Ali Salmeen, Bahrain Golf Club 173, 2nd Eid Adel Meftah, Bahrain Golf Club 180, Fahad Al Kitani, Ghala Golf Club 181 and best Nett Elliot Battersby, Ras Al Hamra Golf Club 146
OHI Oman Under 15s Open 1st Matthew O’Donoghue, Al Mouj Golf 113, 2nd Danny Whatmore, Al Mouj Golf 113, 3rd Osama Al Mahroqi, Ghala Golf Club 113 and Best Nett Osama Al Mahrooqi, Al Mouj Golf 75.
Muscat, January 2017: OHI have joined hands with the Oman Golf Committee as the principal sponsor of the 2017 Oman Opens to be held at Ghala Golf Club on January 27th and 28th. For the 2017 edition, the event will be joined by the Oman Ladies Open and the Oman Junior Open. This annual championship is the premier golf event in Oman, with the winner earning the title “The Oman Champion of Golf 2017”.
The Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, Mundhir Al Barwani noted, “2017 is going to be a great year for golf in Oman and this has only been made possible with the kind support from our major partners. We are really pleased to announce that OHI is the title sponsor for the 2017 Oman Opens and we are both focused on building a long-term relationship that will grow the game of golf in Oman.”
Commenting on the partnership with OGC, Eihab Al Saleh, CEO of the OHI Group noted, “We have been a strong supporter of golf for many years now having sponsored the OHI Golf Open for several years. We are now proud to be associated with OGC to become the principal sponsor of Oman’s most prestigious event as the obvious next step. Golf is a rapidly growing sport in the country and we want to encourage and support the efforts of the Oman Golf Committee who are investing heavily in the game through youth development programmes.”
The OHI Oman Opens will have added excitement in 2017 with the launch of the new Oman Order of Merit, which will carry the largest weighting of points and become the first “Oman Golf Major”. As such, the Tournament is expected to attract an international field of the best amateur golfers from Oman and across the region. Previously, the event has drawn players from throughout the region, with the 2016 winner coming from Bahrain. This year’s event will carry enhanced points for the 2017 Order of Merit which runs throughout the year with the top fifteen places from each club gaining an invitation into the 2018 OHI Oman Amateur Open.
The OHI Group of companies is a premier business house based in Oman with several subsidiaries, associate companies and strategic joint ventures. The group enjoys a well-diversified presence across key industry sectors including; Energy and infrastructure, engineering and construction, information technology, telecommunications, marine operations, travel and tourism. The group, in its 41st year of operation, is driven by its core belief the Power of Partnerships and prides itself in building success through enduring partnerships with partners, associates and employees. Partnering with Oman Golf Committee is yet another initiative which reiterates this core belief.
Muscat, December 5, 2016:As part of the drive to grow the game of golf in the Sultanate, the Oman Golf Committee today appointed Steven Troup the National Team Manager. Adding to his existing role with Al Mouj Golf, Steven will help revamp the National Team structure and work to strengthen the pool of Omani golfers to select from.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Oman Golf Committee, Mundhir Al Barwani noted, “We are really pleased to appoint Steven as he brings many years of experience and commitment to the role. This is the first of many new initiatives we will be launching for 2017 as we drive golf forward to become an important contributor to Oman’s growth. We will soon be announcing the criteria for selection of the National Team, ensuring it is transparent and open to all Omani golfers”
Steven Troup has been a PGA professional for 12 years and came to Oman from Qatar a year and a half ago. Steven quickly developed a reputation for his commitment to the sport and has helped many of Oman’s golfers to improve their game. With the support of Al Mouj Golf, Steven’s employers, this appointment highlights their commitment to help grow the game in Oman and develop a strong National Team.
On the appointment, Steven said, “I feel really privileged to be given the position of National Team Manager and look forward to working closely with the Oman Golf Committee to establish the right environment in which the National Team can thrive. I have helped some of the National Team players previously on a coaching level and from my first weeks in Oman I recognised immediately that there is an incredible amount of potential here. I’m relishing getting started and look forward to getting to know the players even better but the primary focus is the long term development and ensuring this is done from the earliest ages to ensure Oman is producing a squad who can compete at the highest levels.”
Ali Hameed Al Saleh, a board member of the Committee and former National Team player commented “The National Team has represented Oman across the globe this year from South Korea to Scotland, the home of golf. There are very few sports that offer what golf does and we are now focused to strengthen the depth of the National Team. The School Initiate we recently launched is the start and now bringing on board Steven’s expertise shows our commitment. 2017 is going to be a big year for golf.”
The Oman Golf Committee’s mission, with the support of the Ministry of Sporting Affair and our Partners Oman LNG, is to build a foundation for golf in Oman that will give all golfers (adults and children) the opportunity to play the sport. The committee wants to create an environment that allows beginners to learn and serious golfers to strive to the top. We will focus on raising the standard of golf in Oman and produce a national team capable of competing in international events like the Olympic Games and the World Cup of Golf. OGC aim to build a population of local golfers which will support the domestic clubs to ensure golf flourishes and is sustainable in the long term.
Saudi Arabia had set the tone of the tournament on the opening day of the 36th Arab Golf Championship on Wednesday when it took a healthy lead.
The team, managed by their experienced coach Ali Belhareth, ensured that there was no change in the script till the concluding day on Saturday as it emerged overall winner at the Ghala Golf Club.
It was the maiden title for the Saudis and was built around the excellent performance of the individual gold medallist Khalid Attieh, runner-up Othman Almulla, teenager Saud al Sharif and Ali Alsakha.
Incidentally, the Saudis had garnered 220 on the opening day and replicated their performance with another 220 on the final day to clinch top honours with a four-day total of 887.
Attieh shot the tournament’s best score of three under-par 69 on the final day to edge past his teammate Almulla for the gold with an overall score of three over 291. Almulla returned with a one over 73 to settle for a silver with 294.
Egypt’s Issa Abou El Ela, who finished a shot behind Almulla, was initially third but an appeal followed by a meeting of the technical officials disqualified him after the Egyptian admitted to writing the wrong score inadvertently on the card. El Ela’s disqualification paved the way for Qatar’s Ali al Shahrani to pick the bronze with a 16 over 304.
Host nation’s leading player Azaan al Rumhy finished tied at seventh spot, his best ever rank at an Arab championship, with an 18 over 306.
Azaan’s last day 75 matched his opening day’s score and helped him finish among the top ten players.
Morocco’s Yassine Touhami, who had led the field after three rounds, unfortunately, had to pull out on the final day after two holes due to an injured wrist.
He had shot 213 after three rounds and appeared set to defend the title before the injury. The pullout also hit Morocco’s chances of defending the title as the four-time champion had to settle for a silver medal with a total of 903, 16 shots behind the Saudi Arabia.
Qatar took the bronze with 916 while Tunisia (924) and Bahrain (931) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
With the remaining trio of Omani teenagers – Fahad al Kitani (338), Ahmed al Balushi (345), and Rashad al Harthy (356) struggling, the hosts could manage only a ninth place finish with a score of 985 among the 11 teams. Jordan could not complete its final round as two of its players pulled out on Saturday due to injuries.
In his remarks to Muscat Daily after winning the individual gold and leading his country to team crown, Attieh said, “I am delighted to claim the individual title and play a role in our team’s golden triumph.
“I had great support from my teammates. Othman and myself pushed each other. The other members also chipped in to claim a title that we had waited for long.
“It was a good final day as I managed to improve my putting and that helped me a lot. I was one over on the front nine but it was the back nine when I felt very good with my putting as I birdied four holes (No 11, 13, 16 and 18th) for a 69.”
The 21 year old Attieh, who divides his time between Dubai and the US, said that his participation in the Ghala Open, the penultimate MENA Tour event last month, at the same venue helped him a lot to get accustomed to the course.
“It [Ghala Open] did help me a lot. I would also like to thank my coach, Brett Saunders, who flew in from Australia. It was great to achieve this result with him around,” said Attieh.
The Saudi Arabian team captain, Almulla, said, “We are very happy on our first team title and Khalid’s gold. It is double delight for us.”
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time and a lot of credit to our coach Ali Belhareth who has been pushing us constantly to achieve higher goals for past many years.”
Later at the awards ceremony, the chief guest, H E Mohammed al Rumhy, the Minister of Oil and Gas, gave away the awards in the presence of H E Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan al Qasimi, president of the Arab Golf Federation and Mundhir al Barwani, the OGC chief.
Bahrain will host the next edition in 2017 and the Bahraini officials received the flag from the OGC officials in the presence of Arab golf dignitaries and other Omani sports officials.
Individual [Top seven]: 1 Khalid Attieh (291), 2 Othman Almulla (294), 3 Ali al Shahrani (304), 4 Mehdi Ben Halima (304), 5 Saud al Sharif (305), 5 Abdulrahman al Shahrani (305), 7 Mohammed Khallali (306), 7 Azaan al Rumhy (306).