As part of Golf Saudi’s efforts to develop the game of golf, a clinic was organised for ten female golfers from The Muslim Golf Association (MGA) as part of an exchange of golfing experience between the U.K. and Saudi Arabia.
Held on the first day of the inaugural Aramco Team Series – London event, the clinic was held at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire. The clinic was given by the Swedish Ladies European Tour player, Camilla Lennarth, who provided technical tips to help the participating MGA ladies improve their game. This session was held as part of Golf Saudi’s Mass Participation programme. The program aims to introduce the game of golf to female golfers in Saudi Arabia and internationally
First platform for Muslim male and female golfers
The Muslim Golf Association was founded in 2020 as the world’s first dedicated golfing platform that caters for modern, professional, Muslim male and female golfers. Commenting on the opportunity to host such a clinic, Golf Saudi ambassador Camilla Lennarth expressed her excitement saying:
“I’m happy to be part of this initiative. Being able to work closely with Golf Saudi always gives me the opportunity to play a more active role in developing and supporting the game. I’m happy to be able to introduce the game to more ladies and inspire them to take up the sport in future.”
Golfers from the MGA were excited to participate in the clinic and reacquaint themselves with a feeling of normality after the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic and a long period of social distancing.
Farah Bhatti, one of the participating MGA ladies described the positives of taking part in the clinic having herself suffered during the ongoing series of lockdowns:
“Having recently experienced life-threatening issues of my own, my physical and mental health has been seriously impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Muslim woman, finding an activity to not only suit but also improve my lifestyle seemed impossible, until now. The MGA has not only given me this opportunity but has also introduced me to a fantastic new sport in golf!”
During the clinic, all necessary COVID-19 precautions were followed, from social distancing to limiting the number of attendees who were able to attend, to ensure a safe event for all participants. The limitations on the number of attendees provided a more concentrated and focused clinic for the participants who attended.
An event entirely unique to golf, The Aramco Team Series is a first of its kind. The initiative consists of 36 teams made up of three pro’s and one amateur with scores from all four contributing to the final result. Following the inaugural London event, the Series will now move onto Sotogrande, in Spain, from 5th -7th August, then New York from 14th – 16th October and finally Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 10th – 12th November.