Muscat: 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 two shots separating the top five 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, 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.
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.
The Oman Golf Committee (OGC) was established by the Ministry of Sports Affairs on the 14th of January 2009, and is responsible for managing all technical, management, financial and organisational aspects of golf as a sport and its implementation in the Sultanate of Oman or abroad after coordination with the Ministry.