OGC launches ladies’ golf programme with NBO's support
October 18, 2015 | 4:47 PM
by Sports Reporter

Muscat: In an attempt to attract more Omani women to golf, the Oman Golf Committee (OGC) has launched an exclusive Ladies Golf Programme.

The programme, launched in association with Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club and with supported from the National Bank of Oman (NBO), was officially announced at a press conference organised at Muscat Hills on Sunday in the presence of OGC Chairman Mundhir Al Barwani, Vice-Chairman Ahmed Al Jhdhamy and NBO Head of CCD and CSR Leen Al Atassi and Muscat Hills PGA Pro coach and trainer of the ladies’ programme Jade Lucas.

NBO's Leen Al Atassi said: “We are pleased to come forward and support OGC’s effort in the development of golf in Oman. We have always been the staunchest promoter of golf.

"As you know, the NBO Golf Classic, the premier European Challenge Tour event, has become one of the most prestigious tournaments in the golfing world and most prestigious in the region and in Oman."

"We want to see more golfers come up from Oman, especially women. Hence, this programme. Because if you do not concentrate on grassroots development, you will not get the results," she added.

"This is our objective to support ladies’ programme conducted by OGC and Muscat Hills. I praise OGC’s effort in this women's gold developmental progamme.”

Mundhir Al Barwani, the OGC Chairman, said: “We are thankful to the NBO for supporting our ladies’ programme which is much needed and highly appreciated. We have been planning to do it for a long time, finally we have succeeded in this venture.

"There will be a free golf clinic where the ladies can register on October 26 from 5 to 6 pm at Muscat Hills and we hope as many ladies will show up. In total we will have three programme categories and Jade will take care of the trainees.”

The programme will be conducted at Muscat Hills and the ladies will undergo training under Jade. The programme is free for all Omani women in the age group of 15 to 28 years.

The PGA Pro coach Jade Lucas said: “It is high time that we should start ladies programme. It is free for Omani women.

"On the registration day they will be introduced to the game, if they like it, I will take them to the Bronze programme. And that’s how they can start to take up golf seriously."

The training structure is divided into three programmes. The first one is Bronze which is for the beginners and will continue for six weeks. The second programme is named Silver, the duration of which is again six weeks and the last one is Gold programme, of six weeks’ duration. There will be four groups of players in each programme with seven ladies in each group.

The Bronze programme will start in the first week of November. Each trainee will be gifted with a T-shirt in the Bronze programme.

Ahmed Al Jhdhamy, the OGC Vice-Chairman, said: “We hope to rope in a good number of Omani ladies for this programme. It will help us in the long run find players who can make it to the Oman national team someday. We hope to get continued support from NBO and Muscat Hills over such initiatives.”

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