Golf Saudi Ambassador Camilla Lennarth Gives A Special Clinic For Female Players From The Muslim Golf Association

Golf Saudi Ambassador Camilla Lennarth Gives A Special Clinic For Female Players From The Muslim Golf Association

Clinic held as part of Golf Saudi’s wider Mass Participation programme during the inaugural Aramco Team Series tournament in London

As part of Golf Saudi’s continuous 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 Golf Saudi ambassador 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, which aims to introduce the game of golf to female golfers in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

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.”Golf Saudi Ambassador Camilla Lennarth Gives A Special Clinic

Amir Malik, the founder of the MGA, described the experience as inspirational: “It was a phenomenal event and such a proud moment for the MGA to be invited as guests of Golf Saudi. The MGA ladies got a unique insight into the professional women’s game by having the opportunity to spend time in-person with Camilla Lennarth, which for any budding golfer is priceless. Events, such as the Aramco Team Series provide inspiration to future generations of up-and-coming golfers, both male and female and long may they continue.”

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!”

Bhatti continued: ” I was invited to attend the Aramco Team Series-London event and having met with Ladies European Tour Pro Camilla Lennarth was such a fantastic opportunity. To hear first-hand about her sporting journey and how she started out in golf from a very young age was a real privilege. By sharing the highlights of her career as well as offering us simple tips on how we could each individually improve our own game was simply fantastic. This experience is one I will never forget!”

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, which was developed by Saudi Arabia, 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.

About Golf Saudi

Golf Saudi facilitates uptake and participation in golf through the delivery of world-class facilities, operational excellence and the implementation of industry best practice to position the Kingdom as an exceptional golfing nation. Combined with grass roots training and education programmes that introduce people to the game at the earliest opportunity and with the greatest ease, Golf Saudi is committed to delivering a dynamic national development programme that transforms the golfing landscape.

Aramco Team Series – London

The Aramco Team Series – London is both unique and historic and epitomises Saudi Arabia’s status as one of the most committed investors into female golf today. This Ladies European Tour (LET) sanctioned tournament will be held in London and is the first of five $1m LET events supported by Aramco this year, followed by tournaments in Spain, New York and King Abdullah Economic City (near Jeddah).

The investment by Aramco as the headline sponsor along with Golf Saudi makes Saudi Arabia one of the biggest backers of the women’s game in Europe today. The four Aramco Team Series events are a significant step forward for both Saudi and women’s sport and follow the hugely successful Aramco

Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund and Saudi Ladies Team International, which took place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in November 2020.

The four tournaments will form an important part of a record-breaking LET schedule, with teams of four players competing over 54 holes. Unlike any other event in world golf, Team Captains will recruit one fellow Tour pro through a draft system, similar to the NFL and NBA. Another Tour professional will be selected at random, while all teams will also uniquely include one amateur player.

This is the only event in world golf where an amateur contributes to the final result in the main competition. Prize money for the winning team will be split between its three pro members.

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