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Muslim Golf Association members receive coaching clinic at Aramco Team Series event

8.24am 12th July 2021 - Growing the Game - This story was updated on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Female members of the UK’s Muslim Golf Association got the chance to learn from one of Europe’s top women’s golfers last week when Golf Saudi ambassador Camilla Lennarth held a clinic on the first day of the inaugural Aramco Team Series – London event held at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire.

Ladies European Tour star Lennarth 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, Lennarth said: “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.”

Camilla Lennarth gave a golf clinic to female members of the Muslim Golf Association

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, 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.”

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.”

The Aramco Series-London team event was won by Ladies European Tour professionals Olivia Cowan, Sarina Schmidt, Diksha Dagar and amateur Andrew Kelsey, who combined score of 41-under-par gave them a three-stroke victory over Team Skarpnord, whose foursome carded a round of 16-under-par on the final day to take second place. Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, the team’s captain, won the individual title after beating Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul in a play-off after both players tied on 13 under.

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