Malaysian women golfers on a week-long visit to Muscat
In an encouraging sign of golf tourism taking its roots in Oman, a 12-member delegation of Malaysian women golfers have arrived in Muscat for a week-long trip that has been facilitated by the Oman Golf Committee (OGC).
The team from the Malaysian Ladies Golf Association (MLGA), which is the golfing body for women in Malaysia since 1983, arrived in Muscat on Thursday. The MLGA is headed by Tunku Puteri Jawahir Tuanki Ja'afar, who is heading the delegation to Oman.
In her exclusive remarks to Muscat Daily, Tunku Puteri Jawahir said, “This is our first visit to Oman and we are looking forward to enjoyable golfing sessions at three courses in Muscat – Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club, Ghala Golf and Al Mouj Golf. We are here with a team of 12 golfers that includes one Indonesian player.
“The overseas trip is part of our annual MLGA event and we make attempts to go to a new destination every year. We are coming back to the Gulf region after a gap of five years, the last trip being to Dubai.”
“MLGA has more than active 100 golfers though there may be nearly 10,000 golfers playing across nearly 50 courses in Malaysia. It is a popular sport even among women, though, mainly played for leisure,” said Tunku Puteri Jawahir.
“We have been organising the annual overseas trip for the past ten years and our visit to Oman was based on the recommendation of the Qatar Golf Association official Fahad al Naimi. We then got in touch with Mundhir al Barwani, the OGC chief, who was very helpful to arrange our trip.
“We are keen to develop bilateral relations with the OGC and would invite Omani women golfers to take part in our prestigious 35th Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open in August. We are certain that the Omani girls, if they take part, will gain a lot of experience. We have golfers from Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia taking part in the annual event,” she said.
Barwani, the OGC chief, said, “This is a breakthrough we were looking to as it underlines the reputation of Oman as an emerging golf destination. We are delighted to host the Malaysian women for a week-long trip. We have arranged trips for them to play at the 18-hole courses at Muscat Hills, Ghala and Al Mouj.
“We hope they carry good memories and spread the word of Oman as an emerging golf destination in the Middle East. We will also look into the prospect of Omani girls competing in the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open in August.”
Ahmed al Jhdhamy, the OGC vice-chairman said, “We warmly welcome the Malaysian delegation and along with the Ministry of Tourism, we will be hosting a reception for the guests on Tuesday.”