Sport - Golf
Asian Tour has pledged its support towards the Oman Golf Association development programs with its donation Image Credit: Asian Tour

In conjunction with the start of the 2023 International Series season in Oman, the elevated series has announced its intent on developing golf in the Sultanate with a US$25,000 donation.

As part of the Asian Tour’s commitment through the series, it has pledged to support the Oman Golf Association development programs with its donation. Taking place at award wining Al Mouj Golf, local children and women were invited to help promote the initiatives that aim to contribute and drive participation in the region, whilst also focusing further on Oman’s 2040 Vision.

Having been introduced to Oman in the 1970’s, golf is still a very young sport to Omanis, and through events such as The International Series it’s already having a significant impact on tourism, investment, and youth development in the country.

Chairman of the Oman Golf Association (OGA), Mundhir Al Barwani said: “The Oman Golf Association has set out to grow participation and already has a series of events in place throughout the year for junior golfers, as well as an introductory programme for Omani women disabled children.

“This wonderful contribution from The International Series will allow us to reach a greater audience and offer the opportunity for more people to experience golf, who may not have the chance otherwise.”

Having already become a signatory of the Women in Golf Charter in 2018 the OGA is able to lead a greater provision of activities for women and girls to experience one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

The International Series will aim to inspire future generation of golfers within Oman, particularly those juniors who participate in the GOjuniors Tour development events that run throughout the year.

One graduate of the tour and now national player is Ayman Al Basaidi, who has recently completed a charity initiative of playing 54 holes in one day, raising over $10,000 for the Association of Early Intervention for Children with Disability.

Head of the International Series, Rahul Singh summarised this week’s donation, saying: “Supporting the wider development of women, youth and disabled golf through different programs is key to the expansion of the game. We aim to contribute in an effective way wherever the series visits and the donation made this week will aid the growth of the sport, in a country where it’s still relatively new.”

The International Series will continue to donate to valuable causes at each event throughout 2023. As part of a continued effort that will enable beneficiaries to impact the communities around them, the support given will aid their charitable efforts beyond the tournaments that take place.