“But after I discovered golf, I stuck with it and ignored all the other sports I played to focus more on golf. »
Al-Gobaisi’s interest in golf increased as the sport began to grow in the Kingdom and international tournaments began to be held.
“International tournaments have opened the door for us to learn from professional golfers and exchange knowledge,” he said.
“I already see many Saudi women and young people who love this sport, and I think it has a bright future in the country. »
Al-Gobaisi promotes the achievements of Saudi women in sport by coaching girls and teens ages 5-18 through Golf Saudi’s golf education programs. She also coaches players at the Royal Greens Golf Club.
The Saudi coach sees American professional Tiger Woods as her role model in the sport. She says that he loves golf because the green of the course gives him a sense of calm.
“Golf is a game of peace,” he said.
On the sidelines of a media tour in the King Abdullah Economic City on Saturday, Arab News caught up with Raghdah Al-Essawi, a player on the Saudi national team and mother of golfers Lailah, 18, and Omer Al-Tulmusani, 13. . .
In 2020, Golf Saudi offered this family of golf enthusiasts the opportunity to represent the Kingdom abroad.
Al-Essawi and his daughter have represented Saudi Arabia in golf tournaments throughout the Middle East, including Egypt and Oman.
“We were the first women to represent Saudi Arabia in an official women’s team in 2020 in Egypt,” she said.
“My son also joined the junior team and was first in his age category here in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman. »
Al-Essawi said curiosity led her to golf while following in her sons’ footsteps.
“My son and daughter have played sports since they were little and have tried different games, including golf, so it encouraged me to try that too. We have all become addicted to it. »
Al-Essawi spends hours perfecting his game: “We practice a lot, like five or six times a week, because we try to improve the game.”
The family moved to the UK to improve their golf skills, but the Royal Greens remain their favorite course.
“It is our home and the place where we feel good. Now that we are playing in England it is different to Saudi Arabia but we are trying to improve our skills. »
Al-Essawi also participated in the tournament’s pro-am event on Wednesday. “It was an exceptional experience playing with the professionals and learning from them. The experience exceeded all our expectations. »
On the last day of the tournament, Sunday, there will be an award ceremony followed by a press conference with the winner.
Free tickets for the day of the final are available by registering online at www.golfsaudi.com.
This text is the translation of an article published on Arabnews.com